Aug 29, 2019

Aug 25, 2019

Jay Jay Update

Nothing like an hour at Memorial Park Tauranga on a sunny Saturday.
Plenty of climbing for Jay

Looks like a Stephen King face! Slightly evil..

Aug 22, 2019

Kawera Island

To the north west of Tauranga. Kawera (aka Karewa) Island is an amazing little island.
I have climbed to the top on several occasions (illegal!) but I was young then.
Tuatara, massive centipedes, mutton birds are some of the life I encounted and considering its so close to the mainland it was surprisingly pristine.
I have dived this area extensively. In addition to crayfish hunting you can find a ships boiler on the bottom on the south west side, the remains of a wreck the SS Taranaki on the western side of the island. The SS Taranaki Story
When I dived this wreck over many years I collected a few small momentous. Including coat hangers, china plate fragments, and from the rigging a block and rope. The wreck isn protected now.
this is not a wreck that is visible as an intact ship. The remains are scattered, and the boiler mentioned above is part of it. The remains are flattened into the seabed and over grown with kelp so it takes a keen eye and patience to find it.

Aug 20, 2019

Plastic Shaming

Sunlive Headline Today

The moral disgust of being a plastic user

This headline was followed an article designed to make every last one of us on the planet feel guilty about the use of plastics.
The Story
I bet whoever wrote this was using a computer, drove home in a car, bus, train or rode a bike. Got home and turned on the TV while walking on their synthetic carpet....all having high plastic content.
Oh how times have changed. Check the old images out.

On the other hand it is definitely out of control

Aug 19, 2019

Mount Landmark

Oceanside Twin Towers Appartments
Built in 1990
They still look amazing.

Aug 12, 2019

Center of New Zealand Plus

2016 Nelson
Wow those almost 5 years just flashed past.

And heading up another Nelson hill.
If you want a good walk close to town try the Grampians at the top of Collingwood street.
This is Rob taking a quick breather. The tower is the turn around point.

Aug 1, 2019


Leaving for distant shores.
Flying over our house right on the bottom edge of Fergusson Park, our backyard now for 35 years.
Always makes me feel a bit, oh here we go again.
Then you bring back a memory like this!
Car tyre size pizzas' in Florida.
Back to the west coast.
 Departing LA for home, yes!
Walk in the door at home and it feels great to be back.
So how did it go? "man they have bloody big pizzas in Miami..."