Utopia Rising book launch promotes positive outcomes for Ōtaki

Utopia Rising book launch promotes positive outcomes for Ōtaki

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A book called Utopia Rising Ki Ahau — Count Me In launched in small-town Ōtaki, Saturday evening.

Around 70 interested people showed up at the book launch event at Ōtaki Memorial Hall.

Louise Ludlow wrote the book about bringing the community together and seeing the great things they are doing. It gives an insight into promoting the passion they have and what needs to happen for the future to come.


Source: CC/ Sam Hudson [Wgtn]

The book was supported by Susan Connolly and sponsored by both Andrea Cook, Glenn Hooker. It is 200 pages long and features a number of stories from locals that Louise has had the fortunate chance to interview.

Features such as; Māoriland Hub, Māra, Ōtaki Repair Cafe, Energise Ōtaki, the wood recycle programme and right-to-repair, regenerative farming, biodynamic farming, use of solar power systems, emulsified fuels, the flax industry revival and importance of local libraries and the Ōtaki rangatahi youth group.

Louise says many things need to be done, and the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic has encouraged more korero about innovation in the area for the future.

“I think that if we don’t say something, things might change, not for the better. It was a bit of a wake-up call that we had Covid-19 because it made us all concentrate on what needs to be done. There are so many people now talking about changes in the future,” she said.

“My particular passion is for economic change. I would like to see people be aware of the local commons, that we all have shares in those commons. We don’t have so much of them as we used to have.”

The more people Louise meets and places to go to is a better way to describe what needs to be said in her new future books.

It was added local currencies have started up in Carterton and Cannon’s Creek, Porirua. “We would like to liaise with them and find out more,” Louise said.

“I am keen on local currencies, and I think that they could be very successful. There are a couple in this area that I know about that have just started.”

“Will be keeping my eye on them and particularly hope to work with them.”

Source: CC/ Sam Hudson [Wgtn]

Group of contributors and people together for photos to celebrate the launch of Utopia Rising Ki Ahau — Count Me — “With planet earth in such a fragile state, we need to stand strong together. This book is a celebration of what small communities are doing to ensure better future outcomes.”


Louise appreciated seeing people show up. “I really enjoyed it. It was lovely to see so many people here and enjoying themselves.”

People can find the book at Ōtaki Books & Co, Māoriland Hub, the Waikanae Paper Plus and Post Shop.

There are plans to expand the range in which the books will be placed on shelves at more stores, introduced to colleges and at more libraries around Aotearoa.

Image: SUPPLIED/Sam Hudson [Wgtn] – [Louise with her mokopuna Beatrix and Alfie Bradley from Wellington]

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