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#gopeaceable – my vision for a global grassroots movement

 Imagine a day, not too far off, when each encounter you have is met with empathetic understanding.  The person who has mistakenly tail-ended your car, the phone company employee, the government official, the person whose view on vaccination differs from your own, each listen with care to what you have to say.  What if, for …

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It’s not my rubbish but it’s my community!

“We are the protectors,” Max reminds others as he sets off up the wharf with bucket in hand.   Once a month a ‘flashmob’ of locals, liveaboard boaties, and visitors find the 90 minutes ‘Earthcare Opua’ gathering is not only rewarding but surprisingly enjoyable!    Earthcare Opua remains deliberately unstructured. With no-one in charge, newcomers and …

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WHY I NO LONGER SAY ‘WELL DONE’!

(A speech written to present at Toastmasters Kerikeri prior to the 2020 General Election.) E rangatira ma, e hoa ma, e manuhiri ma - Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa.   It may be Level 2 but I’m on the campaign trail today - I’m here to explain 3 downsides to using praise and …

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#letsbepeaceable – a vision for a viral grassroots movement

 Imagine a day, not too far off, when each encounter you have is met with empathetic understanding.  The person who has mistakenly tail-ended your car, the phone company employee, the government official, the person whose view on vaccination differs from your own, each listen with care to what you have to say.  What if, for …

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PEACE TROLLING – using social media to build a global culture of peace and respect

Imagine by 2025 if across the world, people of every nation, every language, young and old, are online allies in a movement of non-violent engagement between people across every social media platform. Perhaps you, dear reader, will be one of a growing global 'army of Peace Trolls' , seeding social media the capacity to engage …

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PARA KORE: An Alternative Voice for a Zero Waste World

I sometimes forget how extensive my knowledge is on rubbish! Like childbirth, I guess the hard work and times of pain completing my Masters Research project as an adult student 2 years ago are soon forgotten! I feel so blessed to have been an adult student, able to focus many hours of work and interviews …

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Resource Recovery : A Far North Vision

What follows is the vision of our 'Far North Citizens Waste Minimisation Group'  and our request for support -  that I gave via FNDC Annual Plan hearing video link on 6 May 2020 – to our Far North District Mayor and Councillors. I know that 4 pilot resource recovery projects will add hugely to this year's Annual Plan. …

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