'6 Out Of 10' - In Defence Of Giving A Shit - by Toby Morris

Today I was sent a link by a friend to this nifty wee comic by Kiwi writer and artist Toby Morris of The Side Eye

The dialogue is on topics close to my heart which those of you who have followed my blog over the years will be well acquainted with. I am fascinated to see that there is more discourse happening about who we are as New Zealander’s, how we behave and our ingrained social practices. These themes are also discussed in the essay with my artwork ‘Tall White Poppy’

I have copied and pasted this to share. All copyright and credits belong to Toby Morris, The Side Eye & The Spinoff

ZAMBESI PARNELL | Moena Moxham Furniture & Nebula Paintings


The following ‘Nebula Paintings’ are on display and exclusively for sale at the gorgeous new Zambesi Parnell store.

Check out Moena Moxham Scarves while you are in!


Acrylic, glitter, matt varnish on stretched canvas, wax seal signature, Ø 607mm, ‘18, 1/1

$3000 NZD


Modern side-table, acrylic, glitter, resin, seal signature, Ø 400 x 455mm, 2019, 1/1

$3000 NZD


Acrylic, matt varnish on stretched canvas, wax seal signature, Ø 607mm, 2018, 1/1

$3000 NZD


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Just in time for Winter- Moena Moxham 100% cashmere scarves with unique designs from the paintings.

Available in all Zambesi stores - Parnell, Newmarket, Ponsonby and Wellington and for pre-order below.

p.s super luxurious extra thick ‘Cashmere | Pashmina Laddakhi’ scarves arriving after June



140cm² (55”²), 100% Cashmere, Eyelash fringe, Hand finished labelling, Reversible design

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140cm² (55”²), 100% Cashmere, Eyelash fringe, Hand finished labelling, Reversible design

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140cm² (55”²), 100% Cashmere, Eyelash fringe, Hand finished labelling, Reversible design

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140cm² (55”²), 100% Cashmere, Eyelash fringe, Hand finished labelling, Reversible design

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140cm² (55”²), 100% Cashmere, Eyelash fringe, Hand finished labelling, Reversible design

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AVIATRIX | Tracey Curtis-Taylor


Boeing-Stearman biplane "Spirit of Artemis"

Recently I was blessed to have the honour of spending a day and a half with a hero of mine- aviator Tracey Curtis Taylor aka ‘Bird in a Biplane’. Tracey has organised and piloted multiple flight expeditions with historic aircraft across Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and America and has devoted her life to the art of flying and inspiring others with her passion. She is a pioneer of aviation both today and of yesteryear.

Tracey has completed multiple transcontinental routes in her biplane, the Boeing-Stearman "Spirit of Artemis". These ‘journeys of a lifetime’ (she has lived many) have been pinnacles of a life filled with achievement and success. Achieving both her personal and commercial licences, gaining her instructor rating and also participating in aerobatics and formation flying- there is no holding Tracey back. She is equally motivated and compelled to inspire and encourage others, especially women, to achieve their dreams and goals.

In addition to being immensely talented, she is also just an incredible person, her experiences have filled her with a knowledge and enthusiasm for the world and our inhabitants which is optimistic, educated and endearing. It was a delight to be able to talk with her in depth about life, her loves and living dreams.

Her latest movie is to be released this year in 2019, trailer below.


Trailer for upcoming feature length documentary about vintage biplane pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor's attempts to recreate the epic flights of pioneer aviators of the 1920's and 30's.



In 2013, Curtis-Taylor flew Spirit of Artemis in an eight-week journey, covering over 13,000 km, from Cape Town, South Africa to the Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, England. The journey comprised a total of 38 legs and 110 basic VFR flying hours, and followed the 1928 flight of Mary, Lady Heath, from Cape Town to Cairo, Egypt, travelling over Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan. The journey took five years to prepare for, including finding a biplane which would cope with the heat of Africa.


On 1 October 2015 Curtis-Taylor departed from Farnborough, England, flying in Spirit of Artemis, arriving in Sydney Australia on 9 January 2016. The journey was inspired by pioneer aviator Amy Johnson, who flew solo from England to Australia in 1930. The flight path was across 23 countries in 50 legs. She was accompanied by a small support crew in a modern plane who documented the journey for her movie.

Several stopovers were scheduled into the flight, often with the aim of introducing Curtis-Taylor to local communities and to inspire others, particularly women. In Dubai, the plane was part of the Boeing display at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates, while Curtis-Taylor was a keynote speaker at the International Aviation Women's Association conference.

