Shades with Michael J. Gray

Michael J. Gray
Shades is a newsletter about creating an equitable and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand, showcasing the leaders on particular issues, and how to make change yourself.
Created 30 Nov 2019
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  • Burying our heads in the sand
    04 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Kia ora, While COVID-19 has dominated our collective consciousness for the last two years, climate change is still a very real thing. I don’t know about you but when I hear those two words, my eyes te...
  • I have a gut feeling
    28 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Kia ora, It’s time I admit something. People who have seen me around food already know this; I don’t eat vegetables. It’s been a pain for both myself and others going on near my entire life. Before we...
  • Going to war against an army of rats
    20 Jul 2021 • 7 min read
    Kia ora, We have a rat problem. Now that’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. A few weeks ago we first started hearing scratching in the walls. Overnight we noticed the cat biscuits completely gone...
  • Back Again Talking Rubbish
    04 Jul 2021 • 6 min read
    Sign up now Kia ora, So I’m starting this thing back up again. If you’re keen to stay on board, thank you. Otherwise, if you’re shocked to see this in your inbox after such a time, I won’t hold it aga...
  • Twenty Nineteen in retrospect
    14 Jan 2020 • 3 min read
    Kia ora koutou, Last year I set a resolution of playing more board games, that is, finding time to actually play them. And I pretty much failed at that miserably. I can wait until my kid ages up but w...
  • The one where women are put on trial
    07 Dec 2019 • 5 min read
    Kia ora koutou, Is it a Saturday? I switched newsletter providers again. You shouldn’t notice any major changes but there will be formatting differences and the sender address is now shades@substack.c...
  • Kia ora
    30 Nov 2019 • < 1 min read
    Welcome to Shades. Shades is a newsletter about creating an equitable and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand, showcasing the leaders on particular issues, and how to make change yourself. Sign up now so y...
  • The one where I go road trippin'
    21 Nov 2019 • 10 min read
    Thursday 21st November - Issue #17 Kia ora koutou, It’s been a minute and I have a bit to share. I suppose that’s what happens when you procrastinate. It's a little like leaving dishes on the bench te...
  • The one where we strike for the planet
    03 Oct 2019 • 9 min read
    Thursday 3rd October - Issue #16 Kia ora koutou, Last Friday the third School Strike 4 Climate took place across the country, encouraging everyone to take part. In New Zealand, it's illegal to go on a...
  • The one where you determine your city's future
    16 Sep 2019 • 5 min read
    Monday 16th September - Issue #15 Kia ora koutou, Baby (or Bubble as we affectionately call him) is now getting into everything. That includes yanking stuff off our coffee table and pulling books out ...
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