Male | 47 years old | New Zealand | Last updated 30/4/2009 3:46 am
G'day, I'm living in a wonderful corner of the globe...a stunning location at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The town is called Karamea and it's enveloped by the Kahurangi National Park and sealed in by the Tasman Sea. I own and operate Rongo Backpackers & Gallery and Karamea Motels with a team of volunteers who humble me with their support and help. Together, we are developing the businesses into profitable ventures that will fund and financially support the building of a centre for artists to live and work. The initiative is called the LivinginPeace Project and the motivation is to help overcome the paradox faced by all aspiring artists that no one buys their work because no one knows who they are, and no one knows who they are becasue no one buys their work! We will bring together creative artists and creative marketers who will help artists sell their work and get established to the point where they can support themselves. The project has been going for three years and we have achieved a lot, the backpackers is a microcosm of what we hope to achieve in the long term...a funky, creatively inspiring, artistic place where people from the world over meet and share their thoughts, talents and passions...check it out at: www.rongobackpackers.com I have been an Ode reader for many years and love reading about people seeking positive change in the world.