"Mr Osmaston, who grew up in England, described Nelson as a special place for its levels of sophistication, when it belonged to one of the world's most remote countries. Nelson's geographic isolation and openness to different ways of thinking meant it was ripe for seeding his vision of a resource-based economy where "we no longer need the money system and no longer have the need to destroy the planet".
"He said the current false values system was turning people into monsters, where "the ruthless prospered and the gentle, empathetic, weak and helpless were trampled".
"The only distraction to his rhetoric over the moneyless economy where "everything is free" was the tinkling of coins being placed in the meeting koha basket as it was passed around the audience.
"Mr Osmaston's rousing speech about humanity not benefiting from increased consumption was met with increasing applause from an audience becoming familiar with his oratory on the subject."