I live in Wellington, generally hang around and help out at the Wellington Tramping & Mountaineering Club (http://www.wtmc.org.nz/), and my preferred stomping grounds are the Tararuas and Ruahines (mostly weekenders), but every so often I look further afield.

I've been finding places to go for daywalks for as long as I can remember, but have only been tramping as habit since about 2006 after I decided that I very much want tramping and the outdoors to be a normal part of my life, and not just a treat or something I do very occasionally for fun. I've been trying to keep records of what I'm doing on my blog thingee (http://www.windy.gen.nz/).

I lived in Melbourne between the start of 2011 and August 2013, as an indirect consequence of low science funding in New Zealand. I've now returned, but thanks to a couple of recent additions to the family have found another distraction from the hills, at least from a short time.

Mokihinui Forks Hut

Mokihinui Forks Hut

Mokihinui Forks Hut sits over the south branch of the Mokihinui River, just before it meets the north branch. The hut has been renovated and extended as part of the Old Ghost Road development.   More ▶︎
  • izogiizogi discussed bigger govt budget for conservation 21 October 201721 October.
    She seems most likely from Shaw's list, but has it been confirmed that one of the other named Green MPs ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Rahui placed on Kaimanawa search site 12 September 201712 September.
    To echo something I've just posted into Wayne's NZ Tramping News group, I've looked up the LINZ data. I'd assumed that
  • izogiizogi discussed Calls to close access to the Waitakere Range 18 August 201718 August.
    There's an MPI response from today's show at http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201855235/mpi-responds-to-criticism-over-biosecurity-and-border-control
  • izogiizogi discussed ruataniwha dam appeal 7 July 20177 July.
    Meanwhile Sir Geoffrey Palmer, who knows a thing or two about constitutional law, is constitutionally outraged at the suggestion that ...
  • izogiizogi discussed missing person on mt Taranaki 5 July 20175 July.
    I'd suggest it was a mis-quote, but given he works for Stuff that possibility seems less likely. I'd love to see ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Native Affairs – A warning to Tongariro tourists 30 June 201730 June.
    Heh. It's not too distant from the truth, really. We live relatively peacefully but only so long as there's an
  • izogiizogi discussed 80% native birds threatened - commissioner 4 June 20174 June.
    The report's at http://www.pce.parliament.nz/our-work/news-insights/native-birds-in-desperate-situation-says-environment-commissioner I've just finished reading it and it's mostly a good report, imho, especially on the state of
  • izogiizogi discussed Permanent link 30 May 201730 May.
    If you're typing somewhere (this website or elsewhere) and want to paste a link directly to a comment, you can ...
  • izogiizogi discussed COroners report on death on Mt Taranaki climb 29 May 201729 May.
    Red tape? Could be but I'm not so sure. My tramping club runs snowcraft courses. The main criteria, besides signing up
  • izogiizogi discussed The Budget 26 May 201726 May.
    That DOC thing just seems misleading and makes me cynical about the motives of whoever wrote it. It seems to be ...
  • izogiizogi discussed DOC to get $76 million boost in funding. 14 May 201714 May.
    $11m just sounds like a lot to me, especially as booking systems are hardly a new thing. It's not as ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Myrtle rust carnage 13 May 201713 May.
    I'm a little surprised there wasn't already some kind of seed bank for native species. Maybe there will be in ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Bolger's comments on Cave Creek 1 May 20171 May.
    Yes it's effectively a list of secondary causes. It probably doesn't match those identified exactly in the report, but it's ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Kawhatau Base road access closed 28 April 201728 April.
    I think the law's inconsistent around this. If it were private property being blocked off, the Property Law Act has an ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Man uses 20-year-old beacon to call for help 28 April 201728 April.
    "...you no longer need help and turn it off SAR will still come for you as they have no way ...
  • izogiizogi discussed warranties 17 March 201717 March 2017.
    Is anyone here a member of the Consumers' institute? Strictly speaking you could take a retailer or manufacturer to court, but ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Using Topomap Versus Printed Maps 7 November 20167 November 2016.
    Be mindful that as they changed the datum, latitudes and longitudes also shifted. It's only by a couple of hundred ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Lou Sanson proposes charges for Great Walks 2 November 20162 November 2016.
    Kathryn Ryan has been covering this issue yesterday and today. Yesterday (Tuesday) she hosted an extensive interview on Conservation Boards and ...
  • izogiizogi discussed change to NGOs' environment legal fund 20 October 201620 October 2016.
    Does anyone know which NGOs have been accessing this legal aid in recent years?
  • izogiizogi discussed Pike 29 track construction tenders sought 15 October 201615 October 2016.
    The revised draft plan for Paparoa National Park, complete with submission summaries and track changes, was also published a few ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Packing list 8 October 20168 October 2016.
    NZ gets it. The system automatically notifies the authority of registration, and also the authority designated as responsible for the ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Campfire Kiwi Outdoorsman Cops DOC Vendetta 6 October 20166 October 2016.
    The Outdoors Party spammed me with their newsletter a few weeks ago. I'm not sure how I got on their ...
  • izogiizogi discussed ruataniwha dam proposal 29 August 201629 August 2016.
    Balance in parroting even amounts of stuff that interested people say is what you tend to get when news media ...
  • izogiizogi discussed Tracking down poetry 27 June 201627 June 2016.
  • izogiizogi discussed More on: Shot when resting on DOC track 21 June 201621 June 2016.
    Following on from https://tramper.nz/?view=topic&id=8815 It's been in court, but so far nothing new from what I can see. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/81269596/no-plea-from-gary-mccurrach-over-ruahines-hunting-death-of-danny-jordan.html
  • izogiizogi discussed Paparoa National Park Management Plan Draft 1 June 20161 June 2016.
    For anyone interested in the future of Paparoa National Park, its proposed Management Plan is now drafted and up for ...
  • izogiizogi discussed PLB response time 10 April 201610 April 2016.
    Ref, for anyone reading this years from now: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11612493
  • izogiizogi discussed Sherpa official trailer 5 April 20165 April 2016.
    This looks interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1GwIODhgwY
  • izogiizogi discussed Public access rights in NZ 4 April 20164 April 2016.
    If anyone wants an eBook variation of Pete McDonald's Foot-Tracks in New Zealand book which @PhilipW referenced at http://homepages.vodafone.co.nz/~pete.mcd/ft/ft.htm , ...
  • izogiizogi discussed legislation to debate police powers for DOC 29 March 201629 March 2016.
    Maybe the sandfly thing. I think this one's entirely about modifying the Wildlife Act. http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/legislation/bills/00DBHOH_BILL67948_1/wildlife-powers-amendment-bill
Member since 11 December 200711 December 2007
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