My desire to head down to the bottom of the southern hemisphere precedes Frodo and Sam heading to Mordor and Murray failing to book gigs for Brett and Jermaine. Since I was already on this side of the planet I thought it would be nothing to get to “kiwi” land. I was mistaken, it was still a good nine hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland, NZ.
Upon arrival I was greeted by a fellow chiropracTOR and cleaned myself up before attending the New Zealand College of Chiropractic Lyceum. Everything about the conference was entertaining and encouraging: the lineup of speakers, the students, faculty, and most importantly the direction of the profession in New Zealand.
I took a tour of the school and had a meeting with the president, Dr. Brian Kelly, and was beyond impressed with how much is being accomplished with such a small (albeit beautiful) facility and student body. The spirit and perseverance of the faculty, administration, and students is very inspirational.
The school really is analogous to the land. For such a small country New Zealand gets a lot of things right. Their policies on government, the environment, sustainable foods, direction of my profession, and not to mention some of the most eye popping scenery on earth. This is the nation of 4.5 million people that is not afrad to speak out for what it believes in. The country made waves around the world years ago with its anti-nuclear stance, earning the label of “the mouse that roared.”
Spending time with my “kiwi” friends re-iterated that thought. The people are very similar to the land they reside in, quiet and laid back, yet proud and confident.
This is the land of The Lord of the Rings, Flight of the Conchords, Wellywood, and the Milford Track. A country that is jam packed and bursting at the seams with great things, people, and places in a very small area. It is a country that despite its small stature, is dying to be heard.
But isn’t that what we all want for ourselves?