Posts Tagged ‘Whangarei’

Our Church.

07Oct15

There was one person I wish could have been at our wedding in New Zealand. This week, Julie and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. Thinking back to that day in 1987, I can’t remember if it was a lack of money or her age that kept my Nana away. I know she definitely would […]


On this day in 1987, a pipefitter from Great Sankey near Warrington and Julie Halford from Tikipunga in New Zealand were married at St Paul’s church, Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Happy 28th wedding anniversary Sweetie! Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” […]


There’s a copyright claim against one of the videos I put on Youtube recently. Youtube uses software that automatically detects if copyrighted music is used in any of the videos you publish. In 1986, I lived in New Zealand and was in a 60s cover band called Liverpool Direct. A video of us doing a […]


Box Clever.

17Aug15

Sometimes you have to bend the rules. Today I found an old VHS tape of the first time I sang on live television. It was 1990, I was the lead singer in The Misfits, a New Zealand pub rock band. In the winter, TVNZ used to have a live Telethon. We sent them a demo […]


New Zealand is a unique place and there’s something special about the country pubs there. In the 80s, The Misfits were a pub rock band in New Zealand. I joined them as lead singer in 1988. We played rock ‘n roll, three and four nights a week, in all sorts of venues and at all […]


Girl Power.

21Jul15

“No girls at band practice”, that’s one of the unwritten rules of rock ‘n’ roll. I found another VHS tape of my old band in New Zealand. The tape is from one of our rehearsals in 1986 at our drummer’s parents house. It features a couple of surprises. The first one is that we could […]


I can’t believe how fast we used to play everything! Today I found an old VHS tape of the first proper band I was in. It was 1986, I was 22 and lived in New Zealand. We played mainly 60s beat group covers. The band was called “Liverpool Direct”, which “suggested” that we were on […]


Although I was thousands of miles from home, there was something familiar about Kalgoorlie. I presented the 7pm to midnight shift on the local radio station 6KG, for two weeks in 1993. Kal, is a mining town in Western Australia. I found it easy to relate to the mainly blue collar workforce that listened to […]


Before we met.

03Oct13

Today Julie and I are celebrating our twenty-sixth wedding anniversary. We got married in a little stone church near the water in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. We’d met a couple of years earlier at a wedding in Whangarei. I was with a load of my mates at the reception at Glenbervie Pipeband Hall when I […]


Mack’s Craic

30Sep12

We’re going around the world in twenty-five days, one day for every year we’ve been married. Day 9 Whangarei:   Some people say New Zealand is in a time warp. The old joke went, “When you land in Auckland the pilot tells you to change your watch to local time by turning it back twenty years”. […]