3 Evans Sisters: Lovin’ The Ice Skating Life

I just love watching figure skaters on TV. I can’t believe how they leap and spin across the ice on a mere five thin mm of steel.

What do you reckon — inspiring… terrifying… FUN?  Yes, all that grace and beauty begins with a kid having fun.

But that kid also has to be brave enough to get up when she falls, with the grit to try again — and again!

In Athol, there’s a whole family of them —  Adriana, Chonelle and Gabby Evans. Three girls who love the competition, challenges, and friendships of their hectic ice skating life.

Adriana, Gabby and Chonelle holding some of their ice skating outfits.
Adriana, Gabby and Chonelle Evans at their Athol farm. These are just some of the many bling-covered outfits the girls have skated in over the past 8 years.
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The Great Rides App: Gary Patterson

The Tracks We Take

The Great Rides App is the brainchild of Kingston’s Gary Patterson. The app’s a super resource to guide cyclists along the greatest bike trails in New Zealand. It’s a brilliant idea — but where did it come from?

It turns out that Gary’s own trail has been an adventure-filled ride all the way.

Gary Patterson with his cycle and phone using the Great Rides App
Gary Patterson with The Great Rides App.
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Dwane Herbert – A Spearfishing Legend

When Cobey Herbert arrived in my class as a skinny five-year-old, I sent home the usual note asking about food allergies etc. Back it came, duly filled in: Cobey can eat anything except paua.

“Paua?” I thought. “Who would give a little kid such an expensive shellfish? We won’t be cooking paua here, at the most inland school in New Zealand.” That was certainly way out of my comfort zone.

It wasn’t until Cobey’s dad arrived with undersea treasures to show the kids that I understood, because it turns out that Dwane Herbert, is a 7-times National Spearfishing Champion of NZ.

Dwane and a student inspect a kina.
Garston kids were fascinated with Dwane’s underwater treasures.

I had no idea what spearfishing was, so I went to visit Dwane, and his wife Annie, to find out.

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