Totally Wired Links We Like
Visiting the South Island of New Zealand? Looking for a place to stay, things to do? Intrigued by our interest or on the 'same page' and would like to know more. Here are a few sites that may be of interest to you.
World Wide Fund for Nature
Totally Wired supports the World Wide Fund for Nature New Zealand, particularly their Hector Dolphin campaign. The WWF international site is valuable for getting a global view. World Wide Fund for Nature give a lot of support to scientific study and make their presentations based on robust research.
Save Animals from Exploitation
If you buy a smaller item from us chances are you’ll walk away from the shop with it packed in a bag from ’SAFE’. SAFE is a national animal rights organisation that is actively involved in campaigns to protect the welfare of all animals. We’ve watched SAFE grow through the years into a very reputable organisation and we have a great respect for the work they do speaking for those who don’t have a voice.
James Bellaney New Zealand Artist
One of the reasons we love Dunedin city is it’s high level of creative talent in music, literature and the visual arts. So we are pleased to present in the shop for sale on behalf beautifully expressive paintings by James Ballaney. “Art is about discovery, for the artist and for the voyager. People who actually go to see art work in or outside a gallery enter so, not with a depiction of what they will actually get, but with faith that something will happen subjectively.” - James
Forest and Bird
Forest and Bird, work tirelessly to protect New Zealand’s native plants, animals and wild places on our land and oceans. 70,000 supporters is saying something about how strongly New Zealanders believe in the work Forest and Bird do. Without them advocating on our behalf atrocities against New Zealand’s natural environment would often go unheeded. 'Giving Nature a Voice' is what they do. Their knowledge base is impressive so when they do speak up it’'s worth listening.
Fiordland Wilderness Experiences
Fiordland National Park is awe inspiring, beautiful and peaceful – a great place to get away from it all. And the best way to see it is with Fiordland Wilderness Experiences. Yet behind the idyllic setting and ageless mountains is a fragile environment. Of the kind there is little left of in this world but constantly under threat. Once you’ve been you will understand both our love of the area and our concern for it’s future. Yes, sea kayaking is adventurous but the Fiordland Wilderness Experience people do a fantastic job and there are a variety of trips to choose from.
There are a number of climate change movements but Generation Zero are one of our favorites. They are a group of young New Zealanders working on lobbying government on this serious issue. Serious in a fun way with off–the–wall, out–in–the–street type protests. But there is obvious intellect behind this group as seen by their well written articles and the presentations they make. They don’t just have have a vision for the future of New Zealand, they are the future of New Zealand.
Without a doubt Greenpeace get results. The strength and durability of this group have grown them into an international force. Such that they are large enough to be working on many different fronts at once. But far from the narrow minded group of hippies critics may call them they are open to consultation and aim to find solutions. But they will dig deep, bear witness and hold corporations and governments to be accountable.
These are people who can’t stand by and watch the slaughter of life in the ocean. And we have to applaud them for putting their principles into action. Sea Shepherd work on several ocean related issues around the world but are close to the hearts New Zealanders defending the whales of our southern ocean.Of special note however, are the New Zealand branch who organize good speakers and fundraising events.
Public Address is a 'New Zealand centric' blog. If you enjoy thoughtful discussion on current affairs from people who know their research then this is the site for you. Often with a twist of humor and sometimes clarifying information not found in the usual media. Music and the arts pop up frequently as well.
We’re keen gardeners and being vegetarian almost live off what we grow. We feel privileged to be able to do this yet when growing up it was normal for every family to have a good sized vegetable garden. Today it’s not so common but like turntables and vinyl never went away growing your own food is regaining popularity. Here in Dunedin Jon Foote of ReScape has a sweet little business helping people to get gardening.
Hereweka Garden Retreat
Keeping with the gardening theme we know of luxury accommodation on the beautiful Otago Peninsula – an easy drive from the centre of Dunedin City. At the boutique eco lodge, Hereweka, fresh organic vegetables and free range eggs are available to you to wash down with some New Zealand wine or beer. Alternatively there are restaurants and foodie places nearby along with beautiful scenery, walks to do and wildlife reserves to visits – idyllic!
'For the animals, for our health, for the planet'. That was pretty much the stages our thoughts went through over a period of time leading to our becoming vegetarian. It’s great to see this website that mirrors our views. There is also a really good TED talk worth watching – weekday vegetarian. As part time farmers we can assure you that the NZ meat industry is not the scary thing it is in the US but even so once you start thinking about it going full or part time vegetarian is an easy and good thing to do. We have a varied diet of really yummy vegetarian meals but we won’t turn out noses up should friends present us with a meat dish – although most are enjoying seeking out veg recipes when inviting us over. Both of us work out at the gym and are not lacking of energy or strength and we know people like Gary Morrison of Pure Audio who has been vegetarian most of his life and looks incredibly young and healthy. Check out GoVeg and maybe take a few steps towards a better life.