February 2nd, 2014any day now


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May 12th, 2012the lads

From Dad’s pre-wedding photos. (Click for full size.)

April 16th, 2011from the archives

I’m sure you can figure it out.

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At the start of December four of us went camping around the East Cape for 11 days.

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November 16th, 2009minder

Beck, Mic, Kirsty, Luke - Lookout

The girls walked up to the Minden lookout on Sunday. I got to go as bodyguard due to my imposing 5′ 4″ physique.

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May 28th, 2009lupins

lupin-patchWe dug the lupin crop into the ground of last years potato patch. Joseph did most of it.

May 22nd, 2009may 18

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. I was happy.

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April 15th, 2009estuary battle

On Good Friday we all walked around the peninsula of one of the estuaries at the far northern end of the harbour.

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A fight broke out.

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April 14th, 2009kayak fishing

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Late this arvo, we headed out into the Pacific Ocean. I thought we’d been told where to go for Snapper, but we didn’t see any of those. Was lovely out there watching the sun set over the  land. The Kahawai was a great fight and pulled my kayak all over the place.

The surf was very small, but it’s still exciting paddling back through it in the dark. It’s difficult to tell how big the waves behind you are. I went at it and got a good ride in.

Zac was following me in, but he decided to do a much more difficult maneuver, with a level five difficulty rating. ;)

He rode a wave in, and eventually slid off the back. Next he turned sideways onto the waves (I yell straighten up from the beach –  I was worried he might lose his fish if he rolled) (he tells me afterwards, he was grabbing his fishing rod as it fell off). As the next wave gets to him, he turns right round, and reverses toward the beach. For the final flourish he once again turns and rides the surge of the wave up the beach sideways.

Very impressive technique, but I wouldn’t have tried it in the dark with a fish on board. :P

April 12th, 2009monopoly

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I finally won the game we started on Thursday. . . a six hour marathon.

April 10th, 2009chapter five and more

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April 3rd, 2009keep off the roads…

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… and don’t use the bridges either.

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I had another awesome day in the back country, yesterday. Got up at 3:30 and got home at 10:30 in the evening.

Filmed a swing bridge with ice all over the planks, parked in one ditch (which was my fault but  I could explain if I wanted to), destroyed one tyre, bashed in a mudguard, made two trips down to Stratford, and went through numerous tunnels.

To come home we ended up going south on the Forgotten Highway, and then came back up past Mount Taranaki and up the west coast. So I got to see a few more places I’d never been.

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March 28th, 2009in Whitianga again

So here is what we did for 3 days at out grandparents. . .

Arrive.

Eat.

Sleep.

Eat.

Fish.

Eat.

Beach. (Best in world.)

Ice Creams. (Huge ones, on Black Jack Rd.)

Eat.

Fish.

Sleep.

Eat.

Fish.

Eat.

Fillet Fish.

Swim. (Quick one at the beach.)

Eat. (Becky’s birthday dinner. Awesome dinner and dessert.)

Sleep.

Eat. (Big breakfast.)

Tour. (Around the bays. Landed where Captain Cook first raised his flag here.)

Eat.

Leave.

Thank you Nana and Gramps! :* (nod)

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Whitianga estuary – by Michaela.

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March 28th, 200929 snapper

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On Friday morning we caught 29 snapper. (Only 3 the day before.) After I caught my limit of 9, I passed my rod to Joe a couple of times when I hooked up. Our policy is to only keep them over 300mm long, so in the end there was $280 worth of fillets.

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March 13th, 2009into the wild

As requested, here is some shoddy footage from my trip. ;)

Mum thinks I sound a bit downbeat, but I wasn’t; I guess on a seven hour drive by myself I just don’t sound like my normal enthusiastic self. I actually did enjoy it a lot more this time, and got some great stuff. :)

Click below to see video…

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February 5th, 2009my friend zinc

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We’re off the coast between Omanu and Papamoa, with Rabbit Island and the Mount in the background. :)



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