Elections 2020 in Aotearoa

      Sunday 18 October – the day after our  elections How lucky we are to live in a country where a warm, eloquent and truthful woman Prime Minister has been able to hold our nation together during the difficult times of the last three years.  We  hoped that Jacinda Ardern and the Labour-led […]

Out and About

Bubbah at the Basement Theatre… Our first theatre outing after Covid Lockdown was a Basement Theatre production: Bubbah: My Ode to South Auckland, described  as “South Auckland stories by South Auckland people”, written by Bubbah in her garage with her team of Maori and Pasifika mates, describing life as it happens in their ‘hood – […]

August News and Views..

    This month we’ve experienced an Auckland Lockdown, pre-Election Politics, a Climate Change event, some Celebrations…and Spring is on its way here with Tanya’s photos of a burst of magnolia blooms in Grey Lynn… and a celebratory bike ride by Tanya into the West… (past Western Springs, through the Te Atatu Bike tunnel, to […]

Lockdown/Rahui  again…

We’re in Level 3 for 12 days because of a new cluster of Coronavirus cases detected  in Auckland City,  and  since  a few cases in Tokoroa and Rotorua.  The whole country has been put into Level 2:  https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/alert-system/alert-level-2 Here in Auckland, we feel for the smaller shops and cafes that can’t afford to become delivery […]

De-Carbonise Auckland by 2030!!

( please consider signing the open letter on their website) On Monday 10 August We went to an excellent meeting at The Grid in downtown Auckland, organised by Bike Auckland and Generation Zero and chaired by Lucy Lawless. The purpose of the meeting was to publicise the campaign, “The Race to Decarbonise Auckland Transport”: https://www.generationzero.org/decarbonise_transport_2030?mc_cid=58df924e64&mc_eid=264f2bbd2d […]

Celebrations..

Tanya’s 75th birthday We managed special outings for Tanya’s birthday-she turned 75 on Sunday 16 August.  On her birthday, we climbed her childhood maunga, Ohinerau (goddess of whirlwinds), previously known as Mount Hobson, with magnificent 360 degree views over Tāmaki Makaurau and the two harbours.  We also discovered the newish walkway (previously a wild impenetrable […]

Ngā mihi o Te Mātahi o te tau

 Greetings for the first fruits of  the Māori New Year!   We had a special celebration this year during Matariki- a lunch at Manee Thai with our Shakti friends, because the   birthdays of  two of their older supporters happened to fall during Matariki this year: Retna, mother of Shila (July 14), turned 84, and Charmaine […]

1. In the south…Whakatū-Nelson

On 22 June we took off to the South Island for 10 days, to catch up with friends and explore an area we hadn’t visited for some years- Whakatū (Nelson) and Mohua (Golden Bay).  Of course, we were doing our patriotic duty too, at PM Jacinda’s suggestion, supporting AirNZ and a range of small businesses […]