As usual, we have had a lovely diverse mixture of people around us.
Recently, Tanya organised a working bee with the Permaculture focus group to clear overgrown garden beds around the Earthsong Common House in preparation for spring planting. 24 Earthsong people turned up to help. Six large beds cleared, a giant hot compost built, and delicious muffins and coffee provided … Now most Earthsongers are busy planting up their […]
This month we’ve been living in three vastly different worlds within Aotearoa Read more in the other postings : ..a cooperative community ..a city of contradictions ..an election
Marmalade and Miso Making A batch of marmalade is an hour of shared chopping, stirring and interesting talk when three of us gather for the task in the Earthsong Common House kitchen. Learning to make miso with Yuki is even more exciting as we try to toss lumps of the mix from hand to hand […]
beauty … The kowhai around Ranui are in full flower now, and visited daily by dozens of tui which hurtle with aerobatic skill through branches, and chortle and warble their spring invitations. Piwakawaka – including a rare pale cream one (leucistic is the technical description) discovered by Earthsong resident Melody – flutter around the trees in […]
Some days we find it hard to know whether news headlines signal the coming election or a rugby tournament . Our political environment has become, this year, more and more like a series of aggressive rugby games. Several largely male teams charge and tackle. There are a lot of missed kicks, a few tries, endless […]
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 […]
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 […]