Imagine this idyllic island close to Auckland... with pristine sandy beaches, green rolling hills, native trees and birdlife, and a dynamic creative community that is near totally sustainable, aligned with nature and in harmony with themselves.
Well, this could be the island of tomorrow, here in the Hauraki Gulf, in our fast coming future.
Question? Have you the audacity to envision Waiheke Island as a Biosphere Reserve?
When we realise what is possible and recognise that it can happen, the synergy of a dynamic community can empower the island neighborhood to be a part of something that will make us proud as a society as well as a nation.
There are 109 countries that have Biosphere Reserves, yet clean green New Zealand does not.
Note that many differing groups of individuals throughout the Island already support this notion.
What is evolving out of this is more people becoming involved as a community of leaders, strong, cohesive and resilient.
Waiheke already is a global leader with 198 volunteer organizations from a population of 8000 people. It is a ‘wayshower to what a caring, creative and dynamic neighborhood can aspire to, to envision what is needed and take action.
So what is the glue that makes Waiheke people what they are?
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Tim Lynch, is a New Zealander, who is fortunate in that he has whakapapa, or a bloodline that connects him to the Aotearoan Maori. He has been involved as an activist for over 40 years - within the ecological, educational, holistic, metaphysical, spiritual & nuclear free movements. He sees the urgency of the full spectrum challenges that are coming to meet us, and is putting his whole life into being an advocate for todays and tomorrows children. 'To Mobilise Consciousness.'