Do the stingray shuffle!

When walking in the sea, swish your feet along the bottom, urges Mark Amery. You’ll avoid crab bites, flounder slips or even - with freakish bad luck - a gash from a scared whai repo’s tail. My friend sneaks a tiny duty-free bottle of The Kraken rum into the hospital and the humour takes the … [Read more...] about Do the stingray shuffle!

Paekākāriki Potty about Potters: Neil Gardiner

This village on the Kāpiti Coast is becoming known for its ceramics, with a clutch of artists taking to the wheel. Neil Gardiner's time as a potter here goes back to the establishment of Paekākāriki Pottery in the early 1990s - but he began in the wild wood kiln-making days of the early '70s. Now … [Read more...] about Paekākāriki Potty about Potters: Neil Gardiner

Intelligible Cities: An interview with David Groves

Fantasically, Intelligible Cities, a new book by Paekākāriki resident David Groves, sees Marco Polo and Emperor Kublai Khan discussing the weird and wacky ways in which the inhabitants of 26 cities communicate with strangers who arrive at their gates speaking an unknown language.  Groves … [Read more...] about Intelligible Cities: An interview with David Groves

Unveiling the Mural on the Weaver’s Whare

Read Paranahia Broughton's kōrero around the development and unveiling of the beautiful new mural on the Weaver's Whare/ Wai Ata studio. Dedicated to Ngāti Haumia ki Paekākāriki's Kuia Miriona, Papatuanuku and the Paekākāriki Community, a huge mihi goes out to the artists, Anthony Paaka and Ryan … [Read more...] about Unveiling the Mural on the Weaver’s Whare

Keeping our rangatahi and tamariki safe during Covid through manaakitanga

At the end of 2021, Megan Salole worked with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to create Covid-19 communications especially for rangatahi and tamariki. She shares her engaging story and accessible infographics with us. Megan Salole is a resident of Ames Street with hubby Francis and their daughter Aurora. … [Read more...] about Keeping our rangatahi and tamariki safe during Covid through manaakitanga

Living with Covid in France

Kerren Hedlund shares her experience of living in a small village in France in 2022 where almost all the residents contracted Covid-19, including her family of four. Kia ora e te whānau! Kerren, Justin, Noah (18 years) and Sophie (16 years) here. Back from France where guess what!? We got … [Read more...] about Living with Covid in France

New Wai Ata studio offers creative classes for taitamariki

Mishy Vieira explores the recently-opened Wai Ata music studio based in the old weavers' whare in the Tilley Rd reserve. Find out what exciting musical opportunities are on offer, for our taitamariki (young people) and adults alike. Giving local young people access to creative pursuits is the … [Read more...] about New Wai Ata studio offers creative classes for taitamariki

Poets Dinah Hawken and Alison Glenny

Two very fine Paekākāriki poets have issued exceptional new volumes in 2021, so we wanted to share these works with you with some spoken word readings, an interview and two selected poems. Dinah Hawken's Sea-Light (VUP), imbued with the atmosphere of the Paekākāriki seascape, is the poet's … [Read more...] about Poets Dinah Hawken and Alison Glenny

The Paekākāriki Pops journey

Paekākāriki Pops started from small beginnings and is going from yummy-goodness strength-to-strength. Amy Delahunty tells us about their journey. Paekākāriki Pops began its journey the way so many good things do - from a Playcentre fundraiser back in 2016. Chrissy Vize and Amy Delahunty have … [Read more...] about The Paekākāriki Pops journey