Where The River Runs - A Journey from Summit to Sea

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Where The River Runs - A Journey From Summit To Sea

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UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who's pledged so far! We're stoked to be over our minimum target but just want to reiterate that we're using PledgeMe to figure out how many copies to print – so will be leaving the pre-orders here open until August 2 - remember to select the format & postage combo you're after on the right :)

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In the calm days of 2017, a group of young(ish) NZers set out to follow the length of the Waikato river – starting on foot, tramping to the summit of Ruapehu then kayaking around Taupō and down all the way to Port Waikato – a month-long journey of more than 400 kilometres. Inspired first by their adventuring outside of New Zealand, 'Where The River Runs' is the record of this more local journey and all the learning that comes with connecting to the place we call home.

Combining photography, research, and lived experience, the book charts a path through the complicated layers that make up modern New Zealand, from colonial invasion to the building of dams, contemporary efforts to restore river health and the tentative emergence of Pākehā culture, posing the question, 'What does it mean to live well in this place?'

The project has evolved a lot since we finished the journey in March 2017, but is now finished, laid out and ready to go! However, in order to get it over the line, we need your help to raise the printing costs: a form of pre-purchase that will be rewarded with a physical copy when we hit our goal.

Sample pages:

Cover page

Admin / more details:

The money raised will be used to cover the costs of publication, as well as helping us to organise a small launch and exhibition where we hope to have additional copies of the book for sale as well as a number to gift to all the people who helped us along the way. We've deliberately set the minimum target as low as possible to ensure that we get over the line, but the pre-pay structure we're using means that the sky is the limit – so don't be afraid to share with any friends you think might like the yarn! Any remaining profits will be donated to Million Meters, a local charity working to help river restoration groups achieve their goals. 

We anticipate printing and postage to take approximately two weeks from the end of this fundraiser, so you can expect your copies by mid-August. As we see it, this is a low risk project – the book is 100% finished, we have printing quotes and a launch planned – but we've chosen to self-publish for the independence, diversity and community it allows, and because a big part of our approach with the whole mission was to "walk the talk" ourselves, collectively. No person stands alone, and – as the book makes clear – there is huge strength in organising and collaborating. In the words of John, just one of many strangers who came to help when we needed it: "That's what it's all about – community spirit!"

If you have any questions, you can hit us up on our social media, otherwise we just want to thank everyone who's helped us get this far – and thanks to you for your support, and the role that it plays in getting this project up and out into the world. May there be plenty more adventures to come! x

Credits:

Design and map by Nick Blazey

Words by Dan Kelly

Photographs (and mission!) by Benn Hanns, Nick Blazey, Trent Hicks, Dan Kelly, Shannon Weaver, Sophie Blazey and Mat Piaggi.

Short film (to be shown at the launch!) by Sophie Blazey 

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Covid delays to book launch

26/08/2020 at 8:22 AM

Hi everyone, 

Just a heads up to let you know that we've been forced to postpone our Auckland launch because of Covid-19 restrictions, so are holding on until we are allowed to gather in numbers again! We'll post updates then via both this channel and facebook.

However, we have successfully printed the books, so your copies won't be far off once the restrictions ease. In the meantime, here's a little teaser courtesy of Hamilton News: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hamilton-news/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503366&objectid=12357474&fbclid=IwAR1Y_0HxM1xRo1jkQkP00D9oYRdhgfnUFh1o8Al1z9y_pd0F-HQJkEv3VKs

Finally, if you know someone who wants a copy but who didn't pledge in time, we've got a few extra, so send us an email at [email protected] and we'll take it from there :)

 

Cheers,

Dan x

Thanks for supporting our pre-sales!

09/08/2020 at 4:31 PM

Hi everyone, just a quick message to say a massive thank you to everyone who pledged and to let you all know that we have sent the final proofs off the printer and are all on track to have physical copies ready to send / pick up by August 19! We'll be in touch again closer to that date to confirm peoples' postal addresses too :)

In the meantime, we'd like to invite everyone to our Auckland launch at Strange Haven on August 19 – https://www.facebook.com/events/577983029565185/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1596756946729686 – we'll have drinks courtesy of Garage Project and Master of Ceremonies, Sophie will be playing her short film on our trip, and Benn will have a little photo zine documenting his take on the journey as well as copies of Where the River Runs for people to pick up (if you selected that option and can make it) or buy (if you missed the pre-sales). If anyone has any questions, hit us up; otherwise we'll hope to see you there!

