Saturday, June 20, 2009

Goals 31-44: - - - > have FUN along the way

Goals 31 - 44: FUN!!

  1. Holiday in Hawai'i
  2. Bungy Jump
  3. Walk the Route Burn Track
  4. Walk the Milford Track
  5. Walk the Tongariro Crossing
  6. Make an acoustic guitar
  7. Learn one latin dance
  8. Learn to waltz properly
  9. Write 5 poems
  10. Enter a short story contest
  11. Do a Close combat course
  12. Fire a hand-gun!!
  13. Learn how to use Sai
  14. Write 4 short stories of 5000 words each towards my novel

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Goals 51-58: - - - > Learn something new

  1. Complete the 8 ESRI training modules for ArcGIS (0/8)
  2. Write 4 academic articles on Indigenous Cartography/GIS (0/4)
  3. Submit these 4 articles to refereed International journals (0/4)
  4. Deliver a paper/workshop at a mapping/GIS conference (1/1) DONE
  5. Attend an Indigenous mapping conference (1/1) DONE
  6. Secure 3 mapping contracts (0/3)
  7. Learn to use Photoshop to enhance my websites & blogs!!
  8. Learn 100 new English words!

Naaku noa

Thursday, June 4, 2009

GOAL 54: Deliver a paper/workshop at a mapping/GIS conference (1/1)

Kia ora ano tatou!

I am attending the Indigenous Mapping Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin from June 13 - June 16th!

Here is the agenda:

I speak on Monday 15 June

naaku noa
24retoa (Hauiti)

Ra Mere 19 Matariki
On Monday 15 following the opening ceremony, i gave my presentation at the Indigenous Mapping Conference:

Topic: Mapping the heavens and the earth: Spatial Technology & the Maori Worldview

I broke my presentation down into 4 sections
  1. Kaupapa Maori Rangahau
  2. Maori Worldview
  3. Mapping Moteatea
  4. Mapping oral traditions
Spoke fluidly for around 1.5 hours, then took questions!!

Naaku noa

Update #2

Friday 19th Matariki
I spoke at the Menominee Reservation along with Mal Ridges. We were treated to a tour of their Forest, their Timber Mill & their Logging Museum where we spoke. I adjusted my original presentation adding more visuals which really gave me alot more opportunity to adlib - had a great time on the res!!

Naaku noa

Saturday, May 2, 2009

GOAL 55: Attend an Indigenous Mapping Conference

Kia ora tatou!
Update: 13 June 2009
I arrived into Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA this morning local time 9am to attend the Indigenous Mapping Conference hosted by the Oneida Nation!!

I was in LA last night working on my presentation at the International Terminal!!

naaku noa

May 2009
On the 13 June 2009, i fly out from Auckland, NZ to Wisconsin, USA to attend the Indigenous Mapping Conference!!

- - >

I will be presenting a paper on Monday 15th June!! (Hauiti)

Here is a little about the conference:
The purpose of the gathering is threefold:
1. Share GIS/mapping stories and solutions
2. Strengthen and expand upon existing and upcoming Tribal GIS/mapping networks
3. Promote discussion and interaction between Tribal people interested in mapping/GIS technologies

Our goal is to assemble Indigenous/Tribal speakers and others working with Indigenous communities who want to bring these discussions to the table:

Successful integration of mapping/GIS/planning infrastructure
Mapping strategies for communicating importance of cultural landscapes
Building/Strengthening regional/federal/international mapping networks

Cultural cartographic practices including storytelling, singing, and dancing
Using geospatial technologies to identify/evaluate the vulnerability of environmental resources

Cultural knowledge systems including medicine
Cultural sites including sacred sites of rituals and profane sites of cultural significance
Land rights

Naaku noa
Hauiti (24retoa)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Goals 11-16: - - - > develop a smooth mind < - -

11. Read 30 'new' personal development books (/30)

13. Read 10 Autobiographies of Nobel prize winners

14. Accumulate 50 books for my personal library [ /50]

15. Publish my own planner [EBook]

16. Memorise 500 quotes/positive sayings [ /500]

naaku noa

Sunday, April 5, 2009

- - -> Physical Goals <- - -

Goal: May as well look good!!

- - - > lean, strong, & fit @ 87kg body!! < - - -

2. Run 5 km without stopping! [ /5km]

3. Run up Jacob's Ladder without stopping!

4. Get to a weight of 87kg (currently 100.4kg) [ 100.4kg/]

5. Maintain a weight of 87-90kg for 12 months [ /12]

6. Swim 5 laps of the pool without stopping! [ /5]

7. Build 18" arms! [ / ]
8. Sculpt 6-pack Abs!!
  1. Bench press 120kgs! [ / ]

10. Learn & practise Yoga for 6 months, 3 times per week [ /78]

Saturday, April 4, 2009

12. Read 10 Clive Cussler Books

Goal 12. Read 10 Clive Cussler Books [1/10]

Clive Cussler is one of my favourite authors

3rd: I picked up 7 Cussler books from a School fair!! - so now its just 'choose one' & read it!

