FROM THE EDITOR
Kia ora koutou,
Landing off a long-haul flight at 4.30am is never much fun, but even my grumps can be calmed by the arrivals corridor at Auckland airport.
The one with the Ma¯ori voices and birdsong.
I’ve not come across any airport abroad that offers this kind of welcome, although there are plenty that have cultural references elsewhere.
Three weeks in Ireland, Holland, Italy and Greece with my now grown-up daughter were wonderful but also made me appreciate Waiheke afresh.
We were both ready to come home.
A big part of what makes New Zealand so special is its indigenous Ma¯ori people, their history and culture.
It’s being celebrated this week and Stuff and Waiheke Marketplace are adding macrons to all Ma¯ori stories, from now on, in recognition of the importance of te reo Ma¯ori.
I’m planning to start learning the language - all help welcomed. Ka kite ano¯. - Di.