Last night TT Raglan presented to the local Community Board on the subjects of Peak Oil and Transition Towns. The audience included the Raglan Community Board members, Deputy Mayor of Waikato District, Principal of Raglan Area School and about 80 members of the public of all ages and walks of life. We posted an invitation to the community via the local paper and more than half of the crowd was there solely for the presentation. Community Board Members were astounded at the number of people as they filed in.
We spent 10 minutes on oil offering a copy of the TT Handbook to the first person that could find something in the room that did not rely on oil in any way for its presence in the room... needless to say I still have my copy of the Handbook. Then spent 20 minutes on Relocalization, TT and the myriad of possibilities and positive outcomes for our community. Toting TT as a global movement which is "inspiring, empowering and mobilizing WHOLE COMMUNITIES into action!" Also that we were very excited at the "... opportunity to turn paradise into utopia!"
All in all we had the room buzzing and this was the first public mention of TT in our community. Deputy Mayor was very supportive. We were approached afterwards by local radio for interview, the local paper will have TT as their feature story next week and a journalist from the Waikato times said there will be something in the Times before the end of this week!! We have set a first dedicated public TT gathering for the 27th of July.
We are stoked to be kicking up the dust in this neck of the woods!