Home – By Peri Hoskins

Home for me is the most northern province of New Zealand (Aotearoa), Northland or Te Tai Tokerau in the Maori language. My Maori iwi is Ngapuhi and my ancestors’ canoe first came into Northland about 900 years ago. It is here I feel the strongest connection to the earth,…

My Kiwi – a personification of New Zealand

Photo by Chris Gin, The Lookout,  Kennedy Point Reserve, Waiheke Island (licence). After writing about ‘Argy’, a kind of personification of Argentina and her people, I feel it’s fair to attempt to do the same with New Zealand: my homeland, my beloved country of birth. This is my interpretation based…

Touch

Touch me. I know what you are thinking now. Why is it that touch has become so sexualized in meaning? Why is it that in most western cultures we are so weary of even platonic, caring touch, and this is especially true outside of close family? Recent studies suggest…