Monthly Archives: January 2014

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Dunedin NZ

2014 Chinese New Year Celebrations

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2014 Chinese New Year Celebrations

2014 Chinese New Year Celebrations
2014 Chinese New Year Celebrations in Dunedin New Zealand
Photos by Paul S Allen www.thewaterside.co.nz

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Existence at the end of the day – a poem

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Photo and poem by Paul S Allen

2014 Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally

Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally

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Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally.
Photos by Paul S Allen www.thewaterside.co.nz

2014 Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally, a set on Flickr.

Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally
Dunedin to Brighton Veteran Car Rally

Community – What are your motives for getting involved?

What is  a community?

Community is a group of people who have some form of relationship with each other or share a commonality of some description or another.  Communities are as infinitely varied as the people who are part of them.

Communities can be very informal or strictly formal associations.

Communities exist for as many reasons as there are people on earth. They can be skill based, task orientated, faith/religion/church based, non-faith, political, secular, work related, geographic, ethnic, gender, sexuality, or age based,  anything at all.

There should never be an assumption of a unified reason that a community exists, as you can never know the true intentions of all the participants.

The best you can hope for is that everyone, or at least most, will have enough shared intent to work together for a stated outcome.

It is always good to be reminded that where there are people, there will always be politics and there will always be at least one person who will assume, or usurp, control or power.

People do good for many reasons, some reasons are selfless and some selfish, for many it is a combination at one level or another. None of us have 100% pure motives for everything we do.

Why assume community organisations do?

Never blindly follow a “leader”,  always be willing to question and act on the answers you get. I have said before, “People who blindly follow a leader, political ideology, belief or value system without questioning, are fooling themselves with a false sense of security.” (Think – your country needs it)

Do not let this stop you from getting involved in your community,  the only assurance is that change can only happen if people are willing to get involved, what ever the reason.

All you can do is work on your own motives for getting involved in community.

Paul S Allen

Thieves Alley Market Day 2013

The Hashtag On The Wall – Graffiti in Dunedin, NZ

The Hashtag

The HashtagThe hashtag (2)Love YourselfSpaced (2)The CatRed face
SpacedMermaids in DenimThe Face on the BuildingOpen Your EyesDon't Fall For ItPurple Smile
Party Vote?FaceFacesDSC_9989Blue Smileif
Drain Pipe LifeConcrete FaceTeethSkow?Sammy'sDolphin

Hashtag On The Wall , a set on Flickr.

Mermaids in Denim and other creations on the wall in Dunedin, New Zealand.A series of photos taken on some of the back streets in Central Dunedin. Photo: Paul S Allen www.thewaterside.co.nz

Mermaids in Denim

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