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Kidd sails through transition to vendor land

Kidd sails through transition to vendor land

Outside work, Kidd is not one to do things by halves and says he throws himself into many activities.

He spends time playing Christian music on his guitar, as well as renovating an old house in Auckland. In addition, he enjoys sailing off beaches on Auckland’s North Shore. He and his wife are also kept busy raising two daughters.

Kidd took up the guitar three years ago and says it helps him unwind.

“I play Christian music such as [Australia’s] Hillsong group. At my age learning skills like that, you don’t pick them up as quickly as you do when you are 16.”

The renovation hobby is a necessity as Kidd jokes that his house is, “a bunch of half-finished jobs held together with a few nails”.

“It would be good if I knew where the end was. We’ve replaced roofs and shifted walls. The place is liveable now, but once I finish upstairs there are a whole list of plans for developing downstairs.”

He also helps crew a sailing boat that is berthed at Auckland’s West Harbour marina and has crewed a boat with a friend in Wellington.

One sport that Kidd hankers to get back to once his daughters are older is gliding. He is a sail plane glider pilot and passed exams in England to become a senior instructor and has since volunteered to teach pilots both in New Zealand and England.

Kidd started gliding when he was still at polytechnic studying computer engineering in 1984 and gave it up when he returned to New Zealand to start a family in 2003.

“To go solo gliding, you can do it if you have a week to spare. The good thing about my hobbies is there is always a challenge. When you go solo gliding you learn to fly in different weather conditions and get to instructor level.”

One of the best days of his life, apart from getting married and having kids, was flying 500 kilometres through the French Alps.

“I was flying in one of the French team’s [NZ]$200,000 glider, which was very trusting of them. I used to spend a lot of time on airfields teaching someone to fly or doing competitions myself flying around.”

Looking to the future in his work, Kidd hopes to build a mutually beneficial partnership between SMX and its resellers and integrators.

“I hope they will look at the relationship and say `we understand the benefits we are getting from SMX’.”

Outside work, Kidd is not one to do things by halves and says he throws himself into many activities.

He spends time playing Christian music on his guitar, as well as renovating an old house in Auckland. In addition, he enjoys sailing off beaches on Auckland’s North Shore. He and his wife are also kept busy raising two daughters.

Kidd took up the guitar three years ago and says it helps him unwind.

“I play Christian music such as [Australia’s] Hillsong group. At my age learning skills like that, you don’t pick them up as quickly as you do when you are 16.”

The renovation hobby is a necessity as Kidd jokes that his house is, “a bunch of half-finished jobs held together with a few nails”.

“It would be good if I knew where the end was. We’ve replaced roofs and shifted walls. The place is liveable now, but once I finish upstairs there are a whole list of plans for developing downstairs.”

He also helps crew a sailing boat that is berthed at Auckland’s West Harbour marina and has crewed a boat with a friend in Wellington.

One sport that Kidd hankers to get back to once his daughters are older is gliding. He is a sail plane glider pilot and passed exams in England to become a senior instructor and has since volunteered to teach pilots both in New Zealand and England.

Kidd started gliding when he was still at polytechnic studying computer engineering in 1984 and gave it up when he returned to New Zealand to start a family in 2003.

“To go solo gliding, you can do it if you have a week to spare. The good thing about my hobbies is there is always a challenge. When you go solo gliding you learn to fly in different weather conditions and get to instructor level.”

One of the best days of his life, apart from getting married and having kids, was flying 500 kilometres through the French Alps.

“I was flying in one of the French team’s [NZ]$200,000 glider, which was very trusting of them. I used to spend a lot of time on airfields teaching someone to fly or doing competitions myself flying around.”

Looking to the future in his work, Kidd hopes to build a mutually beneficial partnership between SMX and its resellers and integrators.

“I hope they will look at the relationship and say `we understand the benefits we are getting from SMX’.”


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