As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.

– Arthur C. Clarke


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Kia Ora! I’m currently doing some hikes all over New Zealand’s South Island, taking a day off today to finalise this issue of the newsletter from the public library in Wanaka.

It’s been great to (mostly) get away from work, walking around mountains and lakes during the day and reading more than I have in years at night. I’m currently re-reading one of my favourites – a historical novel called The Physician. Up next is Yancey Strickler’s This Could Be Our Future.

The internet is slow and the weather too good to be stuck in here, so haere rā for now. See you next week!

Kai (which is the Māori word for food)

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