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Back to work

Well the holidays are coming to a close so we’re preparing to head back to work tomorrow. The weather in Wellington has been a real disappointment with the coldest December on record (it’s supposed to be summer!) and so far January hasn’t been that much better.

The year ahead will bring some big changes to our life. We’re going to be moving house by the end of March so we’re looking to buy our first home. Then we’re expecting the birth of our first baby in June.

I predict a good year ahead!

Be careful of pago

ASB have released a new service in NZ called pago (lower case intended) which allows you to make payments for goods using your sms with your mobile phone or by email. The site is clearly targeting a younger audience, even encouraging you to use your TradeMe or MySpace username as your pago login name. There’s even a ‘cool’ beta logo in the top corner. What’s worrying to me is that this service doesn’t seem too secure as if someone steals your mobile phone or gets access to your emails they will be able to steal your money and you won’t be able to do anything about it.

If this doesn’t sound like a good thing to you, be sure to read the terms and conditions to highlight how dangerous this service is. Note how many times it’s stated that if you lose money, you will not be refunded!

For example, you want to pay your friend $20 towards dinner, but you mistakenly enter their username wrong – you lose your money. No refund. No help from ASB. I really don’t think they are making the risks clear enough here, and I guess they are hoping that the younger crowd are more naive and that they won’t read the terms and conditions.

ASB needs to sort this out quickly.


I was a little late to the party but my Movember effort is now in full swing. I have a week’s worth of stubble to carve into something embarrassing! Thanks to my sponsors (Damian, Lisa, Ness, Sheri) who haves donated so far – I’ve raised $25 $55 $60 for prostate cancer research. I’ll be posting the first round of photos tomorrow night…

For those that don’t know, Movember is a charity that raises money for prostate cancer research by getting males to shave a moustache during the month of November. Here’s the blurb from the website:

Movember – Changing the face of Men’s Health
Movember (the month formally known as November) is a charity event held during November each year.
At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants known as Mo Bros then have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their moustache and along the way raise as much money and awareness about male health issues as possible.

If you would like to help out this worthy charity, please go to http://www.movember.com/nz/sponsor, enter my Rego number which is 45478 and your credit card details. All donations over $5 are tax deductible.