2. In the south: Mohua-Golden Bay

After our stop at Mapua we drove over  Tākaka Hill to Tākaka township, which still has a distinctively ‘alternative’ atmosphere, with its gentle pace, organic shops and old-style hippy culture.  Tākaka  obviously also continues to have a strong community focus, and a more modern political focus too – a clear Black Lives Matter statement on […]

HAPPY MATARIKI , FRIENDS AND FAMILY!

21 June is our mid-winter solstice- and, of course, mid-summer solstice for our friends and relations in the northern hemisphere.  We wish you all well for the coming year; and from Aotearoa we wish you Happy Matariki as well, as we celebrate the rising of the Seven Sisters star cluster in the north-eastern sky just […]

Living in Level One …Catching Up with Whanau, Friends and Photos..

Our government’s success in managing Covid-19 has meant we were able to move from Rahui Level 3 to  Level 2 on 14 May, and to Level 1  (life as “normal” except for closed national borders) at midnight on Monday 8 June. Emerging from Rahui Level 3 enabled us to spend a few days of blissful […]

Covid Vibes Days 4,5,6

Covid Vibes Day 4 Covid Vibes Day 5 Covid Vibes Day 6

Charmaine’s trip  to Australia

Charmaine’s brother Jess (the youngest surviving sibling in her birth family) died peacefully in his flat in Sydney, somewhere around February 15 or 16, apparently of heart failure. Jess was Charmaine’s soulmate in many ways- a passionate reader,  a fighter for social justice, but also damaged – they were both alcoholics at the time they […]

Waitangi 2020

  Tanya, Ingrid and Kate on the Treaty education stall at Te Tii Marae It was an honour to accompany Ingrid Huygens and Kate Abel – both Treaty educators- to Waitangi this year, to help out on their stall on Te Tii Marae.  The Treaty Education stall this year launched the Joan Macdonald Trust Fund, established […]

Pride…

  During February we have felt a growing sense of pride in Aotearoa- pride in the progress we are making to become a Treaty-based nation and in our growing capacity for diversity -the ability to welcome and include people of different ethnicities, cultures, religions and genders.  We’ve enjoyed the rainbow colours of Skytower, and of […]

Visits and Visitors

A visit to Whangarei Heads… From Waitangi we headed to Whangarei Heads to stay a couple of nights with  our old friends Steph and Annette on Seahorse Farm.  We swam, walked, ate delicious food, and were looked after warmly by them both.      One highlight was our walk from Urquhart’s Bay around the headland […]