 

Thanks again,

Dan x 

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    Daniel Schollum
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    "<3"

    Louise R
    2020-08-01 16:32:17 +1200
    Joe Gendall
    2020-08-01 12:23:35 +1200

    "Nice one Dan congrats on finishing the book!! "

    Prue
    2020-08-01 08:33:03 +1200
    Alyssa Koida
    2020-08-01 08:28:44 +1200
    Sidd
    2020-08-01 07:38:54 +1200

    "Thank you for writing about this beautiful journey, telling us about the land, the people and the river they share their lives with."

    Laura Oosterbeek
    2020-08-01 05:22:01 +1200
    Serena Feingold
    2020-07-31 15:52:50 +1200
    Daniel Rojkind
    2020-07-31 12:47:01 +1200
    Asher Walker
    2020-07-31 09:42:05 +1200
    Tarn Watkinson
    2020-07-30 21:59:23 +1200

    "Sick one "

    Charlotte
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    [email protected]
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    Madeleine Sampson
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    2020-07-29 00:17:48 +1200
    [email protected]
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    Anonymous pledger
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    2020-07-27 16:27:09 +1200
    Guy MacDiarmid
    2020-07-27 15:10:47 +1200
    Estithzon Phyallylis Therkimkal
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    Patrick Clifford
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    Andrew Dodge
    2020-07-26 13:31:58 +1200
    Jordan
    2020-07-26 08:39:14 +1200

    "Can't wait to read about this epic adventure."

    Sophie Barclay
    2020-07-24 08:24:44 +1200

    "So excited to see the final product of years of hard work! Well done! "

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    Where The River Runs - A Journey From Summit To Sea

    Project 2020-06-26 10:17:32 +1200

    UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who's pledged so far! We're stoked to be over our minimum target but just want to reiterate that we're using PledgeMe to figure out how many copies to print – so will be leaving the pre-orders here open until August 2 - remember to select the format & postage combo you're after on the right :)

    /////////

    In the calm days of 2017, a group of young(ish) NZers set out to follow the length of the Waikato river – starting on foot, tramping to the summit of Ruapehu then kayaking around Taupō and down all the way to Port Waikato – a month-long journey of more than 400 kilometres. Inspired first by their adventuring outside of New Zealand, 'Where The River Runs' is the record of this more local journey and all the learning that comes with connecting to the place we call home.

    Combining photography, research, and lived experience, the book charts a path through the complicated layers that make up modern New Zealand, from colonial invasion to the building of dams, contemporary efforts to restore river health and the tentative emergence of Pākehā culture, posing the question, 'What does it mean to live well in this place?'

    The project has evolved a lot since we finished the journey in March 2017, but is now finished, laid out and ready to go! However, in order to get it over the line, we need your help to raise the printing costs: a form of pre-purchase that will be rewarded with a physical copy when we hit our goal.

    Sample pages:

    Cover page

    Admin / more details:

    The money raised will be used to cover the costs of publication, as well as helping us to organise a small launch and exhibition where we hope to have additional copies of the book for sale as well as a number to gift to all the people who helped us along the way. We've deliberately set the minimum target as low as possible to ensure that we get over the line, but the pre-pay structure we're using means that the sky is the limit – so don't be afraid to share with any friends you think might like the yarn! Any remaining profits will be donated to Million Meters, a local charity working to help river restoration groups achieve their goals. 

    We anticipate printing and postage to take approximately two weeks from the end of this fundraiser, so you can expect your copies by mid-August. As we see it, this is a low risk project – the book is 100% finished, we have printing quotes and a launch planned – but we've chosen to self-publish for the independence, diversity and community it allows, and because a big part of our approach with the whole mission was to "walk the talk" ourselves, collectively. No person stands alone, and – as the book makes clear – there is huge strength in organising and collaborating. In the words of John, just one of many strangers who came to help when we needed it: "That's what it's all about – community spirit!"

