Construction = Destruction

Soon to be destroyed to make way for a motorway. To me, progress would mean not destroying natural environments, ancestral land and archaeological sites for a new highway. There were other options but no. The powers that be still see Maori land as exploitable, because to them it’s just sitting there doing nothing. Well it actually is doing something. It is preserving the land, flora and fauna and our people who lived and died on this land. Believe it or not, some people still hold things as sacred. The dead, the environment and the history of place are all sacred.

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The lightning and thunder was pretty spectacular last night. The warm  North  clashing with the cold  South .

whaitiri-uaThe front moving over Kapiti Island.


whaitiriThunder clouds.


whaitiri-darkskyThen everything goes dark.

The southerly always wins.

Kāpiti Island

I’m usually taking photos of Kāpiti Island, this time was lucky enough to spend a night.


Foreshore Kāpiti Island

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Kāpiti has been a nature reserve/bird sanctuary since the 1890’s. The Kākā is one of our native parrots. Clever and a bit too friendly

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Facing west

Kapiti-ninja Kapiti-whanau-1 Kapiti-whanau-2 Kapiti-whanau Kapiti-Lawrence Kapiti-T-kah-The Tākahē. Weird and one of the rarest birds.


The korimako (bellbird).

At night we went kiwi spotting. There is 1400 on this island so the breeding programme is working well, lol.

Manaaki one of our hosts seeing us off. Amazing host and a place to stay….


Ōmanu, Northland

Miri fishingMiri fishing off the Pohutukawa tree

tamureSnapper for breakfast. Miri didn’t catch this BTW

MAi,pipisMaire cooking her pipi and oysters.


Cooking bread.

ParaoaThe final result. Real delicious, especially the crust