A Mouth Full of Memories
Plate of fresh-picked melon-y, citrus-y Feijoas

A Mouth Full of Memories

Marcel Proust wrote a seven volume novel engendered, in a way, by the taste of a madeleine cookie: No sooner had the warm liquid [of tea] mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a…

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Lava, then Leave It: Round about Rangitoto
The inlet between Motutapu and Rangitoto

Lava, then Leave It: Round about Rangitoto

To the northeast of Auckland there are nearly 50 islands scattered about Hauraki Gulf. Some are large, like the Great Barrier Island, and some are tiny. Some are like suburbs of Auckland, like Waiheke, and…

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Horsing around at the Auckland Lantern Festival
A lantern teahouse under the February moon

Horsing around at the Auckland Lantern Festival

New Zealand prides itself on celebrating the diverse array of ethnicities and homeland origins of its people. On its national holiday in February, it celebrates its founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, which made peace…

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The Move from Wellington to Melbourne: Uprooting and Replanting, Part 1
Forested hilltops and valley towns in Wellington

The Move from Wellington to Melbourne: Uprooting and Replanting, Part 1

Tree specialists know that uprooting and replanting a tree can put great stress on it, endangering its viability. We like to think of ourselves as more resilient than that, but the stresses are there when…

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