1.Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori: The Māori Language Moment

This month’s  most creative event  in Aotearoa   was undoubtedly Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori:   This year,Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori , the Māori Language Commission, decided to celebrate Māori language Week in a new way because of Covid-imposed limitations.  Their goal was to encourage one million New Zealanders to sign up to […]

3. Keeping in touch..

Over the last few years we two have  developed some favourite activities to help us  understand our changing country: an hour or two each morning listening to Dale Husband on Radio Waatea (603 AM)- his news and interviews from 7.15am onwards include a wide range of Māori contributors.  Dale is always thoughtful, courteous and informative, […]

5. Reflections on Institutional Racism

  While we celebrate the progress being made in reclaiming te reo Māori, and the many exciting Māori projects which are enriching  us all, we are also deeply concerned about the depth of institutional racism  which undermines justice and equality in Aotearoa. The most recent public challenge to institutional racism has come from  senior and […]

Lockdown/Rahui  again…

We’re in Level 3 for 12 days because of a new cluster of Coronavirus cases detected  in Auckland City,  and  since  a few cases in Tokoroa and Rotorua.  The whole country has been put into Level 2:  https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19/alert-system/alert-level-2 Here in Auckland, we feel for the smaller shops and cafes that can’t afford to become delivery […]

De-Carbonise Auckland by 2030!!

( please consider signing the open letter on their website) On Monday 10 August We went to an excellent meeting at The Grid in downtown Auckland, organised by Bike Auckland and Generation Zero and chaired by Lucy Lawless. The purpose of the meeting was to publicise the campaign, “The Race to Decarbonise Auckland Transport”: https://www.generationzero.org/decarbonise_transport_2030?mc_cid=58df924e64&mc_eid=264f2bbd2d […]

Beyond Rahui…

Two huge challenges are spreading around the planet- the sickness caused by the Covid-19 Virus, and the liveliness aroused by the healthy Black Lives Matter movement.  Surely we humans can use these two dramatic experiences to shape real changes for our futures together on this tiny, fragile planet?  We’ve been moved by the shifts which […]

Emerging from Covid-19 Rahui…

We are very glad to be now in Level 2 of the Rahui.  We were in Level 4 (total lockdown) for 5 weeks from 26 March, then in Level 3 for 2 weeks from 28 April to 14 May.  Now, in Level 2, we are able to socialise more freely (in small numbers, and keeping […]

Highlights during the Rahui for us…

Being in lockdown has had lots of positives for us…in our privileged situation. We’ve both enjoyed our separate daily walks around our neighbourhoods, noticing all the little things.. …paintings, messages, and soft toys in house windows to please passing children (and adults!)  …lots of warm vibes and greetings from passers-by who streamed out into the […]