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I left my host early and went up the road to meet with Robert Atack over breakfast of coffee and poached eggs. Robert and I originally connected when sharing information about Peak Oil and Climate Change a few years ago at a time when I was setting up a website called Information Is A Human Right, so it was good to meet up with him on his turf. He sent me on my way with some more videos and a dozen Duck eggs. » Read more
Thursday morning began with a trip to the library to meet Barbara who is doing a film project and wanted to do an interview for it. We got about half way through it and the fire alarm went off and everyone evacuated. After wandering around the waterfront for a while we settled in front of William Trethewy's bronze statue on Wellington waterfront of Kupe, his wife Hine te Aparangi, and tohunga (ritual expert) Pekahourangi as they sight Aotearoa.
The wind was still howling on Wednesday morning and yet recycling contributions were being offered all over the neighbourhood, to be flung in all directions - what strange creatures of habit we are, trying to do the 'right thing' but being somewhat blind to the forces of nature. Daryl took the opportunity to re-fix the third blade of his washing machine generator, and see how it performed. » Read more
I left Paul and Christine's place at 7:15 and headed back through the Manawatu Gorge and got down to Masterton by to meet up with Helen Dew, Sonja Corbett and others involved in the Carterton/Wairerapa initiative. An intimate gathering and honest conversation was followed by a lunchtime public presentation to a healthy number of people who were able to break away for a bit to come and engage with the transition consideration.
An unhurried morning in Wanganui gave me a chance to post the news from Sunday's event. By the time I arrived at the Environment Centre, things were buzzing already with people engaged in all manner of conversations. Laurence showed me the Wanganui Chronicle which had a picture of me on the front page along with a short quote from the previous evening and referred people to page three where another picture and a favourable article sat alongside a picture of a streaker at yesterday's Rugby match.
Waiheke was still this morning as I looked out over the garden and into the bay. It evoked a feeling of well being. Then walking along the wharf to catch the 7.20 ferry I had a sense of the pivotal moment in history we find ourselves in. » Read more