August News and Views..

    This month we’ve experienced an Auckland Lockdown, pre-Election Politics, a Climate Change event, some Celebrations…and Spring is on its way here with Tanya’s photos of a burst of magnolia blooms in Grey Lynn… and a celebratory bike ride by Tanya into the West… (past Western Springs, through the Te Atatu Bike tunnel, to […]

Lockdown/Rahui  again…

We’re in Level 3 for 12 days because of a new cluster of Coronavirus cases detected  in Auckland City,  and  since  a few cases in Tokoroa and Rotorua.  The whole country has been put into Level 2:  https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/alert-system/alert-level-2 Here in Auckland, we feel for the smaller shops and cafes that can’t afford to become delivery […]

De-Carbonise Auckland by 2030!!

( please consider signing the open letter on their website) On Monday 10 August We went to an excellent meeting at The Grid in downtown Auckland, organised by Bike Auckland and Generation Zero and chaired by Lucy Lawless. The purpose of the meeting was to publicise the campaign, “The Race to Decarbonise Auckland Transport”: https://www.generationzero.org/decarbonise_transport_2030?mc_cid=58df924e64&mc_eid=264f2bbd2d […]

2. In the south: Mohua-Golden Bay

After our stop at Mapua we drove over  Tākaka Hill to Tākaka township, which still has a distinctively ‘alternative’ atmosphere, with its gentle pace, organic shops and old-style hippy culture.  Tākaka  obviously also continues to have a strong community focus, and a more modern political focus too – a clear Black Lives Matter statement on […]

Don’t Dump in Dome Valley, Auckland Council !!!!

  On Friday 17 July we joined a hikoi from Albert Park to Aotea Square to protest against the possibility of Dome Valley – Te Whārua o Waiwhiu –  north of Warkworth,  becoming a major dump site for Auckland City’s  rubbish collected by Waste Management Services. Like Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara, who organised the march […]

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 […]

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 […]