The Original Hundertwasser Project – Jo Hardy (Joanne McNeill)

This article was published in the Northern Advocate’s Weekend Features section, 48 Hours, 15 July 2017. It’s an interview with Jo Hardy about her involvement with the original Hundertwasser project in the early 1990s. The Jo Hardy restrospective, Not Now Apocalypse, is still running at the Whangarei Art Museum in the Town Basin until 20 August. A […]

Review – The Clapperton Diaries by John Clapperton with Crispin Caldicott

A charming story right from the beginning, The Clapperton Diaries is at once gentle, good-humoured, and quintessentially New Zealand. Written virtually as a monologue with judicious editing by Crispin Caldicott, the well-paced story starts with a transcription of the original journal of John (Jack) Clapperton’s grandfather, William Nicol Clapperton. Eloquent, witty, observant, and an excellent […]

EcoHouse – Dancing Ground of the Sun

    Dancing Ground of the Sun, built by John Brown for his wife, Colleen, and himself, is a fantasy eco-home. The couple owned a beautiful conventional home in Te Atatu when Colleen began to get asthma so badly she couldn’t even make the bed. Her naturopath ordered carpet shampoos every month, but the carpet […]

Slab to Songbird – Sophie Lankovsky, New Zealand Potter

New Zealand potter, Sophie Lankovsky, is based in Hawke’s Bay. Her studio is sited in a natural environment where the songs of native birds thrill her ears as she creates clay sculptures of them as like to life that they might hop out of your grasp. Born in the year of the Dragon, in Stuttgart, […]

Cape Reinga by Yvonne Rust, QSM

  Yvonne Rust, QSM, was raised in the 1920s as the only white child in Te Hapua, New Zealand’s northern most community. As a result she spent a great deal of time with Maori and absorbed the Maori way of seeing things and of understanding the natural world. Te Hapua is only 12 miles distant […]