In Pakistan Curtis-Taylor was hosted by Squadron Leader Saira Batool of the Pakistani Air Force, and visited a school in Karachi with female Pakistani mountaineer Samina Baig to speak about their adventures and to inspire the children. In Singapore, she met with girls and women involved in the UN Women programme Girls2Pioneers.


In spring 2016 Curtis-Taylor started a US Transcontinental Flight, with multiple stops along the historic US Airmail Routes, flying from Seattle to Los Angeles and the Transcontinental route from LA to NY. The trip was cut short by a crash in the desert, at Winslow, Arizona, due to a loss of engine power. The NTSB investigation reported that "a gray / tan liquid was drained from the carburetor". She and her co-pilot were uninjured but the Boeing Stearman was badly damaged. It was airlifted from Phoenix to Hungary, where it was rebuilt in time to attend the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow, which celebrated Boeing's centenary year. She returned with her Boeing Stearman to LA in June 2017 and finished the flight across the USA with a finale at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport NY. This completed her World Flight, flying across five continents. On both US tours the Stearman biplane was shipped across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, as it does not have the fuel range or instrumentation to cover such distances.

🛩️ 🛩️ 🛩️

Luxury Spring Knits

Over the last few months while revelling in being a new Mommy and all that entails, I've been working on new knits on commission and also to add to the Mademina Baby Collection. These three gorgeous heirlooms are luxurious, chic and worthy of being kept for future generations. 

Adira darling, thank you for your professional modelling skills little one- you are the best xo

'Snuggled Cot Blanket', Hand crocheted 3D stitched baby blanket, 100% cashmere, 4ply- 445g, Seafoam, 1300 x 690mm, 2018.

'Moses Basket Weave', Hand crocheted baby romper, 100% angora, size newborn, 2018.

'Seashore Romper', Hand crocheted baby romper, 100% angora, sizes 9-12 months, 2018.


Those of you who follow my blog will be well acquainted with my poetry. 

However today, I thought it was time to dedicate a chapter entirely to this form of expression, and to publish some new and unseen material which also celebrates that old skool thang called handwriting ;P


Head over to the POETRY page to see more ♥

New Chapters

I have recently added new pages to my website and done a reorganise. Come on over and visit 'Adirable', the fruits of my gastronomy endeavours in 'ButterBING', my incredibly talented partner's kiwifruit creations in 'Kiwi-Kai', aaaaaand my baby-wear crocheting in 'Mademina'

I hope you enjoy and are inspired.









Yeah, Nah Instagram


Instagram, you've just gone ick.

Loved you but I'm leaving you friend, your new change in service is just not up my alley. 

I'm not taking part in Ai- honestly it gives me the creeps and makes me mad. We struggle to employ and give purpose to humanity as is, why in God's name are we interested in giving jobs to things which don't have families to feed, relationships to foster or spirits to nurture??

I admit, my desire to share my life and loves all came to a grinding halt with the birth of Adira, but things had been festering towards that build up. My latest experience on social media had left me feeling much like my short stint on Facebook a few years ago. I didn't like the negative backlash; the jealousy, the envy and the 'measuring up' of what we have or have not. The hours whittled away geezing at Kim K's ass or Kylie Jenner's latest makeup was fun I admit, especially when I'd succumbed to morning sickness; but really it's all brain fluff and it just fills my noggin with ideas that block my own creativity. 

Friends started calling less, and even those closest to me took posts as enough of a catch up. But most of all, I've gotta say, I don't like other people having any 'ownership' or 'share-ship' over my identity, snapshots or creative output. Am I a control freak or am I just careful? 

I don't like the big picture further down the line with either Ai, social media or where our privacy laws are going, and I'm definitely not going to take a gamble on my predictions with my daughter. 


I remember many posts ago making a comment similar to this "if we can acertain what someone likes and loves, we can in turn figure out what they hate, and with this information we can manipulate and control others". We are quietly and naively giving people authority to control our thoughts, our feeling and through this our actions. We are feeding psycological/ spiritual warfare; locally, governmentally, globally. Those innocent 'likes' have sinister ramifications. 

Yes spiritual- these seemingly innocuous apps are quietly crucifying us. They breed negativity and divert us from finding our own purpose. We're getting sucked into immaterial and superficial untruths and we're increasingly complacent about these changes and compliant to them once they are revealed. Ulterior motives seem more prevalent than ever and sinister motivations by governments and mega corporations are infiltrating our communities. I don't like being tracked and recognised wherever I go, I abhor the demise in real communication; I don't want to be a part of environments where this is normalised. New Zealand's developments are immensely concerning; Research the GCSB and what liberties they can take upon you... research Project Speargun in Auckland...

