Photo Journal: Fourwa++ Birdlings and around Lake Forsyth

Some time ago I had the pleasure of a night of improvised music with the Fourwa++ collective at Birdlings Flat.

Fourwatt could be described as many things:
A collective of artists, a production company, a recording house or a creative agency. Ultimately, however, Fourwatt is dedicated to unleashing and celebrating the creative process, nurturing new talent and creating ground-breaking work – be it music, film, literature or art.

The collective consists of four artists in their own right: Tony Piggott, Ben Campbell, Lukas Kelly and Manisha Lee. As a group, the four bring together expertise in music production, the visual arts, graphic and web design, advertising, event production, video production, writing, journalism and new media to form a highly unique collective skill set. Fourwatt also has a number of talented ‘in-house’ musicians, writers, artists and directors in its coffers, collaborating regularly on projects based in New Zealand.

Having seen some of the other productions and remembering some of the other musical avenues, I certainly thing there is a good point in collective creation. It changed my view certainly on songwriting, music production and arranging.

Around Lake Forsyth

Besides a great time being there, the trip up there was amazing. I always end up driving past Lake Forsyth, through Little River on to Akaroa, but this time my destination took me off the beaten track through the Wairewa Conservation Area, Te Oka Reserve and Magnet Bay Reserve. What an amazing littl detour this turned out to be. Amazing views made it hard not to drive straight of the 4wd track distracted by the views.

More pictures soon at my flickr photostream or as different products at my redbubble page here>>> and/or my zazzle shop here >>>

WikiLeaks rival goes live


The breakaway leaking site formed by several WikiLeaks defectors has gone live early, ironically after the design of the site was leaked.

OpenLeaks, created by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange‘s former right-hand man, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, promises to be a more democratic organisation than WikiLeaks and plans to work with other organisations, including media, to publicly release documents, as opposed to publishing them itself.

The world has known about OpenLeaks since late last year, when it was revealed that Domscheit-Berg and Assange had fallen out. Chat logs showed Domscheit-Berg accusing Assange of being autocratic and behaving like “some kind of emperor or slave trader”, failing to consult his team on important decisions.

Swedish press had reported at the time that the OpenLeaks launch was imminent but it has evidently been a harder task than first imagined.

Read the rest of the story here >>>

The OpenLeaks webiste can be found here >>>



Fatherheart Conference at Harmony Church

Starting Friday night 11th of February Harmony Church will be hosting an outstanding team from Germany who will speak to us about ‘Living in the love of Abba Father’.

Featuring a team of eight from the Fatherheart Movement in Germany (related to James & Denise Jordan from Fatherheart Ministries in Taupo).

Matthias Hoffmann is senior Pastor of the Ichthys Church in Hannover and the leader of the Fatherheart movement in Germany

Vicki Trustrum is a kiwi who lives in Germany. She has extensive theological training and experience in the areas of Worship, the Prophetic and Journeying with the Father.

Vicki Trustrum has been based in Germany for more than 10 years now and is a kiwi who has trained in theology at Laidlaw college and is an ordained minister.  She has been attending Harmony Church the last couple of years when she has been back in New Zealand.  She is bringing a team under the leadership of Matthias Hoffman who are part of the ‘Father heart’ movement in Germany.  There will be a seminar Friday night and Saturday during the day time and then the team will speak and offer prayer at Harmony in the 10am service.

More information on facebook >>>

Or on the Harmony site >>>