New Zealand culture Archive

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A watershed moment

Watershed – two definitions: an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas. an event or period marking a turning point in a situation. I’ve written this post to get my head around the multiple, complex issues surrounding water management, that are currently facing New

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Ecoman: health, wealth and New Zealand culture

I’ve been reading Ecoman, the lively and inspiring book by Ecostore founder Malcolm Rands. He’s one of New Zealand’s creative entrepreneurial thinkers, and also a pioneer of ethical business practice. Like its author, this book is brimming with ideas and energy. It’s also very readable. Ecostore is one of my favourite New Zealand

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A matter of life and death (3): Farewell, Sue

Susan Evelyn Bulmer (nee Hirsh); February 17, 1933 – October 6, 2016; Archaeologist

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Musical foremothers

This is a post celebrating some of the women who have inspired me to make music. Growing up, I didn’t see many women musicians. I spent a lot of time looking for role models and people to play with.

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Becoming a New Zealander

Recently I attended a citizenship ceremony welcoming new citizens to New Zealand. The new kiwi I was accompanying wasn’t exactly fresh off the boat. My husband Matthew Bannister arrived in this country in 1979. After 37 years, he was finally getting around to becoming a New Zealander.

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Mangroves: forests on the foreshore

Mangroves aren’t one of nature’s cuddly or conventionally beautiful organisms. In New Zealand mangroves are both a protected native species and a pest. This is a post about appreciating our local mangroves: Avicennia marina subsp australasica, also called manawa, the grey mangrove.

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February 6th: Alice Day, Waitangi Day, Bob Marley Day

Today is my 55th birthday. It’s also Waitangi Day, the New Zealand holiday that commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Waitangi Day is the closest thing we have to a national holiday.