Women’s Suffrage Day: VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Today, September 19, is Women’s Suffrage Day.  Women have had the vote for 120 years in New Zealand, and yet this is the picture of all the political leaders on offer in this election. OR IS IT?  Metiria Turei, co-leader of the Greens, and Number 1 on their party list, and Laila Harre, leader of the Internet […]

Left…Right

I wonder how different our elections – and our governments – might be if we abandoned the metaphors Left and Right.  In English, as in French and Latin, right  is seen as good (right, droit, dexter), left as somehow inferior (left, gauche, sinister) Why should these labels, left and right,  be used in politics in Aotearoa in the […]

Earthsong: from WOW! to HOW?

Robin Alison, the founder of Earthsong and project manager during its building and development, is offering to run workshops for others interested in co-housing and/or sustainable development. Robin is a lovely woman, a great presenter, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience- she is a leader in New Zealand in the field of co-housing and sustainable […]

Arts on Atiu

We discovered amazing artistic talents on Atiu. While chatting to an elderly couple at the local store, Nga and Paiere Mokoroa, we  were invited to visit and see Nga’s exquisite heritage tivaivai  (a type  of patchwork quilt developed in the Cook Islands). We also visited Andrea Eimke, a German woman who set up Atiu Fibre Arts studio […]

Matariki …

Matariki, a time for reflecting on the past and planning for the future, has given us helter-skelter weather in Tamaki Makaurau since the 28th of June.  Fogs to help us see old Ranui street signs in new ways, sunny days to encourage the garlic shoots, still mornings to frame spiderwebs, wild storms to drive us inside. We tried to walk at Te Henga […]

Views from our Earthsong windows…

A boat race on the lake at the beginning of winter… …a winter day dawning, from our bedroom window and Mio feeds the worms in the new orchard worm farm..

random thoughts and questions…

“War, as we know, is the greatest game that there is. But we want other more peaceful games, not only to fit us for the great game of war but also to prepare us physically and morally – remember that—for the battle of life,,,,We therefore see that every boy ought to play some game or […]

Settling in at Earthsong

We’re settling in to Number 8 at Earthsong with ease and pleasure… …enjoying twice-weekly community meals and getting the hang of cooking in a team of six, once a month, for 50+ people.   Shortly we’ll be assigned our regular ”guardianship” tasks in the big Common House, and next Saturday we’ll take part in the quarterly […]