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November 10, 2010

Thinking Of The Future

...“I think perhaps we should look at moving to a retirement village,” my husband said out of the blue....

Eve-Marie Wilson and her husband took a look at a reirement village in Wellington, New Zealand.

Were they impressed?

Read on...

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November 02, 2010

The Long Weekend

Eve-Marie Wilson reveals that Australian workers are "richer' then New Zealanders in public holidays - even though some residents of Australia don't know why they are having a day off work!

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July 25, 2010

People Power

...The jewel in New Zealand's crown is its beautiful, pristine National Parks. Nevertheless, the current government feels that within the next 15 years it can catch up with Australia. It announced earlier this year, it proposed doing this by allowing mining in conservation areas and land assigned as National Parks, because as it was, the land was not productive. In other words, it wanted to destroy the very thing that makes New Zealand unique...

Eve-Marie Wilson takes her country's Government to task for plans to allow the desecration of natural beauty.

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May 05, 2010

Glimpses Of Asia

...Coming from a small country with an entire population of only 4 million people, a metropolis like Shanghai, with a population of 21 million, was a culture shock. The air pollution, the traffic and the hundreds of multi-storied tower blocks built to house the people has left a lasting impression. In each apartment an average family is allotted 400 square feet. Our guide, Jenny, told us most apartments were privately owned rather than rented. “We say, we have a mother-in-law economy here”, she said, “as all mothers want their daughters to marry a man who can afford to buy an apartment.”...

Eve-Marie Wilson brings a vivid account of a cruising holiday in Asia.

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March 17, 2010

Wellington, New Zealand - A Happening City

Eve-Marie Wilson presents a deliciously inviting guide to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.

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December 01, 2009

Catarina And Rosa

...Every morning Catarina took her place at the window overlooking the lane to watch Franco and Rosa pass. They looked so happy together. Very soon they were holding hands and then he was walking with his arm around her tiny waist. By the end of the fortnight he was kissing her on the cheek before they parted. Then he started to kiss her on the lips and hold her as if he never wanted to let her go. Catarina felt she had lost any hope of Franco becoming hers...

Ah, but there is more than one way to ensnare a man's affection, as Eve Marie-Wilson's tasty tale reveals.

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September 01, 2009

The Great New Zealand Smacking Debate

Eve-Marie Wilson provides shocking stastics as she considers the level of abuse and violence meted out to some children in New Zealand.

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August 09, 2009


Eve-Marie Wilson is determined to battle against chainsaw-happy council boffins, and anyone else, who tries to get rid of trees in her neighbourhood.

"Trees are a valuable resource in the fight against climate change because they absorb such air pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide from the atmosphere. They also cleanse the soil by filtering sewage and animal waste and absorbing chemical pollutants,'' says doughty crusader Eve-Marie.

To read more of her words on other subjects please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/tales_from_tawa/

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June 16, 2009

Taste Of The Pacific

In this tale by Eve-Marie Wilson a young lady allows herself to be talked into a cruising holiday, only to discover that she has stepped into a nightmare.

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May 14, 2009

A Timely Warning

… Most alarming was the number grossly overweight children on board who were regularly supplied with fattening food by their parents. In my mind over feeding a child is a form of child abuse as every bit as neglectful as under feeding one…

Eve-Marie Wilson gives a timely warning on the dangers of eating too much fattening food.

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March 19, 2009

Falling In Love Again

Will 15-year-old Bryony ever find a boyfriend?

Eve-Marie Wilson tells a delicious tale of teenage longings.

To read more of Eve-Marie’s articles and stories please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/tales_from_tawa/

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February 05, 2009

The Black Death

…Many think it started with the arrival of the steamer Niagara which berthed in Auckland on 12 October 1918. It is true some of those on board were suffering from influenza; however records show they were suffering from no more than the first mild strain already doing the rounds in Auckland. Despite this, there is still the possibility the virus did indeed arrive on the Niagara…

Eve-Marie Wilson tells how New Zealand was caught up in the worst pandemic to sweep the world since the 14th Century plague.

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December 11, 2008

Calm Your Mind And Improve Your Health

…There are also significant psychological benefits to be gained from meditation. With regular practise, comes improved self esteem, self confidence, emotional stability and an increased sense of fulfilment. In addition, meditation provides a conduit to a world of inner peace where one’s cup is always half full rather than half empty and it shows us how the key to happiness is to live in the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or the future…

Eve-Marie Wilson gives a guide to a technique that can improve health and lead to a longer life.

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November 04, 2008

Something Of Nothing

Eve-Marie Wilson tells a tale of a good man who looked after his mates in a tough situation.

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October 02, 2008

Strategies For Staying Mentally Alert

Eve-Marie Wilson brings the very best advice on how to stay healthy, mentally and physically, as the years roll by.

Print out this article. Consult it from time to time. Follow its recommendations, then you can look forwards to a fit and fun-filled retirement.

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August 26, 2008

Get Moving

Eve-Marie Wilson brings the very best advice on how to stay fit and healthy as the years go by.

