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Born in Tauranga, New Zealand, I still live here in the Bay of Plenty region and have done so all my life. An automotive mechanic by trade, I built up a wide range of contacts and friends in the trade, and also in the Hot Rodding, Classic, Custom, and Vintage car circles within New Zealand.
Descending originally from ancestors in the British Isles, I also actively persue my family origins and history and count my family and friends as my greatest wealth.
I come from a great family lineage on all sides of my ancestors, and am also lucky to have such a great bunch of friends.
  • To learn more visit my About Me page


Have taken photos of many subjects that interested me and some of these will be added to my Photography pages as time allows.
In my portfolio pages you’ll find a complete list of the cars I can remember owning in my life as well as some photographic memories of some of my, and my friends cars.


Hot Rods & Street Rods of American origin, Classics, Street Machines & Customs, and some of the Euro Rods from the UK and of European origin, have been my passion for many years, including the repair , modification and restoration of this type of vehicle.I’ve always had an interest in photography over the years, both General Photography and Automotive Photography.
In the past I have also provided many photos and articles for the NZ Hot Rod Magazine when it was run by my old hot rodding friends, Rob & Owen Campbell.
Now-a-days, the magazine is owned by Paul and Liz Grace and it is still New Zealand’s longest running Hot Rod Magazine. 
You can see a link to their magazine website by going to my “Links” Page the checking out the “Auto Links” 
  • Visit my Articles pages to read my work


For some years now I have been tracing the history of the ARDERN, ARDEN & ARDERNE families, and variations of the family name as recorded by the early scribes.

Also my FRANCIS and GREER relations from Ireland, and my MERRICK relations from Culcheth Lancashire and their connected families.
I will be up-dating these family links as time and information allows.
  • To learn more visit my Ardlink Ardern Genealogy Pages


Drag Week 2016
Drag racing cool cars is not just driving in a straight line!