Member of the NZ Order of Merit. Alison has been a leading Southland thinker
and do-er all her professional life, and has contributed at a
national/international level in many aspects of community development.
Alison you are a taonga!
Perfect evening fun with Thomas, Dee and baby James and Carolyn all here, and neighbours David and Barbara, Amy, Mike and baby Jessica. .. Amy and Carolyn on the trampoline as thousands of times before, over the thirty years they have played together - the difference being Jessica bouncing between them, yes the next generation is here!
My dad went from Bettyhill to Tierra del Fuego at age 18, in 1930... he settled very well, worked at Estancia Sara (Argentina) for some years then went to the Chilean mainland to Estancia Rospentek. He left to join the RAF in 1942 -ish., and never returned. I did though - I visited in 1976 and met a few folk who had known him.
The party was Lili, Michael, CJ and Ray - plus Colin and me, as the wind shook the caravan, and the rain spat on the windows.
They were on Day Four of a six-week circumcycling tour of New Zealand
They had had a very tough day from McLean Falls but got here in good time for hot showers and a car trip to see a couple of sealions at Waipapa Point. Then we had drinkies on the clifftop. The wind and rain didn't matter by then.
Next day looked pretty windy too but they all got going in high spirits. I'm following their progress with interest, and no envy whatsoever!