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I’m not a manic blogger that wants to be heard, I prefer being active and outside in nature with my kids. I promise to be real and honest with my blogging and hope you enjoy the blogs I do post though. Kia ora!

RG Fitness Challenge 2020

RG Fitness Challenge 2020

What a day this has been, my brother Rickie Gibson is holding his annual RG Fitness Challenge in Brisbane and has us all doing something every hour on the hour for 12 or 24hrs. So not to ruin myself for pig hunting tomorrow I started with a 1km run (AFAP) at 6am this...

Another great day in the bush at Ō-Tama-Kura…

Another great day in the bush at Ō-Tama-Kura…

We met at the front gate at 7.55am, I only had time to get my two main dogs Rocky and Taa’s rip collars/vests on before they took their daughter, 6 month old Niwha with them on her first pig hunt, by bolting from my truck without any GPS collars on!!!! By the time...

And still we have so much to learn…

And still we have so much to learn…

Children aren’t born with hatred or racism running through their thoughts, it is a learned behaviour, and we, the so called adults teach them all about it, this isn’t just an American issue, it’s happening right here in our own backyard and only an individuals’ desire...

He mānuka mā tō rāua Poppy…

He mānuka mā tō rāua Poppy…

The girls handed over the mānuka we made for their Poppy for his rā whānau. This came from Te Paruparu and has been hardened by years of laying in the uku, shaped with a knife and adorned with taura harakeke and the black and white huruhuru manu which represent te pō...

Happy Birthday Pāpā!

Happy Birthday Pāpā!

My pāpā turns 64 today and his ultimate birthday present arrives tonight when the NRL restarts!! Kia pai, kia koakoa to rā hirahira e Pā ♥️🎂

Ra Optics are go! Once the sun goes down…

Ra Optics are go! Once the sun goes down…

Late night computer work or television is made loads easier and healthier with my top of the range blue light blocking glasses. They work because the lenses contain pigments that absorb the wavelengths emitted by artificial lights and screens that are most damaging to...

Politics ay?

Politics ay?

Not the best two days for National... Possibly how minority races have felt all along Judith...

Te Ataarangi…

Te Ataarangi…

He huakiwi, he āporo... (a kiwi fruit and an apple) Te Ataarangi is a total immersion way of learning Te Reo. Te Ataarangi is well-known for the use of coloured Cuisenaire rods as a learning tool. It’s an effective language-learning technique that encourages you to...

Workout of the day…

Workout of the day…

10 x 1km sprints on the Elliptigo Bike with my 15kg pōtiki Hapahapai on my back 👍🏽 Hapahapai and Pāpā The ElliptiGO® bikes combine the best of running, cycling and the elliptical trainer to deliver a low-impact, high-performance workout outdoors....

Wā tuhituhi…

Wā tuhituhi…

Handwriting practice for our pōtiki (youngest born) today Hapahapai, she seems to hold a little less concentration than Waitohi but she is still only my little 3yr old koala cuddling baby 😂 ♥️♥️

Kangen Water

Kangen Water

Nothing like starting the day with a big glass of 9.5PH Kangen Water from my fave cup (given to me by my nephew Tahi Buster) 👊🏽 Kangen Water is delicious water created from Enagic's innovative water technology. Not only do these devices filter your tap water, but they...

Workout of the day…

Workout of the day…

Mobility 15min 30secs of: Max Seal Jacks Max Push Ups Max alt. Fwd Lunges Max Ab Heel Raises Max Mountain Climbers Max Supermans Max Jumping Jacks Max Skinny Squats Max Plank Hold Max Burpees Rest 1min & Repeat

Me tipu, me rea. We must grow and develop…

Me tipu, me rea. We must grow and develop…

Another fulfilling akoranga Māori (Māori lesson) this morning with Reimana Tūtengaehe, he is such a wealth of knowledge and I feel privileged to be able to sit with him and ask questions. Ko Tū tā tāua kaupapa i te ata nei, mīharo katoa! (The god of war Tūmātauenga...

Workout of the day…

Workout of the day…

My day started with 5x5min rounds of fight work, each 1min of rest between rounds was yoga dominated followed by a 6th 5min round of hanging upside down to lengthen and decompress my spine and also rest my organs from gravity’s’ pull. Tama tū, tama ora!

