Whakaalofa lahi atu…on The Rock…

Niue is a tiny emerald island set in the deep blue and grey of the vast Pacific Ocean. “The Rock”, as it’s called by Niueans in Aotearoa, is a coral atoll twice raised by underwater volcanic action, and now encircled by a 64km coastal road. The coast is indented with coves and chasms, and just […]

A Summer Like No Other..

  Christmas 2017 in the Waitakeres  We spent  Christmas week 2017 with our friends Farida and Shila in the Waitakeres, being  treated as honoured aunties and fed delicious meals from many different cultures. On Christmas Day we drove to the waterfront together and walked from Kohimarama to St Heliers and back, enjoying the vast crowds […]

Te Kura Whare

  Ever since we saw the film Ever the Land in the 2015 film festival we have been wanting to visit Tuhoe’s new tribal development centre, Te Kura Whare.  The only “Living Building” in Aotearoa, and one of only a handful in the world, it is made wherever possible from local resources by local people, uses non-toxic materials […]

Rēkohu

In the midst of our house sorting and packing process, Tanya woke up one morning with a dream of escaping to the Chatham Islands for Christmas. After a little research, she found that although there were no touism activities over Christmas, there were two places left on a small group “Forget-Me-Not” tour for a week […]

Orua Bay

After venturing onto the eastern-most island of Aotearoa – Rekohu – with its unfamiliar landscapes and communities, it’s very comforting to drop back into our favourite seaside cottage- Lupin Lodge, at Orua Bay on the northern tip of the Awhitu Peninsula.  We’ve been coming here together for short breaks for thirty years, beginning when we […]

On the move..

  Outside our house we’ve been delighting in summer weather and shades of purple in the garden. Inside, we’re surrounded by bags and boxes and more boxes, and bits and pieces still to be shed, as we enter the last ten days of our preparations for moving.  One of the good features of this process […]

Three months adventuring…

From 1 December 2017 to 9 March 2018 we’re putting everything except a couple of suitcases-full  into storage until our new Ockham “Newton” home in Grey Lynn  becomes available. Jeanette and Greg, the buyers of our home  Unit 8 at Earthsong, move in on 1 December. We have decided to mark our transition by flying […]

Coromandel Peninsula

  We’ve just returned from a five-day visit to the Coromandel Peninsula and Mercury Bay.  We had two reasons for going at this time: to go to the one-off Moana Maniapoto Concert in Coromandel Township, and to link up there with our friend and former gardener Sue and her partner Susie for a late summer holiday […]