I have watched Jacinda Ardern tirelessly walking on into new challenges and situations and wonder how she can do it. Well it is certainly not by sitting back and letting others do the heavy tasks.

So, if technology has changed the world so much that I become witness to every emotion via social media, perhaps in order to cope I need to change too.

For a start I need to get much braver. I certainly cannot put my hopes for change onto others, this is the complacency that I would argue again open the way to this atrocity.

Baby steps.

So I chopped down a tree. It did not start as a tree. No, once it was a mildly annoying (ergo painful to trim) hedge, that gained a life of its own thanks to several years of indecision and unwillingness to get hurt. I told myself it was not my job, that a man would be stronger and safer placed at the task. And the hedge kept growing to become a tree. But what I really lacked was the courage and the belief.

So I chopped down the tree. From deep sadness comes new journeys and new stories to share.

Linda what a journey you must have taken to find your faith. But in doing so you became a story swapper who people could rely on. Your community will now look to themselves for the strength to tell their stories as they carry out their day to day tasks.

This is a Call to Action to kiwis who want to do something with their sadness and rage, and use social media to reduce fear and promote unity through knowledge and awareness. If we each undertook 50 actions to learn and share knowledge we might find the one act to stop this hate.