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.

My memoirs, Part 1, now available

This is an e-book covering four decades, beginning with New Zealand journalist Jim Tucker’s early life in Taranaki and traversing through to 1987, when he had become editor of the country’s second largest daily newspaper. It’s a 283-page read, comprising 111,000 … Continue reading

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Is PM Ardern our Winston Churchill?

Popular British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill was ousted after steering his country to a victory in World War II – because his people were sick of war. Will the same thing happen to NZ PM Jacinda Ardern because we’re … Continue reading

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Why school reunions are still a good idea

Here’s why reunions can still work for you. Continue reading

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Why reunions are a good idea still

The Covid pandemic has ruled out most school reunions, but when it’s over the way will be clear again for those gatherings of old schoolmates. Still a good idea? Continue reading

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Good journo beneath mild-mannered man

Mike Watson reported for various NZ newspapers for more than 20 years. The New Plymouth journalist – the epitome of the diligent reporter – died in mid-February 2022 aged 63. Here’s what we thought of him. Continue reading

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Big seas off New Plymouth driven by Cyclone Dovi

Gigantic seas hit the Taranaki coastline after Cyclone Dovi passed over the North Island of NZ on February 12 and 13. Here’s what they looked like. Continue reading

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The short and long of getting a gong

It was a surprise to be named in the New Year’s honours list last December 31 – but a tribute to journalism. Continue reading

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Tricky road to a new driver’s licence

Getting a driver’s licence renewal after 60 years of untested driving ain’t no picnic. Continue reading

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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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