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

Get Hitched

Wellington-based car-share organisation, Hitch, wants to trial their scheme in Paekākāriki. supports this carbon-reducing initiative - read on to discover how you can become involved. Frustrated with your commute? No wonder! Every day in New Zealand over 1.5 million people … [Read more...] about Get Hitched

The Smallest Chemist with the Biggest Stock: Bill Carson’s Chemist remembered

The Paekākāriki Station Museum has created an exhibition dedicated to ‘the smallest chemist with the biggest stock’. Bill Carson ran his tiny chemist in Paekākāriki from the 1930s until the shop closed in 1981, initially from the Holtoms Building then from 12 Beach Road. He became a deeply loved and … [Read more...] about The Smallest Chemist with the Biggest Stock: Bill Carson’s Chemist remembered

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