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    

Sky City Melt-Down?

Sky City melting? the long hot summer, women’s rage, a new anti-gambling government?  or is it just time to pull that hypodermic syringe out of the sky?

Women’s Days …

Every day we see strong women, creative women,  women changing the world for the better.   Almost every day we’re also confronted with images of women demeaned or brutalised. So for International Women’s Day, March 8, we are featuring some of the women we’ve seen this month. The appalling… Franklin Plumbing – which used to be a strong New Zealand […]

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 […]

Te Henga

Te Henga, one of Auckland’s wild and beautiful west coast beaches, is only 20 minutes drive from Earthsong.  It’s a place for solitude, simplicity and the endless sound of the sea, for cloud-watching, swimming in a freshwater dune lake, body-surfing the cresting  waves….walking through cool native bush to a waterfall and plunging into the deep pool at its base, […]

Autumn at last…

We’re very lucky here that Cyclone Pam gave us 35ml of rain but no damage.  At last the pond is full again, the ducks delighted, and the baby frogs which have been hiding in garden damp spots can return to their home. Spent summer beds are being weeded and composted, and green manure crops of lupin, mustard […]

A visit to Awhitu…

Friday 13 February: we set off for our first visit to the Awhitu Peninsula since leaving earthtalk@awhitu in April last year. We stayed at a favourite holiday haven – Spyve’s Cottage, right on the beachfront at Orua Bay Camp Ground.  Beautiful swims morning and night for two days! We visited Alison and Steve, the owners […]

Pride

The Auckland Pride Festival – an annual celebration of gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and other people of alternative gender and/or sexuality – has grown to more than 80 events this year.  We went to the opening of the Lady Love art exhibition at the lesbian Charlotte Museum on 1 February; great to catch up with old friends and meet new […]