Winter is coming!
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Winter is coming!

I got a pleasant surprise when I rounded the corner on Friday to see the snow guns going on Coronet Peak. Winter is coming. And if there was any doubt, I was caught desperately scrambling to finish my autumn outdoor chores on Sunday knowing snow was in the air. Like a character from Game of Thrones expecting the White Walkers to march over the hill, I knew something was coming from the south. Then on Sunday night, winter arrived. When the snow starts falling outside, the state of our household survival kit pops into my head. As do my snow chains, backup power supply for cooking and heating and my remote links to work and the outside world. I should have thought of these things well before the first snow flake, as earthquake and disaster recovery is something that should be very much in our minds after the sharp earthquake a few weeks ago.

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