I have spent the last three days in Greymouth. I had been invited down to the Westcoast by Gurden Consulting as a result of them seeing one of my presentations at Ulearn last October. I flew into Hokitika on Sunday in what has to be the smallest commercial aircraft I have ever travelled in! The first officer was doing everything, welcoming us on board, closing the doors etc. It was a narrow, short, noisy turbo prop plane that did its job and flew me from Christchurch over the southern alps to the west coast.
Once in Greymouth, via Hokitika airport I have been working every day. I have run four student workshops on Gamemaker and have also run a single workshop on Pencil Animation. In addition I have also given two presentations, one to the local community and business leaders of the Greymouth district and one to a cohort of local teachers. My presentations can be seen on the wiki that I have made for the occasion. My exploits on the coast have also made it into the local paper the Greymouth Evening Star!
After my final presentation today, I have been driven up to Westport to repeat the program again. I love this part of New Zealand and it was a real treat to drive up the coast as the westerly whipped up the surf on the Tasman and watch the sun go down. I am normally driving, so this time it was a treat to look and not concentrate. I saw plenty of Weka on the way up. It is a magic drive.
Tomorrow we start again.