The Rongolian Star is a monthly information newsletter about the happenings, people and news from Rongo Dinner Bed & Breakfast, Karamea Farm Baches and the LivingInPeace Project in Karamea on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The Rongolian Star is a light-hearted and hopefully humorous take on life and is not meant to be taken seriously…it was started in late 2010 by Lewis “Samson Elijah” Jackson and contains content from volunteers from all over the world who come and help grow the LivingInPeace Project and to whom we are most grateful.



4 Responses to About

  1. Captured by the naturalist, homesteading story of Tim Vos and my research has led me to study more about the Karamea District and its people. My wife and I are placing a high value on personal calling and simplicity going forward, and we are excited about the meaningful and holistic NZ life that awaits us when we return from 7 years in Hong Kong this July/Aug.
    We are excited to study sustainable communities in which to settle, and our goal is to offer sustainable ways of promoting health, wellbeing, and a sense of cooperation. We will begin by living for one year in Matakana, just north of Auckland to downsize and “do more with less”.
    Hope to learn more from your pursuits and way of life. We are planning a September road trip to visit sustainable people and endeavors that show a like-mindedness with our plans.
    My wife is an experienced and accomplished dancer/actress and I am a passionate and certified wellness and fitness trainer with a background in Secondary Teaching.
    Can we stay with you in late September?

    • Hi Gregory,

      Thank you for your e-mail and interest in what we are doing in Karamea.
      Tom Vos is a good friend of mine and I assume the homesteading story you
      refer to is the “We Live Ourselves” video made in the 1970s.

      Karamea is a rare geographical location, it’s an island in the Kahurangi
      National Park. Its climate, rainfall, soil fertility and temperature make
      for growing a diverse range of crops and for an associated excellent
      quality of life. Less is more is definitely a way of live here as Karamea
      is also perhaps the most remote town on mainland New Zealand.

      I very much look forward to meeting you and Sonia in September.

      I am currently on holiday in Japan with my family. My wife Sanae is
      Japanese and we’re visiting her parents in Tokyo.

      Regards from the Orient,

      Paul Murray.


  2. Lillee Star says:

    Dear Rongolain Star

    We are writing on the behalf of The Permaculture Organisation, a charitable trust that gathers annually to raise funds for the continual growth of Permaculture in New Zealand.

    The NZ National Permaculture Hui 2015 is being held in New Brighton, Christchurch.

    We would like you to consider supporting our event, there are a number of different ways you could do this :

    ● Advertise us in your paper
    ● Please share the event information with any relevant networks
    ● Send an interested member of your team to our hui (who feed the benefits of the permaculture design principles back to your company.
    ● Do you have an idea how you could sponsor us?

    Each gathering we grow our relationships we each other and our expanding communities, enriching and inspiring new and returning participants through networking, talks, workshops, alternative education options and working bee’s.

    This year our focus is on Earth Care/ Kaitiakitanga, People Care/ Whanaungatanga, Fair Share/ Manaakitanga, the tripod ethics of permaculture, with our main theme ‘Moving On – Basic Regeneration with Permaculture’.

    Event Details
    The Permaculture Hui runs over 4 days Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April Easter Weekend
    We are aiming for 100+ participants.

    Attached is a Poster and Media Release with details of the event.

    The Benefits of Sponsorship
    Helping our community grow towards a Sustainable, Abundant and Safe Future.
    In exchange for sponsorship we can offer your logo and name on Website, Facebook page, and signage at the event.

    An exciting opportunity to have your name and services on our thank you board.

    For further information visit http://www.permaculture.org.nz or email nzpchui15@gmail.com

    Thank you for considering sponsoring us.

    The 2015 Permaculture Hui Team
    Lillee Star, Lily White, Liz Kerslake

    Weekend Program and Poster available, could attach to this message. Thanks

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