Going down the gluten-free road

For this week’s recipe, I thought I’d go down the gluten-free route. We tend to think gluten-free is a modern phenomenon closely related to food processing’s massive over-reliance on flour and flour products. To some extent this is...... Read More

Manganese: An essential trace mineral

Manganese is often confused with magnesium. Magnesium is a major mineral needed in larger amounts while manganese is an essential trace mineral needed in tiny amounts – about 3mg daily. We get manganese from whole grains, nuts, legumes, shellfish...... Read More

Listen to the Little Voices

This column wasn’t going anywhere fast, and deadline was rapidly approaching. Inspiration was lacking. I’d rather be fishing.  “I don’t know how you manage it each week,” the feedback from a lovely lady ringing in...... Read More

Lydia Ko's caddie woes

It’s great to see teenage golfer Lydia Ko back to top form, even if critics question the wisdom of her decision to sack South African caddie Gary Matthews after just nine tournaments together. But given her relative slump in form since July when...... Read More

World heavyweight boxing

There are few sporting contests in the world which grab more headlines and attention than world heavyweight boxing championship title fights. In the next three weeks, the Joshua verses Klitschko fight in London and our own Joseph Parker’s WBO...... Read More

The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) is a standardized index based on the observed sea level pressure differences between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia. The SOI is a leading measure of the large-scale fluctuations in air pressure occurring between...... Read More

Bring out all the good stuff

Easter’s coming, the musicians are warming up and the weather’s going to be great –I hope! And that makes it time to celebrate before winter is upon us. How and why chocolate, eggs and bunny rabbits ended up being associated with...... Read More

Democracy getting Nick-ed

Our water and our land are under threat, with the same Minister in charge. Our water ways have had the bar lowered to make ‘fouled by animals’ and ‘full of germs’ the new ‘swimmable’. Our drinkable water is being...... Read More

Compassion at work

Compassion may be defined as recognising that others are suffering and committing to help them. Researchers believe that we evolved to be compassionate because it helped us survive. Groups who were most altruistic and compassionate appeared stronger...... Read More

Insights tool to improve sports data

In Steven Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Habit 5 is: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” This premise applies to sport and recreation, where your club might be looking to attract new markets,...... Read More

Let’s eat local and in season

We’re fast approaching the time when we need to use up or preserve the last of the summer produce in the garden. Or for those without a kitchen garden, the last of the good value summer fruit and veges in the greengrocers. The glorious thing...... Read More

Committed to help improving young lives

New Zealand has some bright young minds and I’m reminded of this often, not only when I visit schools but also when I’m out and about. Young people should be enthusiastic and positive about their futures. We are committed to helping improve...... Read More

Red and blue spoiling games

“Spoiler alert”: red and blue parties don’t listen to voters! On a Wednesday night in March the Broadcasting (Games of National Significance) Amendment Bill had its First Reading, and the level of fear it generated in the establishment...... Read More

The history of sports

Sideline Sid has a real passion for the early history of this beautiful country that we live in. Changes and developments in today's world don't just happen but evolve from earlier days.  Over the years there are many changes, with plenty...... Read More

Young guns are firing

Considering the loyalty Steve Hansen’s All Black selection panel has given to its veterans, keeping young guns from overseas sharks leading up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup could be a tricky exercise. With Israel Dagg prolonging his contract, he...... Read More

A bloody day for the Waikato

While the nation – or rather, certain sections of the media – still grapples with the flimsy accusations levelled in Nick Hager’s new book, I thought it would be of much greater interest to mark the anniversary of one of our nation’s...... Read More

Government driving council to raise rates or not?

The Government has been facing pressure about housing and so has passed the buck onto that perennial “whipping boy” – local councils and their ratepayers. This week we debated the Government's new requirements for council to not...... Read More

Buying and choosing mussels carefully

Some wonderful friends are in France at the moment. And to be honest, I'm madly jealous. This time a few years ago we took a trip to the Basque region of southern France and an abiding memory is watching our youngest son take on a huge bowl of...... Read More