Among the highlights for me were the book reviews (of course) which include Athfield Architects, Long Halftime Walk,Farther Away, Your Unselfish Kindness, The Darling North, and A Savage Country. The came Connie Clarkson's guide on where to find the best ribs in the city, Simon Farrell-Green's food pages (including a great recipe for lamb & fig tagine), the restaurant reviews - Ipanema and Kermadec Fine. There is a wonderful eight page story from Russell Brown (he of Media7 fame), called Pasifika, Mon Amour, a guide to the NZ Film Festival, a variety of reviews across the arts, Wallace Chapman's The Local Look, and a helluva lot more besides.
Perhaps the story that most struck home to me as a long-time Ponsonby resident though was Josie McNaught's thoughtful story about the Rob Roy Hotel at the foot of Franklin Road - the story is headed Heartbreak Hotel and in it she questions why the council has created a wasteland between one of our loveliest parks and and one of our most gracious old buildings. This is compulsory reading for all Aucklanders who care about their city.
Well done to Editor Simon Wilson for another highly readable appealingly designed issue, who has really hit his straps in this role, and also to his talented team.
I was especially interested to read the following from long-time Maori/English dictionary compiler P.M.Ryan which Metro has kindly allowed me to reproduce.
An updated and revised edition of Father Ryan's The Raupo Dictionary of Modern Maori is being published by Penguin Books on 2 July. It is a substantial hardback with an rrp of $59.99.
It contains over 50,000 entries divided into Maori/English and English/Maori sections.
It incorporates an easy-to-use guide to the pronunciation of te reo Maori and even contains a Maori proverbs section complete with translations and interpretations.