Matariki

    At last in Aotearoa we have our own  unique Matariki Festival for mid winter. In Tamaki Makaurau events include dawn karakia, lights on Sky Tower and the Harbour Bridge, kite days, kapa haka groups, jazz concerts, plays, story-telling, films, feasts, street parties…a month to reflect on the past year and celebrate spring and the […]

Delighting in Diversity

We really appreciate the wealth of cultural activities available in Auckland.  The Auckland Writers’ Festival and Film  Festivals , and the Auckland Photography Festival, have provided  an extraordinary range of events in May, June and July.  And then there are live theatre shows, art galleries and community activities as well.  Of course our choices from […]

Celebrating Women’s Music in Aotearoa

                            We have been to two outstanding women’s music events this year- a reunion of 1980s women musicians on February 9,  and an Auckland Arts Festival commemoration of Mahinaarangi Tocker and her music on March 16 and 17.   Bags of hags […]

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 […]

Welcome back, Lema!

Lema Shamamba: educator and  film-maker We have mentioned Lema Shamamba and her family before in our newsletter- they are good friends of ours – and Lema has become a community leader in Ranui, with support from Ranui Action Project staff.  Lema decided this year to return to the DR Congo to visit her family, whom […]

Congratulations, Rock and Ryan!

  It’s been a while since we’ve had an all-day festival for lesbians, especially one focused  on issues like lesbian visibility and social justice.  So we were delighted to take a day off on Saturday 4 November,  at Toi Tu in Ponsonby, for the Auckland Lesbian Festival 2017, organised by Cissy Rock and Violet Ryan, […]

Sarah Sophia Stothard

Charmaine hasn’t had her photo taken in a graveyard before, but this was a special occasion – we were celebrating the unveiling of a headstone for a woman who died one hundred and sixteen years ago. Gillian Dance, a former chairperson of the Parent-Teachers’ Association at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School during Charmaine’s time as principal […]

Women and Politics: Reflections on Women’s Suffrage Day

We are lucky to belong to a nation where women not only have the right to move around freely and speak up in public, but also to be elected to  Parliament  and to become Prime Ministers. One hundred and twenty-four years ago , on 19 September  1893,  women gained the right to vote in New […]