It looked like a humpback whale to both the Maori and Captain James Cook, who charted New Zealand for the first time in the far-back 1780s for the British Admiralty. The Maori called it Motuhora and the captain, Whale Island. I lived at Bryans Beach, Opotiki for many years, and the island was central in … More Whale Island in Bay of Plenty
We volunteers met at the kohanga, the hut where the supplies are kept for the pest eradication project for the Aongatete Forest Restoration. We’re put in groups of 2 or 3, allocated a line, a track along which the bait stations are located, load the supplies into a backpack and with the track plan in hand, … More A Walk on the Wild Side – sort of
It was supposed to be a rat-station baiting day in the forest, but a previous check by volunteers found only two rats had been caught! The forest was safe for the birds this time around. Instead, we volunteers would have a walk and a barbecue. Meeting at the kohanga, literally te reo Maori for nest, … More Two Good Keen Girls
I’m launching my first book ‘Doctor Peter’s Good Earth Magic’ at the second New Zealand Independent Writers Book Fair in Auckland this weekend. It’s at the North Shore Events Centre. There’s author signings, workshops, books for sale; a licensed cafe, Bouncy castle and pony rides. My chapter book is a fairy story with … More NZ Indie Book Fair coming up in Auckland
Exciting stuff! I’ve just picked up my first book from the printer. i’m now an Indie author, self published and independent. It’s a fairy story in a chapter book with a real live person working with the fairies to sort out their soil problems, the same problems that farmer’s have. Here’s the cover – Doctor … More Doctor Peter’s Good Earth Magic – my first book out now
Where have I been? House sitting round the North Island of New Zealand. And writing. As the song goes,”I’ve been everywhere, man…” Napier, Wellington, Levin and Katikati, Horowhenua by the beach, on a farm and over the Bombay Hills to Auckland. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zntSv18kDYjI.kqUukHZv0ISE&hl=en I’ve trailed round the route that my character in my children’s story took on … More I’m back again.