so what does nhawi mean and what is this blog about? well ‘nhawi’ is like ‘ummmm’ in the local aboriginal language, Yolngu Matha. in simple terms the title of my blog represents the gap between articulating thoughts. its the sound of not saying anything, momentarily.

this blogg is a record of our lives in north east arnhem land and our travels to experience other countries and cultures.

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well summer has just rolled on and on in NZ, we have been doing a house sit at a place called papamoa beach, near tauranga, south of auckland, and its ...

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yesterday we decided it was our last chance to drive to whatipu to have a look at the beach there and the entrance to manukau harbour. its only about 10kms ...

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  our time in piha is drawing to a close and likewise the warmth of summer is slipping away, the evenings and early mornings are getting 'brisk', getting in for a ...

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new bach

well we have moved down the hill from jeremy's bach into our little rental bach on the beach in north piha, its a very basic but comfortable little home, we ...

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Patetonga, not to be confused with Pategonia, is little corner of the Waikato Valley, south of Auckland, its Chiefs country if you are a rugby fan and otherwise its basically ...

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..well, home as in back to Piha! We have been over in a suburb of auckland called henderson for a week, housesitting 3 small dogs. it was somewhat challenging, firstly ...

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photo app

sorry, this is a bit of a techy post, so those of you expecting more tales of travel, images of yummy food or photos of sublime wines may as well ...

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new stuff

  thats karekare beach which is just next door to us at Piha, its where they shot the film 'the piano', we went for a swim in the waterfall which is ...

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last night i was putting the rubbish out just before sunset, ended up spending 10 minutes or so watching the orb of the sun dip below the horizon from the ...

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so we were back up north last week, sal's aunt had her son, beau staying and we hadnt seen him since our last trip to bali (where he lives), so ...

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  i realised its a while since i posted, and in fact when I uploaded the images I realised I had completely forgotten to post about our trip to devonport, takapuna ...

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finance 101

  sometimes the light just comes on...and it surprises you too! tonite i was talking to kai about the money he got for christmas and his birthday, quite an amount because he ...

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at the bottom of each page is a link to all the blog posts, arranged from latest to oldest, you can also use the categories on the side bar in the blog posts to look at posts that are tagged with that specific category.

there is also a column of links to other sites like our old blog, vimeo, smugmug and also Kai’s blog and our seekrit squirrel forum – drop by and have a look, if you sign up you can add topics, posts, make replies and add photos and videos to our little community.