Treasure of Khan - A Dirk Pitt Story
Typical Clive Cussler story telling at its best - he really is a master story teller!

This book reaches back in history to Genghis Khan-the greatest conqueror of all time, who, at his peak, ruled an empire that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. His conquests are the stuff of legend, his tomb a forgotten mystery.

When Dirk Pitt is nearly killed rescuing an oil survey team from a freak wave
on Russia's Lake Baikal, it appears a simple act of nature. When the survey team is abducted and Pitt's research vessel nearly sunk, however, it's obvious there's something more sinister involved. All trails lead to Mongolia, and a mysterious mogul who is conducting covert
deals for supplying oil to the Chinese while wreaking havoc on global oil markets utilizing
a secret technology.

The Mongolian harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of his ancestors, and holds a dark
secret about Genghis Khan that just might give him the wealth and power to make that
dream come true.

naaku noa

Goals 26 - 30: Develop a Professional Profile

These goals are based around my newly formed company True North Research & Mapping - whose primary focus is the creation of cultural maps drawn from the oral histories of ancestral territories

  1. Obtain my own copy of ArcGIS (/1) [used to convert cultural assets into a cartographic form]
  2. Buy a new laptop for my mapping company (/1) [need a powerful computer to run the software]
  3. Set up a mastermind group [problem solving network]
  4. Design & Print 500 Business cards for my company
  5. Design and Build a Website for my Company

naaku noa hauiti

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

93. Review Goals each week (/143)

GOAL 93: - - > Review Goals each week (/143)

This goal is important to me in several ways:
  • It helps me to be accountable for the way i prioritse & use my time
  • It helps me to develop my talents & grow as a person
  • It helps me to develop, challenge & nurture my children into their future
  • & besides, i love spending this time with my kids

Week 1 (22/03):
  • Micro-lesson was on Intuition - how to nurture & pay attention to
  • Review Breakthrough goals for the month
  • Review previous Week
  • Plan for new week

--naaku noa --

21. Credit Card Debt - - > ZERO!

GOAL 21: Get my Credit Card to ZERO within 6 months!

Why is this tough?
Couple of reasons:
  • Still waiting on a contract to bring in an income - been waiting since beginning of the year (dealing with a crown agency - a little slow!)
  • Breakdown in 'communication' regarding my financial circumstances since the beginning of the year
That said: No point in moaning about it so I am looking at alternatives to bring in an income
  • Forex Market (getting a street-smart education - at light-speed!!)
  • Part-time job 2 nights per week, 8 hours per night!
  • working out how CLICKBANK might turn into another stream of income
  • Scanning through Social Networking sites for ideas & programs
BUT: anyday above ground is a good day!!

Friday 27th Update
Just emerging from a BLACK HOLE!! a DARK CLOUD!!

All good - lost my way for a bit there! - - > My Credit Card Debt shot up to just above $2300 the other day - sent me into a spin!!

But today is a different story!

The LATEST: - - > -$2000

YUP down to - $2000!!!

Things are look a lot brighter!!

Update: 19 November 2009
Funny thing happened before i left to over to Wisconsin for the Indigenous Mapping Network Conference, the BNZ gave me a VISA card with $500 and upgraded my OVERDRAFT limit to $2000!

Back to the CREDIT CARD - i am at zero for both my MASTER-CARD and VISA CARD!!

-- naaku noa --

Sunday, March 22, 2009

45. - 50. Complete my PhD

Update: July 6 2010
Got my DRAFT back from my supervisors - i have work to do!!

Update: June 28 2010

I handed in my first draft on June 1 and my second draft on June 10!!
NOW - am waiting for comments to come back to me from my supervisors - hopefully by the end of this month which is in 4 days - THEN i will make final changes and hand it in for examination!!


Now here's a tough one!!

GOAL: - - - > To Complete my PhD

So where to now?

At the moment i am writing a "Positional Chapter" - this will end up being the introduction to my thesis. Here is where i create a window for those who read my PhD to view my research from my perspective - make any sense?

This is where i make a stand & create a 'position' as a researcher - as a Maori researcher - this is about how i undertook the research totally within the context of my world-view; an Indigenous person 'viewing' of the information i gathered together & blended with modern information technology & techniques (GIS)

Where am i with this chapter?
It was tough kicking this one off - i thought i had it in the bag 2 weeks ago - but when i started reading the literature i was LOST - then i bumped into a friend of mine who has a PhD & is pursuing a PostDoc - & she was writing a similar piece for her research! That short meet-up inspired me & i began writing that very day - & kept on writing!!

