Women’s Suffrage Day: VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Today, September 19, is Women’s Suffrage Day.  Women have had the vote for 120 years in New Zealand, and yet this is the picture of all the political leaders on offer in this election. OR IS IT?  Metiria Turei, co-leader of the Greens, and Number 1 on their party list, and Laila Harre, leader of the Internet […]

Left…Right

I wonder how different our elections – and our governments – might be if we abandoned the metaphors Left and Right.  In English, as in French and Latin, right  is seen as good (right, droit, dexter), left as somehow inferior (left, gauche, sinister) Why should these labels, left and right,  be used in politics in Aotearoa in the […]

Earthsong: from WOW! to HOW?

Robin Alison, the founder of Earthsong and project manager during its building and development, is offering to run workshops for others interested in co-housing and/or sustainable development. Robin is a lovely woman, a great presenter, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience- she is a leader in New Zealand in the field of co-housing and sustainable […]

Artist in Residence

We are delighted to be hosting at Earthsong our friend and artist, Nic Moon, from Nelson. She is creating  an amazing indoor Earth Forest on the walls of the new Ranui Library currently under construction. Each day we marvel at the different phases of the project, starting from the gathering and mixing of local clays to […]

Atiu Island

We’ve been lucky to spend a week of our winter on Atiu, which  is a small island three-quarters of an hour’s flight north-east from Rarotonga in the southern Cook Island group.  It’s a volcanic island 11 million years old, with a central plateau slowly rising from the sea,  a raised fossil coral border (makatea), and a […]

Arts on Atiu

We discovered amazing artistic talents on Atiu. While chatting to an elderly couple at the local store, Nga and Paiere Mokoroa, we  were invited to visit and see Nga’s exquisite heritage tivaivai  (a type  of patchwork quilt developed in the Cook Islands). We also visited Andrea Eimke, a German woman who set up Atiu Fibre Arts studio […]

People on Atiu

                  We met several interesting locals during our stay.  We visited Mata Arai in her coffee plantation, and then her home, where she showed us her hand processing of the beans and served us a pikelets with a brew of freshly ground coffee. Birdman George (George Mateariki) took […]

Matariki …

Matariki, a time for reflecting on the past and planning for the future, has given us helter-skelter weather in Tamaki Makaurau since the 28th of June.  Fogs to help us see old Ranui street signs in new ways, sunny days to encourage the garlic shoots, still mornings to frame spiderwebs, wild storms to drive us inside. We tried to walk at Te Henga […]