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New Zealand Roadie

20 Apr

Here’s a post that I never got around to posting from my NZ roadie. Enjoy

There’s nothing like travelling and living abroad to really make me appreciate how lucky I am to have been brought up in New Zealand. It kinda makes you want to dance around and look like a complete idiot on the end of a jetty on a tranquil lake!

It was great to spend a month back home where I speak proper English and my American girlfriend Mandy has an accent. It’s great to go to the toilet and not the restroom, it’s great to put tomato sauce on my “fush’n’chups” and not ketchup, it’s great to be able to ask for a pen and not be asked “why do want a pin?”. Haha classic.

Whilst back in NZ catching up with friends and family Mandy and I went on a weeklong roadie. It’s been rather amusing after 60 hour bus rides in South America to be back in NZ where places that are “agers away” are actually only 5 hours drive away.

For those of you that care our South Island road trip consisted of Nelson to Hanmer Springs to Lake Tekapo, to Wanaka then back up the West Coast to Nelson.

But Instead of me boring you with names of places you haven’t been to and boring stories like the “man eating sand flies” etc etc, I will let the photos do the talking

Picnic time by a Lake close to Lake Tekapo (hey let’s face you probably don’t care about the name of the lake anyway)

Looks like this guy is off to a stag party. This is what I call a STAGgering photo!

Relaxing with a beer at Lake Ruataniwha outside of Twizel.

Our Wanaka host Sich lounging in his real kiwi bach (kiwi word for holiday home)

Who knows, this could be the Zambezi in a years time! Kayaking with Sich.

This is taken from the car window, it may look fake but it is actually real – I’m not “bullshitting”

Mandy on the shore of Lake Wanaka

Road side attraction West Coast style.

5 star camping!

A classic NZ landscape, good looking sheep hanging out in a paddock with mountains rising in the background.– oh yeah that’s Fox glacier in the background.

A seagull in flight

The famous pancake rocks

We stopped off at the Inagahua School fair. The school has 12 students, we met some good ol kiwi characters. For your information there were no boys in the barrel.

Back to the beginning

11 Apr

Last week was my 7 year anniversary of “working the world”. It was on the 7th of April 2003 I arrived in Seoul, South Korea as a pimply faced somewhat innocent (highly debatable) 21-year-old. I remember that day clearly, leaving Christchurch airport and feeling overwhelmed by the airport check-in procedures, asking stupid questions to the information desk like “where do I board my flight?”.

Then I arrived in the hustle and bustle of Korea with the 12 lane highways and billboards covering the outside of all the buildings in my new neighborhood. These days going to a new city/country and setting up is the norm, airports are my second home and weird cultural changes are no longer weird (even kissing men friends in Argentina became second nature).

While I was back in New Zealand I made a stop at Outward Bound. Outward Bound is an awesome 3 week course I did in January 2003 after I finished university. It is a course that is aimed at testing the boundaries of young people. It was at Outward Bound that I committed to my goal “to live and work in every continent of the world before I am 30”.

It was great to go back to where the seed of my goal sprouted. Here are a few pictures from that day.

A photo of Dad and I (he completed OB 35 yrs ago)

Pointing to the sign I wrote over 7 years ago in the toilets that my watch painted (craftsmanship is one of the values you are taught)

Dad and I standing under the high ropes course (Dad trying to cover up his moobs!).

A little celebratory 7 year anniversary back flip off the OB jetty where we had to swim each morning after running.

A mouldy dreadlock for Paul Henry – Breakfast show interview

7 Apr

First up, if you saw me this morning on the Breakfast show and are interested in having me speak at your event go to my public speaking page above. If you are interested in sponsoring or finding out more about my human powered Africa expedition or may know someone who is willing to help out/be involved please contact me at hapworkingtheworld(at)

OK, that’s all the high profile business stuff out the way, haha. So how did I find the interview? I was pretty stoked on how it went, obviously with only 7 minutes on air it’s pretty hard to portray 7 years of travels, jobs and mishaps.

Everybody had warned me about show host Paul Henry. Yesterday I gave a talk at the Phab centre here in Auckland to disabled kids that are being mentored to help them live their dreams. Afterwards I was talking to a couple of them and I said I was going to be interviewed by Paul Henry on the Breakfast Show and they go “Aren’t you nervous? The whole of NZ is going to be watching and he destroys people on TV, he’s like Simon Cowell of American Idol!”. But I had watched the show that morning and knew he was a guy that could take a joke, so I knew giving him one of my dreadlocks as a gift would be kosher. But all went well and Paul was a great guy, when I walked back stage and they were still on air talking he shot me a welcoming warm smile.

But instead of me talking about the interview, click the link below and watch it (the first 15 seconds is a bank advertisement). It’s funny watching yourself afterwards on TV, I kept saying when watching the interview “dam it Hap, stop moving your hands you look like you’re an American Rapper whose had too much coffee (you know the ones, the rappers on their music videos “yo yo homie, word up etc etc” and flailing their arms around all gangster like).

TVNZ breakfast show interview with Paul Henry – Tales of a Kiwi Adventurer

Here’s some photos from behind the scenes

Good mate Barnz (Known as Paul Matthews of Bullet PR in Auckland) who I travelled with for 2 years back in the day. (I think I’m trying to look tough or something in the photo, obviously failing miserably)


I would love to say that this was the first time I had worn make-up…….but I would be lying if I said that.


Fooling around out back doing press ups so my biceps are bulging for the camera! (once again failing miserably)


Showing my surprise gift for Breakfast Show host Paul Henry. One of my beloved mouldy dreadlocks that got the chop for my Antarctica job!


Waiting out back watching the live show.


Paul’s response with his dreadlock gift




Nelson Mail article – “The continental drifter”

6 Apr

If you didn’t get to see it, Geoff Collett from the Nelson Mail wrote a great article on my goal, he managed to make me sound pretty darn impressive instead of the 28 year old whose only asset is a backpack full of smelly washing! It even made front page! Haha, they must have been a lack of deaths, earthquake and wars on that day. There was also a page 17 interview as well which I think captures what I have done rather well, click the links below

Hair sacrificed for trip to ice – Nelson Mail front page article

The Continental Drifter – Page 17 interview