Summer in the City

Walking… Christmas Day was a fine, cool day for a walk, so we set out to explore the Westmere coast.  A bus to Meola Road, and then we took the new boardwalk through the mangroves to Weona Reserve.  Glimpses of Meola Reef across the water, until we climbed to a clifftop and saw the wider […]

Exploring our city’s stories

We’ve had another lovely day exploring different aspects of our city with Taiga, our 9-year-old friend from Earthsong. We found a beautifully produced booklet called Te Paparahi, Toi Maori: Walks in the City , produced by Maori artists and designers and supported by the Auckland Council and ATEED, the Council’s tourism and events organisation.  It […]

Rainbow…

..How better to finish our summer story than with a rainbow…promise of some showers for our thirsty gardens…the most spectacular, complete double rainbow we’ve seen from our top deck since we’ve been here, arching over the whole of the central city area from Ponsonby to Mount Eden for a few precious minutes… .

Isaac…around and about

We have been getting to know some more of our neighbours in Isaac apartments by having the odd gathering at our place to welcome newcomers. At a recent one, our new co-building-manager, Jo, talked with us about the blasts of noisy music from 7am onwards blaring out the huge doors of the local panel-beating workshop […]

Including women’s work

Every murder is a tragedy.  But we must also continue to look at the other, less public, kinds of continuing violence that  make our nation unsafe, unhealthy and  unhappy for many women.  Thirty years ago, Marilyn Waring’s book Counting for Nothing: what men value and what women are worth was published. She documented the huge […]

…and finally, a good place to stay…

…a small town whose population increases from 3000 to 10,000 for  a couple of weeks over Christmas and New Year, every year, but outside this peak Christmas period offers a lively, diverse community, every outdoor activity you can think of , and outstanding places to stay, to eat, and to explore: Whaingaroa-Raglan As part of […]

Tanya has a new knee…

Tanya had a new knee installed three weeks ago.  In Ormiston Hospital- as for her two hip operations – she felt quite at home,  in a room with a view, and with the same surgeon, the same favourite lesbian nurse and the same physio.   However, a knee op is very different from a hip […]

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 […]