A dustbowl cometh.
There are two ways at looking at this life we all live. The Thomas Edison-esque “There is no substitute for hard work” and the Jack Torrance “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
Well, it appears as if New Zealand’s farmers, long champions up “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” are jettisoning the way of their forefathers, leaving the field to bake under an unrelenting sun and turning to surfing, en masse, in order to deal with various life and market stresses.
Market stresses mostly due a drought cooking the land partially do to many trees cut down for farming.
Will the island nation starve to death?
Yes, but let’s read about these brave pioneers. These dancers and necromancers.
Farmers around the country are swapping their gumboots for wetsuits and hitting the surf as part of a mental health initiative.
The Surfing for Farmers group launched in Gisborne last year to offer farmers surf lessons and a healthy outlet for stress.
It has since spread to Mt Maunganui, North Canterbury and Christchurch, and a fifth group will launch at Waihi this week.
The brainchild of Gisborne real estate agent Stephen Thomson, the groups meet once a week during summer, with an average of 25 farmers at each.
“I was very much dealing day to day with farmers who were experiencing the stress and demands that their business brings.
“Seeing the statistics about farmers’ mental health which are not good, it got me fired up to thing there must be something I could do about it.”
Ah the lure of good times. The eat, surf and be merry for tomorrow we die.
Literally tomorrow, in New Zealand, of starvation.