Many years ago, my artist friend Whero Te Whata asked me, “how do you see the sun through a rock?” I was young and I had no idea! He didn’t answer me immediately but
They’ve stayed in my memory for years these lines, actually the entire narrative has. It’s Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. Our old School Principal, Bob Foster taught it to
One of my favourite alto saxophonists is veteran jazz legend David Sanborn, I’ve loved him forever. Well, as long as there’s been an ‘As We
My friend Haami (pronounced Har-me) Moeke QSM is a kaumatua. That is, a respected elder in the Māori community. I call him Matua. To me, he’s like the Ruahine Ranges that have an abiding presence across the eyeline of
It’s funny what your mind gets to thinking and turning over as you drive. Mine was ripping through the gears, packed to the gunnels with unfamiliar names to put together with two or even three times met faces in places best described as the ‘back of beyond’ in that shy way that being new to [...]
Auckland city is the region that spans from the west coast with it’s rugged coast lines, black sand beaches, over mountain ranges, through the cosmopolitan ‘City of Sails’, over to the white sandy beaches of the east coast and on out to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf.
Back in Auckland city I was feeling quite claustrophobic having left behind us the wide open spaces of the Helensville countryside. I’m not too sure Helensvillians will like hearing I’ve let the cat out of the bag on their best-kept secret of better than average well-being so mum’s the word from here on out, okay?
With all our goodbyes behind us, we drove out along Haranui Road one last time, blew kisses in the direction of the urupa to Nanny Moewaka where she and Arka lay, charges of Papatuanuku and finally headed back towards Auckland. We decided a detour to
Gathering for our last meal together in the whare kai, nothing managed to savage my tastebuds more than the errant tendrils of the cooked hangi smells now wafting from the kitchen into the small dining room. It had been 17 years since I last ate hangi on home soil and now