Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I moved to Christchurch to study Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury on the 19th of February. I was living into the Ilam apartments and my room is on the third floor. I was all by myself in my room when the quake hit us violently. I am glad my building didn't fall down like so many did in the CBD.

When a natural disaster hits, regardless of human existence, it makes me feel insignificant in the scheme of things.

Nature is such a powerful force and with so many reports of natural disasters occurring in many different parts of the world it makes me wonder what the future holds.

I give my deepest condolences to those who have lost family and friends in this devastating event. I hope that people can one day return to their homes and feel safe again.

Lots of love



Thursday, February 17, 2011


I went up north to my dads house and he put down a hangi for me. A hangi is probably a weird concept for most non-kiwis. Essentially a hangi is an the ground. Its pretty simple; you dig a hole, chuck some rocks in, light a fire. The fire falls into the hole, heats the rocks and in goes the food. Cover and leave for an hour or so.
collecting volcanic rocks
meat and banana leaves 
pumpkin in muslin

Rawene bread

taking out the ash and returning the hot rocks

hot rocks

the feast


What makes a hangi special is not just the incredible food but the people you bring together. A hangi makes an event significant but the thing you remember is not the taste of the food but the company, the laughter and the love that surrounds this special occasion.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Country Life




reflection and butterflies

little brother

I am from the wild north. It's a huge contrast from the city. I like it. Time is slow. Needs are minimal. Stress is low. Food is good. Family is near. Company is crucial. Air is clear.  

Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Addition to the Family

At first he was timid 

and he just want to play
His name is Tiki and we rescued him. He is a gypsy cat because he has come travelled all over Northland with us. Every morning I wake up to little claws prodding my hand. Then he jumps under neath the covers and plays with my pjs. Play with me!