Memorable in May..

What a wealth of experiences and ideas we have shared during this last month… We’ve had new films released of special interest to people in Aotearoa, and the Auckland Writers’ Festival, as well as a particularly lovely autumn of long sunny days and lavish leaf fall….hope you enjoy some of these experiences and follow up […]

First, in film..

Merata Mita: How my mother decolonised the screen This is a superb film- profoundly moving, powerful and a worthy tribute to one of Aotearoa’s most remarkable women. We remember Merata’s film Mauri (the first feature film written and directed by a Maori woman), and some of her documentaries about the emergence of Maori sovereignty, Bastion […]

…then the Wit and Wisdom of Writers…

Kate Haworth is a great lecturer- warm, funny, thoroughly at ease with her content and abe to express ideas powerfully – with humour, and with diagrams, pictures and props. On the first night of Auckland Writers’ Festival Week she presented her ideas about the need for us to move , world-wide, towards Doughnut Economics. She […]

…and Closer to Home

Autumn in Grey Lynn is especially beautiful this year. A long period of fine weather, few windy days and even fewer rainy ones has encouraged a performance of leafy splendour in the streets- the avenues of plane trees, the tuliptrees and liquidambar, especially, have been flaunting their greengold, yellow and crimson leaves, leafprinting the footpaths, […]

Looking back, looking forward

Our last (March 20)  newsletter featured only two events on Friday 15 March 2019: a peaceful and creative school student demonstration on climate change in Auckland’s Aotea Square (one of many throughout the world that day) , and the appalling terrorist massacre of Muslim people at prayer in Christchurch, which unknown to us was happening […]

Forgotten World Adventure…

We haven’t forgotten our adventure, 4-8 March – our 16th annual trip with our longtime friends, three other lesbian couples who manage land projects- small or large.  Steph and Annette are on  Seahorse Farm near Whangarei , Jenny and Lesley have Pokaiwhenua Tree Farm near Putaruru, and Joy and Jill have been developing their extensive […]

Closer to Home…

… the opening of Pacific Sisters, an amazing exhibition on loan from Te Papa  at the Auckland Art Gallery– ” a collective of Pacific and Māori fashion designers, artists, and performers, the Pacific Sisters electrified 1990s Auckland, bringing the ground-breaking style of an urban, New Zealand–born Pacific generation to the mainstream. Through pioneering, daring shows, the […]

Friday 15 March 2019: a day to remember with pain

You will all have heard about the terrorist attack on Muslim people praying in two Christchurch mosques last Friday, 15 March. Our hearts go out to the families who have lost dear ones, and to all Muslim people in Aotearoa, whose hopes for a safe country to live in have been so cruelly shattered. E […]