Where The River Runs - A Journey from Summit to Sea

By Daniel Kelly

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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 :)

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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 

Comments

Updates 1

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 

    Pledgers 106

    Andrew Underwood
    2020-07-23 05:10:06 +1200

    "river runs deep"

    Liz Corin
    2020-07-22 20:18:15 +1200
    Jeremy
    2020-07-22 11:00:27 +1200
    Gabi Lardies
    2020-07-22 10:59:32 +1200
    Natasha Colbourne
    2020-07-20 21:48:13 +1200

    "Cant wait to read this after such a beautiful recommendation from your Aunt Suze Kelly ❤"

    Craig Marshall
    2020-07-20 15:01:26 +1200
    conor greive
    2020-07-20 11:27:44 +1200
    Scott Sinton
    2020-07-20 11:18:04 +1200

    "Epic mahi legends! Scotty"

    Georgia Chunn
    2020-07-20 11:10:54 +1200

    "Really looking forward to reading this Dan! "

    Trace Tidd
    2020-07-19 07:47:46 +1200
    Mo Ete
    2020-07-18 16:09:13 +1200

    "Mauri ora!"

    María Martín
    2020-07-17 22:10:09 +1200

    "I hope that your wonderful adventure is read in all corners of the planet."

    STEPHANIE BOWLER
    2020-07-17 20:32:35 +1200
    Lauren Cocks
    2020-07-17 14:56:50 +1200
    Henry Christian-Slane
    2020-07-16 21:55:03 +1200
    Sara Gordon
    2020-07-16 21:16:34 +1200
    Tim Manktelow
    2020-07-16 11:38:19 +1200
    Marty McCullough
    2020-07-15 20:58:15 +1200
    Lorraine Hicks
    2020-07-15 16:44:11 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2020-07-15 13:01:53 +1200
    Honor Kelly
    2020-07-15 10:09:19 +1200
    Suze Kelly
    2020-07-15 09:12:59 +1200

    "Awesome Dan, well done! Can't wait to see the book and read the story. "

    Hannah Cleverley
    2020-07-15 08:48:35 +1200
    Jane Hewitt-Smith
    2020-07-15 08:07:56 +1200
    Susanne West
    2020-07-15 07:55:30 +1200

    "Looking forward to reading your adventure. S"

    Rachelle Frame
    2020-07-14 21:37:40 +1200

    "Congrats!...We were super pleased to catch you in Hamilton and loved the stories shared of this amazing journey ✌ Rachelle & Paul"

    Greg Hicks
    2020-07-14 21:20:46 +1200

    "Well done everyone "

    Philippa Kowalczyk
    2020-07-14 16:51:43 +1200
    Aaron McLean
    2020-07-14 16:31:42 +1200
    Kahu Harrison
    2020-07-13 23:07:21 +1200

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    Followers of Where The River Runs - A Journey from Summit to Sea

    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 

    Comments

    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 

      Andrew Underwood
      2020-07-23 05:10:06 +1200

      "river runs deep"

      Liz Corin
      2020-07-22 20:18:15 +1200
      Jeremy
      2020-07-22 11:00:27 +1200
      Gabi Lardies
      2020-07-22 10:59:32 +1200
      Natasha Colbourne
      2020-07-20 21:48:13 +1200

      "Cant wait to read this after such a beautiful recommendation from your Aunt Suze Kelly ❤"

      Craig Marshall
      2020-07-20 15:01:26 +1200
      conor greive
      2020-07-20 11:27:44 +1200
      Scott Sinton
      2020-07-20 11:18:04 +1200

      "Epic mahi legends! Scotty"

      Georgia Chunn
      2020-07-20 11:10:54 +1200

      "Really looking forward to reading this Dan! "

      Trace Tidd
      2020-07-19 07:47:46 +1200
      Mo Ete
      2020-07-18 16:09:13 +1200

      "Mauri ora!"

      María Martín
      2020-07-17 22:10:09 +1200

      "I hope that your wonderful adventure is read in all corners of the planet."

      STEPHANIE BOWLER
      2020-07-17 20:32:35 +1200
      Lauren Cocks
      2020-07-17 14:56:50 +1200
      Henry Christian-Slane
      2020-07-16 21:55:03 +1200
      Sara Gordon
      2020-07-16 21:16:34 +1200
      Tim Manktelow
      2020-07-16 11:38:19 +1200
      Marty McCullough
      2020-07-15 20:58:15 +1200
      Lorraine Hicks
      2020-07-15 16:44:11 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2020-07-15 13:01:53 +1200
      Honor Kelly
      2020-07-15 10:09:19 +1200
      Suze Kelly
      2020-07-15 09:12:59 +1200

      "Awesome Dan, well done! Can't wait to see the book and read the story. "

      Hannah Cleverley
      2020-07-15 08:48:35 +1200
      Jane Hewitt-Smith
      2020-07-15 08:07:56 +1200
      Susanne West
      2020-07-15 07:55:30 +1200

      "Looking forward to reading your adventure. S"

      Rachelle Frame
      2020-07-14 21:37:40 +1200

      "Congrats!...We were super pleased to catch you in Hamilton and loved the stories shared of this amazing journey ✌ Rachelle & Paul"

      Greg Hicks
      2020-07-14 21:20:46 +1200

      "Well done everyone "

      Philippa Kowalczyk
      2020-07-14 16:51:43 +1200
      Aaron McLean
      2020-07-14 16:31:42 +1200
      Kahu Harrison
      2020-07-13 23:07:21 +1200

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      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 02/08/2020 at 1:00 PM.