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 […]

Covert Covid Creativity…

Tanya…. The first four weeks of our Rāhui (Lockdown) seem to have whizzed by.  I haven’t completed any of the practical chores on my “to-do” list, but have enjoyed the opportunities to create in unexpected ways. My computer crashed, and it took a week to get it to our Earthsong expert Grant, who fixed it […]

Visits and Visitors

A visit to Whangarei Heads… From Waitangi we headed to Whangarei Heads to stay a couple of nights with  our old friends Steph and Annette on Seahorse Farm.  We swam, walked, ate delicious food, and were looked after warmly by them both.      One highlight was our walk from Urquhart’s Bay around the headland […]

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 […]

 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 […]