Right of First Refusal..

or Refusal of First Right? We are appalled that Nick Smith, Minister of Housing, has driven a bulldozer through Ngaati Whatua and Tainui Treaty settlements, claiming that the “right of first refusal” enshrined in them means nothing – that the government is entitled to sell designated Crown land (some already offered to iwi) to private […]

Arts, Animals, Admiration, Ambivalence..

We had an unexpected opportunity in late April to visit the Gibbs Farm Park in Kaukapakapa, north of Auckland. On earlier journeys we’d glimpsed from the road Bernar Venet’s corten steel cluster (called 88.5° ARC x8) but were even more impressed by Neil Dawson’s beautiful Horizons and Maririjke de Goey’s The Mermaid, above…     […]

Defiant Architecture

  We’ve been stimulated and inspired by several films in the recent Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival, particularly three about extraordinary women, and two about New Zealand’s own Ian Athfield. Three Women’s Worlds Those who Dare, Win featured Zaha Hadid,  born in Baghdad in 1950, and  widely regarded as the most extraordinary architect in the world at […]

Curious about Earthsong?

Here’s your chance to get an overview of the process of development over twenty years, to meet residents, go on a guided tour, visit some homes, enjoy autumn at Earthsong, and finish with a chat over afternoon tea.  These tours are held every three months, so if you can’t come to this one, come on Saturday 22 August or Saturday […]

Heretaunga

Late in March we had our annual holiday with six women friends, all of us growers and farmers.  This year, our tenth get-together, Jenny and Lesley from Pokaiwhenua Tree Farm near Putaruru organised our stay in the the old homestead on Clearview Estate at Te Awanga, in Heretaunga (Hawke’s Bay).  We had a comfortable house,  a variety […]

Multicultural Mount Roskill

The day after our return from Heretaunga we spent some hours enjoying the enormous diversity of Auckland today, especially in dance, drama, sport and food. There were  recycling centres staffed by young volunteers who explained what went where, and good humour and respect was evident everywhere.

On the home front..

Pavement artists outside our door…       Kumara harvest… Yuki harvesting old heritage variety Taputini                         the MAD team… high school students Making A Difference at Earthsong during their special holiday programme Autumn bounty…a day’s harvest at Earthsong    

More Women’s Days…

  Many  women use drama, weaving, tapa cloth making, knitting and crochet, food preparation, to affirm goodness and to assert their positive power.  We’ve experienced a wealth of this creativity in  March  WISE (Women, Inspired, Strong, Empowered & Enterprising) and the ARMS Trust (Auckland Refugee and Migrant Services) had a splendid display of craft work at the Corban Estate […]