Waitangi weekend here in New Zealand – the time when we celebrate as a nation the Treaty of Waitangi.  Here in Dargaville boats raced on the mighty Northern Wairoa River.

click on any picture for more detail.  Apparently the pirate boat won the first race, but it’s not doing too well here.  Unfortunately I didn’t have my zoom lens with me…


And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22:5

the memory
of Eden that once was
can still be glimpsed
each evening
bright in our eyes
the desire
for peace

evening light2And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come…


earth lifts ragged arms to the sky
to clouds that block the sun
and the fields grow mean and dry
where fresh rivers used to run

around the fringes of the islands
the sea swells high and dead
and the snow melts from the mountains
while the nations shake with dread

and I fear that we have seen the best
this old world has to give
and it’s down to us to find the zest
to help our world to live

earth fingers