• Knowing when you’re done…

     

    I’ve written before about my inglorious career as an electrician. While I absolutely appreciate the practical and life skills that completing an apprenticeship gave me, it’s fair to say that electrician-ing wasn’t my sweet spot. I simply didn’t enjoy…

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  • Houses, homes, the building trade and quality

     

    I’m forever amazed by the wisdom that one can find down at the local cafe. I’ve been going for fairly regular morning coffees to my local for decades now. Pro tip: if you’re in Christchurch and looking for the…

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  • Driving wisdom from opinionated workmates

     

    It’s amazing the pearls of wisdom that one can gain in an unlikely setting. 35 years or so ago I completed an electrical apprenticeship and worked with many characters along the way. One of those characters, Grant, had a…

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  • Celebrating genuine productive work

     

    The other day, I was the first person on the scene of a nasty car crash on my commute home. Being a former paramedic, and a current firefighter obviously, I began helping those involved in the accident. I ended…

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  • Life inside the pressure cooker of professional service firms

     

    My lads are in their early twenties and, as such, many of their friends are finishing up university degrees and heading out into the real world. Maybe it’s a function of both the region they grew up in and…

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  • Global commerce and our connections…

     

    I’m a political mongrel. Over my life, I’ve voted across the political spectrum. Whenever I do those slightly dodgy-feeling political surveys, that always feel like a precursor to ads for erectile dysfunction meds or weight loss pills, I always…

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  • Keeping active the key to long life

     

    I often bemoan the fact that I’m getting older. Among my regular running mates, I’m generally the first to lay claim to being an old, sad, broken and washed-up runner. In reality, the truth is that despite waking up…

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  • Building community from the grass roots

     

    In the hustle and bustle of modern life, the concept of community often takes a backseat. We’re all engrossed in our own worlds, whether it’s our immediate neighbourhood, the local sports club, or the organizations we volunteer for. Yet,…

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  • Why Dangerous Play Builds Thriving Children

     

    The other day as I was out on my usual run, I spied a tree hut in a lone pine. It made me reminisce about the good old days. Back when I was a lad, building huts, playing bullrush,…

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  • It’s the putting right that counts

     

    Being on the wrong side of 50 and having grown up in New Zealand, my formative years included Television ads for the electronic retailer LV Martin and Son. LV Martin a long-gone institution in New Zealand was a family-owned…

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