News

I like to write about where I’ve been, where I’m going and also, from time to time, I’ll throw in something about football, writing, business and any other cool stuff that grabs my attention. I also take photos and some of them are even half decent. Recently, I have concentrated most of my writing around football, one of my few passions. You’ll find these musings at The Matamata Bus.

Business

Website – Crane Sales NZ Ltd

We have just built and launched an upgraded website for Crane Sales New Zealand Limited. Built using WordPress, our favoured platform, the new site is clean, modern and device-responsive. The new...
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Website – MIMICO

MIMICO's new website was introduced to their customers in March 2017. Not only is it a modern, device-responsive site with a much fresher look and feel... it works. Monthly page views doubled almost...
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Annual Report – WaiBOP Football

I took control of the design and layout of WaiBOP Football's 2016 Annual Report, which was presented at the Annual General Meeting in May 2017. Previously this publication was outsourced to an...
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Website – WaiBOP Football Federation

The launch of the new WaiBOP Football Federation website too what seemed like years to get over the line, but it's up now! A big part of my role at WaiBOP Football is to manage our digital assets....
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Website – Ricki Herbert Football Academy

The Ricki Herbert Football Academy is committed to the advancement of football in New Zealand by helping children of all skill levels reach their maximum potential in an enjoyable but structured...
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Website – WaiBOP United

Part of my role at WaiBOP Football included media management responsibilities for WaiBOP United, an ASB Premiership football team. I developed the franchise's website prior to their first ASB...
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Website – J Swap Contractors

J Swap Contractors Ltd is a multi-diversified business based in Matamata. The company had its beginnings in 1937 when Joe Swap started working for the farmers in the eastern Waikato. The company...
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Promotional Collateral – Connell Contractors

Connell Contractors is a multi-disciplinary civil construction company operating from bases in Hamilton and Christchurch. They have successfully delivered projects to their clients for 30 years and...
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Website – Swap Stockfoods

J.Swap Stockfoods are market leaders in the supply and delivery of Stockfoods to dairy and beef farms in New Zealand. They hadn't updated their website since 2008. It was old and badly in need of...
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Website – Friends of Football

Friends of Football is an independent group of people with a common interest in sharing their love of the ‘beautiful game’ and its rich and proud history as the globe’s most popular team sport....
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Football

But wait, there’s more

I spend most of my blogging energy these days discussing football on my dedicated football media site The Matamata Bus. So despite what looks like a massive time out I haven't completely given up...
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Processing my processing

It's been a little while since I posted on this blog. That was a deliberate thing, as I've had much to process over the last month or so. I kept January clean (on this blog, at least) so I could...
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Soundtrack of my life: 2010 – Wavin’ Flag (K’Naan)

This song was everywhere during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Why? The 'Celebration Mix' version was grabbed by Coke to be their anthem for the tournament. That meant it was in the stadiums,...
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Soundtrack of my life: 1996 – Three Lions (Baddiel & Skinner and The Lightning Seeds)

This is the best football song ever built. It was launched to coincide with England's hosting of Euro '96 and exploded. A catchy terrace chant married to a solid tune and coupled with some...
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Waiting…

I wrote the following article in September 2009, not long after my second son was born. It's nice to take a look back and remember. Last week was one of the strangest in my life. It seemed like...
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DB’s World Cup Diary – South Africa 2010 (part 2)

In 2010 I travelled to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup. During my travels I wrote weekly articles for the Matamata Chronicle. I have combined these articles and will present them in two parts –...
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DB’s World Cup Diary – South Africa 2010 (part 1)

In 2010 I travelled to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup. During my travels I wrote weekly articles for the Matamata Chronicle. I have combined these articles and will present them in two parts -...
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Lyon – yeah!

Lyon is one of my favourite cities. It’s French. It’s fabulous. And it’s fresh. I’ve been to Lyon a couple of times – once as part of a work trip and once as part of a football trip – and both times...
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On Edge

Declan Edge in particular, and the Waikato FC board in general, have copped a lot of grief from many football fans over the last few months. It hasn’t been nice. Most of it hasn’t even been...
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DB’s World Cup Diary – Germany 2006

In 2006 I travelled to Germany for the FIFA World Cup. During my travels I wrote weekly articles for the Matamata Chronicle. Here is the complete series (which I chose to present as one long post...
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Personal

Processing my processing

It's been a little while since I posted on this blog. That was a deliberate thing, as I've had much to process over the last month or so. I kept January clean (on this blog, at least) so I could...
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To Blog or Not To Blog…

It's been over a month since I wrote about anything in this little blog of mine. Not good form, I know, from a potential long-term blogger. It is what it is, however. I do intend to persevere. It's...
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Soundtrack of my life

I've been a little slack with my posts this month so it's time to get back on track. Inspired by the cool Olympic closing ceremony (and also inspired by the fact I want to be inspired) I've set...
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My goal is to set some goals

I have never really set any proper goals in my life. Not goals that I’ve sat down with, effectively analysed, set in concrete and then acted on. My goals have been more like dreams – things I’d like...
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Waiting…

I wrote the following article in September 2009, not long after my second son was born. It's nice to take a look back and remember. Last week was one of the strangest in my life. It seemed like...
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What’s the mata Matamata?

