About Us

christinaChristina Thompson is the editor of Harvard Review and author of Come on Shore and We Will and Eat You All, a memoir/history of New Zealand. Her essays have appeared in Vogue, the Boston Globe, the American Scholar, and the 1999, 2000, and 2006 editions of Best Australian Essays. She teaches in the Writing Program at Harvard University Extension.

SevenTauwhitu (aka Seven) is a member of the Ngati Rehia hapu of the Ngapuhi tribe. He grew up in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand and is a foundryman by trade. He has also worked as a bicycle and motorcycle courier, dispatcher, bicycle builder, farmhand, machinist and toolmaker. He is an avid tennis player and a keen cyclist.

AbrahamAperahama (aka Abraham) is our 19-year-old son. He is a sophomore at Cornell University and a computer science major. He is also an artist, as you can see from his website: cambriangames.com. This summer when he wasn’t traveling he was working for Raytheon.


Matiu is our 15-year-old son. He is a  sophomore at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. He is a good tennis player and a novice rower. He plays the piano and likes to draw.

DaniDani is our 11-year-old son. He is just starting sixth grade. He is a fierce soccer player and general sports enthusiast. He is learning to play the saxophone and competes on the math team for his school.


6 responses to “About Us

  1. Gail Cohen

    Dear Christina, Seven, Abraham, Matiu, and Dani,

    Please have a great trip! I am so excited to be able to follow your voyage. Christina, thank you so much for including me.

    Wishing you all favorable winds!

    Gail C.

  2. What an excellent adventure!

    I’ll be following your progress with my three sons: Corey (20); Liam (16) and Kieran (6).

    As much as possible, try to stay in the boat. 😉

    Very, very good luck to you all.


  3. Dear Christina and family,
    Greetings from the land of monsoon rain. What a wonderful voyage, I wish all of you the very best. Here on the coast of Kerala (south-west India) there are many traces of ancient voyages and trade, with the Romans, Persians, Arabs, Chinese, all before the advent of colonialism, so what you are doing has a real resonance for me. Myhusband I were in the Himalayas, but are here now, visiting my mother.
    Safe travels,

    • I’ve always wanted to visit the SW coast of India…as you say, a place with a fascinating history. Hope you have a nice visit. We are going to be visiting Seven’s family in NZ soon, for the first time in 12 years.

  4. Rick Thomson

    Judi and I have been travelling too. 3 weeks in Mongolia and the word OTHER seems to come to mind whenever I think of it. Just back and digging out my desk and find this wonderful info about you and Seven and the kids. I suppose our bar B Q Plan will be on hold for a bit now. You have to come back sooner or later I suppose so we can catch up then. Bloody hot and muggy like hell here, and mega rains that closed Storrow Drive in Boston so stay away a bit longer. See ya, Rick and Judi and family.

  5. Jason Hartley

    Hi, I absolutely love the map of the Polynesian triangle on your website; I am just about to publish a book in New Zealand and was hoping that I could have permission to use it = Is it your own?

    My name is Jason Hartley – email – kimijake@hotmail.com

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