Whenua

Whenua

How can we ensure that the younger generation are connected with the movements of nature, and come to care for this earth as dearly as their own selves? In Maori, whenua means ‘land’. It also means ‘placenta’. Just as the placenta feeds...
Gateways

Gateways

The shadow falls in any season, even in spring when nature is singing its heart out and growth is surging everywhere. There is no one season for making a crossing out of this life. As I walked along the waterfront near my city home, I contemplated the passing of a...
Savage spring

Savage spring

Fierce storms have wrecked havoc at the bach. Savage spring sent ferocious gusts that tugged and ripped until all resistance was gone.  Felled is the lofty kanuka that has stood for over 50 years a sentinel at the corner. Who guards the guardians? The tree was...
A little piece of magic

A little piece of magic

It’s spring, the storms have subsided, and adventure is in the air. Time to feel young again, and to spend time with the young.  It’s nearly the end of the school holidays, and the little one (who is six) and I set out on an adventure. We take the...
Wind Woman

Wind Woman

 Have you met the wind woman?  She’s here today, howling around my home,  tickling the leaves,  pushing the trees, and tearing their hair.  She was here yesterday, and the day before, hurling branches on to the roadways.  The...