Author Archives: Jim Tucker

About Jim Tucker

Supposed to be retired, after quitting journalism teaching in 2013 (after 25 years, preceded by 22 years as a newspaper journalist and editor), but find myself busier than ever with various book projects, advising law firms, and writing articles for magazines like North & South and Live.

Reunion NPBHS 1964 – contacts needed

Contact details are sought for ex-students from New Plymouth Boys High School whose last year was 1964. Continue reading

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Selfish anti-vaxxers won’t be missed

I’ve lost my patience with anti-vaxxers because reasoning with them gets you nowhere. Continue reading

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Columns book is launched at hospice

Jim Tucker has just published a collection of his columns in a book to raise money for Hospice Taranaki. It’s available at the five hospice shops in New Plymouth, Waitara, Stratford and Hawera, or on Trade Me. Continue reading

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Pukekura Park in Winter

Pukekura Park has its special ways of coping with Taranaki’s winter months. Take a look at this two-part photo essay to see what happens. Continue reading

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Govt’s love of the aged is going to have a bad ending

While the NZ Government is showing due concern for the welfare of the country’s aged during the Covid pandemic, something has gone wrong with its funding for those vital end-of-life places about to be overrun by dying Baby Boomers. Hospice … Continue reading

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Kitchen Table – best toastie I ever ate

I’ve just eaten the best toasted sandwich in my rapidly lengthening life. Find out how close to home it was. Continue reading

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Why we need to be wary about Govt’s three waters deal

Roadworks in Taranaki – not much progress. DN Photo During this second term of the Labour-dominated government one thing that has become apparent is its quest to gain central control over more of the country’s basic functions. We’ve got all … Continue reading

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How Covid locks down our cars

Why we had no car to drive for three months. Continue reading

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How to drop a tree safely in a busy public park

Here’s how to fell a big tree in a busy park…with great care. Continue reading

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Grumpy old man returns – with mask

I’m back with a column – motivated by what people are (or are not) doing about masking up when they’re out during level 4 lockdown. Continue reading

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