David Cohen

Is New Zealand about to return to the world stage?

16 October 2023 11:18 pm

After six years of Labour party rule in New Zealand, the country’s foreign policy brings to mind the line about…

Are rock music critics extinct?

29 July 2023 9:00 am

We used to be able to tell you what was worth listening to

Has New Zealand found the key to the UK’s housing crisis?

27 May 2023 6:00 pm

It may be difficult to imagine a housing crisis more dismal than the one Britain is experiencing right now, but…

New Zealand has much to learn from the treatment of Posie Parker

28 March 2023 10:00 pm

A promotional clip for New Zealand uploaded to social media the other day looked like the usual decorous fare churned…

Kiwi life

4 March 2023 9:00 am

To be an award-winning commentator, the late Alexander Cockburn held, you really need to have a bit of a thing…

Rock of ages

4 February 2023 9:00 am

Rock dinosaurs wake up to woke with a religious zeal

New Zealand’s PM is a welcome change from Jacinda Ardern

25 January 2023 5:36 pm

Chris Hipkins can afford to feel pleased with his first days in office as Prime Minister of New Zealand. In…

Jacinda Ardern’s tattered legacy

19 January 2023 9:52 pm

Wellington, New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has announced she will be stepping down as the prime minister of New Zealand, saying…

Do the coloured girls still go ‘Doo, doo-doo’?

5 November 2022 9:00 am

Remembering the moment rock was transformed

Why does this university want to bin Queen Victoria?

20 September 2022 9:00 pm

Spare a thought for New Zealand’s Victoria university. For years now, this Kiwi institution of higher learning has been pulling…

Aussie Life

13 August 2022 9:00 am

‘Give it up for the band!’ cried Van Morrison from the stage at King John’s castle in Limerick the other…

New Zealand's Maori language obsession is baffling Kiwis

9 May 2022 5:14 pm

New Zealand’s borders have finally reopened after a two-year Covid shutdown. But those who travel down under are in for…

Hope I die – but not before I get really, really old

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Rock dinosaurs still not knockin’ on heaven’s door

How New Zealand's zero Covid strategy fell apart

2 April 2022 6:00 pm

The biggest thing in the political rock world returns to the international stage this spring with a one-off appearance at…

Could New Zealand's property bubble bring down Jacinda Ardern?

13 March 2022 5:30 pm

The news this week that the price of an average UK home has hit £260,000 came as a bit of…

Last laugh

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Vale PJ

In Fortress New Zealand, faith in Saint Jacinda is starting to fade

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Faith in ‘Saint Jacinda’ is starting to fade

Kiwi life

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Of the making of many books, the Bible says, ‘there is no end’. It’s starting to feel a bit like…

Kiwi Life

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Lorde vs Lana People who live in glass houses really shouldn’t get changed with the lights on. Doubly so, one…

Imagine no ‘Imagine’ (I wonder if you can?)

4 September 2021 9:00 am

It’s nearly 50 years since the world’s greatest ‘woke’ anthem was released. But who’s listening to it now?

180,000 people go missing every year in Britain – my father was one of them

21 August 2021 9:00 am

What happens to a family when a parent disappears?

Jive talkin’

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Now the Isle of Man is claiming the Bee Gees? How dare they!

Kiwi Life

10 July 2021 9:00 am

One of my goals over the coming months is to watch an entire rugby game for the first time in…

Kiwi Life

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Of the various little stories about the rather wonderful Joni Mitchell in her early years, my favourite concerns Leonard Cohen.…

You’re gonna make us lonesome when you go

15 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s Dylan’s 80th birthday