    If you have any questions, you can hit us up on our social media, otherwise we just want to thank everyone who's helped us get this far – and thanks to you for your support, and the role that it plays in getting this project up and out into the world. May there be plenty more adventures to come! x

    Credits:

    Design and map by Nick Blazey

    Words by Dan Kelly

    Photographs (and mission!) by Benn Hanns, Nick Blazey, Trent Hicks, Dan Kelly, Shannon Weaver, Sophie Blazey and Mat Piaggi.

    Short film (to be shown at the launch!) by Sophie Blazey 

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    Covid delays to book launch

    26/08/2020 at 8:22 AM

    Hi everyone, 

    Just a heads up to let you know that we've been forced to postpone our Auckland launch because of Covid-19 restrictions, so are holding on until we are allowed to gather in numbers again! We'll post updates then via both this channel and facebook.

    However, we have successfully printed the books, so your copies won't be far off once the restrictions ease. In the meantime, here's a little teaser courtesy of Hamilton News: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hamilton-news/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503366&objectid=12357474&fbclid=IwAR1Y_0HxM1xRo1jkQkP00D9oYRdhgfnUFh1o8Al1z9y_pd0F-HQJkEv3VKs

    Finally, if you know someone who wants a copy but who didn't pledge in time, we've got a few extra, so send us an email at [email protected] and we'll take it from there :)

     

    Cheers,

    Dan x

    Thanks for supporting our pre-sales!

    09/08/2020 at 4:31 PM

    Hi everyone, just a quick message to say a massive thank you to everyone who pledged and to let you all know that we have sent the final proofs off the printer and are all on track to have physical copies ready to send / pick up by August 19! We'll be in touch again closer to that date to confirm peoples' postal addresses too :)

    In the meantime, we'd like to invite everyone to our Auckland launch at Strange Haven on August 19 – https://www.facebook.com/events/577983029565185/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1596756946729686 – we'll have drinks courtesy of Garage Project and Master of Ceremonies, Sophie will be playing her short film on our trip, and Benn will have a little photo zine documenting his take on the journey as well as copies of Where the River Runs for people to pick up (if you selected that option and can make it) or buy (if you missed the pre-sales). If anyone has any questions, hit us up; otherwise we'll hope to see you there!

     

    Thanks again,

    Dan x 

      Ashleigh Barrowman
      2020-08-02 12:37:46 +1200

      "xx"

      Samuel Beca
      2020-08-02 10:04:53 +1200
      Carl Naus
      2020-08-02 09:00:21 +1200
      Hunter
      2020-08-01 22:28:40 +1200
      Henry davis
      2020-08-01 17:40:12 +1200
      Daniel Schollum
      2020-08-01 16:55:03 +1200

      "<3"

      Louise R
      2020-08-01 16:32:17 +1200
      Joe Gendall
      2020-08-01 12:23:35 +1200

      "Nice one Dan congrats on finishing the book!! "

      Prue
      2020-08-01 08:33:03 +1200
      Alyssa Koida
      2020-08-01 08:28:44 +1200
      Sidd
      2020-08-01 07:38:54 +1200

      "Thank you for writing about this beautiful journey, telling us about the land, the people and the river they share their lives with."

      Laura Oosterbeek
      2020-08-01 05:22:01 +1200
      Serena Feingold
      2020-07-31 15:52:50 +1200
      Daniel Rojkind
      2020-07-31 12:47:01 +1200
      Asher Walker
      2020-07-31 09:42:05 +1200
      Tarn Watkinson
      2020-07-30 21:59:23 +1200

      "Sick one "

      Charlotte
      2020-07-30 20:35:01 +1200
      [email protected]
      2020-07-30 15:50:21 +1200
      Madeleine Sampson
      2020-07-29 18:31:18 +1200
      Susan Iversen
      2020-07-29 00:17:48 +1200
      [email protected]
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      Daniel Foothead
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      Guy MacDiarmid
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      Estithzon Phyallylis Therkimkal
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      Brigid chunn
      2020-07-26 14:48:21 +1200
      Andrew Dodge
      2020-07-26 13:31:58 +1200
      Jordan
      2020-07-26 08:39:14 +1200

      "Can't wait to read about this epic adventure."

      Sophie Barclay
      2020-07-24 08:24:44 +1200

      "So excited to see the final product of years of hard work! Well done! "

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