Thursday, September 11, 2008

Stop the Madness

For those whom have read my prior post there is a link here to a petition to register protest against changing the wording of the Environmental Heritage Policy of the Tararua District Council proposed by the four power companies which would allow unhindered implementation of wind turbines and wind farms as discussed in the prior post. Please follow the link to the petition and register should you agree this wanton abuse of our natural world needs to cease, or at least opened to reasoned debate and not under handed bully boy tactics used by power companies for pure money and tax benefit generation at the expense of our environment. Objections to the submissions need to be registered by 3 October, not much time, so please act now.

I would like to acknowledge and thank from the deepest depths of my heart and soul Robin Easton and Ophelia Rising for their time, effort, patience, and love, in putting this all together and inspiring me to action. What ever happens will happen, but the kindred spirit I have found with these beautiful people has been one the finest experiences of my life. You have helped me find new depths to my Mana heke Iho, and I treasure you both. Kia kaha!


Marja said...

Signed up Good luck Robb. Good on you doing this

Lost Coyote said...

Beautiful Mountains...a world away...blows my mind

ophelia rising said...

Robb, it's been an honor helping you with this. There are no words...

Kia kaha!

Robin Easton said...

Dear Robb,

You have no idea what it means to me to help you and Ophelia Rising to try and save a mountain range. It too has been one of the most amazing experienes for me to see the way we all just stood up and said, "No more. How can I help?" Then we all just dove in, each giving 100%. What a team we make.

I have never worked with two people and from such great distance that absolutely gave it there all. I feel it has formed a life long bond between kindred spirits.

You both live in my heart.

Now I am off to spread the word as far and wide as I can.

TO ALL READERS: Please copy the link here in Robb's post and paste it into an email and send it out to all your family and friends asking them to please help save these mountains. And ask them to send it to their friends.

If any of you know how to digg or stumble this post would please do so. Thank you kind souls. I am eternally grateful for your help in doing this.

Robin Easton

Bob McKerrow said...

Kia Ora Robb

Thanks for linking us to the petition which I have just signed.

Keep up the good work bro.


PATERIKA HENGREAVES, Poet Laureate said...

Kia ora Robb

I have just signed the petition and have passed the word around to my contacts.

Mother Earth says thank you Robb and keep up the good work

Warm regards

meggie said...

Good for you! It is times like this, I wonder why we ever left!
Wonderful photographs, BTW.

Gustav said...


I have just signed the link.

Lets stop the madness.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora from my heart to those of you whom have taken the time to read this and help. I sincerely appreciate your willingness to stick your heads above the parapet as it were. Talking to so many people on a grass roots level these past few days has been fairly exhausting, and somewhat depressing in a way. So many seemed resigned to the earth being pillaged for "progress", or fighting "them". Maybe it is. But maybe if we start a ripple with our few voices it will join with others out there, and make a difference. Perhaps not in time for these ranges, but I will do my best so I can hold Her close to me on the time I have left there.
This has been an amazing experience for me, and while I thank you all, and let us continue the fight, to Robin, Ophelia, and Paterika - you fill my soul. Kia kaha!

Ruahines said...

I also need to include Vegetable Japan with Robin, Ophelia and Paterika. VJ's post on the Ruahines and living in another land also moves me and fills me. VJ it reminds me of a Van Morrison song, two actually, Got to Back and Foreign Window. Kia ora.

adam said...

Done, dear sir.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Adam,
Thank you my friend for support and for your comment on the prior post. I feel a kinship with you as well, and your words helped me through this black patch of depression in a world seemingly gone mad.
I DO need to escape into the mountains and relish them, while I can, while they are still there, and fill my soul with Nature before it all ebbs away.
Abbey was a wise man and a foolish man. So am I, maybe more foolish than wise. It is hard to fight these battles, to reason with people who cannot envision any change to the way things are, to take on shareholder driven profit making corporations. Interesting to see in my homeland socialism can creep into capitalism in sharing the losses incurred by the Money Machines with non share holder tax payers. I am still waiting for my non share holder dividend check from the "good times".
Oh well Adam, like Abbey would, at the very least I will take a six of beer up to the nearest wind mill, drain them one by one, and piss all over the nearest monstrosity!
I will be hoisting my swag soon and heading out for some of that other half of myself time. Kia ora Brother.

Liara Covert said...

The more people who learn about this, the more will be informed and equipped to spread the word. My sister recently visited NZ and highly-values the mountains and nature environment of the country. Now living in Australia, I have also had the pleasure of exploring some of the rich diversity of NZ. Initiatives like yours will help protect it.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Robb, you are blogging and meeting kindred spirits for a reason. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Hugs, JJ

João Soares said...

Dear Robb
I had signed the petiton and put an alert in my blog on Day of Peace.
You are doing the right to do!

vegetablej said...


Hang in there! I hope you and whatever supporters there are locally are going to speak to the local decision makers directly and present your case. Don't worry about the petition; those things always go slowly, but many of us around the world are behind you. If you need any help with writing or research, I'll gladly volunteer.

It's true these things are hard to fight with the powers that be seeming to hold all the cards, but think of the times that our world has changed, sparked by one spirit full of love and hope.

