Northern Advocate columnist Vaughan Gunson writes about life and politics.
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Vaughan Gunson: The Revenant second time round makes points that are challenging and worth reflecting on
The second viewing allowed me to better grasp what the film was all about.
Vaughan Gunson: Consolidating innovations in digital health will hopefully help improve health outcomes
Seeing doctors in person remains at the heart of patient-centred healthcare.
Opinion: More beans, the merrier, says Vaughan Gunson
Vaughan Gunson's mind takes a deep dive into thoughts about beans.
Comment: Dining out serves up incredible experience
If there's anything I'd fancy about being super-rich, it would be eating incredible food
Comment: Wealthy nations are the biggest carbon emitters
Some people and countries contribute a lot to global warming and some hardly at all
Vaughan Gunson: It's a big deal. And it's here in Whangārei
It will undoubtedly make a splash in the Māori art world and the wider NZ art scene.
Opinion: Co-governance referendum is not the answer
Opinion: Debate needed on co-governance, not a referendum, writes Vaughan Gunson.
Summer's abundance of kikuyu grass is the stuff of nightmares
Kikuyu grass, like never before, is haunting the dreams of Vaughan Gunson.
Vaughan Gunson: How free public transport could unite us in a crisis
Vaughan Gunson says he got a little emotional at the news of cheaper public transport.
Vaughan Gunson: We all deserve the same water quality
All of the country's water infrastructure assets should be up to the same standards.
The Hundertwasser surrounds and rooftop should be a public space for all to enjoy
Ideally returning locals would be able to enjoy the rooftop and viewing tower for free.
Vaughan Gunson: Protest puts parties' mettle to the test
It's up to all of us, not just the political parties in Parliament, to counter that threat
Vaughan Gunson: Five things about Omicron that will become clear in time
Whatever happens now, it will be new territory for us and the Government.
Vaughan Gunson: Good to see our drinking culture moving closer to the French or Italian model
Health authorities worldwide are telling us to stay away from the booze.
Comment: Shutting out the bad stuff is not an option
Vaughan Gunson's Wednesday column
Vaughan Gunson: Eight-hour Beatles epic is well worth the watch
It's a long and winding road, but the story has a satisfying emotional arc.
Vaughan Gunson: From Oruku Landing to Nats' top job, the issue is fairness
Our local councillors showed themselves to be in sync with the public mood
Vaughan Gunson: On this path, worst-case scenarios for climate change are inevitable
The big players weren't going to agree to anything that held back the economy.
Whangārei water infrastructure A pass sunk by slackers
Cost savings from pooling resources in four regional water entities will be significant.
Māori vax rates need to be higher, so let's not rush to open up
If it pushes back the easing of lockdowns or opening of borders until after Xmas so be it.
Labour has to change how health workers are managed
Failure to fund health system to avoid staffing shortages contradicts kindness mantra.
Wobbles aplenty in Labour's party of infrastructure dreams
Might be better to maintain, repurpose, repair what we've got, says Vaughan Gunson.
Tractor-tooting farmers instinctively know what's coming
The age of giant tractors will chug to an end. Smaller farms will find their niche again.
Test cricket one of oddest games devised by humans
We love a narrative that reflects life's ups and downs, disappointments and triumphs
Vaughan Gunson: Let's unpack the transport options
Hard work is needed to promote an alternative vision of transport in Northland.
Cryptocurrencies and kryptonite - super trouble ahead?
Bitcoin millionaires driving around in Teslas while we struggle to pay the power bill?
Getting our heads around NZ health system restructure
Andrew Little has raised issues we're going to be analysing and discussing for some time.
Tax is how we look after each other, says Whangārei MP
Emily Henderson is compassionate and sincere about advocating for social justice.
Is the era of affordable international tourism over?
Pandemic fears, climate change may keep holidaymakers closer to home, says Vaughan Gunson.
Vaughan Gunson: Will we end up outsourcing our carbon emissions to other countries?
On closer look there are questions around the Climate Change Commission's advice.
Vaughan Gunson on the Government's decision to remove Māori wards
Law allowing a council decision in favour of Māori wards to be overturned will be removed.
Suspend flights from most at-risk Covid-19 countries
Our borders should be closed to selected countries if the vaccine rollout is months away.
Why Government needs to wield power over social media
Whose job is it to remove content that's untrue or hateful online?
Revolutionary thinking needed to cure housing headache
A poverty pandemic is infecting more of our community. Why isn't something being done?
Māori wards - end of democracy or necessary tweak?
Better to have Māori representatives publicly arguing their views, says Vaughan Gunson.
Opinion: Why you should vote yes to decriminalise cannabis
Allow others the right to the buzz of their choice. To not to do so would be hypocritical.
Water flashpoint in climate-change farming collision
Big landowners' high-risk model vies with resilient practices of small organic farmers.
Christopher Nolan's latest movie mind-blowing or...
Serious philosophical musings about time, cause and effect, and human free will in this.
I'm in favour of NZ's elimination strategy - here are 7 reasons why
Better systems and policy will result because Kiwis care how NZ responds to Covid-19.
Tortoise and hare race to solve North's rail, road woes
A four-lane highway bypassing the Brynderwyns won't happen, says Vaughan Gunson.
Will tomorrow's budget include taxes to pay Covid 19 debt?
Grant Robertson will be delivering what he's dubbed the "Recovery Budget" on Thursday.
Comment: Placing values at the heart of recruitment
None of us can afford to drop the ball when it comes to recruitment, says Northland Inc.