Six months at Selwyn by the Sea…

Each day we give thanks for living in this beautiful village on the coast of the Waitemata Harbour in Point Chevalier – Rangi Mata Rau.  We hope to learn more of the Maori history of the land as time goes on. Our third floor apartment, 532 Caswell, is on the north-west corner of the site, […]

Charmaine’s 80th birthday

On 11 July Charmaine turned 80, and on Sunday 10 she enjoyed a lovely party of family members and friends in “The Hub”, a large welcoming room at Selwyn with big windows, and with very helpful staff to assist. “Loaves and Fishes” from Te Atatu provided beautiful food.  Our friend Guy Hamling from The Isaac […]

Tribute to Charmaine from Rosemary

Charmaine’s old friend and teaching colleague from AGGS days, Rosemary Ronald, sent a beautiful tribute to Charmaine –  she and partner Deb were unable to come, as they were out of Auckland, so this was what she wrote: Charmaine, Firstly Deb and I wish we could be with you today but we are lapping up […]


We are definitely entering a new stage in our lives together. Tanya is slowing down, but trying to keep her body moving through daily walks and weekly gym exercises,Tai Chi and bike riding round West Auckland. She is also gardening, of course, growing vegetables in a small allotment offered to her by Adrienne, a friendly […]

The State of the World (outside Selwyn)

Profoundly Disturbing!!! Gunshots in Grey Lynn Deluges Drowning Districts Misanthropy and Misinformation Movements Messing with Minds Inflation and Family Poverty.. Ongoing Entrenched Sexism and Racism Rampant! Environmental Damage All Around!!! But we are constantly reminded through media like Maori TV and Radio Waatea, where Dale Husband, every morning, celebrates much of the amazingly positive creative […]


Our move to Selwyn Village has gone very smoothly, thanks to Elderly Assist as packers and removal people, and to helpful staff at Selwyn. We are very fortunate that Selwyn Village offered us  a renovated cottage in Bambury Close, on the southern fringe of the Village, until our new apartment here is available in late […]

“A House by the Sea…”

And what a stunning apartment 532 Caswell will be to live in! Last Saturday we spent an hour and a half in our new apartment.  We were delighted by the views over gardens, flowering pōhutukawa and harbour, and were able to do some planning and measuring for the placement of furnishings.  It is all we […]

Whānau challenges

The last few weeks have been very challenging for Tanya and her family.  Her 79-year-old brother Garth had a serious accident with a loaded wheelbarrow on his steep driveway in Cheltenham, breaking his artificial hip joint and his femur.  He  had four hours of surgery, and  recovery of body and brain are taking a long […]