Car. Power pole.


Folk night.

Moutere Inn, oldest pub in New Zealand, with Cousin Shirl and Tony*.

Somewhere along the Appleby Highway, there’s an altercation between a vehicle and critical infrastructure – the title is the entirety of a Mapua fire brigade incident report of a similar incident – and power’s cut to around 3000 households.

Dave, one of the owners, consoles us as best he can, promising toasted sandwiches if the power comes back (we got it at 8, he got it sometime around midnight).

And the band played on……

Acoustic has its advantages….

  • The last time they fronted up to Folk Night, the same thing happened. Dave’s on the verge of asking them to give it a miss…
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