For more of Eve-Marie’s varied and invariably entertaining columns please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/tales_from_tawa/

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July 31, 2008

Uncle Jack

Eve-Marie Wilson tells a tale concerning a brave young lad who was dertermined to be a man's man.

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May 08, 2008

Just Do It!

…It goes without saying, if you are travelling alone and have to handle your own luggage you need to pack lightly. Nevertheless, even if you are travelling with another person, never take more than you need. Remember, the enjoyment of any holiday diminishes as the size of your baggage increases…

Eve-Marie Wilson offers sound and detailed advice to older travelers.

Print this column. File it away in a safe place. Then refer to it the next time you are thinking of taking a holiday.

And do go travelling!

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April 03, 2008

The Ten Best Reads

Eve-Marie Wilson tells a fine tale about literary ambition.

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February 14, 2008

An Act Too Far

Eve-Marie Wilson deplores a new act which places restrictions on those wanting to stand for the New Zealand parliament.

"A candidate who is not currently a Member of Parliament is only allowed to spend NZ$20,000 seeking election over an entire year, whereas an existing MP has in addition to this NZ$20,000 limit, larger and more freely available taxpayer funding, thus making it even more difficult to defeat a sitting MP. No other democracy in the world has such severe restrictions.''

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January 17, 2008


"Some people bemoan the fact that nothing in life stays the same. I agree it doesn’t, life just get better and better,'' says Eve-Marie Wilson as she contemplates the summers of her childhood and youth and summertime today.

For more of Eve-Marie's excellent columns please click on Tales From Tawa in the menu on this page.

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December 25, 2007

Christmas Wishes

Eve-Marie Wilson tells a story about the birth of a child - a story that could not be more appropriate amd satisfying on this day.

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November 03, 2007

When A Democracy Is Not A Democracy

...In my opinion taking names from a party list is clearly undemocratic as it has made it possible for a politician to lose his/her electorate seat, but still able to get into parliament as a list MP.

Nothing can convince me that having members of Parliament who have not been voted in by the people is democratic. An MP could be an out and out tyrant but as long as he/she is on a party list there is no way the country can be rid of him/her...

New Zealander Eve-Marie Wilson declares that a new voting system has resulted in her once-democratic homeland no longer being a democacy.

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October 05, 2007

Getting It Right

Eve Marie-Wilson tells of noisy times on a Roman holiday.

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August 10, 2007

The Beguiling Isle

Eve-Marie Wilson longs to live on Norfolk Island, and after reading her enticing words you will probably share her dream.

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June 22, 2007

A Tale Of The Waitaki

…He rubbed his chin, looked at me, smiled and said, “Well then, Robert, perhaps it’s time you did a man's work. I’m sending Charlie into Oamaru tomorrow, to look after some business for me; it would be a good opportunity for you to take his place on a trial basis. If you do a good job, you can be Charlie’s permanent partner.”

I was delighted. I could just see myself mounted on my horse, Squire, yelling instructions to Merry, my dog, as we herded animals into the water. I’d be a proper cowboy….

But young Robert’s first day of helping at the Waitaki ferry crossing almost ended in disaster.

Eve-Marie Wilson tells a tale from the pioneer days of New Zealand. This incident was recorded in the diary of the great-grandfather of Eve-Marie’s husband Brian.

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May 12, 2007

Tired All The Time

…Can you imagine being so tired every day of your life that it is an effort to think, move or breathe…

Eve-Marie Wilson tells of ME/CFS, an illness which leaves sufferers unable to hold down a job, or enjoy such simple pleasures as playing sport, gardening, going for a walk or spending a day in town.

Eve-Marie’s article could not be more timely. May 12th each year is International ME/CFS Awareness Day aimed at educating the public as to the true nature of the disorder, dispelling discrimination and lack of understanding towards sufferers and lobbying for more research in the hope one day a cure can be found

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April 13, 2007


…Of the 8,556 New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli, 7,573 were either killed or wounded. In a small country, whose population was just over one million at the time, few families were not affected by the casualty list. My own grandfather was wounded at the landing and spent the rest of his with a lung full of shrapnel as a result. My husband’s grandfather was killed by a sniper three months into the campaign, his remains lying there in an unmarked grave to this day…

Eve-Marie Wilson tells of a futile loss of lives in a World War One campaign – a loss still remembered every April in New Zealand and Australia on ANZAC Day.

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March 16, 2007

Suds And Tears

…Like the operas from which their name is derived, a true soap opera must always maintain the essential ingredients of pathos, romance and fantasy….

Eve-Marie Wilson considers the essential ingredients in the TV programmes which command the biggest audiences world-wide.

For more of Eve-Marie’s entertaining columns please click on Tales From Tawa in the menu on this page.

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February 14, 2007

The Polar Star

The Polar Star set sail from Falmouth, England, on the 16th of August, 1854, bound for New Zealand. The voyage ended in mid-Atlantic when the ship caught fire. Eve-Marie Wilson, whose relatives were aboard the vessel, tells of a dramatic sea rescue.

