…and finally, a good place to stay…

…a small town whose population increases from 3000 to 10,000 for  a couple of weeks over Christmas and New Year, every year, but outside this peak Christmas period offers a lively, diverse community, every outdoor activity you can think of , and outstanding places to stay, to eat, and to explore: Whaingaroa-Raglan As part of […]

Creativity in the City…

Architects… Taiga, our 9-year-old friend from Earthsong, joined us for a day exploring the work of some of Aotearoa’s leading architects.  Fifteen central Auckland architecture firms held open days, and we managed to spend time at four, talking with staff and looking at current project models, past work images and futuristic designs. Taiga had two […]

Celebrating Te Reo

We’re still enjoying the upsurge in use and acknowledgement of Te Reo Maori.  And we urge you all to read the excellent article on page 112 of  the September-October issue of New Zealand Geographic. Kennedy Warne’s essay,  A Flash of Fire: what a difference a name makes , explores the differences between Maori and English government […]

See No Evil…

This collective of Maori and Pacific women, Oceania Interrupted, is demonstrating solidarity with the people of West Papua…  How much do we know about the actions of our governments in the Pacific over the last 60 years? Most of us, very little, especially about those things which should concern us deeply. Take the story of […]

Closer to home…

Closer to home… The rooftop  provides other interesting views… …and then there are the birds, of course, announcing themselves from steeples and other high perches To our surprise, the most obtrusive birds on our rooftop are not the expected urban pigeons and mynahs, but our  loud friends from the paddocks at Awhitu- the gurgling magpies and screeching spur-winged […]

Our neighbourhood…

The Grey Lynn neighbourhood is diverse, colourful and fascinating. We go to the Farmers’ Market at the Community Centre  every Sunday morning for our weekly fresh produce, and every Thursday for a Tai Chi session; and relish a coffee at one of the many cafes now and then.   Charmaine walks, reacquainting herself with plane-tree-lined avenues, […]

Gardens at Home and at Church

Some friends were worried when we left for the central city- “what will you do without a garden?” they asked Tanya. Six pots on the deck!” she answered confidently.  And here they are…providing all our salad greens and herbs.  But we’d also explored the Saint Columba church grounds next door, and Tanya started taking our […]

Our first week in the city…

  We moved into our new urban apartment- in Ockham’s Isaac Newton project in Grey Lynn on Saturday 10 March. We feel very lucky to be here. The environment is exciting and stimulating;  The apartment is white, crisp, modern and lovely- our challenges include remembering how to use our “swipe keys” for entrances and exits, […]