Home Grown Hip Hop

Tim Higham speaks to Mulberry Grove old boy Louis Sammons who will headline opening night at next week’s Finding Our Voice storytelling festival. How would you describe your artistic vision? I use music as a tool of self-expression to share … Read More

Aotea loves books

Boat shed at Whangaparapara In my book Island Notes: finding my place on Aotea Great Barrier Island I quote the poet Gary Snyder – “we no longer sit around campfires with our grandparents. In the West, books and libraries have … Read More

Yeah, right

On the imprint page of Mike Scott’s new self-published novel Bait is a standard disclaimer. “Names, characters, places and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously and any resemblance to actual persons, living or … Read More

Mind Games

Sarah Matthew has something to say, but she’s not giving away exactly what. “Art should pull the viewer out of their comfort zone,” she said at the recent opening of her Icons to Extinction exhibition at the Community Heritage & … Read More

A Story of the Land

From Ōkiwi School to Sundance Film Festival – World premiere screening in Claris on 12 January. The hunt is on for red carpet as the island plays host to the world premiere screening of a short film selected for this … Read More

Putting on a show

Aotea Live organiser Roger O’Shannessy and Robyn Grice in their round kitchen There’s plenty of days when Aotea shines, but a couple stand out as real performances. Roger O’Shannessy and Robyn Grice live in a round-roomed, wood-lined house in the … Read More

A Healing Island

Aotea rongoā practioner Phoebe Ngawaka, herbalist Fleur Winger and pou for Te Ao Haurongo Char Ngawaka Visitors drawn to the Te Ao Haurongo product display at community market days are tapping into deep island spirit. “It is because of bloodlines,” … Read More

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