Vote 2020 x 4

It's no secret I shall be #PartyVoteGreen and likely to be Labour Paul Eagle for my Rongotai electorate. I shall also be Yes for both referenda.Now that's that out of the way you should of course ignore it and do what you feel is right.First of all I would urge you to VOTE! Make sure you're enrolled and your details are up-to-date: that, no really I can wait, off you go, check your details ... Ok, good. This year from Wednesday 2nd September (overseas) / Saturday 5th September (in NZ) to 7pm on Saturday 19th September you get to vote on one or more of the following:The makeup of ParliamentParty voteYour local MPCannabis legalisation and control referendumEnd of Life Choice referendumYou can vote via post, look out for your voting papers later this month, or in person at many voting booths around Aotearoa New Zealand.
That's who (YOU!), when, where, how, and I shall assume you know why. If you don't…

The adventure finally comes to an end

The Hobbit OR There And Back AgainWell, the adventure finally comes to an end as the Riversdale's move into a new Miramar home.

It's been a long time, all four of us have traveled so far (in all senses), we are very different people to when we left and, most amazingly of all, we've been helped by sooo many people.

When we left Miramar around end-August 2005 I had a very large lump in my throat as the ferry took us out of Wellington Harbour. And here we are back - in one sense so quickly (a mere 15 months really) yet in others so slowly (done so much) - after the adventure has taken us across NZ and then around the world and back again.

But we couldn't have done it without people standing next to us and being there for us. Every step has seen someone going above and beyond the call of friendship. I'm struggling to think of everyone, there have been so many ... I just wanted to put it out there to each and every one, thank you. Thank you from my family, thank you from me and the deepest thank you from Liz and I.

And so, as I said at the top, this adventure comes to and end. And we're all slightly glad about that. Adventures can take it out of you and the excitement that comes from constantly being on the move is, eventually, tiring. We're looking to having our stuff in one place, having constancy in our life and having our own space - since we left Wellington we've lived with someone for almost every step of the way which has been a godsend and something tiring (for all concerned, I have no doubt).

The next part of our life starts tomorrow, in our new home - adventures can wait until another day ...
"I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone."
"I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!"