Waitangi Day

Friday 6 February: 6am on the foreshore at Okahu Bay.  We came for the dawn blessing, and found the ceremony was also the opening of the Auckland Pride Festival. With the sun about to rise, the inimitable Mika (a wonderful performer, and a powerful voice for the marginalized young people in our society) with support […]

Our 30th Anniversary

  In 1985… 30 years ago, Tanya rang Charmaine, then principal of AGGS,  to book a room at the school for a “Lesbians Opposed to Waitangi Celebrations” meeting on Waitangi Day.  After a chat we made a date for dinner on Friday 8 February “to share our  experiences as women in leadership positions in “the system”.”   And the […]

A visit to Awhitu…

Friday 13 February: we set off for our first visit to the Awhitu Peninsula since leaving earthtalk@awhitu in April last year. We stayed at a favourite holiday haven – Spyve’s Cottage, right on the beachfront at Orua Bay Camp Ground.  Beautiful swims morning and night for two days! We visited Alison and Steve, the owners […]


The Auckland Pride Festival – an annual celebration of gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and other people of alternative gender and/or sexuality – has grown to more than 80 events this year.  We went to the opening of the Lady Love art exhibition at the lesbian Charlotte Museum on 1 February; great to catch up with old friends and meet new […]

A cautionary tale…

Our HP All-in-one Desktop has  suddenly died, without any warning-and it’s not even two years old.  So we’re working from a laptop and web mail only. Thank goodness for Earthsong expert Grant, who has eventually found all  the files (but no directories) and saved them on an external disk to be re-labelled and transfered  to a new HDD. […]

Diverse Delights

In this last week, we’ve enjoyed dance, food and drama from around the world. We went to the Okareka Dance Company’s Summer School final performance, exploring the theme Kiwi Ingenuity, by 15 talented secondary-school age students, coached in contemporary dance by Tane Mete and Taiaroa Royal.  www.okareka.com On the way home, we stopped to eat […]

Summer at Earthsong

We’ve enjoyed the last few summery weeks at Earthsong. Many families are away, no meetings or community meals have been scheduled. So we’ve had time to swim at Te Henga, to watch tennis and to be with friends. Steph and Annette took time off from their dairy farm at Whangarei Heads to stay a couple […]

Charmaine in Sydney

My birth mother, Pat Tapper, turned 90 on 27 December 2014. I went to Sydney between Christmas and New Year to celebrate with my extended family there. Pat is in good physical health, but has memory loss. Mostly, she knows when she is surrounded by loving family members, and always holds her arms out for […]