Off to WOMAD in Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

Cropped image of multicoloured head of a lion, WOMAD NZ 2020 logo

Applying distorted, double-standard illogic to a problem: deciding whether to attend WOMAD NZ 2020 when there’s a global pandemic of Covid-19.


  1. WOMAD is a wonder, a multi-generational festival of music and dance, and
  2. Pukekura Park is surely the most beautiful venue for WOMAD in the world (wot me biased?) and
  3. certain members of my family have now attended WOMAD NZ for the past 9 years, and
  4. New Zealand has not got a full-scale epidemic of Covid-19 (‘Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said New Zealand was still in the “keep it out, stamp it out, slow it down” phase’ […] ‘…no new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, for the fifth day in a row.’ NZ Herald 12 March) and
  5. like you, I convince myself with wishful thinking


  1. this is the Year of the Plague, otherwise known as Covid-19 or The Coronavirus, and
  2. one should avoid unnecessary travel, and
  3. one should avoid large crowds, and
  4. I have hypocritically advised one of my friends not to travel abroad this month, and
  5. I set myself up as a logical person, even daring to offer tips, and
  6. I promised as a Brownie to think of others before myself


  • we intend to attend WOMAD NZ 2020, starting tomorrow, and
  • we are booked and packed and ready to go, and
  • we are going, even me at my age.

P.S. Still sorting out a snag with the Wise Habits Survey, sorry. Soon.


17 thoughts on “Off to WOMAD in Pukekura Park, New Plymouth

  1. cedar51 says:

    It’s a difficult pathway – but if you take the precautions that you believe are right for you – then go, enjoy. There is a huge amount of seemingly mis-information striding across our airwaves. Causing us to worry about popping to the convenience store to buy a bottle of milk etc..

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      For now, NZ is almost safe. Thanks.

  2. My daughter just let me know that Denmark is in lockdown. She was packing up in the office and will be working from home. I’m eager to hear about your adventure and hope all goes well.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Things are changing by the hour, but not here. Yet.

      1. The virus has not changed our lives yet, either.

      2. Rachel McAlpine says:

        I follow the coronovirus updates carefully.

  3. LA says:

    Is your survey post working? I couldn’t pull it up

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      It’s still driving me nuts. Waiting for help from Zoho!

  4. Sadje says:

    Stay safe.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Any virus is more an issue for those with compromised immune systems and the very frail. I would guess who don’t fall into those categories so enjoy your time and try not to kiss and hug too many people.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I agree entirely. Thank you.

  6. Joared says:

    Will you be observing ‘social distance’ rules? Do take care, enjoy yourself and stay healthy.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Yes! It’s hard to convey them to friends though.

  7. Cathy Cade says:

    I think that must be the music festival my daughter is going to. Last time she went she was in a lot of pain so took it easy. This year, with her medication managing things, she plans to enjoy herself.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I am thrilled that she is well enough to attend. It’s a very special event. The weather is perfect too.

  8. Ann Coleman says:

    I think as long as you aren’t sick, and refrain from unnecessarily touching other people, you should do what you feel is right!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    You go and have a good time!

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