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New Zealand Recreation Association held their annual Outdoors Forum at the stunning waterfront Sir Peter Blake's Marine Education and Recreation Center (MERC) in Auckland earlier this week.
One of the highlights of the conference was that the delegates paddled by waka to arrive at the venue, how cool is that?!?
And there were some fascinating speakers, including:
- Brando Yelavich, explorer, who circumnavigated the entire coast of New Zealand on foot over 600 days!
- David Williams from Sea2Summit7, whose on-going mission is to hike/run from the coast of each of the 7 continents to their highest peak, including Denali and Everest, to raise money and awareness for mental health
- Nikki Kaye, National Party spokesperson for Education, and Sport and Recreation
The atmosphere of the group was great, lots of laughing and mingling and sharing.
For more info about New Zealand Recreation Association and their conferences, visit their website (www.nzrecreation.org.nz).
Y'know when you're having an amazing massage and you wish it would never end?!?
Well it's totally like that at Top Notch Massage Therapy! I am in love with their relaxation massages (and I also loved their pregnancy massages when I was pregnancy a couple of years ago).
Below is Anj, the talented owner and manager at Top Notch. We work together regularly, to update her staff portraits, as her business grows and new staff come on board.
If you're ever in West Auckland, go treat yourself to a massage :)
Kumeu Gym is owned and operated by a fantastic husband-wife team, Rob and Cassie Keegan.
Based in Kumeu, north-west Auckland, they have all kinds of group fitness classes, social netball games, one-on-one personal training options, group training options, and programs specifically designed to aid elderly people keep active.
I'll be doing on-going photography of all their various activities, so keep an eye out for more images of this amazing gym!
More info: www.kumeugym.co.nz
The "Oceans18" event was a gathering of surf life saving clubs from across New Zealand, with the Under 14 participants competing in events like beach sprints, swimming, relay, kayak and more.
It was impressive to see these young kids swim out into surf that would make me think twice before diving in. And so very cool to see all the young ladies fiercely competing and showing their strength and skill!!!
I met two lovely surf lifeguards last week, Hannah and Alesha. They were patrolling Bethells Beach (my local beach) while I was walking my dog and building sandcastles with my toddler. Hannah and Alesha are paid surf life savers, so they patrol during the week (where volunteers cover the weekends), and they rotate to different beaches around Auckland throughout the summer. Like a lot of the paid guards, it's their summer job while they're on holiday from university, where Hannah is studying geology and Alesha is studying surveying. It was really lovely to chat with such friendly surf life savers, since they play such a vital role in keeping our beaches safe over summer. Check out the Surf Life Saving New Zealand website for more info on the awesome work that they do.
Two talented dancers, Amber and Rosie, graced me with their beautiful dancing at Bethells Beach. We traipsed through sand and bush and water, and I am thrilled with how these images turned out! These ladies look amazing, don't they?!?
Nicola is one of the most inspirational women that I know: She's a mum in her 40s and is competing internationally in events like World's Toughest Mudder, an 80km desert obstacle course over a 24-hour period!
She is super fit and freaking strong and focussed and motivated to push herself to the limit. So inspiring!!!
Nicola's coach, Abe from 808 House of Training, says this about her:
"Nic's biggest change has been her mental toughness from when she first started to now has been massive. That is what makes her different from other athletes, is her ability to maximise her brain in her training and competitions. It is not always a success, but it is what makes her that 10% better than most"