Jeremy Baker

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

Lilies, lilies, everywhere.

eketāhuna #eketahuna #ekecountrycottage #garden #flowers #aotearoanz

Mum in her garden, Eketāhuna Country Cottage

#eketāhuna #eketahuna #ekecountrycottage #family #aotearoanz

Mum & Jenni @ Eke Cottage

I bought some art …

Two pieces titled “Seasons Change”, by Lisa Walsh, an artist based in Waverley, South Taranaki. Fired glass, mounted on old glass windows.


Xmas Part Deux @ Eketāhuna Country Cottage #ekecountrycottage #eketahuna #xmas #family #aotearoanz

Eke country cottage flowers

Eketahuna country cottage roses

NZ is doing its best to capture any cases of COVID–19 at the border #mbnov

It’s been a long, busy, and very productive week - but my energy levels are starting to fade. Bring on the weekend! #mbnov

Something interesting to read on my first flight ✈️ for ages…

LibraryThing Catalog Entry

Sunset, Martinborough Hotel

A fabulous end to a great day made possible by our wonderful farmer and grower hosts in the Wairarapa. #mbnov

Looking out over the Hawkes Bay / Te Matau-a-Māui from Rissington Station.

Eketahuna garden

Visiting Eketahuna Cottage

Farm open day, Marlborough NZ

Simon LeBon, oh no, hang on… it’s Bill in Vienna, 1998

30 years ago…. in Paris

Pasture experience - spectacular

Welcome to the Pleasuredome!


Dinner. Pasture -