Welcome. This website is by Ben Howe. Here you will find photos, travel stories, music, videos and other things I am interested in. A lot of the photos are taken with 35mm film, although I use all kinds. I work in music, including running a couple of record labels, Arch Hill Recordings and Flying Nun Records, I am a partner in an online music retail store called Flying Out and a festival called The Others Way. I am also a Lecturer and Major Co-ordinator at Massey University in Wellington. Over the years I have played in various bands around New Zealand.
When I decided last year to return to Nepal, I wanted to find a trek that would give me a similar sense of adventure to my previous journey, almost thirty years previous. I wanted to trek somewhere a bit rugged, undiscovered and off the beaten track. Surely those places still exist? As it turns out, they do. After some online research, I learned about a trek called the Lumba Sumba. It is in a little-known region, the remote Kanchenjunga region, in the Eastern Himalaya of Nepal. MORE
Flying Nun Records, the iconic New Zealand music label, donated many hundreds of master tapes from recordings made between 1981 to the mid-2000s, to the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Archive of New Zealand Music. There was a time I thought those tapes were lost. This is that story. MORE