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 […]

Waitangi Day on Awhitu

For almost thirty years we’ve spent Waitangi Day on the Awhitu Peninsula, mostly at Tahuna Pa, near Waiuku,  for a celebration of Ngaati Te Ata young people’s achievements, and sports and music. This year was very different.  We were invited to the opening and blessing of an ancient path at the Manukau Heads at 5am […]

…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 […]

Celebrating Women…

RenĂ©e … novelist, playwright, and inspiring older woman (in her 90th year) has just been awarded a Prime Minister’s Literary Achievement Award ( with a $60,000 koha- so well-earned!)… An excellent item on the NZ Herald website includes the lovely photo above by Rosalie Phillips for the Otaki News. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12144016 We have many fond memories […]

Celebrating Te Reo

We’re still enjoying the upsurge in use and acknowledgement of Te Reo Maori.  And we urge you all to read the excellent article on page 112 of  the September-October issue of New Zealand Geographic. Kennedy Warne’s essay,  A Flash of Fire: what a difference a name makes , explores the differences between Maori and English government […]

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

A change of heart and mind is sweeping Aotearoa…       Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori language week), usually the time for a few token efforts by Pakeha journalists and newsreaders, has become a nation-wide celebration. In Wellington, Auckland, Manukau, Rotorua and Gisborne,  parades of thousands took to the streets.  We joined  ‘Hikoia […]

Going West…

  Going West: a Festival of people and language, held annually in Titirangi in West Auckland, this year featured many women and acknowledged te reo Maori  throughout the programme.  We loved the Friday night  opening session with Serie Barford’s poems, Paula Morris’s oratory,  and one of our favourite singers,  Moana Maniapoto.  Some highlights…. The Saturday […]

A local journey..

  For Tanya’s birthday on 16 August, we went on a voyage of discovery to Onekiritea/Hobsonville . We caught an early morning Richmond Road bus to the city,   walked  to Pier 4 near the downtown Ferry Buildings and  caught the 9.00am commuter launch on its return to Hobsonville  in the upper Waitemata Harbour (plenty of […]