The family at Tieke

Uninhabited for nearly 100 years, Tieke in the middle reaches of the Whanganui River, is now home to an extended family whose members trace their connection to this place back to pre-European days, when it was a centre of learning and trade. Menthods of transport may have changed, but the Whaganui and its forests continue to provide the local people with traditional foods: ell, pig, greens.



Jul - Sep 1999

Tieke Marae




Len Castle



Living World

A feeling for clay

That Earth's humblest materials can be transformed into sublime and beautiful objects is part of the romance of the potter's art. But it takes patience and strong hands to work such miracles. Barry Brickell, the doyen of Coromandel potters, has shaped clay dug on his property at Driving Creek for close to 40 ears. His trademark work are tall, sensuously curved sculptures, in which the clay has been laboriously kneaded and pressed into shape without the use of a potter's wheel. A single piece may take up three weeks to complete.


Touched by fire - the private landscapes of Len Castle

Len Castle has shaped clay for 52 years, making pottery which reflects his deep fascination for the New Zealand landscape. He has travelled widely, camera in hand, seeking nature's most dramatic expressions. But of all the landscapes that inspire him, it is the volcanic zones that exert the strongest pull. 


Living under the shadow of cancer

Ever since his best friend died from cancer, Rex Innis of Hikutaia has let the Cancer Society pick daffodils from his plot to sell for its annual appeal each spring. Sooner or later, cancer invades most of our lives-unbidden, unwelcome and heavy with menace, the body in mutiny against itself, Regardless of whether the disease strikes us or someone we love, life will never be the same.

Living World

The endearing, endangered seahorse

What an improbable animal is the seahorse! With a horse's head, a possum's tail, eyes like tiny glass fishbowls and fins that wave like chiffon frills, the shy creatures have intrigued and delighted us since ancient times. But these thoroughbreds of the sea are now in danger of their lives. Ground up for medicines, sold, sightless and stiff, as souvenirs, captured alive for home aquariums, seahorses in many parts of the world have a hard ride ahead of them. A combination of public awareness and aquacultural research-some of it being conducted in this country-may yet turn the tide for these fascinating animals.


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