The big, and very sad news around New Zealand right now is the loss of one of New Zealand’s greatest sporting legends. Jonah Lomu passed away yesterday at the age of 40. He left this life early in the morning, after a long and public battle with an aggressive kidney disease.


The nation is subdued and hearts and thoughts are with his beautiful wife Nadene and her young children.


The pain she must be feeling is something I cannot fathom. They were a team just as Steve and I are. She was his manager, partner, cheerleader, wife and part of a dedicated team that was raising their children.


She is conducting herself with grace and decorum, and the nation is responding by outpourings of Love, respect, and condolences. This is all happening while still giving her the space and privacy she needs and deserves at this unthinkable time.


New Zealand is a nation of Grace.


Thousands of Kiwis have a story of meeting Jonah, Dan Carter, Buck Shelford,  Lorde, or any number of Kiwi celebrities. Kiwis generally know how to give people space and let them live their lives and manage the ups and downs without being bombarded or encroached upon.


The vast majority of stories that are recounted are beautiful. Our living legends are humble, and our public works very hard to give them space and know that there is a time and a place for everything, including approaching people they admire, and knowing when it is time to give them privacy.


When I was 18 years old, living in Taranaki, the All Blacks came to the school where my mother taught. I got to meet him and chat for a good long time. He was gracious, and attentive and HUGE! Not just physically massive, but he had a presence, humility and grace that struck me as impressive then, and hits me in the heartstrings now.


So if you have honoured me by taking the time to read this, I’d like to thank you.


It is in the hands of each and every one of us to act with grace when we are dealing with people in personal, professional or public capacities.


I guess that’s all I have to say about this today.


I wish you the grace and peace to manage the ups and downs in your own life. And I am honoured to be a part of a nation filled with humility and respect for our public figures, and the many international people who make this their home or playground.


Go out there and be kind and gracious whenever the opportunity arises.  And appreciate the stuffing out of the people you Love.  We never know what is around the corner.







I am NOT Helpless!

(This is my Chime in on Terrorism and Feeling Helpless)

Last week was, as usual, a total rollercoaster.

Our eldest has been suffering through some mystery illness that manifests in discomfort, fatigue and terrible cracked and bleeding eczema sores.

So we took him into the doctor for blood tests, and we will be seeing a specialist pediatrician early in December. We will do whatever we have to do to get to the bottom of his discomfort and illness, and we will roll with the punches as they are dealt.

My mom instinct thinks it might me allergies or autoimmune perhaps. The more serious alternatives are not something I could possibly get my head around so won’t even entertain any of the worst-case possibilities. They still lap quietly around my consciousness when he’s curled up with tears in his big brown eyes because he’s in so much pain.

Friday night we had an amazing party filled with amazing people and great energy. Smart and passionate crowd.  I miss the days that this was a weekly or at least fortnightly situation in our home. Those days are probably over until the network is rolled out though.

We sat wrapped in blankets on my deck until well after midnight and talked about SERIOUSLY heavy stuff.

People agreed and disagreed, and in one case a grave disagreement eventuated. Both sides, actually, ALL sides of the offence and confusion were faced head on and everyone made a conscious decision to move past it and learn from it. It was not the kind of thing you’d see at a college party, as it didn’t end in blows or tears, just more deeply unpacking the source of the feelings and thoughts. THAT is how we should deal with things we don’t understand or that scare us. Face them for what they are, ask questions and gain clarity. And be compassionate.


Then, Saturday morning the news of the Parisian terror attacks came in.

I, like most other people in the Western world, have a handful of friends and family who are currently in or around Paris. One woman in particular; an award winning philanthropist and business-woman who I have grown very fond of in short order had posted on her Facebook that she’d be in Paris all weekend. Our dear friend Rob’s dad is staying in Paris at a conference right now, and his hotel is between two of the attack locations. So my heart and head went straight to thoughts of them and all the other people I “know” or can “relate to” who were waiting on news of loved ones in the area. Everyone we know is fine, but there’s a lot of people who are grieving for friends and family that were just out on a typical Friday night.

