Rob Rattenbury is retired and lives in Whanganui. He recently published a book about his years with the police.
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Rob Rattenbury: Broadcasting has changed but it's still the same
OPINION: Radio was the only home entertainment in most New Zealand homes until TV.
The bane and the joy of parents: Saturday morning sport
It's the Saturday Morning Sports Run. Most parents will know what that means ...
Special memories of whānau and a different New Zealand
Rob Rattenbury reflects on his early years and a different New Zealand.
Rob Rattenbury: Pākehā need to be trusted with referendum on He Puapua
OPINION: We need a referendum on He Puapua, because progress depends on public support.
Rob Rattenbury: The case for more trains, and more public transport in general
OPINION: NZ one of a few developed countries not making passenger rail travel a priority.
Rob Rattenbury: New Zealand is far from egalitarian
Comment: 'In New Zealand the word class means really opportunity.'
Rob Rattenbury: Marriage has come a long way since the 70s
OPINION: I still believe there is a place for marriage but not first place.
Rob Rattenbury: Why America is set to change over the coming years
OPINION: "A lot" of change is headed America's way over the next decade or so.
Rob Rattenbury: Not engaging with protesters will solve nothing
"These people need to be heard and acknowledged by our elected leaders."
Rob Rattenbury: We must acknowledge the effects of colonisation
OPINION: We cannot change our history, but we can learn from it and not repeat it.
Rob Rattenbury: Climate change is a sleeping giant that needs our attention
Opinion: By the time the world cottons on to climate change it may be too late.
Rob Rattenbury: Virus fear creates parallels with 1981 Springbok tour
"Families and friends are now taking positions against one other."
Rob Rattenbury: Our waterways are beautiful but deadly
Opinion: Perhaps the state can take a big step towards reducing NZ's water-death toll.
Rob Rattenbury: Special feeling of going back home
OPINION: I love my hometown. It is like an old slipper, worn but comfortable.
Rob Rattenbury: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all
Rob Rattenbury reminisces about the meaning of Christmas and its changes over the years.
Rob Rattenbury: Take a deep breath and just keep smiling
Christmas is coming and after nearly two years we're heading towards some form of normal.
Comment: Quiet life in NZ after living in major world city
New Zealand is not big enough for a "world city", writes Rob Rattenbury.
Rob Rattenbury: Failure teaches the realities of life
OPINION: It's dreaded exam time again.
Rob Rattenbury: Galway Bay and the pattern of colonisation
Comment: 'That is what it is like to be colonised'.
Comment: The very grim reality of the job for first responders
The level of trauma first responders face can be enormous, writes Rob Rattenbury.
Rob Rattenbury: The arts give us welcome distractions to make us smile
OPINION: Let's hope young artists can access funds to help establish themselves.
Rob Rattenbury: What has happened to the right of NZ politics?
National's plunge in polls - down to 22.5 per cent in one - raises big questions.
Rob Rattenbury: AUKUS snub is far from awkward for NZ
OPINION: It's no problem NZ missed out on AUKUS, but we must ensure a global presence
Rob Rattenbury: Musings about change over a pub meal and a beer
OPINION: Dreams, plans, businesses, careers and job hopes have been shattered for many.
Rob Rattenbury: Time to build a new Covid-19 quarantine facility
'Any decent government's first priority is to protect its citizens'
Rob Rattenbury: Thank you Mike Moore, for your inspiration
OPINION: It is amazing what you look to when you face cancer.
Rob Rattenbury: The team of 5 million is back together
Opinion: As a country with a small population, it seems more personal for us.
Rob Rattenbury: Why Labour needs to tread carefully
Labour beware. Swing voters gave you carte blanche in 2020. That can so easily change.
Rob Rattenbury: Covid has changed our lives, probably forever
OPINION: Can we all actually learn to stop being selfish and act responsibly?
Rob Rattenbury: There's nothing like a New Zealand road trip
"Fifty years ago we threw some gear into the back of my old Vauxhall and hit the road."