So, where am i with this chapter? I have an idea where i need to go with it & i need to set aside a huge block of time in the coming week & write around 5 or 6000 words!

hmmm maybe, just head down and bum up!

-naaku noa -

Friday, March 20, 2009

83. Finish readng the Old Testament

GOAL Number 83: - - - > Finish Reading the Old Testament

I started reading the Old Testament (King James Version) late last year & tried to complete the first 900 pages before the end of the year but just could not manage it - so, i decided to give it more attention this year!

But have i struggled! Isaiah was tough as was Ezekiel & Jeremiah! Enjoyed Kings & Samuel though!

19th: started Daniel yesterday! So went through the King Nebuchadnezzar's Dream about the image with a head of gold, chest of silver, stomach & thighs of bronze, Legs of Iron and the feet & toes out of clay & iron. Finished reading about Daniel's dream featuring the 4 beasts!!

Not too far to the end of the OT!! Then on to the New Testament

Finished Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos & Obadiah

Left to read:
  • Jonah - DONE!!
  • Micah - DONE!!
  • Nahum - DONE!!
  • Habbakuk - DONE!!
  • Zephaniah - DONE!!
  • Haggai - DONE!!
  • Zechariah - DONE!!
  • Malachi - DONE!!

My first 101 goal ALL DONE!!

- naaku noa -

74. Talk to 500 new people

GOAL Number 74 on my list: - - > Talk to 500 new people face-to-face!

Update: (14/500)

20th: (2)
Met a guy at the gym this morning from Nebraska - had a yarn to him about his workout! Found out he came here for a holiday & liked the place so much he decided to come back as a student at Otago University, Dunedin New Zealand - he is doing a Bachelors in Political Science

Same day, few hours later i met Steve who is doing a Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) at Otago University. It turns out that he is quite the Entrepreneur! He has his own company & runs a Trust (Non-profit organisation) which is looking at collecting & archiving music - at the moment he is looking at a project for archiving Indigenous (Maori) music!

23rd: (1)
Went to the local art gallery to see a new exhibition entitled Te Huringa - my grandmother was one of the subjects as was her grandfather!

Anyway, i had a talk to the receptionist about the exhibition!

24th (2)
On my way to the Bill Library i came across a couple of artists drawing with charcoal so i stopped for a talk & to see what they were drawing. One lady was drawing a bicycle in negative space the other was drawing the hedge!! Short talk but good!

25th (2)
I met 2 fascinating people today -well actually i met 5 people, but two i had extended conversations with!

FIRST: i was invited to view the beta version of a 'new site' - Entrepreneurial (social) networking site for Maori Entrepreneurs - & of course i got to play around on it - absolutely fascinating idea! VERY KOOL!!

So, i met the programmer & had a good yarn to him - Terry is his name - & he is one very smart cookie!!

SECOND: about an hour + half i met with a mature 3rd year PhD student (archeology) - we had a hot chocolate at Eureka, a local eatery within the University - fascinating woman - Moira. - another smart cookie - GIS, Mapping, Indigenous peoples - we had a talk mainly about our unique experiences with iwi Maori & mapping tribunal claims!

Had a good look around her lab - & as it turns out she is about to do some mapping for an iwi in the North Island of NZ

28th (1)
I met a fascinating lady today!!
I had just rolled out of my morning workout at the gym when i received a text to come & have a 'Bowen' session! So, away i went to the kohanga - now there were two people: Will & Tonia. They were both trained in the 'Bowen technique' and Will received further training from Sonny Chin!

After my session i had a yarn to Tonia Waugh about health & how good food is necessary to develop a fullness of health!

Great start to the day!

Its April already!

3rd: (6)
I have been doing some manual labour at Columba School in preparation for their School Fair tomorrow & i have met several people!

I met Ian who is the school caretaker
I met Brett who is his assistant
I met Sam who is a university student
I met Will who is a marketing consultant & part of a very new company involved in tracing the origin of food - apparently food has its own unique 'finger-print'
I met Michael & his son Cameron: Michael is a farmer from Hamden

6th: (3)
Today i met two people associated with the funding raising committee at Columba College - Jennifer, who is the brains & organisational genius behind the committee & Mandy one of the committee members!

Meet Chanel who is one of the managers of a cocktail bar in Dunedin - the Bar is called Carousel. We had a talk about possible employment as a Doorman

Also met Winiata, Dan & Tom who are all bartenders at Carousel - all three are at Otago University. Winiata spent 10 years in the UK before returning here to Dunedin. Tom is a Law Student &Dan is a management student.

13th: (2)
Met Krishna & Adam while i was working on the door at Carousel!

27th (1)
Meet Kunal a young man from Auckland - here studying at the Polytechnic - seems to have a lot of talent!

Met Krishnal - new doorman at Bath Street club. Tall & keen at his job!

