We had a meeting of about 2-hour duration with our director, Richard Hunter. He is a great boss and we like working for him. He clarified what he wanted us to focus on and our responsibilities. He is pleased with our work and our progress.
Last Sunday we helped with a public affairs training for 12 stakes from the Auckland area north. Mostly we were there to learn how to conduct our own training. We will be offering training to our two Multi-Stake Councils in Hamilton and Hawkes Bay. We are ready as we have been developing a lot of the knowledge needed to do the training over the last few months. We are enjoying our work more as we gain knowledge and skills.
Gae has been driving enough to not be nervous about going to the grocery store. Terry hasn’t killed us yet, but we have progressed to the point where many of the close calls are caused by some other crazy driver.
On 17 July, we went to Otara Market, a few miles south of central Auckland. Otara Market is a long-established market with many fruit and vegetable stands. It also has about anything else you could think of that can be transported by auto and set up under a canopy. We didn’t get to more than half of the booths because it started raining with gusto. We ducked into a McDonalds next to the market and had the worst meal we have ever had at Mickey D’s. Even the beverages were relatively foul tasting.
We Have started to swim over at the leisure center here in Takapuna. We jog back and forth for exercise.
We Have meetings about Government Relations that cover all the Islands and what to do about it. A Lawyer is always present for legal reasons. One thing that we can tell you about is that over in Papua New Guina, several youth wanted to go to a YSA Conference but could not get the airfare for it. They walked for 5 days through the brush, with very little food and water so they could attend their meetings!
|Awhitu Beach (in foreground)|
|Wood Carving from Woodcarvings N.Z. & Christian Creations|
|A Few of our shells|
|Terry, Gae & friends at Cornwallis (Gae at center)|