About me

My name is Gold. I'm from Christchurch, New Zealand but currently live in Wellington. I'm planning on travelling a bit and everything I own currently fits on my back. I'm a web developer with a particular focus on Drupal. Despite losing an old school friend after the Feb 22nd quakes in Christchurch I still consider the place home and want to do something to help. I'm at a point in my life where it's the right time to do that.

Sponsored walk of Te Araroaride of NZ

NZ MapWhen I tell people that I'm planning on doing Te Araroa they find it interesting. Then they find out what Te Araroa is, just how long it is and how long it'll take and the questions really start to flow. So, the short version... Te Araroa is a 3000km trail that runs from Cape Reinga to Bluff. To make it a little less place name related the trail runs from as far north as you can go (without having to swim) to as far south as you can go (without having to swim). I'm planning on starting this around the New Year and will be starting down south and fleeing the cold weather. I'm hoping to raise funds for a few charities along the way.

Update: Damage to a foot has me on a bike now. The trip will finish this year, but finishing the Te Araroa will, unfortunately, have to wait.

Feeling the itch

36 weeks 3 days ago

It's been way too long since I had a decent hike and the current project at work has me fairly burnt out. I need to get away for a bit. 
I'm considering putting in a floating leave request for a week following the completion of the project which means I'll have the time for a walk, but I won't know when that will be.
But prep still needs to happen.  Since the last hike there's a number of things that I think will need replaceing. This is the start of that list (and a few items to come back to;

Recent Pledges
Adam Carmichael pledged $50 per 1km (up to $50) to New Zealand Skeptics Society.
Nathan pledged $150 per 1000km (up to $150) to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
Leela pledged $2 per 50km (up to $100) to New Zealand Skeptics Society.
Steven pledged $0 per 1km to Woman's Refuge.
Mark Stevenson pledged $50 per 1000km to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
Julien de Nas de Tourris pledged $50 per 1000km (up to $150) to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
Julie pledged $40 per 1000km to Woman's Refuge.
Jono Griffin pledged $5 per 10km (up to $100) to Woman's Refuge.
Fred Bremmer pledged $1 per 100km (up to $30) to New Zealand Skeptics Society.
stu pettigrew pledged $1 per 100km to New Zealand Skeptics Society.
Miche pledged $10 per 100km (up to $100) to Woman's Refuge.
Jo Drysdall & Sebastian Denize pledged $50 per 1000km (up to $150) to Woman's Refuge.
Colleen Davis pledged $30 per 1000km (up to $100) to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
Amy Wilson pledged $50 per 1000km (up to $150) to Woman's Refuge.
Lisa Tam pledged $5 per 100km (up to $50) to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
Bevan pledged $2 per 10km (up to $500) to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
Paula Nunweek pledged $30 per 1000km (up to $100) to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
Mike Harbrow pledged $50 per 1000km (up to $150) to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
Jenni Smith pledged $50 per 1000km (up to $150) to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
Daniel Parsons pledged $100 per 1000km (up to $300) to Woman's Refuge.
Patrick Davey pledged $100 per 1000km (up to $100) to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.
David Robb pledged $100 per 1000km (up to $300) to Woman's Refuge.
Danna Challies pledged $100 per 1000km (up to $300) to New Zealand Skeptics Society.
Moz pledged $50 per 1000km (up to $300) to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.