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The Shape of Our Masterclass (2020)
— some elements of design
The ability to speak with one another about what really matters is the primary asset in how communities heal and regenerate.


The Creative Community (2020)
— some thoughts for Possibility Conversation
Citizenship is an act of creativity.


How Communities Awaken (2020)
a series of articles inspired by the themes of our Community Conversations and the Taranaki Masterclass for Active Citizenship - Tū Tangata Whenua. 


Taranaki 2050
The Taranaki Daily News, 9th January 2020  full page     comment
The work of an ongoing regeneration of our communities will demand the skills and talents and hearts of all of us.


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2019 Pages from a Year Book
Facebook post (photo album)

2019 A Sound Track from vivian Hutchinson
Facebook post and full track listing
Can we listen to the earth and our better selves, and rise to the challenge of the climate emergency? It really does change everything. This is not a time to get distracted by Presidents and Prime Ministers or whether Facebook is messing with our heads. If we listen, we can already hear the consequences. It's a sound like coyotes howling in the distance. I'm not in any hurry to trade my own spurs for wings, so I am going to take my time and rove and interfere and rebel against the extinction of our common sense. Yet death is hardly ever the final story. Even Leonard's friends have completed his songs ... and of course they remind us about what happens to the heart.

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A Guide to the Masterclass for Active Citizenship (2020)
published by Tū Tama Wahine o Taranaki and Community Taranaki 


Community and Liberation (2019)
— some thoughts on the 30th Anniversary of Tū Tama Wahine o Taranaki
In the overall scheme of things, Tū Tama Wāhine o Taranaki is a small and modest agency. But its call and commitment to real development and genuine liberation is anything but modest.


Kuia Matarena
Aunty Marge (1913-2010)
Kuia Matarena advocated that, alongside the necessary acts of protest and resistance, we also need to create places that explore a different conversation between Māori and Pākehā, and one that reaches across racial, political and spiritual differences. Her view was that as we face our difficult histories together and address the ongoing questions of justice, we also need to lay a much deeper groundwork for the friendships that can lead to peace and reconciliation.

The Necessary Ingredient (2019)
— some thoughts for the Invitation Conversation
We are living in a majority culture that is not used to turning up and spending the time on deeper conversations about the things that matter to all of us. We are certainly not used to it unless the “turning up” is provoked by conflict and polarization or a catastrophe or some sort of political drama. To some extent, we have lost the building blocks of a community literacy that enables us to have these slower talks with one another.


Remembering the New Zealand Wars and the work yet to be done
The Spinoff, 17th October 2019    PDF    Website
The national organisers say that Te Pūtake o Te Riri is a messenger whose task is “to awaken the memory and conscience of a sleeping nation”. This is an awakening that will also transform our collective identity – our fundamental sense of citizenship – as we start to come to terms with who we think we are, and who we want to be.


By Whose Authority (2019)
— some thoughts for the Citizenship Conversation
Our conversations on gifts, commitment, dissent, ownership, possibilities and invitation ... are all about stepping into a shared language of how to make things happen. We have to learn this language. Every generation has always had to learn this language.


At the Edge of the Roof (2019)
— some thoughts on Business as Usual
At a time when we should be responding to the profound changes in our public lives, there are just far too many citizens and institutions who are being left stuck and immobile, or otherwise distracted.


Regenerating Citizenship and Community (2019)


The Feathers We Need to Fly (2019)
— some thoughts on Community Development
Active citizens are the people who remember that “community” has important work to do ... and some of that work has our name on it.


The Hutchinson Brothers, Taranaki, August 2019

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The Voting Crisis
Taranaki Daily News, Thursday 22nd August 2019  Stuff   Print   CTAR Webpage  Feedback
Every Council and Government and elected Board should be doing so much more to promote the health of our democracy and invite people to step up to the most basic expression of their citizenship. But this is not just a problem for the public service and our elected officials, and they are never going to fix it alone. We need to re-awaken our own communities to the importance of these collective moments of choice.


Popcorn and the Treaty 2019
Community Kōrero at Tū Tama Wahine o Taranaki
a tasty way to honour Te Tiriti in 2019 ... with viewing of Parihaka - a Photographic Survey, and Hikoi - the Land March



2018 Pages from a Year Book
Facebook post (photo album)

2018 A Sound Track from vivian Hutchinson
Facebook post and full track listing
I’d better get my coat ... I feel the breath of a storm. I’m on the road again, but it is all in a writer’s mind. In reality, I live only five minutes away from Merrilands. Perhaps it is my imagination, but it feels like the year has been all Trump and Brexit, and we haven’t even started yet. They say we are all consumers now, but that also means we have decided that some things are scarce, and there is little need for a commons. In the end, should we be surprised if we are refugees in a Land of Gold? Bruce has reminded me of my own magic trick – a life in pursuit of that ever-elusive, never completely believable: Us. I have an appointment on Sunday afternoons because it is Live from Here. This is the other America that also has a tight connection to my heart.

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The Value of an Apology
Letter to The Taranaki Daily News 11th December 2018 Paper Web
The law needs to be changed so that it does not apply to stolen property.


A Citizen in Westown (2018)
— some thoughts for "conversations that matter" at the Barclay Hall
Barclay Hall Labour Party Rooms, 4th October 2018
Active citizenship is not a paid job. And it’s not volunteering. It is about all the things we can do to create the communities we want to live in, and to take care of the things that we value. And sometimes this involves the acts of creativity that are about disrupting and transforming the existing systems that are no longer fit for purpose.


Citizen and Community (2018)
a preview of the How Communities Awaken writing project ...
The natural next step for a post-grievance and post-settlement nation is the local and cross-cultural task of community-building.