Care, Community, Creativity…

What a privilege it is for us, with our resources and networks,  to live in Tamaki Makaurau, with the wealth of cultural activities available to many.  We are lucky to have friends who invite us to participate in events of special significance in their cultures, or who bring their unique experiences to us.. .and who […]

Women and Politics: Reflections on Women’s Suffrage Day

We are lucky to belong to a nation where women not only have the right to move around freely and speak up in public, but also to be elected to  Parliament  and to become Prime Ministers. One hundred and twenty-four years ago , on 19 September  1893,  women gained the right to vote in New […]

Election 2017

What an extraordinary election campaign we are experiencing here in Aotearoa! For those living outside Aotearoa, a summary of some key events: We’ve lost two party leaders – Andrew Little from Labour, who resigned with dignity to allow his deputy, Jacinda Adern, to become leader; and Meteria Turei, from the Greens, whose attempts to draw […]

Nganeko – a personal tribute

On June 15 this year we lost a dear friend, Nganeko Minhinnick.  We first met Nganeko in 1987, at a Forest and Bird Society meeting where she  spoke about the mining by New Zealand Steel  of the Maioro iron sand dunes, her people’s ancient burial area at the mouth of the Waikato River, and the […]

Kahurangi Nganeko Kaihau Minhinnick

On Thursday 15 June 2017 Aotearoa lost one of its greatest environmental advocates,  Kahurangi Nganeko Kaihau Minhinnick, of Ngaati Te Ata – Waiohua.  From the age of eleven, Nganeko Kaihau was expected to undertake legal and environmental issues for her iwi, Ngaati Te Ata, because she was the most fluent English-speaker in her whanau. With […]

Matariki…Nga Mihi o te Tau Hou

… a time  for mourning and letting go of those who have died in the past year, for gathering with friends and enjoying the foods harvested and preserved in the autumn, and for reflecting on possible futures…. … and for saying ” nga mihi o te tau hou” – “happy new year”…to you.  

about us…

Kia ora koutou, We’ve had a break from writing newsletters since November 2016, and feel it’s time to start again.  Not necessarily every month, though! From Tanya… Kia ora koutou…It’s now two months since my left hip joint was successfully replaced, so I’m back to swimming, and biking to strengthen muscles.  I made good use of […]

Poutasi Ukulele Project

    We are delighted to say that the Samoan Ukulele Project, which we first wrote about almost two years ago, has now come to fruition! The Prime Minister of Samoa opened a new workshop for making ukulele, attached to the Arts and Crafts Centre in Poutasi Village, on Wednesday 5 April this year- and […]