author: Peter Matheson

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Treeless Eden, oasis of wealth

    • Peter Matheson
    • 07 July 2009

    I spot the odd ornamental shrub .. And even the occasional bird .. Though only sparrows, it seems .. Beloved of the Lord .. Survive this sterile affluence.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Thoughts from a Gaza voyeur

    • Peter Matheson
    • 08 January 2009
    4 Comments

    An overweening trust in military muscle has led Israel into this campaign; it is hard to overlook the parallels with the Shock and Awe curtain-raiser to the Iraq debacle. It seems there is an unspoken assumption that Palestinian lives are not so important as Israeli ones.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fallen leaves toll for the life that's gone

    • Peter Matheson
    • 18 March 2008
    1 Comment

    The teacher gagged.. The friend betrayed.. The healer hung.. The saviour Torn.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gutted kiwis eat humble pie

    • Peter Matheson
    • 17 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Following their humiliating World Cup Rugby loss to France earlier this month, New Zealanders are wondering whether the Garden of Eden really does lie on the other side of the try line.

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  • RELIGION

    Is New Zealand a Christian country?

    • Peter Matheson
    • 13 June 2007

    The question of whether New Zealand should see itself as a Christian country has bubbled up in an unexpected way. The word ‘Christian’, itself, has become, almost unusable, associated in the public mind with fundamentalist bookshops and the like, or with short lived political parties which tout moralistic codes.

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  • RELIGION

    God has more humour than Helen Clark

    • Peter Matheson
    • 02 April 2007
    1 Comment

    Lively humour is deadly earnest. It erupts in the yawning gap between our dawn dreams of joy and justice and the noonday reality of cruelty and corruption. No totalitarian regime tolerates it for long.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The crunching surge of Aramoana's surf

    • Peter Matheson
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    I swim the land / And walk the sea, / I breathe  these hills / As they breathe me.

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  • INFORMATION

    Feature Letter: How do you read Eureka Street?

    • Peter Matheson
    • 15 November 2006
    23 Comments

    Peter Matheson asks what the best way to read Eureka Street might be, and how other people enjoy it, and make the most of it, in the new online format.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The rise of family values in Angela Merkel's new Germany

    • Peter Matheson
    • 12 June 2006

    Phrases such as ‘family values’ are increasingly bandied about, as a conservative reaction against modern pluralism, and against ethnic, particularly Turkish enclaves, in the 'new' Germany.

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  • RELIGION

    Hallelujah haka

    • Peter Matheson
    • 23 April 2006

    Kiwis flocking to a new destiny

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