Monday Message 13th September 2021

Morning all…pleased to say there was a very positive response last week to the draw for Abbas Nazari’s book “After The Tampa”. David S in Auckland should have his copy by now but John R in New South Wales will have to wait slightly longer.

Given that we are all connected directly or indirectly to immigrants to the small islands of New Zealand, some of the responses were rather humbling and my favourite is:
“I well recall, my parents saw NZ as a land of promise particularly for their children and at the start of 1960 brought our family out from Holland. I was seven at the time and we arrived in Timaru with barely more than the clothes we stood up in. No one could speak a word of English. With the safety net of hindsight I can truly say how lucky my sister and I were and how grateful I am personally that they had the intestinal fortitude and determination to make such a massive sacrifice.”

Monday Message 6th September 2021

“The topics of refugees and asylum seekers provokes heated debate and passionate responses from people, but few who are party to such discussions have actually lived the refugee experience. Few know what it is like to uproot yourselves from your homeland, risk everything, then, if you are exceptionally lucky, be resettled in an utterly foreign land, learning to navigate a new hyphenated identity”.

– Abbas Nazari; who last week launched “After The Tampa”; his story of growing up as the son of a trucker in the Afghan mountains (operating a Soviet era Kamaz freight truck) to fleeing with family and eventually settling in Christchurch where he attended Burnside High School and Canterbury University, before winning a Fulbright scholarship to USA.

“Just as my successes are a point of pride for the community, my failures can be a blight on the entire village”.

This book is a ripping yarn written by a man who is very good with words.
It provides historical context for the present situation in Afghanistan and a somewhat hopeful future. I got my copy at Piccadilly Books Avonhead.

Monday Message 30th August 2021

“Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing”
– Warren Buffett, born on this day in 1930, 91 years, one World War, several fallen empires, numerous other insurrections and many financial crises ago.

Monday Message 18th January 2021

Happy New Year!
Great to be back into it.
“We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from the past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience”
– George Washington (1732-1799) American Founding Father and first president, for 10 years from 1789. Son of land developers, he was a surveyor by trade, before starting a military career with the Virginia Regiment.