Bellying up

Cinco de Mayo

[ 6/5/20 – What is it that you are belly-ing up to? ]

I seem to be “Bellying up” to a few things.

Most mornings for the last couple of weeks to the “Foresight Institute Hive Mind” response to the Covid 19 problem space.

I have been engaged at the highest levels of governance in NZ on approaches going forward, NZ has now had two successive days of no new cases. Our go hard go early approach seems to have worked.

Yesterday I was several hours in a Kaikoura Marine Guardians meeting (appointed group of Ministerial Advisors), mainly around our ongoing response to recovering from the massive coastal uplift associated with the 7.8 earthquake 3.5 years ago.

The day before was Te Korowai o te Tai o Marokura – our community based coastal management group.

Later today is a meeting of our Kaikoura Zone Water Management Committee (which I chair, that is a joint committee of local and regional councils), looking at projects we can progress in the post covid lockdown context that is rapidly approaching.

I am continuing to deal with issues with the Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust (which I also chair), at several different levels – our strategic approach to ensuring the survival of the two remaining natural colonies, our handling of our experimental artificial colony, actually running the trapping program in the artificial colony, and actually designing and making a new generation of monitoring equipment for the artificial colony).

I am also on the regional and district Natural Hazards response committee, still mainly dealing with the long term risks resulting from the earthquake that most people are completely unaware of (and really don’t want to think about, understandably in a sense).

I am also on the regional Water committee, and the Regional Biosecurity committee – both of which have serious strategic issues at present.

Also assisting Ailsa on the Dotterel work, and in her submission to Hut City Council yesterday.

Then there is section and house maintenance – several projects on the go there, major work on the roof of the garage.

And yet there is so much more that desperately needs doing. So many levels of risk profiles that require monitoring and development of appropriate sets of technologies and strategies (internationally as well as locally and all levels in between).

So much that needs to change, and change rapidly, for all our sakes.

I feel like I need to do more, but also feel like I am at the edge of my capacity at present.

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As a side issue – “Belly Up” to a fisherman means “dead or dying”. As when a fish appears “belly up” at the surface, it is not in a healthy state. So the use of the term as something like stepping up to responsibility is not one I had previously encountered.

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