living in different worlds

This month we’ve been living in three vastly different worlds within Aotearoa Read more in the other postings : ..a cooperative community ..a city of contradictions ..an election

a cooperative community…

Marmalade and Miso Making A batch of marmalade is an hour of shared chopping, stirring and interesting talk when three of us gather for the task in the Earthsong Common House kitchen. Learning to make miso with Yuki is even more exciting as we try to toss lumps of the mix from hand to hand […]

a city of contradictions…

beauty … The kowhai around Ranui are in full flower now, and visited daily by dozens of tui which hurtle with aerobatic skill through branches, and chortle and warble their spring invitations.  Piwakawaka – including a rare pale cream one (leucistic is the technical description) discovered by Earthsong resident Melody – flutter around the trees in […]

Artist in Residence

We are delighted to be hosting at Earthsong our friend and artist, Nic Moon, from Nelson. She is creating  an amazing indoor Earth Forest on the walls of the new Ranui Library currently under construction. Each day we marvel at the different phases of the project, starting from the gathering and mixing of local clays to […]

Atiu Island

We’ve been lucky to spend a week of our winter on Atiu, which  is a small island three-quarters of an hour’s flight north-east from Rarotonga in the southern Cook Island group.  It’s a volcanic island 11 million years old, with a central plateau slowly rising from the sea,  a raised fossil coral border (makatea), and a […]

Arts on Atiu

We discovered amazing artistic talents on Atiu. While chatting to an elderly couple at the local store, Nga and Paiere Mokoroa, we  were invited to visit and see Nga’s exquisite heritage tivaivai  (a type  of patchwork quilt developed in the Cook Islands). We also visited Andrea Eimke, a German woman who set up Atiu Fibre Arts studio […]

People on Atiu

                  We met several interesting locals during our stay.  We visited Mata Arai in her coffee plantation, and then her home, where she showed us her hand processing of the beans and served us a pikelets with a brew of freshly ground coffee. Birdman George (George Mateariki) took […]

Matariki …

Matariki, a time for reflecting on the past and planning for the future, has given us helter-skelter weather in Tamaki Makaurau since the 28th of June.  Fogs to help us see old Ranui street signs in new ways, sunny days to encourage the garlic shoots, still mornings to frame spiderwebs, wild storms to drive us inside. We tried to walk at Te Henga […]