I’m new to blogging. I’ve written many scripts but I’ve never documented my stories. I’m not even sure how to write a blog but I’m learning and I’m enjoying the process.
My life in a summary:
Growing up in rural NZ was one of the best experiences I think any young person could have. My family are hunters so we spent many days and nights somewhere in NZ’s bush. I carried out many pigs and learnt very quickly how to navigate through dense and sometimes terrifying terrain. My father never used a map or compass but he somehow knew where to go, it wasn’t until years later when I’d go on my own solo trips that my observations of his techniques came in handy.
After leaving home I continued on with the outdoors, setting up camps with friends in some rugged places on the West Coast of NZ, often only 4WD access or a hard slog through damp forest to find the perfect camping spot. I then went on to work on the Southern Ocean and discovered the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen, Auckland, Chatham and Campbell Islands in particular. This inspired me to see more of the world, off the beaten track, spending time in the Andes, Amazon and Central America. Although I’m a keen traveller, I’m always drawn to NZs’ back country. The harder it is to reach the destination, the more I want to do it.
Today, I spend most weekends exploring our National Parks in NZ and learning how to protect our forest and birds. I’ve a keen interest in biodiversity, bushcraft and hiking. Although I love the outdoors my creative background lead me into directing TV commercials and making short films. I now own a digital media company based in Auckland.
I’m 6th generation Kiwi (German) and I’m also Maori from Tuhoe/Te Whanau a Apanui. Our iwi are one of the most prominent tribes in New Zealand.