Living big on a tiny boat

“I guess boats were the first tiny houses”, our onboard-guest came to the same conclusions as we did when we bought Kahu some months ago. Ever since we moved to the 8 meter we call home, we are referring to our Raven26 as a tiny house. Not a far-fetched referral, at least size wise: Even … Continue reading Living big on a tiny boat

BBC Ocean Series

BBC Ocean Stories 4/4: We are part of it

"I've been fascinated by the Maori approach to the living quality of nature for a while so it was really interesting to read your email and see your webpage. It so happens that we are preparing a series for the BBC World Service which will profile each of the world's oceans and talk to people … Continue reading BBC Ocean Stories 4/4: We are part of it

Motiti - according to the MRMT, the island and its reefs should be protected from adverse effects such as dredging, trawling or discharge.

Tipping point: Non-word of the year

Sitting in an environment court is an experience of its own. I would know. For the last two weeks, I had the opportunity to be present in a case around the island of Motiti. The indigenous people, represented in the Motiti Rohe Moana Trust (MRMT), sought protection for their ocean, their coast and reefs. It´s … Continue reading Tipping point: Non-word of the year

Climate Change – be a part of the solutions.

“Real solutions to the climate crisis are being built by those who have always protected the Earth and by those who fight every day to defend their environment and living conditions. We need to globalise these solutions. For us, the struggles for climate justice and social justice are one and the same. It is the … Continue reading Climate Change – be a part of the solutions.

Romantic picnic on top of Bugess Island.

A paradise called Mokohinau

“Wich part did impress you most?” people keep on asking the two of us after our cruise from the Bay of Plenty to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. The answer comes as quickly as simultaneously: The Mokohinau (Pokohinu) Islands – a paradise for those who love solitude, the sights of sh curiously checking … Continue reading A paradise called Mokohinau

We found this heart shaped sponge on a beach walk in Papamoa.

How to date a change-maker*

The sun was setting down over the dunes in Papamoa in New Zealand´s Bay of Plenty. It had been romantic evening - one of the evenings you have to pinch yourself to realize it was real. After a walk on the beach, we were having a picnic in the sand, hidden away from the curious … Continue reading How to date a change-maker*

The art of reducing plastic (onboard)

It seems to be one of the topics every boatie or wanna-be-boatie faces rather sooner than later: How to reduce waste in general and plastic in particular on board? Not necessarily only because of our increasing love for the environment, but rather as a consequence of living in a limited space. “Don´t take plastic and … Continue reading The art of reducing plastic (onboard)

6 weeks sailing in New Zealand: A sea trial

"In six weeks you can singlehandedly sail Kahu", T.A. said to me. His infinite optimism keeps on surprising me. It is both encouraging as well as putting me under pressure from time to time: I should learn to navigate the boat on my own in just six weeks? We will see. Six weeks was not … Continue reading 6 weeks sailing in New Zealand: A sea trial

Alternatives to plastic

While researching on packaging (and after getting a bit depressed about the complicated topic of biodegradable plastic), I also found some interesting future materials which could replace at least some of the plastic wrapping. "Redesigning plastic products to be valuable and sustainable is our biggest leap toward prevention”, in an article on Youris, Katie Allen, the … Continue reading Alternatives to plastic