Showing posts from January, 2018

Assumptions about New Zealand Rivers.

Putting on my Outdoor Instruction Hat...
One of my long term goals is to "section" walk Te Araroa, New Zealand's "thru-hike" that runs the length of New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Te Araroa take walker through some of New Zealand's most spectacular landscapes and I will probably be not be attempting this in one go, and some parts I will be doing supported. Te Araroa is drawing more and more international visitors every year, it is newly developed as far as "thru-hikes" go and at this time it sometimes feels like there are more tourists on the trail than New Zealanders.
For more information on Te Araroa:
I've been hanging out in the Te Araroa Facebook Groups for awhile to gather intel so when i head out to walk sections I have plenty of information on track conditions, how difficult that section is and be as prepared as I can going into each section.
A common discussion across the Te Araroa groups is on the riv…

An interesting end to last week

An interesting end to the week last week...
I've been keeping a pretty low profile this week as I'm still getting my health sorted out.

I did however have an appointment on Friday to meet with our electorate MP, Iain Lees-Galloway to have a bit of a chat about tertiary level education for students with impairments. I was supporting a friend as she met with his PA last week to address an issue my friend was having, I got a little cheeky and asked for some time with Iain.

I had been thinking about the System Transformation and had serious concerns; if we were wanting to get people to follow their aspirations, some people will want further training; one of our major tertiary providers has no disability or inclusive practice policy. I had pointed this out when I studied there in 2016, I was assured it would be developed and that they would appreciate me feeding into this process. Well I haven't heard from them and a look at their "Policy and Procedure" section on th…

Hello 2018!

Happy New Year!
First blog of the year, it's going to be a bit of a wrap up of 2017 and some thoughts looking towards 2018. I'll try and keep it brief but there's a lot I did during 2017!

During 2016 as I was finishing my Certificate in Exercise and Sports Performance we did a trail "run" as part of our course. I walked the 7km course as my classmates did the 1/2 marathon. After the race I was talking with them and was asked "Antnz did you see those veiws?".... It suddenly hit me that I hadn't, I'd been watching my feet the whole time so I wouldn't ass over, so I could meet my goals of 7km in under 1 hr 30 min and to try and keep to around 60 steps a minute. Sure I met those goals but I'd missed all the views. I got to wondering how many views I'd missed in the last few years because I'd been so focused on reaching "goals".

With that in mind I started 2017 with 2 things in mind. I was aiming for "one adventure a mon…