The Bird Watchers…

…as read at Going West by author Himali McInnes They think they come here to watch us, with their peculiar glasses glinting in the sun and their field books for lost creatures. Little do they know that we watch them even more closely. They are so ugly, with their plucked skin, their croaky voices, their […]

Spring Equinox greetings from Earthsong…

A rhythmic chorus of frogs and a coloratura tui wake us at 5 am each day here at Earthsong.  As Tanya’s photo above shows, the frogs are afrogging in our pond.  And the tuis are acrobatting in the tallest trees. Auckland in spring is tempestuous – sudden gusts and showers, days of rain followed by frosty nights […]

Inside Out

    We’ve had four very different experiences in the last week which could all be called “Inside Out”- very fitting for spring weather, this time of challenge, change and new growth: • Gurmon Sup (“Dark Forest”, an installation at Te Uru Gallery by an Auckland-based Korean artist and tomato grower) • New Voices (readings […]

Inside and Outside the “Dark Forest”

  Gurmon Sup (translated into English as “Dark Forest“) was an extraordinary installation at Te Uru Gallery in Titrangi by Jae Kang, an Auckland-based Korean artist and passionate  tomato grower.  She used recycled irrigation materials to create sinuous snakes and coils, piles of black polyethylene tubes, pipes and fixings invading rooms, hanging down the handsome golden spiral staircase […]

New Voices

All four sessions we went to at the exciting annual Going West (Books + Writers Festival)  in the Titirangi Hall last Sunday morning were stimulating. Barbara Brookes talked about the writing of her recently published A History of New Zealand Women, a wonderfully inclusive and thoughtful work, turning many common ideas about  our nation’s story (especially regarding women’s […]

Turning the University Inside Out?

We were delighted recently to be invited to the inaugural Cumberland lecture at the University of Auckland on Thursday 15 September – especially as it was on this provocative topic, and to be given by an outstanding woman –  Professor Wendy Larner, Provost at Victoria University, Wellington, . 1n 1946 Dr Kenneth Cumberland moved from Christchurch […]

Secrets make you sick…Shot Bro!

  In 2009, Rob Mokaraka, well-known actor and TV personality, became suicidal, and threatened police with a meat cleaver, apparently wanting to be killed.   He was shot, outside his home in Point Chevalier, and spent a long time healing, both physically and emotionally, after being diagnosed as having suffered for many years from  depression.   Now, in 2016, […]

Joan Macdonald

For the last month we have known that a dear friend, Joan Macdonald, was dying. We saw her on the morning of Friday 12 August. She was sleeping deeply; we talked quietly to her, saying our goodbyes, and spent some time with her daughter Beth before we left. Joan died that night, peacefully. On Friday […]