Rā Whānau – Family Day!

Rā Whānau – Family Day!

We had an awesome whānau day today! Started off with some mahi, then time with our kurī before heading off to the tennis courts and teaching the girls how to win the whānau loads of $ - Arh sorry I meant play tennis, then home for a spa in the rain, some dinner and a...

How awesome!! Kei te kaha haere ngā Kakī…

How awesome!! Kei te kaha haere ngā Kakī…

Extensive trapping has given a big boost to a critically endangered Canterbury wading bird that once had a population of just two dozen. A population survey this year found 169 known kakī/black stilt living in the wild in the Mackenzie Basin, between Tekapo and...

Getting up with the sun!

Getting up with the sun!

Trying to flood my retina with all the goodness from Tama-nui-te-rā as he comes up and over the horizon this morning!

A Pāpā’s work is never done…

A Pāpā’s work is never done…

Enjoying watching the progression of Waitohi’s handwriting... From brainstorming and allowing ideas to flow as they grow to basics like writing on birthday cards, this is an essential life skill and more importantly they really enjoy it! 👍🏽

Moe mai rā e Missy Moo Moo

Moe mai rā e Missy Moo Moo

Another very special whānau kurī passed away today, heartbreaking, they really are mans best friend... enjoy chasing those pigs Moo Moo, kei te heke ngā roimata 😔

Native tree planting…

Native tree planting…

We managed to get another 200-250 natives planted over lockdown, we must be about 5,000 deep at this point, the most pleasing thing is every single one of this last bunch were all from our own seedlings, the variety included; Harakeke, Karo, Kōhūhū, Kōwhai, Rātā, Tī...

Mahi Toi – Āniwaniwa

Mahi Toi – Āniwaniwa

Some of our whānau artwork created with our children over lockdown. This is the rainbow made from mānuka, #8 wire, harakeke and the tipa (scallop) shell is Tama-nui-te-rā (the sun).

Taonga – Oka

Taonga – Oka

This oka was made from a Red Deer (Spikers) antler for a whānau friend. It has kōkōwai from Te Urewera and Takapunuke smeared over it which was from the same kōkōwai used in the pōwhiri for Prince Charles at Takahanga Marae in 2019. This kōkōwai was gifted to me from...

Great to see level 3!

Great to see level 3!

Once level 3 hit we headed out as a whānau to our hunting block to nab a few goats for the dogs, another memorable day with my whānau at Ō-Tama-Kura xx

Mahi Toi – Upoko Tāriana

Mahi Toi – Upoko Tāriana

This taonga was made for a mate to commemorate a memorable hunt and pay tribute to the dogs who fed our community on that day and the pig who fought valiantly and subsequently gave his life to nourish us...

Hapahapai’s 3rd Bday!

Hapahapai’s 3rd Bday!

During lockdown our baby celebrated her 3rd bday at home with the whānau and her keke hōiho mīharo (unicorn cake) xx it was a great day and another enjoyable day during lockdown 😋

My Nephew Awa-Koha

My Nephew Awa-Koha

Enjoying a toffee apple at home in Brisbane, I’m missing my babies in Oz 😔

Te Aranga (Easter) in lockdown!

Te Aranga (Easter) in lockdown!

Another beautiful Easter with my babies, I love watching the excitement on their faces as they find more eggs for ME to eat 😂😂

Kotahi rā wānanga Reo Māori…

Kotahi rā wānanga Reo Māori…

In partnership with Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura and Ngāi Tahu, we ran a one day Te Reo Māori learning forum today in Kaikōura, what a great day it was, massive thumbs up for everyone involved in the revitalisation of our beautiful taonga, Te Reo Māori, to our two Pou Reo,...

Bell Block Boys catch up…

Bell Block Boys catch up…

It was great seeing the BBK boys again on our recent trip back home to Taranaki, we need to do it more often, mauri kaha e āku parata ✊🏽 @ https://shiningpeakbrewing.com/

Tessa cruising at home in Taranaki!

Tessa cruising at home in Taranaki!

It was certainly great to be back home in Taranaki for Māmā’s 60th earlier this year, we will be back soon Taranaki!

Here’s a shot of Tess cruising on Te Rewa Rewa Bridge at Waiwhakaiho Beach – Taranaki.

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