Seawalls: Artists for Oceans in Quirky Napier, New Zealand

Seawalls: Artists for Oceans in Quirky Napier, New Zealand

On a recent cycling trip to Napier, the Polish Bear and I were astonished to find the most amazing street art in the side alleys, shop fronts and carpark walls. Art Deco Napier is a place full of surprises. Seawalls Napier: Bringing the oceans to the streets Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a groundbreaking…

Flying Nun Records: The Chills

Haling from Dunedin, The Chills are a 80's and 90's band with aural stories that recall childlike wonder and a free-wheeling and expansive youth in the South Island of New Zealand. There's a happy-go-lucky psychadelic pop and folk sound that (possibly) found its way into the sound of Split Enz and Crowded House later on. The…

Auckland's Hidden Culinary Heaven: Bowl & Arrow and Farro (Orakei Bay Village)

Auckland’s Hidden Culinary Heaven: Bowl & Arrow and Farro (Orakei Bay Village)

Orakei Bay Village is a boutique block of specialty shops, fancy eateries, breweries and wine cellars (because Kiwi's do like a drink or two). A Kiwi tradition or perhaps Auckland tradition (which I think is amazing) seems to be that each suburb has a burrowed away and hidden block of shops, where local businesses and…

Book Review: The Heading Dog That Split in Half by Brown and Tait

Book Review: The Heading Dog That Split in Half by Brown and Tait

Aotearoa has a rich and varied history of folk legends and urban myths in addition to the rich history of Maori myth and legend. The Heading Dog Who Split in Half collects these half-realised dreams together with stunningly beautiful graphics. This book makes for engaging and captivating reading experience for readers of all ages. The…

Every Picture Tells A Story: The magic of Matariki and Māori winter sea navigation

The magic of Matariki and Māori winter sea navigation

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. In Aotearoa Matariki rises in mid-winter–late May or early June.  It traditionally heralds winter solistice in New Zealand or the Māori new year. Matariki translates to the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). According to myth,…

The magic of Matariki and Māori winter sea navigation

The Māori and Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. In Aotearoa Matariki rises in mid-winter–late May or early June.  It traditionally heralds winter solistice in New Zealand or the Māori new year. Matariki translates to the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). According to myth,…

This is When Everything Changes: How Kiwi Innovation Will Change the World

This is When Everything Changes: How Kiwi Innovation Will Change the World

Hello World is a new series by Bloomberg that provides a glimpse into New Zealand technological and scientific innovation by game-changing inventors, engineers and scientists who are going to shape our world in the future. Something about Kiwis mean that we aspire to the impossible. As a nation, we are not afraid of cooking up…

Mana Wahine: Three Inspiring Māori Women

One of my most endlessly popular posts is about Tā moko (Māori tattooing), so I thought I would do another to honour my Māori heritage. Recently on YouTube, I discovered an inspiring collection of stories about Māori women kicking ass all over the place. Called Totes Māori each video is edited creatively and made with uplifting and…

Auckland: Reclaiming the city for pedestrians and cyclists

I got something in the mail the other day. A planned new cycleway running down one of the main streets of Auckland CBD, Nelson st and then criss-crossing all over the city. This is music to my ears as Auckland has to be one of the noisiest and congested cities in this part of the…

Samuel Beckett and Cats Talk About The Pointlessness of Existence

Push It To The Limit: Failure Is Not An Option!

Each evening between 6 and 7 pm, I hear the same battle-cry echoing out of the gym next door to my apartment building. It's the crazed militant scream of a male gym instructor to his charges. Every day this man lets loose a bitter tirade of abuse on people who come to the gym. People…

A Beautiful Proposed Flag for Planet Earth (and also New Zealand's new flag)

A Beautiful Proposed Flag for Planet Earth (and also New Zealand’s new flag)

While New Zealand looks to the general public for suggestions for our country's new flag, the entire world got a taster for a proposed Entire Earth Flag at the same time. Twitter was all aflurry (a word? it is now) with people's helpful and dodgy suggestions. So before I show you an aesthetically-pleasing design for…

Wine Tasting for Beginners

Wine Tasting for Beginners

There are several important things novice wine tasters should know. The wine tasting process doesn't need to be fussy or complicated, but rather just some simple guidance for all wine lovers to indulge their enjoyment in a deeper way. The first step is observing the wine. Tip the glass to a 45 degree angle and…

The Bridge in Wynyard Quarter in Auckland CBD. Looks lovely during the night and the day time too

A Full Moon in Scorpio: Culinary Adventures and Moonlit Walks Around Auckland Harbour

The Boy and I went to one of our favourite haunts in Auckland, the endearingly named Miss Clawdys. A southern American style tapas joint nestled within a group of vibrant dockside restaurants and bars in Auckland CBD. After the meal we basked in the wavering neon lights and the large full moon (in Scorpio) that…

Supermodels from the 90's: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2...

Supermodels from the 90’s: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2…

1995 to 2015: Fashion Goes Full Circle When I was a teen in the 90's, the hair was fluorescent, the patterns were dark plaid and the lipstick was dark purple. Large, overexaggerated sunflower prints on shift dresses were in - a nod towards the 60s. All of these trends have reached their zenith yet again…

Welcome To The End Of The World - And It's Amazing

Welcome To The End Of The World – And It’s Amazing

Welcome to Slope Point. This is no man's land - southernmost tip on New Zealand's South Island. Basically what happens is that air circulating from Antarctica bursts forth towards these shores and create ongoing turbulence that's so violent that trees are warped and gnarled in perpetuity, and envelop the landscape in twisted, morphed shapes. This is…

Product Review: Nellie Tier's Hydrating Mask

Cruelty Free Product Review: Nellie Tier’s Hydrating Mask

This is not a sponsored post - It's yet another skin care product review of a terrific body lotion by New Zealand organic skincare range, Nellie Tier. The botanical extracts in the Anar and Palmarosa Hydrating Mask are really soothing and cooling and tend to leave your skin feel refreshed. This sort of moisturiser is…

Wine and Curry Pairing Made Easy

Wine and Curry Pairing Made Easy

One tricky situation which often faces wine drinkers and curry lovers is, which wine goes well with which curry? There is such a kaleidoscope of vibrant flavours in Indian dishes. So it may seem challenging to find a wine to complement rather than destroy the flavour of the food. Here's some practical advice for pairing Indian…

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab's Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab’s Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Dermalab is a Kiwi-made, Kiwi-owned skincare range that's aimed at the budget end of the market. It has simple and unassuming branding that's pleasing to the eye and functional but not fancy. Simple, straight-forward branding informs the user that they have found a simple 1-2-3-4-5 routine that works for pretty much all skin types including…

Cut The Crap at The Checkout: A Guide to Free Shipping For Australia and New Zealand

Cut The Crap at The Checkout: A Guide to Free Shipping For Australia and New Zealand

After a few months of living in New Zealand, I've found the selection of bricks and mortar clothing stores, book shops and electronics outlets very wanting. Particularly when it comes to men's clothing. My boyfriend, although incredibly fussy – was pretty much unable to locate a plain black, classic fit shirt or plain black t-shirt…

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Cruelty Free Product Review: Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Trilogy's brand genesis essentially begun with the discovery by New Zealanders Catherine de Groot and Sarah Gibbs of the marvelous benefits of rosehip oil. In 2002, the two ladies launched the Trilogy brand based on the efficacy of rosehip oil as a natural and effective alternative to synthetic skincare ingredients. As their hero product, certified organic…