Awhitu…

Awhitu… said to mean”A Longing to Return“.. It is true that while we have no urge any longer  to be managing a 28 acre farm, we love going back to the Awhitu Peninsula, and staying at Orua Bay. Orua is one of the lovelier beaches in the wider Auckland region- good sand, safe swimming in […]

Tanya and Tennis

We’ve made the most of the hot, dry summer, moving in and out of different worlds as usual. Tanya delved into the world of international women’s tennis again in early January for three days.  She saw Serena Williams play each day, but it was the young players who captured her imagination: Taylor Townsend and Asia […]

Solstice Greetings from the Far South!

… from Ōtepoti-Dunedin, where for two weeks  we’re  housesitting for  friends, Fiona and Glenn Erik, former neighbours at Earthsong. It’s wear-merino weather here still, cold even on the sunny days… We’ve slipped easily into our gracious 1920s red brick homesit high on the hills of Ōpoho in North Dunedin, and are enjoying tending to gardens and […]

Ōwairaka

In late November we became involved in political action  on our local maunga in Tāmaki Makaurau – Ōwairaka/Mount Albert.  We had heard on the news that a small group of local residents had gathered half way up  the mountain to stop a tree-felling firm from carrying out the instructions of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority to […]

New Books by Women in Aotearoa

  We’ve had precious time in the evenings to read three new New Zealand books. We have really enjoyed two new novels written by NZ lesbians we know, set firmly in Aotearoa, and with some clear political implications. It’s so lovely for us as lesbians to read about ourselves and our worlds for a change! […]

 Whirinaki Te Pua-A-Tane forest

Tanya’s four-day adventure with Stephanie.. On the last morning of our recent tramp out of the magnificent Whirinaki Podocarp Conservation Park (located between Rotorua and Te Urewera),  Steph’s acute eyes spied a whanau of whio, the rare native blue duck – parents and six ducklings –  preening themselves on a log, far below us in […]

Whānau, Whāngai…

Charmaine’s journey…. I have been on a journey too, this month, but a very different one from Tanya’s.   I’ve just returned from a week  in Sydney and surrounds, spending time with my birth family. Many of you will know that I have two families.  I grew up knowing I was adopted, and believing that I […]

Local Body Elections

We are especially delighted that our friend  Lyn Riesterer , of Whakatohea  descent, became Mayor of the Opotiki District Council – she is the first gay Maori woman Mayor in Aotearoa.  Lyn has been on the Opotiki District Council for two terms, and was Deputy Mayor in her  second term.  Her background is in education […]