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On March 16th – we got married at Waihi Beach – it was a great day – the weather was a little windy and wet to start with but improved as the day went on.

Black Belt Grading


On December 1/2 we both graded to 1st dan black belts in Taekwon-Do. This was the culmination of 5 years of training, seminars, competitions and hard work. This was a busy year for us with Charlotte studying for her Masters, while working part time and training for the black belt as well. We now have […]


Another yearly update: First the big news – Charlotte and I were engaged on February 14 2012, we are looking at a wedding in March of next year. In November of 2011 we went to Paris, London , Rome, Florence, Nice and Monte Carlo – it was an awesome trip! In February of this year […]

2011 update

Its been a long while between blog posts … in quick summary we went on holiday (August 2010) to Rarotonga, bought a new house in September, Graded to Red belts in November both with A passes 🙂 (only 1 more grading before we go for Black Belt) We also went to see Rhys Darby live, […]


Its Jan 2010 , and not a lot has changed -well the house sold at the end of December finally and for xmas we spent time in Auckland with Charlotte’s family , and for New years we went to the Gold coast and hung out with the other millions of tourists and sun seekers – […]

Phuket – day 1

Day 4- off to phuket …power cut in airport, saved heaps on fantasea and phi phi island tours, swim , lost bikini and swim gear , replaced with new shorts , dinner at Karon cafe, yum food drunk … long island ice tea The flight was quick only bout an hour. we tried the noodle […]

Love you long time – day 2,3 Bangkok

Day 2 – Visiting the Palace , River boat cruise, MBK, Rain – heavy rain – crazy taxi ride home – spent around 14000bht, wall-e. The second day in Bangkok started pretty good with a buffet style breakfast which included a combo of both thai and western food – after breakfast we caught a taxi […]

Postcards from Thailand

day 1: Thursday 15th Oct after 36 hours of being awake and flying over 12 hours of that – we finally touched down in Bangkok – then after what looked like lax security – and avoiding a couple of over anxious and pushy tour opearator and taxi drivers – made it to our hotel – […]

Taekwon-do Nationals update

[singlepic id=224 w=320 h=240 float=] At the ITFNZ Taekwon-do Nationals awards dinner on September 26th I won the Gup Student of the year award – it was a pretty amazing feeling! Thanks to my instructor Grant Eccles and Gwyn Brown from Silla club for the nomination. At the tournament itself I got a bronze in […]

ITFNZ Nationals 2009

I’ve been extremely slack in updating my blog recently – with the increased use of FB just about no point – but I’ll try to keep up with it … I’ve had some ups and downs in training for the Nationals this year. I’m competing in Sparring and Patterns and over the last few weeks […]