Reflections on Racism: Owning our Obligations

Anyone watching recent television coverage of the attempt by Oranga Tamariki to remove a new-born baby from its young Maori mother in Hawke’s Bay Hospital must have been as appalled as we were.  Especially wrong was an apparent failure of Oranga Tamariki to involve the very strong tribal leadership of the local area to assist […]

Let’s Deal With It: A Trans-Tasman Campaign Towards Racial Equity

On Friday 14 June we went to this conference organised by Shakti New Zealand and Australia. Shakti had done an outstanding job in bringing together leaders from a wide range of organisations to talk about how we can move forward in dealing with white supremacist thinking and community and organisational racism. The first step is […]

Tanya’s Tale

Midwinter approaching. Cabin fever creeping up on me in the apartment.  Yearning to smell the sweet fragrance of the damp forest…so I contacted my old tramping friend, Steph, and we decided to take off to Maungatautari, near Arapuni, 3 hours drive south of Auckland.   www.sanctuarymountain.org.nz Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a remarkable mainland ecological island protected […]

Memorable in May..

What a wealth of experiences and ideas we have shared during this last month… We’ve had new films released of special interest to people in Aotearoa, and the Auckland Writers’ Festival, as well as a particularly lovely autumn of long sunny days and lavish leaf fall….hope you enjoy some of these experiences and follow up […]

…and Closer to Home

Autumn in Grey Lynn is especially beautiful this year. A long period of fine weather, few windy days and even fewer rainy ones has encouraged a performance of leafy splendour in the streets- the avenues of plane trees, the tuliptrees and liquidambar, especially, have been flaunting their greengold, yellow and crimson leaves, leafprinting the footpaths, […]

Looking back, looking forward

Our last (March 20)  newsletter featured only two events on Friday 15 March 2019: a peaceful and creative school student demonstration on climate change in Auckland’s Aotea Square (one of many throughout the world that day) , and the appalling terrorist massacre of Muslim people at prayer in Christchurch, which unknown to us was happening […]

Forgotten World Adventure…

We haven’t forgotten our adventure, 4-8 March – our 16th annual trip with our longtime friends, three other lesbian couples who manage land projects- small or large.  Steph and Annette are on  Seahorse Farm near Whangarei , Jenny and Lesley have Pokaiwhenua Tree Farm near Putaruru, and Joy and Jill have been developing their extensive […]

A Capital Visit

Charmaine’s cousin Audrey had her 90th birthday at the end of January , and we took a trip to Wellington/Whanganui-a-Tara  for her party.  We  have quite a few lesbian friends in Wellington whom we hadn’t seen for some time,  so we stayed four nights, and caught up with several of them.  Our AirBnB purpose-built cottage […]