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January 17, 2007

Two Worlds

“It was a bitterly cold evening, the stillness of which suggested dawn would greet us with a frost. I’d rushed to the High Street on my way home from work to catch the shops before they closed. He was sitting on the pavement outside the supermarket. His thin denim jacket and ragged jeans doing little to protect him from the cold. His feet were shoeless and his toes had turned blue. He was holding a piece of cardboard on which he had written; Homeless, Cold and Hungry. Please help me…’’

Eve-Marie Wilson brings an inspirational and deeply moving account of a chance meeting which has changed her life.

Eve-Marie’s column confirms that happiness and contentment can be found in unexpected places.

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November 15, 2006

Happy Birthday U3A Tawa

Eve-Marie Wilson wishes the happiest of birthdays to the organisation which brings her pleasure and delight - Tawa U3A. Tawa is the most northerly suburb of New Zealand's largest city, Wellington. Tawa U3A is a self-help organisation which brings joy and adds interest to the lives of hundreds of retired people.

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October 18, 2006

A Happy Marriage

Eve-Marie Wilson, with a sprinkling of humour and a dash of drama, reveals the ingredient that ensures a marriage will bring happiness to both partners.

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September 20, 2006

The Maori Queen

Eve-Marie Wilson tells of the unprecedented outpouring of grief from both Maori and Pakeha (Europeans) at the recent death of the Maori Queen Dame Te Atairangikaahu, something that will be long remembered in the history of New Zealand.

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August 23, 2006

Asian Fiasco

Eve-Marie Wilson tells of Malaysian holiday that had more than its share of discomforts and stresses – but which had a happy ending.

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July 26, 2006

Dimitrios's Divorce

...Once in his cabin he took me in his arms and kissed me. “Maghapas, Carol?” he crooned. “Saghapo para poli agapemou.”
“Dimitrios,” I said, “you’ll have to speak English if you want me to understand you.”
“I love you,” he whispered. “I want you, all of you. Stay in my cabin the whole night and let me take you to paradise.”...

Eve-Marie Wilson tells a steamy tale of a romantic encounter on a voyage to Australia.

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June 07, 2006

Roving Through The Blackhall Ranges

Eve-Marie Wilson takes us exploring in Queensland’s Blackhall Ranges, where there are hectares of unspoiled rainforest, national parks, scenic countryside and picturesque mountain villages, all waiting to be discovered by adventurous tourists.

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May 03, 2006

Lesson Learned

“Dad, I think you’d better come quickly, Jason’s unconscious!”…

Eve-Marie Wilson tells a cautionary tale which should be heeded by parents and teenagers alike.

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March 22, 2006

Viva Victoria!

Eve-Marie Wilson's dream place, apart from New Zealand, is Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada. "Visit there once and I guarantee you will return again and again. I do.''

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February 08, 2006

My Son's Having A Party

The young lad next door is having a party, entertaining under the stars. Eve-Marie Wilson and her husband choose pizza, Pavarotti and the quiet end of their house. But then the riot police arrive...

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December 21, 2005

A Northern Christmas

"Just when I thought my senses were about to go into overdrive, big white flakes of snow came swirling down to cover the gray street in a soft white carpet. Mike held my hand and whispered, 'Merry Christmas, darling'.....'' New Zealander Eve-Marie Wilson recalls a Christmas spent with the love of her life in wintery England.

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November 02, 2005

Cruising Alaska

If you go cruising to Alaska be sure to wrap yourself up in warm clothing - particularly if it's the last voyage of the season. Despite low-lying cloud and wet weather, Eve-Marie Wilson enjoys the experience.

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October 05, 2005

What Women Want

Eve-Marie Wilson presents a brief history of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, a country in which women now hold the key positions of power.

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September 07, 2005


Imagine a mother's concern when Graham moves in to live with her daughter. He demands good food, and never the same meal twice if you please. He does no work. He shares the daughter's bed... Eve-Marie Wilson tells a deliciously entertaining tale.

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July 20, 2005

TranzAlpine Wonderland

Eve-Marie Wilson takes us on a never-to-be-forgotten rail journey in New Zealand. (I can't wait to book my ticket. - Editor, Open Writing).

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June 15, 2005

The Great Wall

Eve-Marie Wilson fulfils a long-held desire to walk on the Great Wall of China.

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May 18, 2005

Towards A Non-Retributive Theory Of Punishment

Eve-Marie Wilson takes a long, well-reasoned and civilising look at the problems of crime and punishment.

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April 13, 2005

Good Old Victor

You think that old age is all about cataracts and arthritis, deafness, memory loss, walking sticks and false teeth? Then read about Flora and Victor, two delightful characters Eve-Marie Wilson met on a cruise - and be inspired!

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March 02, 2005

Reef Daydreams

Our new columnist Eve-Marie Wilson goes cruising in luxury along the eastern coast of Australia. "From the moment my husband and I boarded the ship we were treated like royalty...''

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