The Royal Tour: Los Angeles

I have resisted doing a Royal Tour interview in Los Angeles. After all, it is my home, and I feel that I know the place well. However, the world of Hollywood is mysterious to me, and the chance to speak to someone intimately involved in that, not as a superstar, but as someone who moved…

A Guide to Death Valley

I find the desert relaxing. Skies that extend as far as the horizon, wide open spaces, rock monoliths, all combine to make me feel very small, and therefore my problems insignificant. So when the chance to spend a few days in Death Valley National Park came up this week, I jumped at it. Death Valley,…

From Treaty to Tribunal: Waitangi and the Māori of New Zealand, Part 1

[We] acknowledge New Zealand as a Sovereign and independent State... the admission of their rights... is binding on the faith of the British Crown. The Queen... disclaims... every pretention to... govern the Islands of New Zealand... unless the free and intelligent consent of the Natives... shall first be obtained. This excerpt from the instructions of…