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 […]

Treasures in the North

We discovered two very different treasures during a few days in Northland this month- Te Mirumiru in Kawakawa, Earth House in Peria Valley -and enjoyed special friends in a lovely landscape. Te Mirumiru… Te Mirumiru is an award-winning childcare centre in Kawakawa. Ngaati Hine have built this eco-friendly and inclusive early childhood education centre, in which 80 children – […]

RANUI PATAKA KORERO- Ranui Storehouse of Knowledge

At 5.30am on Friday 3 October nearly a hundred residents of Ranui and the wider community gathered for the dawn blessing of Rānui Pātaka Kōrero, the new library for Ranui and Swanson people. Leaders spoke about its significance to the community and the special importance of learning to all our young people.         […]

WATERWAYS

    Tanya has been cycling weekly in the last month, and a fine Sunday last week tempted Charmaine to go with her to visit two lovely lakes near Ranui.  Both have been landscaped and planted creatively with native wetland species. In addition to these two lakes nearby, another treasure in the West is the Twin Stream project […]

SPECIAL PEOPLE…

As usual, we have had a lovely diverse mixture of people around us.        

SPRING AT EARTHSONG

Recently, Tanya organised a working bee with the Permaculture focus group to clear overgrown garden beds around the Earthsong Common House in preparation for spring planting.  24 Earthsong people turned up to help.  Six large beds cleared, a giant hot compost built, and delicious muffins and coffee provided … Now most Earthsongers are busy planting up their […]