Seeds: Christchurch, New Zealand Interview with Steven Moe

Listen to Martin Large on “Common Wealth” from Seeds: Talking Purpose in Podcasts.


St Andrews On the Terrace, Wellington, NZ. ‘Shock Capitalism or Common Wealth?’ 10 October 2017 Talk

On Tuesday 10th October, I had the privilege of a Talk and Conversation on “Shock Capitalism or Common Wealth? Free, Equal, Earthcaring and Mutual: Rebalancing Society.” at St Andrews on teh Terrace , a leading Presbyterian Church at the heart of Wellington, quie near the Parliament Building and near the central bank.

It was a privilige, but daunting as well, as there were many really well informed, active participants from the Churches, the Friends Meeting  and people working locally.


Deirdre Kent gave me a copy of her great new book, The Big Shift (2017)(

She is rethinking money, tax, welfare and governance for the next economic system, given that we need to make a Big Shift in our thinking and action…..and that we are facing only a temporary respite from the GFC, and economists like Steve Keen who predicted 2007-8 are saying perhaps next year…

Here is an audio of the talk..

Motueka Rudolf Steiner Farm School, New Zealand

‘The Motueka Rudolf Steiner School’s visionary plan for their regenerative farm based  school offers a golden opportunity for the  local community to invest in this ‘cathedral project’ as a national, if not global,  educational exemplar. This leading edge  school will help children develop the resilience, creativity, leadership and practical know how which are sorely needed to build a more prosperous, earthcaring and convivial world.’ Martin Large,

Peter Garlick of Motueka School writes that, ‘ Martin is a publisher, community land trust enabler for housing and farms, and  founder of Hawthorn Press.  Martin is in New Zealand on a lecture and study tour from Britain. He gave a public talk in Nelson and visited the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School and learned about the new farm school project. ‘

Martin’s talk in Nelson was titled “Shock Capitalism or Commonwealth”.   He spoke about commercialism and the economic sphere and how it had captured the political and cultural spheres of society.  Education, government and cultural life needed independence to flourish.  Martin cataloged many problems in the cultural and political spheres that arose after neo-liberalism and market forces gained dominance.

Martin stated that the Market State has proved good for the few and bad for the many, and asked how do we transition to something better.  “These are burning questions we all must face, if are to leave a more equal, free, prosperous, and earth caring world for those who come after us.”  Martin’s next book, Free, Equal and Mutual is due out in December 2017.

Martin advocates for people to take back power and put strategic assets such as productive land into community ownership.  He promotes Land Trusts, organic farming, co-housing and social business.  He engaged the audience in his talk and identified local issues and encouraged other people in the room to get involved and help.

Parihaka, New Zealand: Celebrating Nonviolence on November 5th, not Guy Fawkes!

20171009_202214On  October 10th  I demonstrated with many others at Wellington NZ’z West Pac, ‘Cake Tin’  stadium against a big Arms Fair, meeting a Maori gardener from Parihaka village, where in 1881 villagers used nonviolent resistance against soldiers imposing a land grab. Coincidentally, I’d also met Doris Zuur who had given me a delicious wholemeal loaf of  bread, who told me how the Parihaka villagers had greeted the soldiers with gifts of 500 loaves, and the children had given flowers. She wanted to create an alternative 5 November Festival.
Doris said that the inspiration for Parihaka came mostly from those two sources
and it resulted in our “Bread baking festival of Sharing”, see here

Her current main project is to ponder over holistic adult education, as an individual self created/self responsible life long learning journey that is well supported in community, as describe here:

Toru Education is all very small and simple, see and she likes it that way. If there is a way that it wants to grow in a truly sustainable way, she will let it grow and if it wants to stay small and simple, that is also fine with her.
A green shoot from New Zealand!

For the Love Of Bees: Auckland

Sarah Smuts Kennedy, an inspiring social artist, introduced me at a breathtaking pace to the ‘For The Love of Bees’, a bee social sculptural project that is animating bee life in Auckland. We went to the Bee School at the historic Campbell Free kindergarten at Victoria Park. This is a carbon reducing, biological and community art project to strengthen inner city living conditions for humans and our long suffering bee population.

ART BUZZ: Art buzz: Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Taarati Taiaroa.

