Jeremy Baker

Le Cercle Noir. A truly outstanding food, wine and sensory experience. Thanks Shepherd Restaurant and Millton Vineyards for a spectacular evening. #visawoap #evastreet #hannahslaneway #wellingtonnz #aotearoanz

Surreal.

Exhibition @ Te Papa; with Llewellyn.

About last night

about last night

Fun party. CubaDupa Festival & Wellington Pride. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎💖

Pōneke Pride Hīkoi - Happy Wellington Pride! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎💖

Happy Mardi Gras!

It’s a great shame that those of us in Aotearoa NZ can’t join our cousins in Australia for this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras - but we wish you all the best ! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤

Nunuku's cave petroglpyphs

Our first visit on 6 February was to Te Ana a Nunuku (Nunuku’s cave) and the petroglyphs (rock carvings) that can be found there, carved in bas relief over the top of an ancient cave mouth.

Our excellent guide Deborah Goomes indicated that tradition connects Nunuku’s cave with Nunuku-whenua, the Moriori chief who established ‘Nunuku’s Law’ which forbade war, cannibalism and murder.

The petroglyphs depict seals, birds, faces and other elements of Moriori culture and tradition.

nunuku's petroglypthsnunuku's petroglyphsDebbie and the crew

Waitangi Day in Waitangi (the *other* Waitangi)...

The 6th of February is Aotearoa New Zealand’s national day - commemorating the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi), which established British government over the islands, whilst retaining rangatiratanga (chieftainship) for iwi Māori. The Treaty has been largely honour in the breach… but things are improving.

The day was stunning.

Waitangi on WaitangiWaitangi Harbour

Waitangi, Rēkohu

Waitangi is the main settlement of Rēkohu (Chatham Island / Wharekauri).

Hotel Chatham is the centre of all visitor activity. It's the main accomodation, and only restaurant and bar on the islands.

Hotel Chatham

The Waitangi Store is the main grocery and supply store. Given the island’s population of 600, it's not large. It seems many people import their own goods directly.

Waitangi Store

Small towns make for interesting combinations. They also tell Sam’s life story (but not necessarily in that order…)

Combinations and Sam's Biography

The petrol station and hardware store:

hardware store and petrol station

Rēkohu and Rangihaute visit (5-8 February 2021)

A group of friends and I visited Rēkohu (Chatham Island) and Rangihaute (Pitt Island) over Aotearoa New Zealand’s Waitangi weekend (5-8 February 2021). These islands are the most remote part of Aotearoa, 800km east of Te Waipounamu (South Island).

The islands boast stunning natural landscapes of considerably diversity, while their cultural history is equally diverse, tragic and fascinating. Ancestral home of the Moriori, famous for their pacifist culture, rākau momori (dendroglyph tree carvings), and sadly the devastating impact of contact and colonisation by both Europeans and mainland Māori.

In the next few posts I’ll put up pictures of our trip, but I wanted to provide some context for what was a truly fascinating experience.

Below is a picture of the western coast of Rēkohu, north of the main settlement of Waitangi.

West coast of Rēkohu

Drinks & dinner @ Hokio

#summer #sun #garden #drinks #dinner #friends #hokio #hokiobeach #horowhenua #aotearoanz

Flower gift from a friend. Thank you so much :) #flowers #gifts #balcony #summer

Party hosts #xmas #party #billhastings #aotearoanz

Ready for the party…

Bentley is kinda cute

Bad Diaries, Verb Wellington, LitCrawl - truly wonderful#litcrawl #verbwellington #wellington #wellingtonnz #aotearoa #literature #poetry

I haven’t had to inflate a rugby 🏉 ball in years. But I do remember playing rugby with New Zealand’s new Deputy Prime Minister as part of NZ’s first gay 🌈 rugby team :) #mbnov

Dia de Los Muertos, Hannah’s Laneway 2020

'Day of the Dead' could be a little deary, but not when it's like this... #mbnov

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Above & Beyond Group Therapy 400 - Live from London

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Winter Pride @ Cardrona

Winter Pride @ Cardrona 🏳️‍🌈 ⛷️

Moonset over Queenstown

Up early to head to the slopes, and watch the moonset over the mountains in Queenstown #travel #skiing #queenstown #winterpridenz 🏳️‍🌈

Road Trip during Winter Pride NZ

Road trip! Queenstown to Cromwell via Arrowtown 🏳️‍🌈 #winterpridenz

First day of Winter Pride 2020

Queenstown looking fabulous. Great to catch up with friends. #winterpridenz 🏳️‍🌈

NZ political folklore

“Campaign” is part of NZ political folklore.

I remember the 1996 Wellington Central campaign and election vividly. I knew several of the candidates and the film maker from student politics.

A great write up on Spinoff:

thespinoff.co.nz/politics/…

Now I just need someone to play it with

“Lex Arcana” - alternative Roman history RPG