National Telling Lies!!!

I am so angry with the lies (or faked news) being spread by the Nats- even Bill English, for whom I have had some respect until now.         .   Labour is NOT increasing personal income tax- if they are elected income tax will be the same for wealthier people, and so there […]

Moving On…

In July  we wrote about our big decision to leave Earthsong, and carefully prepared a “For Sale ” page  for the Earthsong website. The response to the Earthsong website was immediate, and within a couple of weeks we had a keen buyer, and hope to finalise the sale next month.  So  we spent August looking […]

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 […]

A fierce footnote

I can’t stand the term “ethnic cleansing”.  There’s nothing clean about persecution,  rape, mutilation and murder of a group of human beings because of their ethnicity, religion or political beliefs.  Tell the truth, for goodness  sake –”attempted ethnic extermination”, or “forced ethnic relocation”… genocide…hatred and criminal violence…inexcusable evil… Every day we’re hearing this term used […]

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 […]

A Big Decision…

  After considerable reflection and discussion, we have made the big decision to leave Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood and move to a smaller  environmentally-friendly  city apartment.  We have enjoyed our four years here and learnt a lot.  It’s been a great transition for us from the  28 acres of earthtalk@awhitu, and we appreciate the friendships we’ve established […]

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 […]

Summer Solstice

  Our warm Summer Solstice greetings to all of you from Tāmaki Makaurau, where it’s beginning to feel like summer at last- and happy Winter Solstice blessings  as well to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere.  May the New Year bring more good tidings of comfort and joy, more political sanity and more stable […]