HAPPY MATARIKI , FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

21 June is our mid-winter solstice- and, of course, mid-summer solstice for our friends and relations in the northern hemisphere.  We wish you all well for the coming year; and from Aotearoa we wish you Happy Matariki as well, as we celebrate the rising of the Seven Sisters star cluster in the north-eastern sky just […]

Beyond Rahui…

Two huge challenges are spreading around the planet- the sickness caused by the Covid-19 Virus, and the liveliness aroused by the healthy Black Lives Matter movement.  Surely we humans can use these two dramatic experiences to shape real changes for our futures together on this tiny, fragile planet?  We’ve been moved by the shifts which […]

Living in Level One …Catching Up with Whanau, Friends and Photos..

Our government’s success in managing Covid-19 has meant we were able to move from Rahui Level 3 to  Level 2 on 14 May, and to Level 1  (life as “normal” except for closed national borders) at midnight on Monday 8 June. Emerging from Rahui Level 3 enabled us to spend a few days of blissful […]

Dementia Auckland

We recently discovered that the new Dementia Auckland organisation is located next door to us in Grey Lynn in the building down the driveway between the two Ockham apartment blocks. Since we have friends and family members dealing with dementia issues (and some of our own anxieties, says Charmaine!), we decided on Friday 5 June […]

Remembering Atareta Poananga

We were both saddened to read of Atareta’s recent death. Here is a letter of thanks from Tanya to Moana Maniapoto, well-known NZ musician, lawyer and powerful social justice advocate, expressing gratitude  for her tribute to the late Atareta Poananga, wahine toa no Ngati Porou, Ngati Rangitane… Kia ora Moana, I want to thank you very much […]

Emerging from Covid-19 Rahui…

We are very glad to be now in Level 2 of the Rahui.  We were in Level 4 (total lockdown) for 5 weeks from 26 March, then in Level 3 for 2 weeks from 28 April to 14 May.  Now, in Level 2, we are able to socialise more freely (in small numbers, and keeping […]

Highlights during the Rahui for us…

Being in lockdown has had lots of positives for us…in our privileged situation. We’ve both enjoyed our separate daily walks around our neighbourhoods, noticing all the little things.. …paintings, messages, and soft toys in house windows to please passing children (and adults!)  …lots of warm vibes and greetings from passers-by who streamed out into the […]

At the Table …?

We are a bit addicted to the “Jacinda and Ashleigh Show” on radio or  TV most days at 1pm.  The Prime Minister and the Director-General of Health present the latest news on Covid-19 with clarity and warmth.  We are grateful that swift action to isolate cases and prevent the spread we have seen in some […]