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FROM THE RIDGE: Daily survival trumps activists’ doings

I'm looking forward to level three primarily because I was so frantic during the two days when it last happened I completely missed it.

I’m glad I’m not the one in charge of making the decision to relax the restrictions. Go too early and undo all the good work of recent weeks and, even worse, the pain and ruinous economic impact were for nothing.

FROM THE RIDGE: Let’s learn from the history we are making

Halfway through the designated month-long lockdown and indications are that as far as controlling the spread of the virus things are going as well as could be hoped for.

Just one death from 1200 cases is great but has brought up questions whether the cure is worse than the disease.

FROM THE RIDGE: Jane says it’s not a pretty sight

I finished writing last week’s column late on the Wednesday night, right on deadline as usual and thought I might as well stay up another half hour to see the clock roll over into New Zealand’s first ever complete lockdown.

It was a somewhat unsatisfactory experience, much like Y2K or any New Year’s Eve. One minute after midnight felt very much like the minute before.

FROM THE RIDGE: Diary of a panicking survivalist

June 2020.

Dear diary. How are you? That’s silly, you are an inanimate object. I’ve just got into the habit of asking everyone how they are before going anywhere near them. Not that I’ve seen anyone for weeks. But I have decided to jot down a few thoughts should anyone read this in the future. It might be helpful.

I can’t believe I now think of myself as a survivalist. 

FROM THE RIDGE: Death could be a devastating experience

Last week the World Health Organisation officially announced coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic.

Through good management and luck New Zealand has just five cases at the time of writing, all back at home, and no deaths yet.

FROM THE RIDGE: Death could be a devastating experience

Last week the World Health Organisation officially announced coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic.

Through good management and luck New Zealand has just five cases at the time of writing, all back at home, and no deaths yet.

FROM THE RIDGE: How to convince an unenthusiastic wife

“Every Kiwi should walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing at least once in their lives,” I pronounced.

Jane gazed at me and looked unconvinced.

We had a wedding coming up in Turangi and I thought if there was a suitable weather window we should take an extra day and walk it.