A Summer Like No Other..

  Christmas 2017 in the Waitakeres  We spent  Christmas week 2017 with our friends Farida and Shila in the Waitakeres, being  treated as honoured aunties and fed delicious meals from many different cultures. On Christmas Day we drove to the waterfront together and walked from Kohimarama to St Heliers and back, enjoying the vast crowds […]

Te Kura Whare

  Ever since we saw the film Ever the Land in the 2015 film festival we have been wanting to visit Tuhoe’s new tribal development centre, Te Kura Whare.  The only “Living Building” in Aotearoa, and one of only a handful in the world, it is made wherever possible from local resources by local people, uses non-toxic materials […]

Rēkohu

In the midst of our house sorting and packing process, Tanya woke up one morning with a dream of escaping to the Chatham Islands for Christmas. After a little research, she found that although there were no touism activities over Christmas, there were two places left on a small group “Forget-Me-Not” tour for a week […]

Orua Bay

After venturing onto the eastern-most island of Aotearoa – Rekohu – with its unfamiliar landscapes and communities, it’s very comforting to drop back into our favourite seaside cottage- Lupin Lodge, at Orua Bay on the northern tip of the Awhitu Peninsula.  We’ve been coming here together for short breaks for thirty years, beginning when we […]

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 […]

Kahurangi Nganeko Kaihau Minhinnick

On Thursday 15 June 2017 Aotearoa lost one of its greatest environmental advocates,  Kahurangi Nganeko Kaihau Minhinnick, of Ngaati Te Ata – Waiohua.  From the age of eleven, Nganeko Kaihau was expected to undertake legal and environmental issues for her iwi, Ngaati Te Ata, because she was the most fluent English-speaker in her whanau. With […]

about us…

Kia ora koutou, We’ve had a break from writing newsletters since November 2016, and feel it’s time to start again.  Not necessarily every month, though! From Tanya… Kia ora koutou…It’s now two months since my left hip joint was successfully replaced, so I’m back to swimming, and biking to strengthen muscles.  I made good use of […]

Coromandel Peninsula

  We’ve just returned from a five-day visit to the Coromandel Peninsula and Mercury Bay.  We had two reasons for going at this time: to go to the one-off Moana Maniapoto Concert in Coromandel Township, and to link up there with our friend and former gardener Sue and her partner Susie for a late summer holiday […]