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Not A Jolly Holiday

June 7th, 2010 Comments Off on Not A Jolly Holiday

Wazzer is bracing herself for tonight. Queen’s Birthday. A public holiday. The bar where she’s the night manager is open, levying a 15% surcharge. The slightly plumper paycheck she will receive does not compensate for the resulting annoyance. Customers will be few and crabby. Tips, in short supply at this time of year without tourists, […]

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Bogan 3.0: Our Bogans, Our Selves

May 24th, 2010 4 Comments

Wazzer has been asked to model in an avant-garde fashion show. Wayne, having received an okay-for-the-recession bonus for managing his software development team, is listening to AC/DC on his upgraded iPhone. Wayland runs a hand through his hair and says, “I’m rough as guts, under the suit,” and everyone swoons. Welcome to the triumph of […]

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It’s About Time

May 19th, 2010 Comments Off on It’s About Time

Winona has received a job offer from the Department of Stodge. She is not surprised. Twenty years ago, an offer like this would have meant a job for life.  Everyone knows that it isn’t, anymore. But the employee selection system around it is still constructed as if this had not changed. Winona has been through […]

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Rites of Passage

May 7th, 2010 Comments Off on Rites of Passage

“I blew it,” Winona moans. “I could’ve prevaricated and spun them a load of – ” Winona glances at her sister Helena’s two children, sitting attentively with them at the café table. “A load of guff, but no, I couldn’t not explain.” Helena says, philosophically, “They can’t be mad at you for telling them the […]

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April 23rd, 2010 1 Comment

There is now a new indignity for Willow to endure as a single Wellington woman. For three weekends in a row, she has been unbrunched. The dust from her move has settled, the little townhouse in Hataitai is all hers, avocado 1970s kitchen, peach-hued bathroom, and all. She had pictured entertaining in the  rimu breakfast […]

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Wellington Men II: The Cad

April 14th, 2010 Comments Off on Wellington Men II: The Cad

Set up in the new flat, there’s only so much online job hunting and waiting for the phone that Winona can stand. She fabricates errands. She is lingering through the New World Metro grocery store when she runs into an old acquaintance. In his rough, warm voice, he murmurs, “Choice to have you back. You […]


Flat Hunting In Wellington

March 17th, 2010 Comments Off on Flat Hunting In Wellington

Flat hunting in Wellington. The sheer hell of it. Several days after their arrival, Will cases the To Rent ads on TradeMe while Winona rustles the paper (thrust upon her by her mother.) Pretty soon Will’s cellphone rings. It is a former colleague of his. What’s he been up to? Has he got a CV? […]

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Up The Coast

March 12th, 2010 Comments Off on Up The Coast

“You didn’t have to call to tell me Win’s back, Mummy. I’ve been reading her Twitter posts all week. At least now that she’s back she and Will can reduce their carbon footprint properly.” Even Mina has to admit that her eldest daughter, Karin Kapiti, takes herself rather seriously. Karin has her mother’s height, topped […]

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