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A Place to Stand

by Jackson Perry

With the realisation that we turn 4 this weekend (yay!), and inspired by Russell's excellent post Stories: Home, I thought we could add a visual element along similar lines.

In the Home discussion thread, which proves that sometimes you can read the comments, we came to discuss the notion of tūrangawaewae, and what it could mean to anyone who now calls Aotearoa 'home'. This from The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Literally tūranga (standing place), waewae (feet), it is often translated as ‘a place to stand’. Tūrangawaewae are places where we feel especially empowered and connected. They are our foundation, our place in the world, our home.

I've posted here before about my own connection to the East Cape, and beaches on the Eastern Bay of Plenty coastline. If you have a photographic memory, you may even recall some of these pictures from comments a few years back. We recycle. :-)

For me this is 'a place to stand', even though time and distance mean I get there less often than I'd like. In a virtual sense, this has also been true of Capture over the past 4 years, so thanks for all your homely contributions.

Where do you feel 'empowered or connected'? Hopefully last time you visited you took some photos. It may also be the lounge you're standing in, or the deck out the back.


We have had a quiet year on Capture, by all accounts. Corresponding with an otherwise crazy year in the other parts of my life. We moved to a new home, for starters.

But I have still enjoyed getting the occasional post going, and appreciate everyone staying in touch.

To inspire you all to jump in before Christmas, we are running a competition with the BEST PRIZE EVER on offer!

1st Prize: A copy of New Zealand Photography Collected, by Athol McCredie.

Released this October through Te Papa, with over 350 photos from the 1850s to the present, drawn from the National Collection. There is so much goodness in this book, it may even contribute to world peace!

2nd Prize: A copy of the brilliant 2nd edition of Tell You What, edited by Susanna Andrew & Jolisa Gracewood, published by AUP.

The 2015 edition was the perfect summer holiday reading companion.

We'll announce the winner before Christmas, using our normal arbitrary approach, coupled with an online randomizer, and get it to you before the 25th, if possible.

Capture away.

Te Whānau a Apanui marae, at Ōmāio, near to where my grandparents had their first home. Photo: Jackson Perry