Notes from New Zealand

Okere Falls

The Kaituna River flows out of Lake Rotoiti, on its way to the coast of the Bay of Plenty. It leaves the lake as a rushing stream, and less […]

A Walk in the Forest

Our house is nestled against a small patch of native forest. On a hot day like today, the woods are lovely, light and deep—and deliciously cool. The trees and […]

The Great War Exhibition

While visiting Wellington last month, we went to the very impressive Great War Exhibition at the old Dominion Museum. The exhibition takes the visitor on a chronological journey as […]

Remembering Tangiwai

Tangiwai is a locality to the south of Mount Ruapehu (the North Island’s highest mountain). Tangiwai is ten kilometres west of the town of Waiouru, and the site of […]

Totara Estate

Totara Estate, a short distance south of Oamaru, was in the 19th century a grand property of 15,000 acres. They ran sheep and cattle, and grew large quantities of […]

Victorian Heritage in Oamaru

  Oamaru is a town on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. These days it’s still a vibrant place with much more going on than might be […]

One hundred years ago, Britain declared war on Germany. As one of the British Dominions, New Zealand joined in that declaration, and at once offered its own troops. In […]