Who is Hanshendrik ?
sitting on a rock on the top of Mount Ruapehu in the North Island in
Just a retired bloke, wanting
to do some
constructive work, and get paid a decent return for that.
for me started in 1930,
when I was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, I went to a Montessori
and my primary education was at the First Netherlands Monterssori
School, high-school education was Montessori
based as well, we could learn at our own pace, and pick up as much as
we were interested in from each subject.
Professional education I got at an Agricultural Winter School while
living-working on a farm for practice.
I was brought up in the
city, and not really used to living Rural, I found it difficult to get
a good position on a farm in the Netherlands as prospective
employers had a bias towards employing somebody with a City-life
background (early 1950).
Great-grand father's home
farm was not likely to be available to me in the future as there were
two children ahead of me in line of succession.
in 1951 a decision was made
to emigrate to a more favourable country where I would not be asked
where I came from,
but what I could do and how clever I would be in my work on the farm,
maybe have an opportunity to develop further.
1951 to 1965 I therefore
went to work for wages on about 9 different farms in New Zealand,
shepherding and farm maintenance.
Climate and type of population were most favourable for me
1965 I managed to purchase
my present home in Owhango for a low price in the small
of 250 inhabitants.
I took on working under contracts instead of working for a boss and
living in their home.
I was fencing, scrubcutting and doiung Maintenance work on several
farms and stations , sometimes travelling long distances to
from the various jobs.
Soon discovering that you only make a decent income by staying on the
job in-situ, so I lived in a tent most of the time, only coming home to
my property in Owhango when I had finished a contract or the weather
was the work I did
in the spring each year; for three months I was employed by the
Auckland Livestock Association, later renamed Herd Improvement
Association, But what is in a name ?
One year I serviced 4 groups before other AB technicians took over,
inseminating over 200 cows a day for a week.
The "homegroup" around the Taumarunui district had only 1000 cows to be
serviced, involving 230 miles of travelling between farms every day,
which made me the highest paid AB field technician in the association.
I stuck to this job for 25 years, before retirement age forced
that time I was doing other
work in the wintermonths from May to September.
Took on professionally freeze branding stock, successfully branding
cows, horses and even dogs, but missed out on doing the dolphins at
marineland in Napier which would have put a crown on my experience
before stopping that job in 1997.
We were not making much profit as the economy in New Zealand started to
slow down but we made the ends meet.
Fencing was another occupation during the rest of my working time.
the age of 60 I was lucky
enough to get my "superannuation" from the New Zealand government.
In 1992 the government discovered that they were retiring people too
early, it became too costly to support all those grey people, so
they changed the retiring age to 65 years of age.
Freezebranding in the years before my real retirement, I got a little
bit of extra income during the winter, and had free board and lodging
on each farm I serviced as I travelled between them.
All in all I branded about 100.000 animals in the 30 years I did this
job, but as I developed a chronic infection in one shoulder
I had to give it up in the end.
my spare time I
developed and improved my home singlehanded and bought my
computer in 1979, a Casio FX-9000.
Lots of fun with that,taught myself programming in Casio-Basic and
later going on to Q-Basic and Extended Q-basic.
During a trip to Australia to visit my Niece, I purchased another
computer and have been upating computers ever since, but we all do that.
Now I am on the broadband internet with a 24 hour connection.
16 2002 I joined the
Discount Home Shoppers Club, upgrading three days later and got my
first (and only) cheque.
About the DHSC and my upline team :
After upgrading to VIP, I had plenty of good advice and
from my Team Captain and higher up in the hierachy.
The patience she had with me is to be admired, I came up with some
silly questions , did things the wrong way and generally
making a mess of the job.
The whole job became too much for me and was awkward to keep going
because it was based in the USA, and would have caused double taxation
so I gave it up.
I believe it is
still going today.
I am involved with
WORMFARMING, started in 1996, and it is an interesting hobby even if I
make practically no income from it, very few people know what I am
talking about if I tell them that I have WORMCASTINGS to sell.
My website is still under construction, but will be available at http://www.simurl/wo.02
in the near future.
Keep an eye out for that, the old version has been online for a while
until some hacker interfered with it lately.
Nose back to the grindstone for me. been back to Europe for
holidays 5 times, but always been glad to be back in New Zealand.
With my cousin on a trip
but I do NOT smoke or drink, just a glass of fruitjuice in my