Keep our daughters safe

First published in Hamilton News 14 December 2018 She should have been safe, but she wasn't.  That's the message our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern relayed to Grace Millane's family on Monday as her suspected murderer faced court.  The outpouring of sorrow, grief and guilt from Kiwis led to two candlelight vigils being held in Hamilton... Continue Reading →

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Have yourself an as ethical as possible Christmas

Published first in Hamilton News 7 December 2018 Have you seen that cartoon with Santa taking his sleigh of gifts straight to landfill called 'Cutting out the middle man'?. Sadly this is reality and it's not good for Papatūānuku or our wallet. I don't want to sound like the Christmas Grinch but, I do worry about the... Continue Reading →

Small town, no longer home

It's been nearly 20 years since I left that town with no desire to return.  Last week opportunity, nostalgia and curiosity more than anything else led me back.  Without realising it at the time, the short visit managed to slay a demon of sorts for me as well. Upon reflection I think part of this... Continue Reading →

Hamilton Circle Jerk on Free FM

To say I'm pretty darn excited about this weekend's 10th annual Hamilton Circle Jerk is an understatement.  It's hands down the best showcase of local music for the year - with 11 bands doing covers of other Hamilton bands songs (past or present) before sharing an original.  In this week's Free FM podcast, the organiser... Continue Reading →

Wendy Ganley: 1960’s Fashion Designer

The story of a 21 year old Hamiltonian, opening her own fashion boutique on Victoria street, caught my attention.  That it happened back in the 1960's, fascinated me even more for the vision, gumption, passion and dedication it would have taken to succeed.  It was a privilege to hear Wendy Hall nee Ganley of Elle... Continue Reading →

The Definition of ME!

Last week I attended "The Definition of ME", a panel organised as part of the Toi Wahine festival.  It prompted me to think more about how we define ourselves, how we look and compare ourselves to others and how to live a life with more authenticity. Social media feeds us a curated view of other women's... Continue Reading →

Kirikiriroa Kids

Last week of the school holidays - the weather hasn't been kind so what is there to do this week?  Professor Novum's Adventures in Orbit - a rollicking adventure and a celebration of imagination and creativity, adapted from stories written by local kids.  This show runs from 17-21 July at The Meteor.  Price: $9 child, $13... Continue Reading →

Taking on… plastic bags

You have to have been living under a big plastic rock if you weren't aware of the damage plastic is doing to our planet, in it's generation and end of life.  So, when I walked into Countdown last night and saw a new plastic bag intended to replace the old plastic bag I sighed...  Here's... Continue Reading →

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