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Soul Food

Food for thought and soul including observations and reflective opinion pieces on current issues.

UN Womens Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Believing in gender equality

9 Mar | 2016

Feminism is simple really. It is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities, politically, economically and socially.

Slave free nation

8 Mar | 2016

New Zealand could be the first country in the world to become slave-free, says human trafficking expert Matthew Friedman. With 30 years’ experience, Matt has seen the horrors of modern-day slavery but still dares to dream of a truly free world.

No depression in New Zealand?

23 Feb | 2016

In 1981 New Zealand band Blam Blam Blam (including singer Don McGlashan) had a minor hit here with the song ‘There is No Depression in New Zealand’.

Flying the flag

18 Feb | 2016

Ive been fascinated and frustrated by the campaign to change the New Zealand flag. Fascinated by some of the options put forward as designs—and frustrated at the process and the huge expense involved.

Ode to Joy

23 Jan | 2016

Joy Cowley, at 80 years young, has announced her ‘semi-retirement’ from writing, but remains devoted to another passion: walking with others on their spiritual journey.

Richie McCaw

You're hired!

12 Jan | 2016

What does Richie McCaw have to do with getting a new job this year? Well, its all about your personal brand, say author and career expert Tom O'Neil

The vitality of Christ's coming

24 Dec | 2015

Barbara Sampson considers the deeper meaning of the Advent season. Part 3 of 3

Christmas under construction

23 Dec | 2015

The celebration’s all made up as retired Australian minister Rex Hunt says in his book Cards, Carols and Claus, ‘Christmas is a celebration still under construction.’ And that may be a jolly good thing.

On Christmas Morning

23 Dec | 2015

Contemplation can help even the most pressured recapture the joy of Christmas.