Liana’s lockdown challenge: to paint every day

Liana Stupples is well-known in Paekākāriki for her wild play and 're-wilding yourself' activities. She is also a talented artist - she shares her watercolour illustrations of local scenes she loves created during lockdown. Liana Stupples. Photo supplied. When lockdown fell this time my … [Read more...] about Liana’s lockdown challenge: to paint every day

Making Friends with Honey Flower

Julia Wawrzyniak recently opened Honey Flower & Friends in a tiny gallery at the end of the Holtom Building. Her philosophy encompasses nature and organic processes, along with working in a collective. Julia shares her story with us here. Honey Flower & Friends is second in the … [Read more...] about Making Friends with Honey Flower

Remembering Tony Taylor pays its respects to village scholar and social activist Tony Taylor. Michael O'Leary has written a fitting tribute to Tony, a man of great enthusiasm, knowledge, compassion and integrity. Tony Taylor. Photo: Warwick Smith/Fairfax NZ Antony James William Taylor … [Read more...] about Remembering Tony Taylor

The Perching Parrot takes on Dark Horse

As the locals of Paekākāriki know, The Perching Parrot Café in the heart of the village has been serving up good food, coffee and company for almost a decade. Run by village icon, Nicole Duke, the Parrot is in good hands – Nicole has been in the coffee business for most of her working life. … [Read more...] about The Perching Parrot takes on Dark Horse

The Sea Goddesses

Inspired by the Paekākāriki Mermaids, another group of swimmers brave the sea twice a week. This time profiles regular sea swimmers, the Sea Goddesses. The Sea Goddesses. Photo: Sarah Moss Kennedy What began as a challenge for a group of friends, is quickly growing into a … [Read more...] about The Sea Goddesses

Picturing our Changing World

Paekākāriki's Felix Pharand Deschênes is playing a major role in helping define the visual narrative of the Anthropocene — the age we are now said to inhabit, a time when we as humans are exerting more influence over the planet's environment than any other element. Mark Amery from … [Read more...] about Picturing our Changing World

The Paekākāriki Mermaids

All over the world, people are taking to frigid seas, lakes and rivers ‘like fish to water’. Paekākāriki has a couple of brave groups that swim in the sea all year around. In this article we find out about The Paekākāriki Mermaids. The Paekākāriki Mermaids. Photo: Bob Zuur The Paekākāriki … [Read more...] about The Paekākāriki Mermaids

Haere rā Trish

A tribute to a beloved village member, Trish Delaney. Photo: Maria Tereza Eriksen-Sohos It was fitting that our beloved Trish Delaney had the last laugh when we farewelled her in true Paekākāriki fashion under a full sun and a super blood moon. We heard her laugh and her cheery voice boom … [Read more...] about Haere rā Trish