Columns

These are my weekly columns in the Taranaki Daily News, beginning in May 2016. They’re also published on Stuff.co.nz – just search “Jim Tucker” and ignore the advertising by Jim B Tucker, the US reincarnation expert.

2018

123) Nov 17:  Would we go to war again?

122) Nov 10:  Helen of Taranaki

121) Nov 3:  Waitara lands bill not there yet

120) Oct 27:  ‘Watching’ first person step on the moon

119) Oct 20:  Rugby’s awful year

118) Oct 13:  Pill confusion lands us in la la land

117) Oct 6:  Who owns NP airport?

116) Sept 29: Climate change inconsistencies

115) Sept 22:  How TRC is aherad on water pollution

114) Sept 15:  Camping on asphalt

113) Sept 8:  Racing shakeup a cynical move

112) Sept 1:  Spring springs

111) Aug 25:  Freedom of speech advocate

110) Aug 18:  Yarrow Stadium end games will be a novelty at first

109) Aug 11:  When being contrary doesn’t wash

108) Aug 4:  Airport art

107) July 28:  Footpaths – etiquette and management

106) July 21:  Getting hydrogen out of natural gas

105) July 14:  Meeting leaders

104) July 6:  Can we just do it

103) June 30:  Better death record needed

102) June 23:  Saving our history

101) June 16:  Hitting a ton

100) June 9:  How to sell a park

99) June 2:  Fitzroy selloff sunk by ‘recycle-gate’

98) May 26:  Planked out

97) May 19:  In good heart

96) May 12:  Feminists fight on

95) May 5:  Joys of automation

94) April 28:  Folau folly

93) Apr 21:  Memories of our ‘Fleet St’

92) Apr 14:  Mysteries of Jim B Tucker’s afterlife

91) Apr 7:  Training up sports club scribes

90) Mar 31:  History’s laugh lines

89) Mar 24:  Delete expletive

88) Mar 17:  Stop the ocean killers

87) Mar 10:   Water inquiry needed

86) Mar 3:  Education reform

85) Feb 24:  When water is no longer there

84) Feb 10:  Plunket under threat

83) Feb 3:  The woman who changed history

82) Jan 27:  Digitally disadvant-aged

81) Jan 20:  No trumping our sign

80) Jan 13: Primary cause of road deaths

79) Jan 6:  Mayoral visions

2017

78) Dec 30: Freedom lodging

77) Dec 23:  John Macdonald obit

76) Dec 16:  What becomes of bullies

75) Dec 9:  Non-beginners guide to car buying

74) Dec 2:  The sea – last treacherous frontier of freedom

73) Nov 25:  Charging for Len

72) Nov 18:  The resilience of odd things

71)  Nov 11:  A mental health journey

70)  Nov 4:  Lost and found

69) Oct 28:  Natural selection

68) Oct 21:  Winging it

67) Oct 14:  Greatest Ranfurly Shield game I never saw

66) Oct 7:  Oz honey grab

65) Sept 30:  Treehouse blues

64) Sept 22:  Reporting the democratic process

63) Sept 16:  Swimmability of our rivers

62) Sept 9:  Truck hijack of a different kind

61) Sept 2:  An idiot adrift on Microsoft’s sea

60) August 26:  Rugby’s concussion culture is changing

59) August 19:  Seabed mining – where will it lead?

58) August 12: Virtual GPs

57) August 5:  A hopsice by any other name

56)  July 29:  Amazing place

55)  July 22: Word abuse

54)  July 15:  Taranaki’s big week in history

53) July 8:  Relocation, relocation, relocation

52) July 1:  Airport terminal – in more than one sense

51) June 24:  Message clear on Mt Messenger

50) June 17:  Confessions of a column writer

49) June 10:  What was that called again? Ah, dementia

48) June 3:   Time to review Chiefs super deal

47) May 27:  Colds comfort

46) May 20:  Dangers of speaking out

45) May 13:  Being age-friendly

44) May 5:  Knowing how to spell your own name

43) April 29:  Len Lye epiphany

42) April 22:  Weather warriors

41) April 15:  The real cost of smoking

40) April 8:  The man who went fast but too soon

39) April 1:  The failed sceptic

38) Mar 25:  Value in planning your life

37) Mar 18:  Prostate cancer support

36) Mar 11:  Singlet summer

35) Mar 4:  Baby boomer selfishness

34) Feb 25:  Getting ready for the big one

33) Feb 18:  Time to legalise some performance drugs?

32) Feb 11:  Free-loading on the camping trail

31) Feb 4:  We could hold rugby sevens here

30) Jan 28:  Sign of the times at Pukekura Park

29) Jan 21:  Ode to an extraordinary Taranakian

28) Jan 14:  Let’s sort Pukekura Park for big-time cricket

27) Jan 7:  Our own history

2016

26) Dec 31:  Leftovers from 2016

25) Dec 24:  An Xmas lament

24) Dec 17:  Trouble with Amazon

23) Dec 10:  Why we need 1080

22) Dec 3:  In praise of papers

21) Nov 26:  Up on the high moral ground

20) Nov 19: What not to do in the big quake

19) Nov 12:  Good neighbours

18) Nov 5:  Rocky road north

17) Oct 29:  Ageism in politics

16) Oct 22: Looking after our Eskimos

15) Oct 15:  Democracy gone right

Column suspended when I stood for NP District Council (and missed out, as the October 15 column recounts).

14) August 6: Digital Barbara

13) July 30: An obit of sorts

12) July 23: Downside of tool bonanza

11) July 16: Len Lye Centre revisited

10) July 9: Trap lies in empty waiting room

9) July 2: Saving our old photos

8) June 25: Waitara leasehold land

7) June 18: Rugby concussion aftermath

6) June 11: Why we’re going so gong-less

5) June 4: Fly Jetstar – but not too often

4) May 28: Debate stifled over Maori engagement

3) May 21: Why we’re a bit shy of Len Lye

2) May 14: Getting elected is just the first step

1) May 7: High price to pay for sudden insight

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