Friday 8 February

34 years ago today Tanya came to dinner for the first time at Charmaine’s little cottage in Clarence Street, Ponsonby.  And that, as many of you know, was the beginning of our relationship. We still share strong  political beliefs and values in common, and mostly enjoy each other’s very different strengths.  So we happily weave […]

Round and about in the city

Tom Scott, New Zealand cartoonist and writer, has scripted two plays about his parents. We saw The Daylight Atheist, a one-man portrayal of his alcoholic and abusive father, and Joan, a two-person somewhat kinder presentation of his mother’s life, a few hours apart on Saturday 16 February at the ASB Waterfront Theatre.  We both found […]

Summer in the City

Walking… Christmas Day was a fine, cool day for a walk, so we set out to explore the Westmere coast.  A bus to Meola Road, and then we took the new boardwalk through the mangroves to Weona Reserve.  Glimpses of Meola Reef across the water, until we climbed to a clifftop and saw the wider […]

Exploring our city’s stories

We’ve had another lovely day exploring different aspects of our city with Taiga, our 9-year-old friend from Earthsong. We found a beautifully produced booklet called Te Paparahi, Toi Maori: Walks in the City , produced by Maori artists and designers and supported by the Auckland Council and ATEED, the Council’s tourism and events organisation.  It […]

Rainbow…

..How better to finish our summer story than with a rainbow…promise of some showers for our thirsty gardens…the most spectacular, complete double rainbow we’ve seen from our top deck since we’ve been here, arching over the whole of the central city area from Ponsonby to Mount Eden for a few precious minutes… .

Isaac…around and about

We have been getting to know some more of our neighbours in Isaac apartments by having the odd gathering at our place to welcome newcomers. At a recent one, our new co-building-manager, Jo, talked with us about the blasts of noisy music from 7am onwards blaring out the huge doors of the local panel-beating workshop […]

Solstice greetings to you all..

 Saturday December 22 is the longest day of the year and promises to be warm here, of course.  To our Northern Hemisphere friends and family experiencing the Winter Solstice on Friday 21 December, stay snug, and we’re glad the days will be  lengthening for you from now on. We wonder what you will be doing […]

Violence against women

In our last newsletter we celebrated women winning the right to vote in New Zealand- with some cautions about the very different meanings of suffrage for Pakeha and  Maori women. This month, sadly, we have to acknowledge the continuing acts of violence by men against women here in Aotearoa, and the continuing exclusion of women’s […]