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Should's and Horrible's

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Should's and Horrible's

Well, I don’t know about you but my Mother’s Day sucked! There, I said it. In the wake of countless Facebook posts from friends and family about breakfast in bed, brunch, lunch, walks in the forest, amazing gifts and dinners, my experience of Mother’s Day was far from this utopia. Made me feel sick and inadequate just looking at them. I couldn’t even “like” because it was a forced, expected response…poor me!You know what really sux? It was like this last year, and the year before….for the last 14 years actually. It didn’t get off to a good start in...

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Piraurau – a most amazing woman

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Piraurau – a most amazing woman

Her name was Piraurau.  She was a remarkable woman born around 1826 (her exact date of birth is not known, but may be as early as 1822) and dying in 1881.  She was my great great great grandmother…her story is one of local legend and I would like to share this story with you.  It will give you some insight into why Maori art and culture is so important to me and why it forms the very essence of Tiki Kiwi. Piraurau was one of the very first Maori women living on Banks Peninsular in Canterbury to marry a Paheha...

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5 Ways to get your Mojo Back

5 Ways to get your Mojo Back

So, here’s the thing…. I fell out of love. Yep, it’s true, and it was not much fun.  You see, I tootled off to the USA back in May (read about that trip here) and returned to New Zealand on a real high.  My heart was full, my head was spinning and my world seemed to be completely without bounds. To be honest, when I got home all I wanted to do was to travel again.  I remembered just how much I love freedom and adventure.  After not really having any for such a long time (I have been an...

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