Today, we've got a post with few words and many photos. Over the last few weeks I've taken plenty of pics around town. Even though we're well into winter it still feels like autumn and this is what...
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Great work

I stumbled across this short movie (http://www.greatworkmovie.com/) a while back. Before I go on I suggest, respectfully, that you have a look. Go on, it'll only take a few minutes... Okay, welcome...
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Beside the mountain

I went to the Taranaki region yesterday to take some photos for a client. It was a nice day out and the weather was great - even if it was a long drive (but that doesn't really matter). It's been a...
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Greatness isn’t born

In his book The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle explains how greatness isn't born, it's grown. He describes the three key elements that work together to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that...
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Postponing Life

I’m a procrastinator from way back (no, that's not me in the photo). From a long, long, long way back. If there was a way to make a living from procrastinating, I’d be at the cutting edge. But I’ve...
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Photos

Camping animals

Our family went camping recently. It was a typical kiwi camping excursion, full of sand, salt and stink (not too many showers available out there...). It was a great opportunity to take some photos,...
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Starfish

We found this big boy in the Purangi Estury at Cooks Beach on February 9. It was a clear, hot, summer afternoon and he was just hanging out, soaking up some rays...until my son stuck a stick under...
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Waiorongomai Valley

This place is a little gem, tucked into the base of the Kaimai Range near Te Aroha. Waiorongomai Valley is an old gold mining settlement, now either in ruins or completely gone, with plenty of...
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Cooks Beach

I love my visits to Cooks Beach. They are far too infrequent. But always memorable. There are some pretty spectacular beaches on the Coromandel Peninsula and Cooks is the best of the bunch. This pic...
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Kaimai railway

I took this photo recently while I was out driving near the base of the Kaimai ranges, which rise near my home in Matamata. This photos was taken here (you can just make out the railway line). The...
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Chimpanzee

I took a few snaps on a recent kindergarten trip to Hamilton Zoo. Exhibit number 4: the Chimp, chilling out having finished off something mysterious for lunch. (Click on the image to enlarge to full...
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Southern White Rhino

I took a few snaps on a recent kindergarten trip to Hamilton Zoo. Exhibit number 3: the mighty Rhinoceros. (Click on the image to enlarge to full size.) One more animal to follow...
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Meerkat

I took a few snaps on a recent kindergarten trip to Hamilton Zoo. Exhibit number 2: the Meerkat , just before helping himself to a lunch of ants. (Click on the image to enlarge to full size.) More...
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Ring-Tailed Lemur

I took a few snaps on a recent kindergarten trip to Hamilton Zoo. Exhibit number 1: the Ring-Tailed Lemur. (Click on the image to enlarge to full size.) More animals to follow over the next few...
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Good old kiwi bush trip

Just recently I went on a family weekend trip to the Thames coast. We stayed at Dickson Holiday Park, which is on the Coromandel Peninsula only a few minutes north of Thames - remarkably close to...
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Travel

Waiorongomai Valley

This place is a little gem, tucked into the base of the Kaimai Range near Te Aroha. Waiorongomai Valley is an old gold mining settlement, now either in ruins or completely gone, with plenty of...
Read More

Cooks Beach

I love my visits to Cooks Beach. They are far too infrequent. But always memorable. There are some pretty spectacular beaches on the Coromandel Peninsula and Cooks is the best of the bunch. This pic...
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Kaimai railway

I took this photo recently while I was out driving near the base of the Kaimai ranges, which rise near my home in Matamata. This photos was taken here (you can just make out the railway line). The...
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Chimpanzee

I took a few snaps on a recent kindergarten trip to Hamilton Zoo. Exhibit number 4: the Chimp, chilling out having finished off something mysterious for lunch. (Click on the image to enlarge to full...
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Southern White Rhino

I took a few snaps on a recent kindergarten trip to Hamilton Zoo. Exhibit number 3: the mighty Rhinoceros. (Click on the image to enlarge to full size.) One more animal to follow...
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Meerkat

I took a few snaps on a recent kindergarten trip to Hamilton Zoo. Exhibit number 2: the Meerkat , just before helping himself to a lunch of ants. (Click on the image to enlarge to full size.) More...
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Ring-Tailed Lemur

