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 […]

Care, Community, Creativity…

What a privilege it is for us, with our resources and networks,  to live in Tamaki Makaurau, with the wealth of cultural activities available to many.  We are lucky to have friends who invite us to participate in events of special significance in their cultures, or who bring their unique experiences to us.. .and who […]

Moving On…

In July  we wrote about our big decision to leave Earthsong, and carefully prepared a “For Sale ” page  for the Earthsong website. The response to the Earthsong website was immediate, and within a couple of weeks we had a keen buyer, and hope to finalise the sale next month.  So  we spent August looking […]

Women and Politics: Reflections on Women’s Suffrage Day

We are lucky to belong to a nation where women not only have the right to move around freely and speak up in public, but also to be elected to  Parliament  and to become Prime Ministers. One hundred and twenty-four years ago , on 19 September  1893,  women gained the right to vote in New […]

Election 2017

What an extraordinary election campaign we are experiencing here in Aotearoa! For those living outside Aotearoa, a summary of some key events: We’ve lost two party leaders – Andrew Little from Labour, who resigned with dignity to allow his deputy, Jacinda Adern, to become leader; and Meteria Turei, from the Greens, whose attempts to draw […]

A fierce footnote

I can’t stand the term “ethnic cleansing”.  There’s nothing clean about persecution,  rape, mutilation and murder of a group of human beings because of their ethnicity, religion or political beliefs.  Tell the truth, for goodness  sake –”attempted ethnic extermination”, or “forced ethnic relocation”… genocide…hatred and criminal violence…inexcusable evil… Every day we’re hearing this term used […]

Nganeko – a personal tribute

On June 15 this year we lost a dear friend, Nganeko Minhinnick.  We first met Nganeko in 1987, at a Forest and Bird Society meeting where she  spoke about the mining by New Zealand Steel  of the Maioro iron sand dunes, her people’s ancient burial area at the mouth of the Waikato River, and the […]