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

Matcha Matcha

Matcha Matcha

Gotta get that matcha matcha tea in each day whānau! Te reka hoki, te hauora tonu!

UBX Training + Danny Green

UBX Training + Danny Green

Former world boxing champion and 12Round / UBX Training Co-Founder Danny green took time out yesterday to take our trainers all over Oz and NZ through a pad training session! Mahia te mahi e te hapori! 👊🏽 Become a UBX’er today!!

Medial ligament playing up!

Medial ligament playing up!

The dogs went about 1km through a canyon type riverbed and then up a really steep face and into a deep waterfall to catch this boar on the weekend and with this knee of mine playing up it took me a good hour to get to them! Well done Rocky and Taa, great find and a...

Photo day at kindy for Kauri!

Photo day at kindy for Kauri!

My beautiful niece Kauri is all ready for photos at kindy today, you’re so beautiful my little darling, we miss you so much xxxx

UBX Training

UBX Training

@ home this morning on the UBX TRAINING at Home app, mean session!! www.ubxtraining.com

Hakari (Feast)

Hakari (Feast)

Wow the meals at The Pier Hotel - Kaikōura (the Scale & Gumboot back when it was a fisherman’s pub - since 1885) are huge! We could hardly eat them all, the girls managed to get the ice cream in though!!

Rejected…

Rejected…

This newborn Arapaoa lamb was rejected by his Mum, oh well, we have a new pet, the girls have named him Pīwari (cute). 😂♥️

Hohepa te Kōhanga Reo

Hohepa te Kōhanga Reo

The new Kōhanga building has opened and brings with it the wairua, aroha and memories that filled the former whare. We are so proud to be a part of the Kōhanga movement and our pōtiki Hapahapai can’t wait to get back on the 24th!!

Filling the bro’s freezer…

Filling the bro’s freezer…

I took my acupuncturist Brendan Bird for his first pig hunt with me, we managed to nab a nice fat pig for their freezer, tēnā rā koe e Tāne!

I whakatohi ki te wai, arā, ka waitohi mā Waitohi ♥️

I whakatohi ki te wai, arā, ka waitohi mā Waitohi ♥️

Our oldest girls first day of school started with the selection of ngaio leaves which were blessed in the waters of Te Tai o Marokura and then sprinkled over Waitohi near the mouth of the Waikōwau, whilst accompanied with karakia. We then introduced Waitohi to Hāpuku...

Great trip up north!

Great trip up north!

I had a great trip to Auckland, Tauranga and Mount Maunganui last week to attend meetings and train the UBX Training team at the Mount! The scientifically designed UBX Training sessions are second to none and certainly whipped my butt in more than a scientific way...

Another Great Weekend…

Another Great Weekend…

I was lucky enough to spend both Saturday and Sunday with whānau in the bush chasing animals to feed both man and kurī. We live in paradise!!

Sold! 😔

Sold! 😔

I take great pride in saying that I founded this company in 2015, it’s been a challenging ride and I’ve learned a lot from this business and relationships within. There are currently 14 clubs open in Oz and due to Covid-19, it was simply time to sell it and let it go....

A new journey begins…

A new journey begins…

I have decided to join my old mate of 16yrs Tim West at UBX Training as CEO for NZ. I am really excited to get things cranking over here, I love the brand but more importantly, I believe in the scientific approach to the training, especially the strength component....

Finished my final exam today!!

Finished my final exam today!!

Māku hei mihi ki te tuakana, arā, ko taku Kaiako a Reimana Tūtengaehe, e te taniwha hikuroa kī tonu ki ngā ao e toru, te ao kōhatu, te ao Māori me te ao Pākehā, nei rā mātou ka mihi. Mōu i whakapakari ai tō mātou taku whānau nei tū i tēnei ao hurihuri, tēnā koe, kore...

Bennett in the mix to coach Warriors!

Bennett in the mix to coach Warriors!