Sarah Smuts Kennedy and Taarati Taiaroa

For The Love Of Bees is a living social sculpture that imagines Auckland as the safest city in the world for bees. Our project offers opportunities for businesses, students, individuals, schools, community gardens, brand partners and beekeepers to collaborate and produce a vision that will live on through the city of Auckland for years to come. By working in collaboration with Auckland Council Parks and Activate Auckland we are creating an ecosystem that supports thriving beehive colonies by introducing hives and focusing on the quality and quantity of flowers throughout our city. Sarah animated a wide-ranging conversation, inviting a young teenage beekeeper along to teach children about bees, talking about the developing OMG partnership with  CRL over leasing a ‘waste’ lot for a bee garden, education and organic pocket park, explaining the biodynamic peppering approach to deterring slugs and snails-and more included . Questions explored the scarcity of organic and biodynamic produce in NZ, how NZ communal land needed re-imagining, ‘some land is never owned’.;land access for gardening, allotments and community gardens and Maori views of the very notion of ‘ownership’ being, or custodianship better?How to introduce more profound biological knowledge? How to rebuild models  of collaborative action, and support others initiatives, but in a linked up way.

Commoning – perspectives on conviviality – Farm Hack

Beyond Market and State: Commoning

George Monbiot’s article, Dont let the Rich get even Richer on the assets we all share  is a welcome  article introducing the Commons- a resource such as land, water , air or minerals, research, software; secondly a community of people who have shared or equal rights to this resource, and organise themselves to manage it; third the rules, systems and agreements they develop  to sustain and allocate the benefits.


New Zealand Lecture/Research Tour: 27 Sept – 22 October : Commonweal

How the minnows repelled a shark, by Ken Sprague

What a privilege to be invited  on a learning, research and lecture trip to New Zealand by Carolyn Hughes and friends. I am  looking forward to learning exchanges and conversations with  people and projects, as my impression of New Zealand  is that there are very many positive things going on, like Lumio and coopocracy to start with! Here is the itinerary FYI.:

Auckland: Monday 2nd October: 7.30pm- 9pm.

 “Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow: How the UK Biodynamic Land Trust provides affordable farmland access to young farmers.”                                                                                                                                      Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 104 Michaels Avenue, Ellerslie, Auckland

Tuesday 3rd October: 7.30-9pm. “Co-creating the Social Future: working towards Common Wealth.”  Rudolf Steiner House, 104 Michaels Avenue, Ellerslie, Auckland

Otane, Hawkes Bay: Wednesday 4th October: 6pm shared dinner (bring a plate). 7.30-9.00pm: “Farming for Life”: Regenerative farming and making farmland accessible for new entrant farmers.

Greg Hart, Mangarara Station owner/farmer and Carolyn will be co-speakers.

Venue: The Eco-Lodge, Mangarara Station- The Family Farm. 298 Mangarara Rd, RD2, Otane, Hawkes Bay. For map:

Hastings: Friday 6th and Sunday 8th October: Both days 8.45am to 10.30 am. Martin Large is the NZ Anthroposophical Conference’s keynote speaker and panel member on the theme “Echoes from the Future: what is our response?” For more information and online bookings see


Wellington: Monday 9th October. 5.30pm – 8pm. Talk and conversation on “Co-creating a Common Wealth  Society.” At Enspiral Dev Academy, 275 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington. Silvia Zuur is part of


Tuesday 10th October: 12.30-1.30pm. Talk and conversation on “Shock Capitalism or Common Wealth? Free, Equal, Earthcaring and Mutual: Rebalancing Society.”

Venue: St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington. Details will be on

Nelson: Wednesday 11th October 7.30-9pm. Talk and conversation Shock Capitalism or Common wealth? Creating the Future we want.

Motueka: 12th – 13th October:

Lyttelton:  Monday 16th October: Full day visit to Lyttelton hosted by Margaret Jefferies and Project Lyttelton (PL)

Study visit to learn about PL’s projects eg the Time Bank, Farmers Market, Community Garden etc and how the early work they did to build the cohesion and resilience of the local community which was so important after the big earthquake.

6pm- 8pm:   Talk and conversation followed by supper. “The Social Future is Breaking out Everywhere: Co-creating our Commonwealth society.”

Christchurch:  17th October: 11am a talk and conversation with ohu


Depart NZ: Wednesday 18th