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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Big Decision…

  After considerable reflection and discussion, we have made the big decision to leave Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood and move to a smaller  environmentally-friendly  city apartment.  We have enjoyed our four years here and learnt a lot.  It’s been a great transition for us from the  28 acres of earthtalk@awhitu, and we appreciate the friendships we’ve established […]