Thanks for the use of the [Segway] miniLite, I’ve been all over Wellington on it and love it
Peter Griffin is New Zealand’s best-known technology commentator (NZ Listener, NZ Herald, Radio New Zealand, etc), and Director of the Science Media Centre.
Recently, Peter test-rode the Segway miniLITE around hilly Wellington for several weeks, and reviewed the mini-Series range for NZ Listener. An earlier, more in-depth version of his NZ Listener review can be found at Sciblogs here.
In 2008 Peter was a ferocious team member of the Pole Blacks, New Zealand’s pioneering Segway Polo team. At the famous polo grounds of San Francisco Park he joined Kiwi technology luminaries Rod Drury (Xero, TradeMe), Seeby Woodhouse (Orcon, Voyager) Steve Simms (Tomizone), Andrew Somervell and team captain Philip Bendall (Segway NZ) to challenge founding US team Aftershocks in defence of the ‘Woz Challenge Cup.’
Aftershocks players included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and three time Emmy winning screenwriter Victor Millar (perhaps most famous for writing Friday the 13th). Today, more than a dozen nations send Segway Polo teams to compete in the annual competition.
Steve Simms and Philip Bendall like to claim they created the first new international team sport of the 21st Century when they invited the Californian inventors of Segway Polo to play in New Zealand in 2005. The world’s first competition for the ‘Woz Challenge Cup’ was played in front of a crowd of thousands during the final day of the annual Horse Polo Championship event in Auckland (February 2006).
A decade later Philip Bendall casually ‘created’ Segway miniPRO Polo on sunny afternoon on his front lawn. This game has gone on to become a popular corporate entertainment activity in the Auckland region.
To book a game of Segway miniPRO Polo for your next ‘team building’ activity call 0800 2 SEGWAY.