Welcome to Squalid Heights. A place for me to post items of interest to me and possibly to you.

Contained within these pages are my adventures on Te Araroa (The long pathway), as I endeavoured to walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff, and hopefully the many other situations I  haven’t quite got to yet.

I will be updating old content as I can so check back every now and then to see what’s happened.



I am a firm believer in opensource and free software and have used Linux since 2003. Over the course of these years opensource software has evolved to largely conquer the software world.

Today Android is a household name, Redhat is a multi billion dollar company, Google is the worlds largest search engine, and, in 2016, 498 out of 500 of the world’s fastest supercomputers used Linux.

Opensource isn’t purely Linux though. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the other digital currencies using blockchain are opensource projects. From the most popular browsers to many of the compilers used to turn code into machine language the ability to read, modify, and improve software (and standards) has won out over closed systems time and time again.


“Squalid Heights” was coined (not by me) in an effort to describe the house I live in on Great Barrier Island. It sounds worse than it actually is. 🙂

Although Great Barrier is one of the poorest places in New Zealand, it is also one of the most beautiful with one of the best communities in the world. Sure, some of us are a little closer to insanity than most but if you can’t be mad on the Barrier where can you be?


Mason Bee
Great Barrier Island
New Zealand