Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright LIsa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

It’s hard to image such a beautiful and serene place being the place of a one of NZ’s hardest fought land wars but on April 29 1864 that is exactly what happened here. The battle was hugely significant for both Maori and Eurpoeans not just in terms of land ownership but in terms of race relations. Most people who travel the busy main road (Cameron Road, named after General Cameron who led the Imperial troops) will pass by unaware of the signifance of the day and the site but I know I for one will be stopping by to say a quiet thankyou to those that gave so much. Things have changed ofcourse and these days this land is for all people and it is the inheritance of all NZ’rs regardless of origin. If you wish to you can read more here.

April 29  is also the day for blogging about WORLD HUNGER. However I am going to take advantage of the timezone difference for that! Watch this space!

What can you do to help fight poverty? The answer is simple.

Acknowlege it and then take Action.

There’s no shame in feeling the effects of poverty but there is shame seeing it and doing nothing about it.

This years INTERNATIONAL BLOG ACTION DAY has put the international spotlight on POVERTY. As of 8.35pm on the eve of this years blog action day there was an impressive  8,559 blogs registered to participate. Imagine that! 8,559 bloggers who care enough about helping bring poverty out of the shadows and into the public eye.

Wikipedia defines poverty as ‘deprivation of common necessities that determine the quality of life, including food, clothing, shelter and safe drinking water, and may also include the deprivation of opportunities to learn, to obtain better employment to escape poverty, and/or to enjoy the respect of fellow citizens… read the rest of this definition on the wikipedia website.

Mother Teresa said “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

Hopefully the share number of bloggers who participate in International Blog Action day and the anticipated  9,164,283 readers  at least goes some way towards helping build stronger communities and making things at least a little bit better.  Acknowledging poverty won’t make it go away but little by little we can make a difference…James Allen said  “As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown, so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers of humanity have developed and bloomed.”

Fortunately, some of the best things in life are free. You’ve probably heard it before, spending time with our families is free and living and laughing together is free. It may sound a little cliche but that doesn’t make it any less true. 

“Many good things have been lost to poverty, but it takes no money at all to step outside and appreciate our natural heritage. Poverty can’t steal from you somrthing that  is already free.”

The top 3 photos were all taken at this walking track, less than 6km from Tauranga’s city centre. It’s there for anyone to enjoy- rich or poor!

It doesn’t have to cost money to create memories  and preserving our heritage doesn’t need to cost money.Treasure what you have, do what you can to make the world a nicer place and remember that poverty, no matter how severe can’t steal from you that which is already free.