Ideas wanted to win dream job

01:16, Jul 12 2012
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New Plymouth man Ben Sarten is making a Taranaki-themed adventure video every day in an attempt to land his dream job.

A Taranaki adventurer needs your help to land him his dream job.

In a bid to win Arrival magazine's "dream job" competition, New Plymouth man Ben Sarten, 27, is undertaking an extreme Taranaki adventure every day and filming it for the magazine.

Since starting his video-a-day challenge last Friday, Mr Sarten has snowboarded on Mt Taranaki, dirt surfed down the Bowl of Brooklands and abseiled down Paritutu.

The Taranaki Daily News joined Mr Sarten yesterday for video No6 – a mud run and river swim at Meeting of the Waters.

He hopes his enterprise will win him the magazine's "dream job" competition. The winner will be sent around New Zealand for two months in a campervan to record Kiwi adventures for its readers.

"It's quite a big task, but a really fun challenge," Mr Sarten said.


"I get to get out there and see the best of the region."

He was now asking the public to suggest activities.

"There are bound to be a whole load of great Taranaki adventures out there that I haven't even thought of, so it would be great to hear from anyone who has an idea," he said. "I'm open to any kind of adventure at all really."

The keen unicyclist said being a fulltime adventurer really would be his dream job.

His dad works at Topec outdoor education centre so being outdoors and active was second nature to Mr Sarten.

"I grew up playing with ropes and navigating through the bush and things like that," he said.

Mr Sarten can be contacted at or 027864 6269.

Taranaki Daily News