Anna Chinn's blog

The end of the blog

The end of the blog

ODT blogger Anna Chinn, a Canon Media Awards finalist known for her sharp wit and ability to tackle local issues from unexpected angles, says goodbye after five years.

Gisborne, by night

Gisborne, by night

Having booked to stay one night at a backpackers in Gisborne, I then read travellers' online reviews. "Death camp," they said, "discusting!"

In close proximity to Government

In close proximity to Government

The following conversation was held in a cafe last week between your blogger and an old friend, who works high up in the Beehive.

An open letter to women

An open letter to women

Hi. And in particular, hi Maori women. This is an open letter. I've been trying to put myself in your shoes since seeing this advertisement for Annah Stretton, but I couldn't seem to fit your shoes, and so I thought I'd just kick the shoe metaphor and ask you what this ad says to you.

Swanning around in Dunedin

Swanning around in Dunedin

You can't swoop, nor swan, back into a city you have left and pretend to know it still.

Hokitika heroism

Hokitika heroism

A wedding occurred in Hokitika, bringing Debbie into the family. This occasioned a convergence of Chinns from around the world upon the salty Westland town. A reunion, therefore.

Conversations with Barry #1

Before leaving employ as an Otago Daily Times subeditor, your blogger would frequently visit the office of deputy editor Barry Stewart to discuss editorial journalism, current events, food, and your blogger's personal tribulations. These conversations will now continue occasionally by telephone, as a dialogue between Wellington and Dunedin.

Busking in Mandarin

Busking in Mandarin

I feel as foreign as any non-native Wellingtonian. I am a Chinese busker, singing in Mandarin.

This peanut butter went to Wellington

This peanut butter went to Wellington

Where did the peanut butter come from? It came from a black rubbish sack in photographer Emily's kitchen, and before that it came from China.

Bain: the statistical mode

Bain: the statistical mode

This is a neutral tribute to David Bain. He simply must be acknowledged as a reliable source of news. Here at the Otago Daily Times, seldom a day goes by when he is not the page one lead. "What shall we put on the cover tomorrow?" we ask ourselves daily except Saturdays, rubbing our grizzled and beleaguered jaws in thought.

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