Dawn is a weekend and opinion writer for the Bay of Plenty Times
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'I'm smitten': An affair to remember in dark times
Sunrise is a reminder of beauty in our broken world.
Dawn Picken: Let's get together again - reconnection at last?
The hope of mass reunion is here at last.
Dawn Picken: Free-dumb isn't free - living with liberty in the US
OPINION: If you hate Covid restrictions, you'll love America.
Dawn Picken: Rethinking what it means to turn the page on another year
Opinion: Let's take the pressure off 2022 and ourselves to make the next year wonderful.
Dawn Picken: Celebrate the season while acknowledging loss
Opinion: Covid and life's usual calamities have forced us to make sacrifices.
Dawn Picken: This is weird - leaving NZ in the Covid age
I flip out before any trip, but pandemic travel has multiplied my freak factor.
Dawn Picken: Keep your friends close and conspiracy theory fans closer
OPINION: Talking to science deniers requires technique and patience.
Dawn Picken: We're missing the mark in debate about sexual harassment
Opinion: Sexual harassment - and the way we've failed to curb it- transcends politics.
Dawn Picken: Reflection, deflection and the best cheese toastie ever
OPINION: Hard conversations are especially wrenching for the conflict-averse.
Dawn Picken: So many reasons to be angry, so little time
OPINION: Vaccines are not on my list of reasons to be angry.
Dawn Picken: An insider's guide to the ICU for the vaccine hesitant
ICU a reality for more people amid Covid-19. You don't want to go there, says Dawn Picken.
Dawn Picken: It's a crazy time to turn 16 - advice for my teenaged son
Opinion: What a crazy time to turn 16 - or any age.
Dawn Picken: The uphill slog of convincing young people to get vaccinated for Covid-19
OPINION: No jab, no fun? Parents of teenagers are navigating vaccine hesitancy.
Dawn Picken: 20 years after 9/11: How do we honour the victims?
OPINION: Twenty years on, what do we owe the victims of 9/11?
Dawn Picken: Lockdown 2.0 parenting - carpe diem can wait
Lockdown parenting is no piece of cake - especially when you can't find flour.
Dawn Picken: Embrace science fact over science fiction when it comes to Covid-19 vaccines
Opinion: Getting vaccinated is more than a personal choice - it affects everyone.
Dawn Picken: Apologies are the first step, not the last word
Saying sorry is just a first step.
Dawn Picken: Owners need to pick up after their dogs
Opinion: Picking up poo is a lot like justice - when it's delayed, it's denied.
Dawn Picken: Once upon a time, I could venture with my kids
Opinion: The anti-staycation: where you wish you had left home but stayed to work instead.
Dawn Picken: Where will we house the next wave of Kiwis?
There's no easy answer for housing the next wave of Kiwi returnees and migrants.
Dawn Picken: Saddened but not surprised by sexual assault report
Opinion: It's hard to deal with despicable behaviour happening under our noses.
Dawn Picken: Airport, racecourse should be on the table for housing
OPINION: All options should be considered for shifting people out of emergency housing
Dawn Picken: How studying the Māori language benefits us all
Opinion: If you want to better understand someone's culture, study their language.
Dawn Picken: Support the Aotearoa renaissance when it comes to buying local
Opinion: We need to support Aotearoa artists if we want to keep enjoying their gifts.
Dawn Picken: Good fences, good neighbours? I don't think so
Opinion: Fences can be useful, but are we building too many?
Dawn Picken: Justice for George - a sad, small victory
OPINION: Are we inching closer to a world where Black Lives Matter?
Dawn Picken: Why we should think about the environment when we think about death
We need a death plan as much, or more than we need a life plan.
Dawn Picken: Is time running out for daylight saving?
Opinion: We can add joy to our country by making daylight saving time permanent.
Dawn Picken: Government's fluoridation decision the right call
OPINION: Too many people choose to do nothing when it comes to public health
Dawn Picken: Better campaign needed against vaccine disinformation
Opinion: We can't afford to let the lords of lies win the battle for arms and minds.
Dawn Picken: It's time to think about reopening the border
OPINION: Why should only godwits get to fly?
Dawn Picken: It's not cancel culture, it's progress
OPINION: It's only cancel culture when you don't like the change, Dawn Picken writes.
Dawn Picken: Inequity hurts everyone - it's time to fix the whare
Opinion: We are still living in the house colonialism built and it's time to fix it.
Dawn Picken: Advice for a 17-year-old in a new world
Opinion: For a teenager, postponement looks permanent. But this pause is not forever.
Dawn Picken: Relief the word of the day as Biden takes reins
OPINION: America is on the path to rejoining the world.