Articles by Mary Kippenberger

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A flattened hand, crotch lift

01 December 2018

We might have been both flooded in and out, the river may have risen higher than we have ever seen it in 30 years, causing more destruction than ever before.  We might have dug, planted, extended, mowed, weeded and encouraged…

Mary Kippenberger01 December 2018

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Time to Potter

01 October 2018

Five years ago, de Lautours from around the globe gathered to be renewed. To meet, eat and share stories. To gaze at our whakapapa plastered along echoing corridors, men in great wigs and frenchified garb gazing back with distain, assured…

Mary Kippenberger01 October 2018

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Passing the Reins

01 August 2018

It’s 5.30am and the house is quiet. I’d like to say there wasn’t a sound, not even a mouse, but I can’t.  Just as I put pen to paper I heard the ominous snap of the mouse trap, followed by…

Mary Kippenberger01 August 2018

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In Support of Frontliners

01 June 2018

I did not procure a bus by unfair means or advantage; there is no need for head shaking or mutters of ‘POOR Peter’.  Oh yes, maybe I did say with pitiful tone that I’m nearly 67 and who knows how…

Mary Kippenberger01 June 2018

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Self-Checkout & Adoring Fans

01 May 2018

I’d rather be cold than too hot. I found the summer heat wave debilitating and gave Peter some ‘You sound like your mother’ moments. It’s a very effective sentence. I was at Pak’nSave and the checkouts were snaking. I decided…

Mary Kippenberger01 May 2018

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Yay, MooMoo!

14 February 2018

My heart is buried in these Central Hawke’s Bay hills. Like a Rita Angus painting, dusk shadow settles in the cracks where the rolling crevice meets. If you catch it right, as you turn into the Te Hauke straight, an…

Mary Kippenberger14 February 2018

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Egg White Fantasy

24 December 2017

Butterflies of the stomach variety are, for me at this grand age, often missing in fl ight. I don’t count the days to my birthday, but I do love vicariously watching other butterfl ies dance as the grandies mark the…

Mary Kippenberger24 December 2017

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Letter from the Country July August

02 August 2017

Some days it’s just better not to leave home. Needing some electronic gadget I walked into Jaycar, Hastings. Lots of vibrant people without wrinkles stood behind the counter. I noted one with an enormous button-like thing moulded into his earlobe.…

Mary Kippenberger02 August 2017

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Letter from the Country May June 2017

03 June 2017

It’s time for me to harden up. It’s time for me to at least consider the concept of harden up. Born a reluctant city girl, green paddocks and open spaces have only been my day-to-day life for 30 years and…

Mary Kippenberger03 June 2017