Sir Edmund Hillary

The symbolism of the Rainbow Warrior's return to her spiritual home.

As the sun rose on 2013, the new Rainbow Warrior sailed for New Zealand: first stop a tribute to her sister ship, sunk in Matauri Bay.

It’s time for the Rainbow’s return, because 2013 marks another time of defiance, a fight for our country’s soul.

We might have fought over it, at the time. Sometimes, we fought bitterly. At Gallipoli, we lost; but we were on the right side of history, and we found a blood-coloured poppy, like a heartbeat in the dust. Later, it would dawn on us: this is who we are, New Zealand.

Last month, business force-for-good Pure Advantage launched their latest Green Race paper. “A race has begun, and we are in it,” they said, and they showed a short film.

In which I rescue the government from its dilemma over what to do with the Hillary homestead and help rejuvenate the Auckland waterfront, all in one go

Showing that his political judgment hasn't gone completely to the dogs, John Key last week announced that the government is willing to pay some or all of the cost required to preserve Sir Edmund Hillary's family home in Remuera, Auckland.

Investigation clears police of Wallace shooting but recommends drug test; Housing New Zealand manager flees home after Mob threats; high country could again be for sale to foreign owners; no trains for World Cup; and more

The Independent Police Conduct Authority yesterday cleared Senior Constable Keith Abbott of misconduct in the shooting of Steven Wallace in Waitara in 2000, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Sir Ed Hillary's home of 50 years is up for sale. Why isn't the city or the government making an offer? Do we still not recognise the importance of remembering this nation's story?

UPDATE: Remuera Heritage wants Hillary home to be bought by government.