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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Moana Maniapoto

Nga mihi nui ki a  Moana Maniapoto,  wahine toa, te manutioriori ataahua…   Moana Maniapoto’s evening at the tiny Coromandel Club was an absolute delight.  She described her show, My Name is Moana,  as being about our waterways- and indeed, we were  drawn into a passion for protecting our waterways – and our land, and our […]

Tanya’s year of studying Te Reo Maori

  Nga mihi matakuikui ki a koutou, I have just emerged from a year-long immersion course in Te Ara Reo Maori at the Lincoln Road campus of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, exhausted and elated, appreciative of my new understandings, skills and inspiration. I’ve been immersed in, but also “on the edge of”another way of seeing the […]

Charmaine’s year of unexpected activities…

Some of my time-consuming activities this year have arisen in the course of local community commitments; others have been projects which have emerged through meeting interesting people  further afield.  Here are some examples of both… Earthsong Centre Trust constitution and new reporting requirements At meetings of the Earthsong Centre Trust, which I chaired 2015-16,  it became […]

A new voice in Grandpa Herald

We are enjoying the frank, provocative columns by Rachel Stewart, recently recruited by Grandpa Herald from the Taranaki Daily News.  She has just won the 2016 Opinion Writer of the Year  Canon Media award.  Her powerful statements about male predators, and farmers who abuse the environment, have made this Whanganui Dairy Farmer and falconer somewhat […]