What happened in Paris happens every single day in some parts of the world, and there’s scarce or no news coverage of these events.  Just thought it was worth mentioning that for the sake of balance and authenticity.

Now we are a few days removed from the attacks, and several other international states of emergency including earthquakes and suicide bombings in the far reaches of the world.

On Saturday in my slightly fragile (hung-over) state I felt helpless and sad.

I am still sad that the world has such hate and evil in it.

But I am not helpless.

Evil and bullies WANT me to feel helpless.

I will not.

Saturday night was quiet and we saw two of our very dear friends.  The baby spent a good five minutes being tossed between them and giving them huge hobbity cuddles when we got up to head home.

Sunday we went to a perfect wedding, with smart, nerdy, quirky, kind, and wonderful people and their children everywhere. The intelligence, warmth and goodwill everywhere gave me hope for the future and reminded me, without a doubt, that there is more good than terror, and we are all responsible for maintaining this balance!

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So here’s just a few things I am going to do to make the world better:

I am not going to give into blame or fear. I am not going to allow religious or political zealots to scare me into fearing other human beings. People are for the most part good, and that goodness is displayed in Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Hindu, Agnostic and Jedi alike!

Yes there are few crazy and terrifying exceptions like the Westborough Baptists or the Jihadists. I cannot personally go up to any of them and hug the stupid, the brainwashed, or the hate out of them. I CAN HOWEVER, be good, kind, honest and respectful to everyone who crosses my path and lead a life that I am proud of and raise good children who are tolerant and ask questions about things they do not understand, rather than fear them.

I can stand up for tolerance and stand up to ignorance and be intolerant of intolerance.

I am going to plant food, grow it and share it, and I am going to accept and encourage the gifts and kindness that are returned to me for my kindness.

I am going to open my home and heart to strangers and friends. I am going to laugh a lot. I am going to openly cry sometimes too. I am going to pray and meditate in my own way and let everyone and anyone else do the same, even though they are likely praying to a different god or deity than I have in my mind’s eye.

I am going to smile and hug people every chance I get. I am going to compliment and encourage those around me genuinely and often and point out how beautiful this world and the people I meet in it are. I am going to feed kindness and intelligence and encourage people to question me and themselves openly so that we can all reach better understandings.

And, most importantly and obviously right now, for me personally, I am going to continue to encourage the uptake of Electric Vehicle technology here in New Zealand.

Seriously, this is the single most important and directly impactful thing I can be doing right now, and every person who is thinking about joining the energy revolution or already has, is doing it too. YAY FOR ALL OF US!

Buying several billion dollars of oil from Saudi Arabia a year is directly and indirectly funding terrorism. Not everyone from that part of the world is evil of course, but, sadly, that is where the fuel that stokes the machine of terrorism in 2015 is coming from.

Why would I sit back and contribute to that? New Zealand has enough sunshine, water, wind and geothermal energy to be completely self sufficient in our general and transport energy needs? Why would I be okay with lining the pockets of big oil when I could be fighting hard every day to put dollars back in the pockets of Kiwi households through much more thrifty EV ownership. The money saved on petrol and servicing will go back into strengthening our economy and greater discretionary spending for middle and lower income households will open up industries and free up time and energy for better lifestyle choices for everyone.

On a more global scale, the world needs to STOP buying middle eastern oil.  Get it from Canada, Norway and other areas.  I understand that oil is integral not only for transport but also for plastics and manufacturing, but please cut off the Middle East until we see peace and an end to this terror.

This is not a pipe dream. And better energy, food, transport and living solutions are the only way forward here and everywhere.



And I am no longer scared and angry.

I am determined that fear or ignorance will NOT get the better of me.

