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22 Sep All passion, no limits.

All passion, no limits. That was William Pike's message to Queenstown Primary pupils during a visit to the school yesterday. It is also the philosophy on life that he developed on his journey from nine weeks in hospital - ''broken and battered'' - to climbing mountains after a freak natural event cost him his leg. In 2007, then aged 23, the schoolteacher was relaxing in a hut on Mt Ruapehu after a day's climbing when a ''blue sky eruption''...

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07 Sep Adventures are everywhere

Sometimes all you need is to scramble up a hill, spend time staring at an empty horizon, jump into a cold creek or sleep under the stars to remind yourself what matters most to you in life. What matters most to me is the happiness I find from spending time in NZ’s outdoors. I like going places I’ve never been before, and doing them with enthusiasm and to the best of my ability. What matters to me...

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25 Aug William Pike Challenge Award goes global.

Media Release PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: William Pike, author, amputee and New Zealand based Director of theWilliam Pike Challenge Award launches the WPCA on Tuesday 8th September, 7pm at the International School of Koje. William Pike Challenge Award goes global A South Korean school will be the first school outside of New Zealand to take part in the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA). International School of Koje (ISK) pupils will have the opportunity to take part in sea kayaking, rock climbing, tramping and orienteering as they...

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07 Jul The Leg Shop

The Leg Shop For the past 7 years I’ve been a patient at the Auckland Artificial Limb Centre. For ease of reference, I have nick-named the Auckland Artificial Limb Centre to, The Leg Shop. I apologise to the upper limb amputees if I cause you any offence.   Stepping, hopping or wheeling yourself into The Leg Shop for the first time is like joining a club - you never who you’re going to meet, and what opportunities you’ll be presented...

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19 May WPCA GOES INTERNATIONAL

Today I'm proud to announce that the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA) has gone international. A school in South Korea will be starting the WPCA in September this year. I'm excited to work with an international school and explore the possibilities of interaction between NZ and overseas schools in the future. Can you help spread the word? September this year I'm off to South Korea. Along the way I'd like to share my story and messages with schools, businesses...

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19 May Starting with a Bang

Well, 2015 has definitely started with a bang! Outdoor trips, speaking and gearing up for a big WPCA year to name a few. The weather over the summer period was amazing (sorry farmers!) and has enabled most of us to get outdoors and have a great kiwi summer. Over my holidays I've enjoyed some fishing on the Coromandel and a number of day trips into the Waitakere Ranges. But as the holiday period has come to an...

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19 May The Outdoor Safety Code

We all the know the story of Aron Ralston, the bloke who cut his own arm off when it became pinned against a bolder while canyoning in Utah. His story was first told in his autobiography, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and most recently in the blockbuster movie, 127 hours. Would Aron have been pinned for 127 hours if he had told someone where he was going? An event that’s not so well-known, but far more...

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19 May William Pike Challenge Award partners with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award

Media Release For immediate release Date: 8th October 2014 William Pike Challenge Award partners with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Photo opportunity available. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (DofEHA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with another outstanding outdoor education programme catering for younger Kiwi kids – the William Pike Challenge Award (WPCA). The WPCA and DofEHA offer students experiences through outdoor activities, personal development and community service. The DofEHA is part of a worldwide network which provides 14 - 25 year...

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