I've been having a look at possible uses for the $50 worth of emerald green satin I bought during the week and which hopefully I don't have to turn into a ballet costume after all. Given I never go to formal wear events, the pickings are slim. I am considering a half circle skirt for day wear. Given my experiences with fitting myself with non-stretch fabrics, I'm not currently full of confidence on this project. But when I rang the shop and what I wanted was emerald multi-stretch dance fabric and they only had jade, moving on to the evening wear section seemed the only option. There are only a few colours I dislike, but jade may be at the top of that list.
Events in the rest of the world are utterly outrageous. Paula Bennett's half baked punitive policy on early childcare for the children of beneficiaries has many holes in it as well as being morally bankrupt. I've spoken to a friend in an isolated part of the West Coast who is affected by this and has no access to fifteen hours of an early childhood learning centre without driving very large distances. What is the bureacracy going to cost to assess situations like hers?
One thing which was really good was last night's performance of The Cave above the Pa/Te Ana I Runga I te Pa. I think it is an important beginning to telling and sharing the story of the dispossession of Mawhera Maori and I hope I find ways of learning more. Historical perspectives on our town always seem to be focused on Pakeha stories. There was a discussion afterwards on where to next for Greymouth which was a good idea in itself, but I didn't feel I had anything to contribute. Once I would never have attended an open forum like last night's one without contributing. I haven't decided whether I've gotten too cynical to see beautiful visions of a new future or whether I've acquired enough wisdom to keep quiet unless I have a genuinely valuable contribution to make. What I do know is that this is the third play from Kiwi Possum Productions, a local community theatre group led by the talented and indefatigable Paul Maunder, and I look forward to both more discussion about Te Ana I Runga I te Pa and to whatever play is on the horizon for next year.