Jeremy Baker

Bill’s farewell party from Vanuatu 🇻🇺 at the Waterfront Bar and Grill.

Jeremy and Bill on the Port Vila waterfront with a vivid orange sky sunset in the background

Extraordinary birthday dinner at Rita with Bill - briefly in Wellington between Florida and Vanuatu.

Dinner with Bill at L’Houstalet restaurant, Port Vila, Vanuatu 🇻🇺

Bill enjoying a delicious lobster while I watch on…

Deuxième dîner d’adieu avant de partir pour Vanuatu

@ Shepherd Restaurant

#dinner #farewell #billhastings #vanuatu

Bill at the kitchen bench at Shepherd Restaurant Three glorious dishes at Shepherd

Premier dîner d’adieu au Vanuatu #farewell #dinner #vanuatu 🇻🇺 at Concord Restaurant

Bill holding up a negroni at Concord Restaurant, Wellington

Key Lime Pie - from Hōkio limes. #limes #pie #keylimepie #billhastings #family #familydinner

Key Lime Pie with fresh green lime zest. A box of limes.A slice of Key Lime pie.

Bill on a beach. #billhastings #beach #sun #walk #loveofmylife

Extremely good looking man in a red shirt and jacket walking on a sunny beach.

A Night to Remember

Fantastic party for Mayor Tory Whanau's 40th. Wonderful party, great people, and a chance to recover and catchup the day after. #party #wellington #pōneke #torywhanau #billhastings

A night to remember

Fabulous Day Party at the White Barn with Hamish and Alastair, a quick visit to see Mum and Dad at Eketāhuna, and dinner on the deck with Bill and Simon at Hōkio. ❤️💙💚 #DayParty #WhiteBarn #Carterton #Wairarapa #Eketāhuna #EkeCountryCottage #Tararua #Hōkio #HōkioBeach #Horowhenua

collage showing garden party, white barn with green plantings, country cottage and dinner on a beach house deck

Apartment renovations story

Today’s Pōneke / Wellington newspaper has a story about the recent renovations to the apartment that my partner and I have lived in for 22 years:

Guests love trying to find the way in to the secret room of this New York loft-style apartment in central Wellington

Many thanks to Kylie Klein-Nixon for the story, and to Andrew & Lynnette Scott (designers & project managers, Design in Residence), Liz Mark (design consultant), Phil Maxey (builder), and Reilly Joinery for making it a reality!

Also thanks to Oliver Cain for the wonderful piece, "Jeremy + Bill", which features in the story.

Wide angle shot of a loft-style apartment with wooden floors and steel beams. A richly patterned rug in the foreground. Two men on a couch, one higher than the other. Art, dining furniture and many designer lights fill the background.

Photo: Monique Ford / Stuff.

First negroni in a long while…

End of a long saga in Kiribati

It has been a very long year for my partner, Judge Bill Hastings, as a serious constitutional crisis has unfolded in the Pacific island state of Kiribati.

I am extremely proud of the work he did in Kiribati before and during this crisis, and of the integrity and measured judicial approach he has demonstrated throughout.

It is deeply sad that what started as a wonderful opportunity to help the further development of an independent and increasingly indigenous judiciary in Kiribati has ended the way it has.

The article below provides a good account of this week’s developments:

New Zealand judge resigns from top-ranking Kiribati judicial position

A Wikipedia article provides the full background to the constitutional crisis:

2022 Kiribati Constitutional Crisis

Today is Bill and I's 25th anniversary. It's the anniversary of our first date, on 22 November 1997. We went to see LA Confidential - still such a great movie.

Bill with a negroniLA Confidential movie poster

I’ve been playing a bunch of Canadian songs on repeat today. I made a playlist for Bill which he seems to like.

Apple Music Playlist

Spotify Playlist

"Jeremy + Bill" (Oliver Cain, 2021)

The wonderful piece of art commissioned from Oliver Cain to celebrate 25 years together in 2022 is now properly framed and up on the new Corten steel wall.

Three paintings - including once in gold and blue with figurative symbols

First ripe fig from Hōkio

First ripe fig

Dinner prep. It takes a table.

Meri Kirihimete no Hōkio! And best wishes from Waving Bill! We are delighted you made it back from Kiribati 🇰🇮 to join the Hastings-Miller-Desoudry-Baker madness! #family #xmas #xmas2021 #hokio #hōkio #hokiobeach #dinner #food #festivities #billhastings #hastingscj #aotearoa

Splendid dinner at Wolf restaurant with Bill to celebrate his successful return from Kiribati for Xmas. Highly recommended.

#dinner #restaurant #food #delicious #wellington #waterfront #pōneke #aotearoa

Beru island, Kiribati

A few pictures from the island of Beru, one of the southern islands of Kiribati 🇰🇮 - the impacts of sea level rise killing of coconut trees is palpable. The ponds are used to grow algae, a traditional specialty of Beru (seen in the bucket). #billhastings #beruisland #kiribati🇰🇮 #kiribati #climatechange

Pie @ Oli and Mi

Delicious venison and Guinness pie @ Oli and Mi Kitchen, Pito-one, Pōneke.

venison pie

Sneaky dinner at @oli_and_mi kitchen before a movie at Lighthouse Petone. #dinner #billhastings #petone #wellingtonnz #aotearoanz

Bill @ Shepherd Restaurant

Grandkids visiting Hōkio