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November 3rd, 2008 | categorizilation: all categories,New Zealand,School Visits

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“I am impressed that you could arrange me to speak at such short notice,” I commented as I met Marama and KJ Allen at the Maori Studies Department (Te Tari Maori) at Wanganui High School.

“Well, technically it’s not possible,” KJ admitted. “But you’re too good an opportunity to pass up. I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

I was stoked to speak to my first school group in New Zealand. The students lapped it up, and I thorougly enjoyed it. I felt as though my delivery of my presentation is getting smoother, and it felt good.

Wanganui High School Maori Language Class, Wanganui, New Zealand Wanganui High School Maori Language Class, Wanganui, New Zealand

I spent the rest of the day updating the website, which was about a week or more out of date, due to the wee Whanganui National Park episode.

From Wanganui, I am heading to Palmerston North, and then on to Masterton to meet up with an old friend from uni days, before carrying on to Wellington. Slowly making my way south!

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Comment by ChrisJ — November 4, 2008 @ 6:47 am | post a comment

Hi Rob,

Another great update that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. That park is just amazing and you continue to show no fear with that little tire tube raft stunt. Glad to see that your bike didn't end up on the bottom of the river.

In other news I may have found a means of hanging out here in Japan into the new year at least. Still sorting out the details, but so far things look mostly positive.

Keep on rollin'!

Comment by Luka — November 4, 2008 @ 7:39 am | post a comment

After I noticed you logging into your web mail account, I checked the new updates straight away. And I was happy I did :) You are indeed a crazy man :) I'm just sorry that the blog I enjoy most will finish in weeks…

Keep up with finding crazy places and traveling crazy ways!

Comment by Mark joyce — November 4, 2008 @ 9:19 pm | post a comment


mate my folks have offered you a bed and warm meal if you feel like stoping in Peka Peka Rd (10k south of Otaki) Not sure if your heading that way, but the offers there!

Keep on trucking


Mark J

Pickled Pelican HK

Comment by John & Karen Poo — November 7, 2008 @ 8:56 pm | post a comment


Karen & I are enjoying every mile in NZ! We biked (on pavement) up the Wanganui in '94.

A foot of early snow at our Oregon mountain home – would love to be in springtime!

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