'What We Worship', Digital collage from Instagram, 2492 x 2566mm, 2015-18

So, there's more than enough info for people to see or get lost in about me here on my website. I've never found any increase in my sales as an artist by having Insta- although any man and his hairy dog would like to tell you otherwise, and I had a fantastic feed. In my experience, again the nasty outweighed the beneficial, and I feel relieved to have cut ties. It won't be long until like Facebook you will not be able to delete your account, I'm happy I got in when I did and removed my data. All props to you if you've got 40K followers and you're making cachinga off them- it's not my life path, it doesn't make me buzz.

Technology inevitably becomes obsolete; people don't. I got tired of continually feeding Insta- at some point you're going to get over it aren't you, it's a fad. It's awful having people get nasty about skill, talents and passions I've taken years to develop and master, but that's half the problem with these things- there's no history or continuity given, and for me, once I put my account onto private to combat this negativity, the whole point of it is useless- it's no longer a collection available for people around the world to be inspired by. 

Facebook is so ubiquitous it’s sometimes easy to forget that it’s reach spans much further than your likes, comments, and groups on its main platform.

Reminder: the tech giant owns Instagram and WhatsApp, too. And if you’re a person that maybe doesn’t like a company knowing every single thing about you, then, surprise! That’s going to keep biting you in the ass for a while.

At Facebook’s F8 developer’s conference, CTO Mike Schroepfer cheerfully revealedthat the goliath media company has been scanning billions of photos posted to Instagram. The purpose: to teach artificial intelligence to identify “offensive content, spam, hate speech, fake accounts, fake news, clickbait, and more,” automating a bit of what human content moderators already do.

... Under Facebook’s ownership, Instagram’s publicly-available data could be used for pretty much anything. Instagram’s terms of service stipulates that while the service “does not claim ownership of any Content that you post on or through the Service,” it does reserve full “royalty-free, transferable, […] worldwide license to use the Content that you post on or through the Service” — that’s pretty damn broad, and gives them a lot of leeway to do pretty much whatever they want with your photos, at least internally.
— www.futurism.com/facebook-mining-instagram-photos/

That shit is just scary.

Insta, ya made me feel like when I stoped smoking cigarettes. I loved smoking, still very occasionally do, but back then I remember the price had just got hiked to over $20NZD a pack of 20's, all the gorgeous gold embossed packaging had been subjected to government standards with heinous photos of lungs with cancerous tumors and photos of smokers teeth, and I woke up one day and I was just over having to always find a lighter. I was leaving the house and I couldn't find my fags and paraphernalia. That was it, I'd faded out. It had gone from being a sexy subversive pastime to being a chore. 


Instagram was similar- it's so nice to be back to being in the moment. Making gorgeous food and taking a breath to be thankful rather than setting up the plates to photoshoot. Watching the sunset with my buba in arms rather than running around trying to find my partner's phone with the better camera. Watching a gig rather than watching it through a lens. Visualising and caring about what I like, rather than being intrigued by who 'liked'.

That's the fascinating thing about the human condition to be intent; to be purposeful; to be dedicated; to be passionate; to be addicted; we can choose, we can redirect our choices and through this grow in the manners we so decide.

Growth for these new generations means working through an increasing amount of lies, untruths, misguided information and people making a buck. It is no longer about finding information as such, my daughter's generation is going to need highly refined skills about how to filter and block out things they don't want impacting upon their psyche, waylaying them academically or potentially hurting them- either by others or more sadly through themselves and their esteem, identities and spirits. They will need to be intently selective about where they want to go and what they need to get there. 

Moena Moxham Baby

Over the last few months I got rather crafty and crochet'd Adira jumpers, jackets and booties.

I loved doing it so much I'm now taking orders!                        alexandra@moenamoxham.com

Miss Adira snug as a bug in a rug in her Candy Cable.

Miss Adira snug as a bug in a rug in her Candy Cable.

(above) - 'Candy Cable', Cream, Cashmere, 0-3 months, Embossed 'MM' Moena Moxham tag, woven logo.


(above) - 'Minxy Matinee', Purple NZ merino, 0-3 months.

(above) - 'Candy Cable', Sea-foam green NZ merino, 3-6 months.


(above) - 'Minxy Matinee', Black NZ merino, 0-3 months.