Met Rob & Zane - doorstaff at Metro
- Rob is studying Civil Engineering at Polytech & has a keen interest in Geology & Hydrology. I believe he hails from Napier. Once he finishes at Poly he is heading over to Australia to pursue a Geology degree!

- Zane is always wondering over to my door to offer me drinks - friendly guy! easy to get on with!

6th: Today is met Jacob who originally hails from Zambia! Met him in the gym - i have seen him there a couple times & we had nodded to each other, but today we stopped, talked & met each other. He is at University studying for a Social Science degree at Otago University

9th/10th: (5)
Over the course of 2 nights whilst at work I met 5 people! Crazy night!
- Dan who is in his final year of a law/commerce degree - smooth young man!
- Renee' who has a Masters degree from Otago University
- Sarah who is currently pursuing a Post graduate diploma in teaching - history & english
- Julian who was in the middle of his 21st who comes often to the bar. Takes off and leaves his brother behind!
- shane who has just returned from a stint overseas with the army! Paid me a compliment!

Here we go -
- i was relaxing after my shift at the Carousel Bar with my glass of OJ - when a young lady sauntered over to me for a yarn. Her name was Laura, a 3rd year Law student at Otago university. As it turns out, she also knew Dan, Renee & Sarah whom i met last week!

- i also met a young man from Hokianga who is currently studying for a Social Science degree - his name is Ruka

- I met Melissa a Law grad who was out for dinner & drinks with her family (not a happy ending to her night!)

Last night i met a few more people at work!
- JD - a young guy full of testosterone who is off to Brazil in November this year for his "tour of duty" - he is a fan of jiu jitsu!

More people i met in May
- Eric: from Fiji - i met him at the Universtiy Gym - big guy!!
- Ngaone: i met her at Carousel where i work - she is around 22, born and bred in Dunedin!
- James: Well, what can i say - i met him at the bar where i work - it was his stag party - along with 25 others!!
- Lauren: the travel agent who prepared my quotes for the Wisconsin Trip!!
- Shanon: who is another travel agent i have been dealing with!!

Ano ra
24retoa (Hauiti)

- naaku noa -

Thursday, March 19, 2009

79. New goal of 5000 twitter follwers!

GOAL:---------> to get 5000 twitter followers!!



19th: 369 followers!!
20th: 389 followers!!
24th: 418 followers!!
27th: 464 followers!!

3rd: 581 (over the 500 mark!!)
4th: 597 Followers!!
5th: 624 Followers!!

NOTE: just started reading dsmpublishing E-Book about Twitter! Looking forward to what Samantha has to offer - after all she has something like 32,000 followers!!!

FAST FORWARD - - - > 3 May 2009

- - - >I now have 2,413 follwers < - - - I dont know what happened but twitter just exploded on me!! So, my new goal is 5000 follwers!

Fast forward to 19 November 2009
I now have 4374 followers - almost there!

- naaku noa -

75. Collect 1001 new positive thoughts

GOAL:- - - > to collect 1001 positive/motivational thoughts!!

[6 /1001]

19th: "Today, you have 100% of your life left" - Tom Landry

20th: "How am i going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?" - Anthony Robbins

21st: "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty" - Gandhi

22nd: "Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product" - Eleanor Roosevelt

23rd: "Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius" - Elbert Hubbard

24th: "Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful" - Joshua Marine

25th: "Alone we can do little, together we can do so much" - Helen Keller

26th:"Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit" - Bern Williams

27th: "Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed" - Abraham Lincoln

- naaku noa -

1. 100 Pushups

Goal Number 1: - - > do 100 PUSH UPS!~

Found a useful program to help me with this goal!

Had my initial test: 25 this puts me at level 3.

This means that i start at week 3, column 2 !! - Kick off on Monday!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Journey of 101/1001 days - BEGINS!

Last night i came across a fascinating idea!

Completing 101 tasks/goals in 1001 days!!

Check out the details at DAY-ZERO

One of my favorite places to visit in Dunedin, NZ

[In case you cant read the text on my poster]

The Mission

Complete 101 goals in 1001 days.

The Criteria:
- Goals must be specific, measurable or clearly defined.
- Goals must also be realistic & must stretch you!

Why 1001 Days?
1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete your goals

1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

- Done & Dusted -
ps: next task - complete my list & post to this blog
Challenge my mates

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Goals 17-25:Financial Literacy & Accountability

  1. Increase my financial literacy regarding FOREX market (/10)
  2. Trade on the Forex market for a year(/52)
  3. Make $10,000 on the Forex market (/10,000)
  4. Play Cashflow once per month (/33)
  5. Get my Credit Card to ZERO within 6 months! ( /-$2281)
  6. Maintain ZERO balance for 6 months (/6)
  7. $10,000 in savings account!!
  8. Start regular contributions to my Retirement Fund
  9. Develop 3 other streams of income

naaku noa