Matariki and Winter Solstice

We recently celebrated Matariki (Māori New Year) and winter solstice to coincide with the launch of our village website http://www.paekakariki.nz A great day for the kids which ended with a bonfire and roasted marshmallows. It was a bit cold, not that kids noticed and the highlight was the failed launch of a rocket 🤣 I …

The Colour of Sky

It’s a beautiful piece of coastline. Stoney beaches, caves and rocks with holes big enough to walk through. Cliffs sparsely dotted with trees clinging to the gravelly undergrowth, bent and twisted into the shaped by the prevailing winds that mould them. As a kid, I sat in this very same spot, amongst the trees looking …

Don’t talk to trees

One of the scariest things I did as a kid was to tell a tree my secret. I was eight years old and spent a lot of time in the bush with my cousins. We camped there, sometimes under a makeshift shelter made of ferns and branches. Other times in half pitched saggy tents and …

Bomb

On the first day of shooting the film The Strength of Water this car came driving along the road. I thought it was a prop or part of the movie. But no, it was a local on his way to go fishing haha. Note the exhaust pipe attached directly to the motor. So water doesn't …

Film Set

I'm building a 'Film' gallery for my site. Have had many roles on film sets but the 'stills photographer' is by far the best. Real fun looking through the collection I have. And of course many stories that go with each shot. This is actor Jim Moriarty (left) and me waiting for dinner on location of …

Easter

Was going to head to the bach in Northland for the Easter break. But plans have been changed. Damn! Got the car it's WoF and the cam belt done. 1k later and we're not hitting the road. Was really looking forward to it. Anyway it's my last day at work for a week.. It's pretty …