I grew up the first decade of my life as simple living in a small town in the middle of the Waikato. At the age of 10 i moved up north to Auckland and spent my childhood in South Auckland. At the age of 14 I had my first book published and all copies were sold. At age 18 I was diagnosed with an Astrocytoma and had chemotherapy for it, which failed to stop it growing, shortly after I moved south to Christchurch.
At the age of 21 I began my university studies in a Diploma of Elite Sport Performance. I was also training in Track cycling with aims of competing at least in the national level. This was forcibly stopped when I had a neck injury while training athletes in the sport Ultimate Frisbee. I was unable to complete rehabilitation due to ACC policies changing and unable to afford to complete rehab.
At the end of my studies I moved north again to Tauranga to stay with relatives for several months in preparation of moving to China. January 2010 I left New Zealand and flew to Perth, Australia to stay with Relatives until things were sorted and ready for my arrival in China. I also got news at this time of indicators that my tumor is finally into remission.
In February 2010 while living in Perth, Australia I founded Aionopedia, At the time I was freshly reitred from World of Warcraft and knew instantly after 30 minutes of play that the community needed a wiki. I jumped into the deep end, created a domain, bought server space and started off into the wide world of wiki management. Before this all I knew was simple, adding text and making fonts bold, italics e.t.c. Nothing about managment and customisation of the mediawiki platform. By August 2010 it is the largest wiki based on the MMO Aion and one of the largest wikis in the internet, By October it was still growing but had to be closed down due to continuing running costs.
In May 2010 I moved from Perth, Australia to Beijing, China. with no language skills I began the long process of learning the laguage while teaching English. In October I was hired by ZAM Network to help them administrate the community.
With New Zealand left behind in my past and a interesting future ahead of me in China im settling in slowly. I am still nowhere near fluent in the local language but I’m trying everyday and explore the city whenever I can so I can appreciate wholeheartedly the opportunities I have that others do not.
- Favorite Saying: “If it’s got to be, It’s up to me” ~Myself
- Favorite Local Dish: Kung Pao Chicken
- Favorite Book: Magician by Raymond E Feist
- Favorite Bike Brand: Giant
- Favorite Watch Brand: Timex
- Favorite Word: Exponential