Sending along a few hugs in spirit. Gambatte! (Fight on!)

D'Arcy said...

Robb, this has been in the forefront of my mind for the last few days. Please let me know what else I can do to further this cause.

Thank you and thank you and the Ruahines thank you too.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Liara,
I thank you for your help and support. New Zealand does a very good job promoting itself as "clean and green", but the reality is a bit different. All the more reason to preseve and protect wild areas beyond the tourist scope. I fear this will be an ongoing battle, so thank you for your voice.

Ruahines said...

Cheers JJ,
I find myself floating between feeling very energized and very melancholic. The energy comes from some brilliant and beautiful people supporting this whom I have never met in person, and the melancholy comes from the sheer scope of the war ahead, fighting perceptions of "sustainability" when it is really about profit and encroaching on our wild heritage more and more. I appreciate your thoughts.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Joao,
Welcome and kia ora for your support and plug on your blog. I had a quick look and will return at a more quiet time to enjoy more thoroughly your place. Reading from kindred spirits all over the world is really changing me.
Ka kite ano,

Ruahines said...

Kia ora VJ,
You make me smile, and I did not have a lot of smiles last week. Knowing you are out there brings strength. I am realizing this is just a battle in a big war, and while the Ruahines are what has mobilized me to action, the cause is much bigger.
Aroha to you VJ,

Ruahines said...

Tena koe D'Arcy,
Your support is gratefully received. Thank you for caring.

Anonymous said...


A contrarian view. When I saw the wind farms rising out of Amish land in Iowa and Illinois recently, I thought they were rather beautiful. It meant that someone was trying to do something about the planet's longevity - or at least "ours".

Blessings and thanks for this beautiful blog. I have a parishioner from New Zealand. Too bad she's not wired.

Thanks for letting me in...

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Scott,
Again I will state I am not against wind power as part of a better solution. This is about subverting the democratic process to benefit power companies, increase their wealth and our dependence upon them, and remove the focus from forming a better relationship with the earth. "Our" longevity is firmly bound to how long Earth will tolerate our continued plundering of her, and quite happily adjust, I suspect, to carrying without "us". As is well stated above in other comments, solar power, better insulated homes - at least certainly here in New Zealand, under sea wave generation, and even combined with demonstrably effective and non intrusive wind power are all areas where mankind can change a reliance on creating more and more power. Imagine if the states put 700 billion into making homes there solar powered rather than bailing out rich fat cats. Unlikely I know, and less profit to power companies therefore more unlikely yet.
Also, from a selfish point of view, I love these mountains, I love wild places, they need voices.
I am happy to read you enjoy the blog. I hope to return to soon focusing on bringing these mountains, and my thoughts, to those who enjoy stopping by here, though I guess the winds of change are blowing over the Ruahines and my voice has to recognize that. You are welcome and thanks for your thoughts and visit.
Ka kite ano,

Robin Easton said...

Thinking of you and your mountains, my friend.
Every day.

Still sending out to people.

ophelia rising said...

Robb, hope all is well. I'm sending you all my support and best thoughts. Stick with it. I'm with you, all the way. I keep an eye to the petition - numbers are still rising....

Marja said...

Dear robb I come to say goodbye I am leaving for a while. I wish you all the best and good luck with your mission. Take care I will hop by from time to time Aroha and hugs, marja

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Robb, I'm praying you find the peace of mind you need as you continue on this journey. My thoughts are with you.

Blessings! JJ

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Robin and Ophelia,
We will at least bring awareness,from both here in New Zealand and outside as well, to the power companies and councils that there are people who care about the integrity of the mountains. You have both helped me find a voice, and a passion to bring the mountains and the need for them to others. I will always treasure your Gift.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Marja,
I understand. Please stay in touch when and if you can. You have become a presence in my life that always brings a smile to my face, usually when I most need it. I shall miss you, and check your place from time to time. Kia kaha and aroha. Be safe.

Ruahines said...

Kia ora JJ,
Thank your warm and loving thoughts. They are graciously accepted. This is a hard time with so many other things happening in my life right now as well. Yet the mountains, the Ruahines, hold a vital place in my soul as well, and i have to acknowledge that. Sorry I have been a bit slack with visits as of late, but will catch up soon.

Chris said...

hey, good work my friend......
you're fightimg a good is not, in this case, in the eye of the beholder....with those ranges, it simply is, beauty!

Donald said...

Being down here in the deeper south I'd not realised these wind farm issues were arising in your area Robb.

Good on you for bringing them onto people's radar.

Did the petition make an impact?



Ruahines said...

Kia ora Donald,
If the power companies have their way, the entire lower north island will become a giant wind farm.
The Puketoi project has just been put forth to objection, and I can't see that not going ahead in spite of some pretty strong local resistance. The local scheme here in the Turitea has come under pretty fierce resistance with some 200 objections being put forth. So I guess in the very least awareness has been created, and in the very least many people are starting to read more and beyond the propoganda and marketing bullshit put out by these companies. Though with National in power, and the economy supposedly more important than the environment I am not holding my breath. Thanks for caring.