Monday, 23 January 2017

10 Days in Italy

The first of my stories from the recent Insight Vacations famil to Italy was published in yesterday's Sunday Star Times. Here's a link to the online version.






Saturday, 21 January 2017

The March on Washington - Aotearoa

This morning, we were the first of 166 countries around the globe to support the March on Washington.

The Welly march started at Parliament and wound its way to Civic Square over two hours. It was strangely comforting to be with people whose sadness reflected my own. But also to hope that love will indeed find a way to trump hate.

Right, so that's my activism register topped up for the next wee while...






    

Friday, 20 January 2017

Love Trumps Hate

NZ was the first country in the world to give women the vote and tomorrow we will be the first to march in solidarity with the Women's March that's taking place in Washington DC to coincide with Trump's inauguration. It's estimated to be the largest inauguration-related demonstration in US history.

If you believe in protecting our rights, safety, health, families and in the strength of diverse communities, then come along tomorrow to the peaceful march from Parliament to Civic Square, followed by the Love Trumps Hate Rally.

I haven't marched since my university days, but as someone deeply appalled by recent political events and their widespread ramifications - yes, even down here at the bottom of the planet - I want to make my voice heard.

It's so good to see NZ joining in this global response - so if you're in Welly, Auckland, Christchurch or Dunedin, or anywhere in the world where there's a march, then join in. You don't have to be a woman either, you just have to believe in promoting equal rights for women and in defending marginalised groups.

      


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Books glorious books

A courier delivered this pile of review books yesterday. Where to start?


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Besties in the Business

My story on friends who started businesses together is one of two pieces I have in the current (Feb) NEXT Magazine (click here to read).




Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Puppies

The first SPCA puppy walking volunteering Monday night walk kicked off with these three adorable bundles of fluff.

These eight-week old brothers haven't had their final shots yet so they weren't able to be walked on the footpath. Instead we got to carry them around the usual waterfront route.

To say they were a star attraction would be to dive into a very deep pool of understatement: these little guys charmed the pants off the public (the aim of the walks is to socialise the puppies) and our usual hour long walk took almost double that as we stopped for people to coo over them.

But oh my, the joy of holding these tiny, warm bodies and breathing in their adorable puppy smell was intoxicating. It was all I could do not to pop one of them in my pocket on the way home.

Apologies for the unflattering pic below (of the humans, anyway); those SPCA vests must be one of the least sexy garments known to womankind.



     

Monday, 16 January 2017

Pared back retreat

My story on this cute wee bach at Riversdale Beach is published in the Jan/Feb issue of Capital Magazine (click here to read).


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