Wellington Occupants Won’t Be Blown Away

Reports are coming in from across Wellington of windows having been blown in, roofs that have been lifted and trees that were brought down by gusts of up to 140 kph. At least one ferry service has been cancelled and planes have been unable to land at Wellington airport.

Meanwhile, the occupants at Occupy Wellington are busy tidying up camp in preparation for a long day of further high winds at Wellington’s Civic Square.

Fifteen occupants roughed it through the night despite the wind, with a further seven in Occupy Pomare battening down the hatches. Another three Wellington Occupiers spent the night in Marton, to join the locked out CMP workers on their picket at 4.30am. Many regular occupants choose to stay at home or with friends and family, rather than endure another sleepless night at Occupy Wellington, only to return to camp to find their tents in various states of disarray.

A lot of the tents are just not designed for this kind of weather. Many tents were torn down by gale force winds. The greenhouse (also serving as our temporary information tent) had to be taken down before it was destroyed. Four occupants stayed up through the night to ensure the camp was secure, that the rest of the camp was suitably sheltered and that nothing blew away.

Unaffected by the wind was the camp’s trusty wind turbine, which is still going strong producing power to charge the camp’s cellphones and laptops.

According to forecaster Oliver Druce “There will be north-west gales and rain until 6pm this evening when there will be a southerly change.”

Written by Robert von Garrett (On-site reporter for Occupy Wellington)

robertvongarrett@live.com

Sources:

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/wellington-lashed-strong-gales-4551536

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6003341/High-winds-Wellington-flight-cancellations

http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/11876838/strong-winds-halt-wellington-ferry-service/

http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=40401

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7 thoughts on “Wellington Occupants Won’t Be Blown Away

  1. […] Reports are coming in from across Wellington of windows having been blown in, roofs that have been lifted and trees that were brought down by gusts of up to 140 kph. At least one ferry service has been cancelled and planes have been unable to land …Wellington Occupants Won’t Be Blown Away […]

  2. […] for Occupy Wellington. He made a post recently talking about the wind hitting Wellington. Read his blog post here. Rosina at Occupy Wellington showed me a video yesterday of the winds. It was hard to see on the […]

  3. Joe P says:

    Ha ha love the irony!! Who do you think makes all these materialistic possessions!

    “Unaffected by the wind was the camp’s trusty wind turbine, which is still going strong producing power to charge the camp’s cellphones and laptops”

    • RobertvonGarrett says:

      Hi Joe,
      I am not sure I understand the irony. Though I assume that you think that the people down at occupy shun society and material things as the evil products of the Capitalist system? You will always get people with extreme views of modern technology but these people have no doubt already escaped into the wilderness as far away from society as they can get (which is much more difficult given NZ laws than you may realise). I do agree that most of these products were probably manufactured by questionable processes, but I don’t think that we have just Capitalism specifically to thank for them. I would even go so far as the say that the Capitalist system is damaging to technological development. Sure it encourages certain types of innovation and competition to release the newest innovation, but it also means that products are often released too early in their development and that they are designed to be redundant within a very short amount of time. In an ideal society, technology would be developed to best serve its purpose, as opposed to being designed just to make money.

      It should also be noted that irrespective of one’s ideals, one has to work with what resources that are available to them at the time. Ethical green technology would be great and would always be my first choice, but one also has to be realistic.

      Regards,
      Robert

      • Joe P says:

        I’m sorry Robert I would have to disagree with your comment about the capitalist system damaging technological development.

        It’s only through competition and the need to succeed (and yes make money for further research) that advancements are made. We all remember with great fondness the Trabant vehicles from the communist bloc not so long ago, mass produced for the people by the people and undeniably rubbish. I’m afraid for society to grow there must be those with vision and the drive to succeed and yes those people will end up very wealthy and climb the ladder one or two rungs ahead of the rest of us. Any other way would stifle ambition and advancements which I, you and most of society take for granted.

        As Churchill put it ” The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

        regards

        Joe P

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