Category Archives: The Haps

The Haps: Breakers Fun Run Series

A couple of days ago my friend Jo mentioned that the Breakers Fun Run series was starting this week… and then she asked if I might be interested in partaking in the 5km race. Having never ever run a race before (bar a couple of primary school regional athletics meets) I was rather hesitant, but with no commitments that night I had no excuse for refusal.

We roped in a third team mate in my cousin Annie and last night, armed with our $2 entry fee, registered for the 5km run down at Breakers restaurant. A short 30 minutes later and all the runners & walkers were huddling for the best starting position and we were off.

Jo bounded out at an incredibly impressive pace (the girl can run), Annie struggling to fend off a giggling fit among all of the people and prams surrounding her, also set herself a pretty swift pace. I established my snails pace and settled into the 5km nightmare jog.

When I finished at least 10 minutes behind Jo and Annie, it was exciting to learn that there was a spirited sprint finish for first place and Jo who had led the women the entire race was pipped at the post coming second with a time of 22min 51sec, 1sec behind the winner. Gutted… But she’s determined to return in a fortnight to give it another go. Annie wasn’t too far behind Jo, and me, well I’m quite confident that I came last! Not that I had expected more from my performance, I was stoked to simply finish the run.

It was a great community event for a Thursday night, well organised and completely inclusive.As mentioned above, the four part series started last night with the next three runs taking place on 21 February, 7 March and 21 March. Remember your $2 entry fee and come down. For more info visit the Gisborne District Council website.

Race Day Essentials

My race day essentials clockwise from top left: iPod Shuffle (with Running playlist loaded) Kathmandu drink bottle, Nike Free 3.0 shoes, Karen Walker Jonestown sunnies.

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The Haps: The Classic Hits Winery Tour

The Classic Hits Winery Tour kicked off over the weekend and yesterday it was Gisborne’s turn to play host. Held at Brunton Road vineyard, Clara van Wel, The Adults, Anika, Boh & Hollie and Fat Freddy’s Drop made sweet sweet music despite the uncharacteristically chilly and damp weather.

It was such a pleasure to see Fat Freddy’s live again and the lads proved why they are one of NZ’s most beloved bands, from the first note they played the rugged-up Gizzy crowd were up and moving their dancing feet.

Fat Freddy’s Shiverman was a definite highlight and Anika Moa an absolute delight (she’s so bloody funny!) but I was gutted to miss Clara van Wel (we were just a wee bit too late).

A big thanks to the organisers, Brunton Road vineyard, the artists and the crowd for turning up and making a success of the Gisborne leg of the Winery Tour, fingers crossed they’ll be back in 2014.

One of my all time favourite Fat Freddy’s Drop tunes, Midnight Marauders.

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The Haps: Die Die Die

Born to

Tomorrow night Die Die Die, supported by local bands Fighting Like Stags and Skypills, will be playing the Dome Room at the Poverty Bay Club, Gisborne. Be there or be square.

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The Haps: Wellington Sevens

On 1 – 2 February 2013 Wellington will play host to the Hertz Sevens tournament, one of the most fun events on the Wellington calendar. Thousands will descend on Wellington’s waterfront making their way to the Cake Tin; dressing up is virtually compulsory so even if you’re not going it’s nearly just as much fun to sit back and people watch all day.

I’m so gutted to not be attending this year but I suppose you can’t do everything. In memory of last year’s Sevens, here’s a shot of me in my LMFAO outfit… Happy partying if you’re fortunate enough to be heading along!

MJ at the Sevens 2012


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The Haps: Big Day Out Sydney

A couple of weeks ago I took off to Sydney for 10 days, it was a really hectic trip with one highlight being the Big Day Out on Sydney’s hottest day on record… 46 degrees Celsius anyone?

Weather and common sense more than influenced our decision to head out to the venue a bit later in the day to preserve our bodies and minds. While it meant we missed some of the acts we wanted to see, it turned out to be a suitable tactic.

The festival was incredibly well organised and the crowd supremely well behaved (not a single wasted person crossed our path).

The Killers proved to be the biggest highlight for me; I’m guessing I wasn’t the only person that fell in love with lead singer Brandon Flowers, the man can sing and is the ultimate style master. Every song they played was a delight, the lighting was a dream and there were popping pyrotechnics. I’m not sure The Killers could have delivered a better set.

I’m definitely down for next years festival but one thing’s for sure, I’ll be crossing my fingers for more bearable temperatures.

Below are some snaps of The Killers taken from the stands.

BDO 2013 The Killer

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