Have a great day, and get yourself out there and LOVE and LEARN your way to a better place for yourself and those around you. Fear is dangerous and exactly what the people who are funding and executing acts of terror are trying to achieve.  Not being afraid is our greatest act of solidarity and defiance.

Meek Monday Meanderings from Me

It is 9:35am on a Monday. I am still in my dressing gown and the older children have all gone to school while the baby is with my dad at mainly music in the village.

Feeling absolutely exhausted. Also, undeniably full of joy and gratitude, and this, along with the support and kindness our family and friendships are the fuel that will keep me afloat for the next few months.

This weekend flew by in a blur of fast charging stations, children, costumes, candy, camaraderie, and climbing through the Waitakere ranges. Sunday was also awash with news of the All Black’s defeat of the Wallabies in the RWC in London.

Steve and Winston having a great chat.

Steve and Winston having a great chat.

My good friend Shawn and his lovely brother Craig at the Kumeu showgrounds on Friday.

My good friend Shawn and his lovely brother Craig at the Kumeu showgrounds on Friday.

James being super cute as we waited to pick up his brothers and sister from school

James being super cute as we waited to pick up his brothers and sister from school

Steph and her Kiwi cousin Amara

Steph and her Kiwi cousin Amara

My epic Halloween costume

My epic Halloween costume

Showing off my OTT style

Showing off my OTT style

Having a quiet halloween drink with James on the deck.

Having a quiet halloween drink with James on the deck.

Kids enjoying Yum Cha after a huge hike in the hills

Kids enjoying Yum Cha after a huge hike in the hills

Adam being encouraged to keep going!

Adam being encouraged to keep going!

Halloween in Greenhithe

Halloween in Greenhithe

After dozens of test rides and drives I made it home with 7km to spare on LOLGAS!

After dozens of test rides and drives I made it home with 7km to spare on LOLGAS!

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#Proud kiwi kids in Kaiwaka ready to win the RWC

#Proud kiwi kids in Kaiwaka ready to win the RWC

These kids drew amazing pictures and were so well behaved all day.  Most of them got to ride in an EV!

These kids drew amazing pictures and were so well behaved all day. Most of them got to ride in an EV!

Having a quiet halloween drink with James on the deck.

Having a quiet halloween drink with James on the deck.

I have been neglecting my blog, which is a shame as it is a touchstone for family, friends, supporters and even those who look on with crinkled noses muttering under their breath and rolling their eyes disapprovingly.

This will be a short post, just to share with you the highs and lows of the last few weeks.

Many of you have had, or currently have your own start-ups or are familiar with the strange exhilaration that comes from starting something new or making big life decisions. You know about the grueling hours and the thankless work that needs doing when you are setting up any new entity, or embarking on any big change. Many more of you have children, so you know about the highs and the lows and the constant feeling of shame and disappointment that comes from juggling everyone’s individual needs and wants. And all of you are human, so you know that some days are amazing, and other days you wish you could just crawl back under the covers and stay there until all the trials and challenges sort themselves out.

Friday was my Kiwi sister Sarah-Kate’s birthday and I missed wishing her well online and IRL. Saturday my other Kiwi sister from a different mister (Leedles) had her birthday and I did manage to speed over and pick her up for a delicious Pho lunch. Both of these beautiful women are new mums, work fulltime and juggle trials and triumphs that bring me to tears regularly. I am so proud of both of them. And so thankful that they allow me to remain in their hearts and a part of their lives.

Thanks for flicking through some pictures of what we were up to from Friday to Sunday. And a warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone who continues to put up with me, support me, tolerate me, and most importantly Love me just as I am. I am not blind to the kindness, and I do hope that in time I can make it up to everyone for standing up for and beside us as we soldier on with this sustainability stuff.

Pretty excited about the first publicly available #ChargeNet fast charger in Kaiwaka

Pretty excited about the first publicly available #ChargeNet fast charger in Kaiwaka



Have a great week everyone.

Thanks for reading.