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Peter Calder: Legends cooking last shawarma
Lifestyle

Peter Calder: Legends cooking last shawarma

For much of the past 35 years, the world for Sjoerd and Marjan Rustenhoven has been a quarter-circle of kitchen floor in the Wellesley St West eatery that has become a city legend.

Is reality TV replacing real life?
Entertainment

Is reality TV replacing real life?

Reality TV is cheap to make, because the talent works for nothing and the scripts are skeletal, and it follows a wearyingly predictable formula, writes Peter Calder.

Peter Calder: Cold, harsh truth for so many kids
New Zealand

Peter Calder: Cold, harsh truth for so many kids

You'd be surprised just how hard it is to find a family willing to let a Herald writer snoop around their home and ask all sorts of intrusive questions about their substandard living conditions, writes Peter Calder.

Blow out Queen's candles
New Zealand

Blow out Queen's candles

Not for the first time, I found myself wondering why Queen's Birthday is a public holiday here, writes Peter Calder. Much more sensible is to mark Matariki, which begins in late May or early June.

Classics that fail public taste test
New Zealand

Classics that fail public taste test

For younger readers, Sambo's story may need some introduction, writes Peter Calder. Published in 1899, it was the first book of Edinburgh-born Helen Bannerman, who spent much of her life in southern India.

Meeting our ethnic neighbours
New Zealand

Meeting our ethnic neighbours

It bucketed down on Sunday morning, just as they were setting up for the Auckland International Cultural Festival at the sprawling War Memorial Park in Mt Roskill.

On the trail of fine wine stories
New Zealand

On the trail of fine wine stories

Peter Calder revisits the chunk of Auckland's west where immigrant families from Croatia settled to grow fruit - and make wine - for the expanding city.

Peter Calder: Polo - like playing golf during a quake
New Zealand

Peter Calder: Polo - like playing golf during a quake

The country around Clevedon, southeast of Auckland, is parched and brown. Hawks circle slowly in the blue sky and even at 10am, the sun is like a hammer blow. The occasional "Road May Flood" sign seems like a grim joke.