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About LivinginPeaceProject

Paul Murray is the founder of the LivinginPeace Project. www.livinginpeace.com Paul originally from Australia, but have been living in New Zealand for 14 years. Before that he was in Japan for a decade working as a journalist. He met his wife Sanae in Japan and they married in 2008.

From Little Things, BIG Things Come…

Karamea Co.Starters Graduate with BIG Plans for Business Success Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray In the small rural enclave of Karamea in a community ravaged by COVID, seven local entrepreneurial ladies graduated from a 10-week Co.Starters … Continue reading

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Fromagère Di Anderson Says, “Say “Cheese” Karamea.” 

Off the Top of My Head  By Paul Murray  After 52 years of “running around after other people,” Dianne Anderson said, “Right… It’s my turn now; I want a cheese room,” and, just like that, she started a new career … Continue reading

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Fine Art Exhibition Pops Up In Market Cross 

By Sanae Murray (Karamea Pop-Up Gallery Curator) The Pop-up Gallery exhibition at the old Karamea Hardware building was held on March 25, 26 and 27 and opened with live music performances by “The Scissors” Steve Miller, Seth Doherty, Dave Guppy, … Continue reading

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Trumpet: The Don Plots Social Media Comeback

Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray Former POTUS Donald Trump is planning a comeback from the social media wilderness to which he was cast after being banned from FaceBook/Twitter/Instagram et al. for repeated indiscretions, violations of posting … Continue reading

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Go ON Max Gawn

Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray As captain of the All Australian Football team and Melbourne Football Club, one of the teams competing for this year’s AFL Grand Final, Big Maxie Gawn is having his best year … Continue reading

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In for a Penny, Out with a Pounding

Off the Top of My Head  Book Review: “The Last Front Line: Building the Paparoa Great Walk” by Brendan O’Dwyer  By Paul Murray  It’s a long way from Tipperary to the wilds of the Paparoa National Park on the West Coast of the South Island … Continue reading

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Karamea Property Report 2019

Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray After almost two years as a land agent here in Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, I have learnt a lot about … Continue reading

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Artists Plan New “ArtofNature” Exhibition for Tokyo

Off the Top of my Head By Paul Murray This photograph really started something. It was taken on the Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park at the top of the South Island of New Zealand in 2005. I’ve always … Continue reading

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Business Opportunity Knocks in Paradise

Off the Top of My Head By Paul Murray  In the Spring of 2006, German traveller Lena Fischbach happened across a remote Marlborough Sounds lodge, met Kiwi journeyman Mike MacMillan and ended up with two kids living in Karamea at the … Continue reading

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ArtofNature Montages By Paul Murray

Off the Top of my Head By Paul Murray Based in the remote rural township of Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Paul Murray creates montages from abstract photographs by mirroring, … Continue reading

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