Kapiti College student and longtime resident Erica Julian ponders Paekakariki’s future and what makes us special. The first in series of stories for Paekakariki Online by residents on what we will or could look like in 50 years time.
Welcoming Dr Judith Aitken to the Paekākāriki Community Board
Meet Carol, Moira, Alun and Arlo, Darcy and Prue
‘In his quiet, behind-the-scenes way, he’s a very active, enthusiastic Paekākārikian, working hard for social equality. We are lucky to have him.’ Introducing our altruistic second sponsor.
No-one in Paekākāriki talked about ‘diversity’ in 1971 but the Perkins family soon came to epitomise it. The culture of the Middle Run family farm was right wing, left-leaning, New Age, rural, cosmopolitan, outdoors, arty, horsey, gentle, blokey, into surf life-saving, and famous for teasing humour noted for a consistent lack of tact. The John Perkins era attracted wonderful people to our village: people who might not be like-minded―the Perkins family is incapable of being that boring―but certainly people who are, by and large, remarkably like-hearted.
“This is crazy!” We were hacking a path through 2-metre tall cape ivy in the quarry.
“It takes a village, right? Thankfully, I was in one.”
An introductory editorial.
I have lived in Paekākāriki for over 35 years. Most of that time I have not known much about lizards. Sure, there have always been a few skinks running around my garden. But that was about all I knew. All that began to change when Ngā Uruora hired Ecogecko to do a series of local lizard surveys.