DID WE MISS MURRAY?
I write with a good news story from the Manawatu.
My husband and I are seldom struck down by illness, not even the common cold, but this winter the most lethal kind of cold/ cough reduced our normally very active, sustainable lifestyle to a slow crawl.
The stone oven was lit this morning, the sourdough bread which began its creation the night before was baked to perfection, but the joy of giving much of it away has been blunted by this amazing lethargy which not even the quiet winter sunshine can penetrate.
We have been sleeping and sleeping, then Ernst called for NZ Lifestyle Block. Our sub is due and I could not find Murray Grimwood.
So out of the bleary-eyed glaze of the non-energetic, we decided we would not renew our sub. Why? Because Murray Grimwood lifts your magazine out of the ordinary and gives us a reason for subscribing! He provides hope and challenge and a point of difference to us (and probably to many others). That you both welcome and encourage his ranting
NZ Lifestyle Block The Dunedin meeting on climate
change attracted a big crowd.
This meeting was given limited exposure and was originally planned
for a small (hotel) venue. But after 250-
odd folk attended a locally-organised, pre-
meeting meeting, the organisers felt the pressure and changed to the larger Glenroy Auditorium.
Just as well. There were 350 people present (I counted them). At about
the same time the ‘Choose a New Flag’
circus rolled into town - a meeting that
was well- heralded - and attracted 25 people.
A good proportion of the 350 attendees were young people, the inheritors
of the Earth, who were understandably concerned as they’ll have to live
through the ramifications of what earlier generations have done/are doing.
They joined older speakers in contributing to an eloquent, respectful, reasoned debate. Outside of an occasional question session after a thought- provoking lecture, I’ve never witnessed anything quite like this discussion-
filled evening, and never on this scale.
Someone recorded the whole thing and transcribed it, 12 pages that should be preserved
- scroll down to find the article entitled “Dear MRF… Sincerel y, Dunedin”.
This is the firsttime I’ve heard others talking about integrated problems,
of which climate change is only one.
At least three speakers touched on
the fact that anything we did in this regard
was related to the questions of population, resources and sustainability. The
usuallysolid applause reduced noticeably
when those particular speakers suggested
that the middle class might have to lower
its sights, my takeaway impression
of the night. Here’s one of those comments: “The other side to this is there are
There were 350 people present, as counted by Murray.
lot of people here that are very middle class. To be clear, for this radical
stepchange you have to give up everything… your pension funds gone, your idea
of buying houses to get funding for
material wealth gone… that’s all market economydependent. It’s all gone. Are you
going to make that change? You can’t just
leave it up to these (Ministry) guys. Some
of you have to really think about it.
You don’t have Kiwisaver. You do something sensible. Don’t put it all on these