This is the most exciting news I’ve seen regarding the Warriors for a long time. The possibility of the greatest NRL coach Wayne Bennett of all time even contemplating coming to NZ is amazing and we need to jump on this opportunity now! It’s no secret at all that I...

No fish but heaps of fun!

No fish but heaps of fun!

It was cold and the fish weren’t biting but swapping a day of pig hunting for an afternoon of fishing with my girls was worth every second!

Hāpuku Kura – changing of the guard…

Hāpuku Kura – changing of the guard…

“Hinga atu he tētē kura, haramai he tētē kura” (as one chief moves on, another arrives) Our BOT hui at Special Character (bilingual) school Hāpuku - Kaikōura, was filled with sadness and joy as Tumuaki matua Tai Huata begins preparation for his return to his whānau in...

Rāhina (Mon): (am) 2km run AFAP (pm) stretch Rātū (Tue): (all day) goat hunting (pm) stretch Rāapa (Wed): (pm) stretch Rāpare (Thu): (pm) stair sprints & stretch Rāmere (Fri): (am) 2km run AFAP Rāhoroi (Sat): (am) pig hunting Rātapu (Sun): (pm)...

Ka tōmuri au… (late start)

Ka tōmuri au… (late start)

After a great birthday hakari (feast) on Friday night with whānau and whānau whānui, we were late to bed and a bottle of red down had the face smiling - thanks sister! Although I woke at my normal 5-6am body clock wake up time, I was slow in getting ready to go pig...

Nōku te whiwhi… (I’m so lucky)

Nōku te whiwhi… (I’m so lucky)

Look what my girls brought me today, it was only a week or so ago that I said, “that’s the best league jersey I’ve ever seen, Māori and Aborigine sharing the breath of life (hongi)”... I ’ll be wearing this one tonight! Whakawhetai ki a koutou e āku tau xx...

This morning…

This morning…

I was up early running at 6.15am, another beautiful morning here in Mangāmāunu, I downed my cold X50 Green Tea before jumping on a Zoom hui at 7am with a young Ngāi Tahu up and comer I’m helping at the mo, his name is Tāne Clement and he’s 4 months off completing his...

Korikori tinana…

Korikori tinana…

I picked up my girls Waitohi and Hapahapai from Playcentre today and the three of us raced off to the Annie Boyd Stairs in Kaikōura township to complete our 10 sets. As a kid I hated losing anything, games, races, challenges, you name it! And judging by the tenacity...

Utua te kino ki te pai?

Utua te kino ki te pai?

Repay bad with good? Āhea e mātou utua te kino ki te kino? When do we say enough is enough and repay bad with bad?...

Whakamakaka tinana…

Whakamakaka tinana…

Almost every night of the week my babies jump on the floor and stretch my entire body, walk on my calves and stand on my Achilles etc. I love it and they love the painful look on my face! 😂

Dog food… check.

Dog food… check.

We ran out of organic goat meat about 4/5 days ago and although our dogs eat the highest quality biscuits as well, they were missing their meat. A diverse and nutritional diet always allows for best performance for both man and dog, and when you rely on your kurī to...

Rest & Recovery Rāhina (Mon): (pm) stretch Rātū (Tue): (pm) stretch Rāapa (Wed): (pm) stretch Rāpare (Thu): (pm) stretch Rāmere (Fri): (pm) stretch Rāhoroi (Sat): 6.45am ran 1.2km AFAP, 7am ran 1km AFAP, 8am ran 1km AFAP, 9am ran 1km AFAP, 10am ran 1km AFAP, 11am...

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/

Taku uiui tuatahi ki a Te Karere…

Taku uiui tuatahi ki a Te Karere…

I’ve always marvelled at the quality of Te Reo Māori spoken by our upper echelon of Reo exponents such as Scotty Morrison and Piripi Taylor. It was such a lovely experience to be interviewed representing Te Rūnanga ō Kaikōura today, by Whatitiri Te Wake from Te Karere...

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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