I took a few snaps on a recent kindergarten trip to Hamilton Zoo. Exhibit number 1: the Ring-Tailed Lemur. (Click on the image to enlarge to full size.) More animals to follow over the next few...
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Good old kiwi bush trip

Just recently I went on a family weekend trip to the Thames coast. We stayed at Dickson Holiday Park, which is on the Coromandel Peninsula only a few minutes north of Thames - remarkably close to...
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Incredible India – part 2

Click here for part 1. Who needs to go to Disneyland when, for a few rupees, you can get a daytime cab ride through the middle of Kolkata? I arrived back at Howrah station in Kolkata after my second...
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Incredible India – part 1

Back in 2007 I made my first trip to India. It was a business trip to visit customers of the company I was working for at the time. That was interesting enough, but what was utterly fascinating was...
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Soundtrack of my Life

Soundtrack of my life: 2012 – Survival (Muse)

Is this not the best made-for-a-sporting-event song ever, er, made? I think so. The Olympics in London this year was a cool event and proved, to me at least, why England should be hosting the 2018...
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Soundtrack of my life: 2011 – Levels (Avicii)

We've made it all the way to 2011 and guess what? Complete underwhelm-ment. There were a few catchy songs released last year, but as catchy as they were, equally unmemorable they are. No classics....
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Soundtrack of my life: 2010 – Wavin’ Flag (K’Naan)

This song was everywhere during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Why? The 'Celebration Mix' version was grabbed by Coke to be their anthem for the tournament. That meant it was in the stadiums,...
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Soundtrack of my life: 2009 – All On Our Own (Midnight Youth)

There aren't too many Kiwi bands on my list so it's somewhat appropriate that, as the last decade ended we can get something local in there. My second son was born in 2009, but I'd be pushing it to...
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Soundtrack of my life: 2008 – Human (The Killers)

I like The Killers. Not for their name (no, I'm not a psychopath...) but for the decent music they produce. And this is pretty much my favourite song of theirs. Again, a simple explanation. Not...
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Soundtrack of my life: 2007 – Shadow Of The Day (Linkin Park)

My first son was born in 2007. Having kids is the most mind-altering experience you will ever have. Bar none. When Nathan came along the sun definitely set on my previous life, while opening up a...
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Soundtrack of my life: 2006 – Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)

This is another tough one. In the year I attended my first World Cup, you'd have thought a song from that period would have stood out. But no, not really. Hips Don't Lie just doesn't really cut...
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Soundtrack of my life: 2005 – Dakota (Stereophonics)

The Stereophonics are back on my soundtrack after a short, one year, absence thanks to this great track. Why is it great? Because it was the last song to be cut before I finally settled on my...
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Soundtrack of my life: 2004 – In The Shadows (The Rasmus)

Damn, 2004 was a tough year to find a decent song. Many of the best songs that charted in '04 were actually released in '03. So I'm having the same dilemma now as I did back in the 1990s. That's...
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Soundtrack of my life: 2003 – Maybe Tomorrow (Stereophonics)

As great a tune as this is, and it is really great, it's extra meaningful to me as the sentiment expressed in the very title could be the definition of my life. Until recently (hopefully) at any...
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Writing

How to write compelling article titles

Over the last few articles you learned how to write articles that are optimized for the search engines. Now we're going to turn our attention away from SEO articles and instead talk a little about...
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Your article’s purpose – traffic, traffic, traffic from SEO (…part 3)

Last time you learned how to include your keywords in your article at a keyword density rate of about 1% to 3%. However, here's the thing: the search engines want more from you. You see, it didn't...
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Your article’s purpose – traffic, traffic, traffic from SEO (…part 2)

Last time you learned how to find and choose longtail keywords, which are words that tend to have fewer searches, but also less competition so that you can rank well for them in the search engines....
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Your article’s purpose – traffic, traffic, traffic from SEO (…part 1)

In my last piece we discussed the fourth main purpose of your article, which is to build back-links for your web pages. This time (and in two following articles) we'll talk about how to create...
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Let’s build some back-links

If you're trying to get your own website to rank high in the search engines for your chosen keywords, you need to optimise the content on your site to pull in that search engine traffic. That's...
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Using article marketing to sell products

Wow. It's been over a week since my last post. This little business of mine is starting to keep me a little busy. Which is, of course, a good thing.Anyway, back to my Article Marketing series...
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Building your list

This time we're going to discuss the second major way you can benefit from content marketing. Namely, by building your list. (In earlier articles we talked about establishing yourself as an expert...
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Are you an expert?

In an earlier post I said that your article will probably serve one of five purposes: 1. Establish you as an expert. 2. Build your list. 3. Sell products directly. 4. Building backlinks. 5. Draw in...
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Article marketing stripped down

Here’s a basic introduction to the article marketing process. Step 1: Choose your purpose. Before you even think of writing an article, you need to figure out why you're writing the article. For...
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