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Sir Peter is Te Muri Crossing cocktail party guest of honour

by 17 Oct 2020Events, Te Muri Crossing0 comments

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, by Mediaworks

Making Westie Mahu Westie: Exploiting Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman’s Mahurangi West connection, to Sir Graham Liggins, Ōpahi Bay fishing competition record holder, New Zealand’s inaugural chief science advisor to the prime minister didn’t hesitate when agreeing to be guest of honour at the 21 November Mahurangi Coastal Trail milestone event. image Mediaworks

Self-identifying as a Westie, Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, after 21 November, hopefully, will also identify as a Mahu Westie.

Time was running out, and the Mahurangi Coastal Trail Trust was facing the ignominy of sending out invitations to its charity cocktail party at the incomparable Tu Ngutu Villa, sans a guest of honour. However, trading shamelessly on Sir Peter’s Sir Graham ‘Mont’ Liggins connection with Mahurangi West, and some semi-authorised names-dropping, struck gold.

November 21 will be a significant milestone in realising, what is increasingly looking to become, a 60-kilometre Mahurangi Coast trail. The Mahurangi Coastal Trail concept emerged in 1986, at the beginning of the first round fought by the community to preserve the sense of splendid isolation experienced when visiting Te Muri Beach, on foot. Thirty-four years on, the cocktail fundraiser is specifically to get the low-key, mostly mangrove-screened, Te Muri crossing boardwalk and bridge shovel ready.

United States hits2.5% reported CoViD-19 cases

Westie who Reformer: Former New Zealand chief science advisor to the prime minister, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman onz knzm frsnz frs, with equally storied University of Waikato Law Professor Alexander Gillespie, have done what it appears nobody else had the gumption to do and mapped out a new who protocol to ensure that the World’s response to the next potential pandemic is not a repeat of its disastrously slow and inadequate to response to covid-19. graph Mahurangi Magazine | data Our World in Data 21 October 2020

The design and resource consent preparation is already well underway, the coastal trail trust working closely with Auckland Council and Ngāti Manuhiri. Sir Peter will be tasked with triggering its big, photographic-simulation reveal. While it is to be prayed that, for example, landscape and visual impact will remain at least as important as it is under the Resource Management Act era, it must also be hoped that the financial cost to the community of diligently addressing such requirements, when pursuing public-good projects, will become less exorbitant. Progress on the Mahurangi Coastal Trail can’t be paused in that expectation, hence the $80-per-person cocktail-fundraiser. Fortunately, for many, to be in the company of greatness, receiving Richard Pearson’s legendary Tu Ngutu Villa hospitality, the ticket price will be a steal…
Event Te Muri Crossing charity cocktail party
Guest of honour Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
Date 21 November 3–6 pm
Venue Tu Ngutu Villa
Address 106 Ngārewa Drive, Mahurangi West


Put Te Muri Crossing high tea in your own calendar

  • Tickets to Te Muri Crossing high tea

    Guest of honour Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman

    Sunday 30 May 2021 2–5 pm Tu Ngutu Villa 106 Ngārewa Drive Mahurangi West

    Dress code: Smart-casual

  • Price: $ 80.00

Reported CoViD-19 infection rates in Aotearoa and 27 other selected countries, and the planet

Becoming Wise Before the Event: Despite now experiencing 17 pandemics—and 6 of those since 2002—the world was found to be pitifully ill-prepared for when, with predictable unpredictability, this current pandemic manifested. Preparing for the potentially far-deadlier effects of anthropogenic global heating, as well as being an inescapable existential imperative, can, simultaneously, better equip humanity to respond to epidemics, and prevent more becoming pandemics. Here, the initially all-but-imperceptible case-infection rates displayed for India and Indonesia were grave indicators of governments in desperate denial of their countries’ now-destined roles in the raging pandemic—and early exemplar Singapore demonstrates the ruinous consequences of neglecting its most vulnerable workers. Nigeria, however, scams all 207 million of its citizens, by testing fewer than 1% of them, thus hiding the appalling impact of the pandemic there. Australia long-since lost her battle to keep within cooee of covid-19-test-kit-exporter extraordinaire South Korea’s standout response. Aotearoa, meantime, has flat-lined in a good way. All countries’ infection rates are under-reported, some because a few cases, particularly early in the pandemic, are misdiagnosed, but in other countries monstrously, due to dysfunction and/or lack of transparency. The diameter of each line on this graph is proportional to the country’s population. graph Mahurangi Magazine | data Our World in Data 16 November 2020

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Flutracking influenza-like illness symptoms, percentage reporting both fever and cough

Salutary Lesson in Seasonal Influenza: Physical distancing has also paid dividends in reducing the annual toll extracted by flu that, despite its deadliness, is treated as an inconvenience rather than the killer it is, particularly of the very young, the elderly, and the pregnant—“On average, approximately 400 deaths are attributed to influenza and its complications annually.” covid-19 provided the opportunity to begin collecting flu-symptom data earlier than was done 2018–2019. graph Department of Health Australia | Ministry of Health Aotearoa | labels Mahurangi Magazine

Lockdown modelling, Aotearoa

New Zealand’s Altered Future: Moving nine days faster than Ireland, and more emphatically physically distancing, Aotearoa has avoided Ireland’s near vertical trajectory—until the middle of May—of reported covid-19 cases. Ireland’s prime minister then donning his sweats was perhaps great optics, but responding to, for example, fellow general practitioner Dr Marcus de Brun, or to nursing-home representatives more than seven weeks earlier, would have constituted a far more heroic course of action. Aotearoa, for its own survival, now needs to convince the world to alter its determinedly fossil-fuelled future. chart New Zealand Geographic | Te Pūnaha Matatini

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Achilles’ Heel of current strategies The following are the two concluding paragraphs of Asymptomatic Transmission, the Achilles’ Heel of Current Strategies to Control Covid-19, published 28 May 2020:

Asymptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is the Achilles’ heel of Covid-19 pandemic control through the public health strategies we have currently deployed. Symptom-based screening has utility, but epidemiologic evaluations of Covid-19 outbreaks within skilled nursing facilities such as the one described by Arons et al. strongly demonstrate that our current approaches are inadequate. This recommendation for SARS-CoV-2 testing of asymptomatic persons in skilled nursing facilities should most likely be expanded to other congregate living situations, such as prisons and jails (where outbreaks in the United States, whose incarceration rate is much higher than rates in other countries, are increasing), enclosed mental health facilities, and homeless shelters, and to hospitalized inpatients. Current U.S. testing capability must increase immediately for this strategy to be implemented.

Ultimately, the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the United States and the globe, the clear evidence of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from asymptomatic personsArons MM, Hatfield KM, Reddy SC, et al. Presymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections and transmission in a skilled nursing facility. N Engl J Med. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2008457, and the eventual need to relax current social distancing practices argue for broadened SARS-CoV-2 testing to include asymptomatic persons in prioritized settings. These factors also support the case for the general public to use face masks when in crowded outdoor or indoor spaces. This unprecedented pandemic calls for unprecedented measures to achieve its ultimate defeat.