Women’s Days …

Every day we see strong women, creative women,  women changing the world for the better.   Almost every day we’re also confronted with images of women demeaned or brutalised. So for International Women’s Day, March 8, we are featuring some of the women we’ve seen this month. The appalling… Franklin Plumbing – which used to be a strong New Zealand […]

More Women’s Days…

  Many  women use drama, weaving, tapa cloth making, knitting and crochet, food preparation, to affirm goodness and to assert their positive power.  We’ve experienced a wealth of this creativity in  March  WISE (Women, Inspired, Strong, Empowered & Enterprising) and the ARMS Trust (Auckland Refugee and Migrant Services) had a splendid display of craft work at the Corban Estate […]

More Women’s Creations…

Nicky McFall-Hastings has lit up the trees in Aotea Square to make the Festival Garden for the Auckland Arts Festival.  Tanya marvels at the work involved in making Pasifika lei and weaving them around the trunks and branches… …and many women  have knitted or crocheted woollen squares to clothe the trunk of a giant pohutukawa outside  Te Pataka Korero […]

Te Henga

Te Henga, one of Auckland’s wild and beautiful west coast beaches, is only 20 minutes drive from Earthsong.  It’s a place for solitude, simplicity and the endless sound of the sea, for cloud-watching, swimming in a freshwater dune lake, body-surfing the cresting  waves….walking through cool native bush to a waterfall and plunging into the deep pool at its base, […]

Autumn at last…

We’re very lucky here that Cyclone Pam gave us 35ml of rain but no damage.  At last the pond is full again, the ducks delighted, and the baby frogs which have been hiding in garden damp spots can return to their home. Spent summer beds are being weeded and composted, and green manure crops of lupin, mustard […]

Auckland’s Anniversary

Sunday 25 January: we took a morning train to downtown Auckland Thought we’d better go and see what Auckland  City was doing to celebrate it’s “175th birthday”.  Tamaki Makaurau has been loved and lived on by Maori for more than seven centuries; but our Anglocentric  culture only starts counting from 1840, when 3000 acres of land were […]

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 […]