Murray Grimwood is a hands-on environmentalist, and minimalist. He saw the ‘limits to growth’ coming a long time ago. He was advocating getting ready for sustainability as a County Councillor from 1986, and as a representative at Regional level (C.N.O.U.C.). He has been a Co-ordinator of Environment Access, a member of the Hawkdun Land Management Comittee and deputy-Chair of Sustainable Dunedin City.
Murray writes the occasional op/ed piece, and a monthly column (The Good Life) in The Shed Magazine. He has been involved in various committees from ‘Keep Dunedin Beautiful’ through ‘Dunedin Planning ‘ to ‘Dunedin and Districts Road Safety’. He is a past member of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association (and still an enthusiast).
He and partner Jennie live in a passive-solar, off-grid house built from recycled materials. They grow timber trees, orchard trees, and vegetables on their 60-acre block. They are constantly striving for self-sufficiency. Currently, they are setting up a formal framework whereby they can share the land with younger folk, a logical extension of that thinking.
Murray sails a bit, teaches sailing a bit, writes a bit, never stops inventing, and has a lot of unfinished projects.