When the river runs dry

I’ve been off the radar for the past few weeks. A dastardly head cold settled in for a couple of weeks. But, I have also been involved in Red Cross’ drought work, which has ramped up dramatically over the past 4 or so weeks. I was involved in the Millennium drought social support program when […]

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It was cold and clear as we walked across Princes Park. My friend Joe said “I guess we go in this direction” and my daughter Emily said, “let’s just follow the people”. There was a steady stream of people heading to the Vigil being held in remembrance of Eurydice Dixon, who was raped and murdered […]

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Green day

Yesterday was the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. Green is the colour that has been adopted by survivors to show courage and strength through this awful, awful disaster. I followed this disaster from afar, attempting to learn from it, as it is my job to bring an understanding of how we […]

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Thick stories

So when you think it can’t get any better, then Rebecca Riggs comes along. She’s had three careers, actor, mother (she’s still doing that one) and communicator extraordinaire. She specialises in this thing called narrative based practice. Peter Rekers told me I was going to love it, and I was already in love with it […]

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Til the cows come home

So we moved from the crushing numbers of a hellish US hurricane season to the lush green New Zealand. The New Zealand of earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, flash flooding. A wonderful place to visit and live. Lee Cowan, from Dairy NZ talked to us about preparedness in NZ with the usual kiwi humour. Small, but mighty […]

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4.8 million

Alexandra Travis is the Director of FEMA’s Strategic Communications, a mathematician by training, and this shone through in her presentation, a sense of steely calm in a whirlwind of chaos. She focused on the challenge of managing not one, not two, not three, but four major disasters in 2017. And there were a lot of […]

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