Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and planning Professor Guy McPherson’s November 2016 NZ and Australian speaking tour which is a follow up to the 2014 speaking tour. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water. I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.
My latest scuba dive ( 17.03/2016) on what was once a productive Scallop bed on the shores of nearby Titrtiri Matangi Island revealed a complete dead zone.
Since arriving back in NZ from extensive Pacific wide sailing trips, Hester has concentrated on raising awareness of the imminent collapse of the biosphere from the perfect storm of runaway abrupt climate change and indifferent human hubris.
After being involved in the early days of the NZ anti-nuclear movement, I was gutted by the triple melt down and through of the coriums at Fukushima Daiichi on March 11 2011, I note that Greenpeace NZ did nothing to cover the worst industrial disaster in history, confirming my suspicion that this organisation avoids the very biggest issues facing us .
I worked on a supposed development project rehabilitating the port in Beira Mozambique in 1991, that story appears in another post on the blog where I suffered a broken neck in a work accident and my mobility and life were saved by a doctor trained by the Cuban Revolution.
I lived briefly, an Irish summer, in Republican West Belfast in the late 1980’s where I witnessed the imperialist war in the occupied 6 counties of Ireland and was branded “ An associate of known terrorists” by the occupying British army. I am proud of my revolutionary comrades in the occupied 6 counties and reiterate that Ireland divided shall never know peace.
I spent the early 1980’s working in the NZ anti-apartheid movement, Anti-Nuclear and watched and mourned the 10 brave men who died on hunger strike in the Maze prison in Belfast.
I went on to name a road in NZ after Patsy O’Hara, one of the INLA hunger strikers.
We are now facing near term human extinction as a result of abrupt climate change, in honour of the Cuban Revolution I finish with “ La Luta Continua.
I was born in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand in 1960 to Irish immigrant parents one of eight children. I spent my first 10 years as a city dweller before moving into the rural community of Matamata where I proceeded to grow up on farms with horses, guns, motorbikes and driving small and large farming equipment, imprisoning and murdering animals almost daily and polluting our rivers and subsequently coastlines and oceans with industrial agricultural chemicals.
I was asked to leave school when I was 16 due to a lack of interest in the schooling system, hence becoming disruptive.
Started out in the full time job market in 1976 after being an entrepaneur as an advertising junior which lasted one year until a drunken chief financial officer failed to land a sweeping right cross on me and succumbed to a short left jab toppling him backwards over his lovely leather office chair.
Started a 4 yr electrical training program as an electrician where I obtained my “ Practicing Licence, E13787” after 4 yrs.
I immediately left the government job when I qualified and began backpacking in South East Asia for a year as a 20 yr old.
Started a business importing handcrafts retailing them at Cook St Market and wholesaling them nation-wide. This started to fund 12 yrs of backpacking and casual working world-wide.
After watching my mother and father have a lifetime involvement in trade unionism, social causes and political activism, it was a shoe in that I would become an activist where I ‘cut my teeth’ in the two successful campaigns in NZ against Apartheid where our organisation HART, Halt All Racial Tours received a letter from Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robbin Island saying “You have shone a ray of sunshine into a very dark cell”.
This was followed by further involvement in the Anti-Nuclear movement which went on to have NZ declared a Nuclear Free Zone. I was an active member of the Irish Republican Diaspora campaigning under the umbrella of the “ H Block Committee” named after the republican wing of Long Kesh prison where the Republican prisoners were incarcerated.
I travelled in Central America in 1985 enroute to Nicaragua to support the Sandinistas where I experienced my first and only bloody coup in Guatemala. I was refused entry into El Salvador and hence Nicaragua because the border guards didn’t like the “ Cut of my Jib”.
In 1987 I obtained my High Voltage certification from the London Electricity Board. Worked in Austria in the summit house in Lermoos where I fell in love with a wonderful German woman who I was together with for the subsequent 18 years.
1989 we went to Mozambique to work on a E.E.C. development project rehabilitating the port in Beira, so that the “ Front Line States” could export their produce without dependence on the disruptive, racist apartheid state. It was here that I broke the C3 in my neck and was medevac’d back to New Zealand to go on and make a full recovery.
In 2000 I began my career as a delivery skipper with a transit of Gibraltar to Greece, which in turn lead on to my completing 16 ocean passages, half as skipper, half as crew. In 2001 I was involved in a shark attack incident, when my NZ Coastguard training as a marine medic saved a shark attack victims arm and life.
Around 2012 via Robin Westenra’s Seemorerocks blog, three major persons came into my life: Michael C Ruppert, Carolyn Baker and Professor Guy McPherson. The information I learned from these three people and their ‘circle’ changed my life forever, on the basis that you can’t unlearn something and that runaway, abrupt climate change will lead to the end of most if not all complex life on this planet.
I never questioned Mike Ruppert’s position
on peak oil and US fascism but I spent the
next year or so trying to see where Professor
Guy McPherson was wrong in his analysis of
Near term Human Extinction; to date everything
I have learned has indicated that he is correct,
I will continue to question everything.
In 2014 I was host for Professor Guy McPherson’s NZ speaking tour and will do so again in November 2016.
I firmly believe that we as a species are doomed
to near term human extinction due to the crack
like addiction we have to carbon and my intention
is to spend what time I have left warning whoever
I can especially young people of what is bearing
down on us like a runaway freight train.
Thx heaps David Korn for all you are doing for our community and me in particular.