On the move..

  Outside our house we’ve been delighting in summer weather and shades of purple in the garden. Inside, we’re surrounded by bags and boxes and more boxes, and bits and pieces still to be shed, as we enter the last ten days of our preparations for moving.  One of the good features of this process […]

Koia Mārika

  Tāmati Kruger, chair of Tūhoe’s tribal body Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua, gave the 2017 Bruce Jesson Lecture, Koia Mārika (So It Will Be),  on 31 October at the University of Auckland. No summary can do justice to this very profound speech.  Every word of Tāmati Kruger’s speech is measured, and to be treasured.   We […]

Welcome back, Lema!

Lema Shamamba: educator and  film-maker We have mentioned Lema Shamamba and her family before in our newsletter- they are good friends of ours – and Lema has become a community leader in Ranui, with support from Ranui Action Project staff.  Lema decided this year to return to the DR Congo to visit her family, whom […]

Congratulations, Rock and Ryan!

  It’s been a while since we’ve had an all-day festival for lesbians, especially one focused  on issues like lesbian visibility and social justice.  So we were delighted to take a day off on Saturday 4 November,  at Toi Tu in Ponsonby, for the Auckland Lesbian Festival 2017, organised by Cissy Rock and Violet Ryan, […]

Ranui Action Project

  2017 has been a very successful year for the Ranui Action Project.  Our staff have facilitated a wide range of community initiatives – from “Christmas in the Car Park” at the end of last year, through Matariki activities, support for the local Waitemata Seagulls 50th Jubilee, a week of activities for a Disability Sports […]

Sarah Sophia Stothard

Charmaine hasn’t had her photo taken in a graveyard before, but this was a special occasion – we were celebrating the unveiling of a headstone for a woman who died one hundred and sixteen years ago. Gillian Dance, a former chairperson of the Parent-Teachers’ Association at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School during Charmaine’s time as principal […]

Three months adventuring…

From 1 December 2017 to 9 March 2018 we’re putting everything except a couple of suitcases-full  into storage until our new Ockham “Newton” home in Grey Lynn  becomes available. Jeanette and Greg, the buyers of our home  Unit 8 at Earthsong, move in on 1 December. We have decided to mark our transition by flying […]

National Telling Lies!!!

I am so angry with the lies (or faked news) being spread by the Nats- even Bill English, for whom I have had some respect until now.         .   Labour is NOT increasing personal income tax- if they are elected income tax will be the same for wealthier people, and so there […]