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11:30 AM Thursday Jan 17, 2013
Construction has begun on the world’s biggest waterslide on a hillside west of Auckland, as part of a festival to help combat depression.
The 650 metre long waterslide, the brainchild of Auckland men Jimi Hunt and Dan Drupsteen, will be open for public to use during a two-day festival on February 23 and 24.
Funds raised will be used by the charity Live More Awesome.
"We’re a couple of Kiwi guys who like so many others have really suffered at hands of depression, said co-founder Dan Drupsteen. " It was really tough, but having come out the other side we decided the best way for us to keep depression at bay was to ‘Live More Awesome’. We hope this amazing project will encourage others to do the same and we want people to know it’s ok to ask for help," he said.
Three slides are being built down the hillside near Helensville - the 650 metre long monster, along with two smaller ones - one 80 metres and another 60-metre “grandma slip’n’slide” for the more timid.
Hunt’s previous adventures include riding a lilo down the Waikato River.
The men say Live More Awesome was based around the idea that if they continued to strive for better things and “live more awesome” then there was no way that depression would ever get them again. “So far it’s working.”
Through their online and social media presence, then men hope to connect those people to others with like minds and encourage people to have hobbies, do things rather than buying things and have fun.
"It’s much easier to make a difference or be awesome when you have friends by your side".
People wanting to go to the slide, donate or help out can go here for tickets. http://www.indiegogo.com/worldsbiggestwaterslide
- nzherald online
He can’t hear you now
On 19 August Tony Scott, film director, committed suicide.
In many interviews during his life, he talked about the critics’ negative reaction to his work – those self same critics who are now pouring out the tributes.
Tony can’t hear you now.
You may have had the same experience as me – sitting at a funeral, listening to a relative looking towards the coffin and saying something like – “I never told you how much you mean to me and why.”
It’s a bit late now.
Who are you close to, at whose funeral you might be asked to speak?
What will you say?
They won’t be able to hear you.
So, say it to them next time you see them.
Your choice – do you want them to hear, and know, or not, and never know.
With my love and best wishes
David Taylor Copyright (C) 2012 David Taylor Associates Consultancy Ltd All rights reserved.
Sir Peter Blake liked to wear his red socks for good luck, and during the America’s Cup challenge of 1995 New Zealanders supported the boat by putting on their own red socks.
Today, Sir Peter’s lucky red socks have become a symbol of kiwi spirit and Red Socks Day is a chance to celebrate leadership in action, what it means to be a New Zealander, and to remember a kiwi legend.
Sir Peter Blake was tragically killed on December 5th 2001, and ten years on the Trust strives to keep his memory, spirit and values alive for future generations of New Zealanders. Red Socks Day is an opportunity to remember this fallen hero and the contribution he made to our nation and our planet, and to re-tell his story for those who were too young to remember.