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I'm Axel Downard-Wilke. I'm a civil engineer by training and work as a traffic engineer and transport planner. Prior to university, I was an advocate for sustainable transport and I've turned that interest into my profession. I lived in Christchurch for 25 years and have lived in Parapara in Golden Bay / Mohua since October 2021. I've been an admin on the English Wikipedia since 2017.

Kia ora. Welcome to my user pages. You are welcome to edit this page.

Wikipedia interests[edit]

Having chosen New Zealand as my home, I take an interest in anything from my adopted country. I have a special interest in:

  • geography (built environment and water),
  • history
  • people
  • politics
  • civil engineering
  • transport (especially sustainable transport)
  • between December 2017 and August 2018 I wrote articles for the European Rowing Championships covering the editions from 1893 to 1973 (65 articles) plus started circa 450 rowing bios in support of that exercise

Related projects[edit]

I have an account on flickr, but I don't hold photo files there. The account's purpose is to hunt for photos that are suitable for Wikipedia. I am active on Commons, where I upload my own photos and those from flickr that have a suitable licence. Since 2017, I've been reasonably active on Wikidata. Prior to 2009, I had a separate account for another Wikipedia project and ArbCom agreed to courtesy vanish the account for privacy reasons. That said, the need for that privacy has since vanished, too.


Conflict of interest[edit]

There are many people with bios on Wikipedia who I know well enough to have a conflict of interest (COI). Plus there is a relative in this list with whom I share a surname, and although I have never met her, I shall stay away from her bio. And there's a software product where COI applies.

I thus should not make edits to these articles, but note that I don't regard making minor edits as possibly triggering COI. I haven't always adhered to the COI policy—I have since I have become an administrator—and there are some people whose pages I edited in the past who I didn't know at that point, but I do know now. This COI list is probably incomplete:

People with Wikipedia bios
Companies with Wikipedia articles

Here are some links to Wikidata of people where a COI exists. I've listed those people who are notable; feel free to start a page for them:

Shared IP use[edit]

My wife has an account, too, which she sporadically uses to upload photos to Commons. Naturally, our accounts use the same IP address.

Admin tasks and user boxes[edit]


Immediate requests Entries
Candidates for speedy deletion as attack pages 0
Wikipedians looking for help 1
Requests for unblock 114
Wikipedia semi-protected edit requests 44
Wikipedia template-protected edit requests 3
Wikipedia fully protected edit requests 2
Wikipedia conflict of interest edit requests 142
Candidates for speedy deletion as copyright violations 0
Candidates for speedy deletion 20
Open sockpuppet investigations 237
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DYK Medal[edit]

The 25 DYK Creation and Expansion Medal
Congratulations for reaching the 25 DYK milestone! Well done for all your good work, especially on New Zealand politician biographies. XLerate (talk) 04:39, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

I've added your username to Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by number of DYKs also. XLerate (talk) 04:39, 24 June 2010 (UTC)


The New Zealand Barnstar of National Merit
for your efforts with the New Zealand Politics task force and all-round hard work.
this WikiAward was given to Schwede66 by dramatic (talk) on 09:21, 13 September 2010 (UTC)

Congrats from DYK[edit]

The 50 DYK Creation and Expansion Medal
Congratulations on hitting the big 5-0 in DYK. Keep up the good work! – The Bushranger One ping only 23:33, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

The 100 DYK Medal[edit]

The 100 DYK Medal  
Many thanks are in order: your wide-ranging contributions to Wikipedia have resulted in one hundred of your newly created or expanded articles appearing on the Main page, in the "Did you know?" section. You are a great asset to the encyclopedia. Moonraker (talk) 09:31, 6 August 2011 (UTC)

Researcher's Barnstar[edit]

Researcher's Barnstar
I am pleased to present you with the Researcher's Barnstar in appreciation for your fine work in researching Christchurch's buildings. Excellent work. Thank you. --Rosiestep (talk) 21:23, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
Oh, how very nice. Thank you, Rosie. Schwede66 17:23, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you[edit]

The Modest Barnstar
Thanks for your recent contributions! (talk) 12:24, 10 April 2012 (UTC)
Not sure what I've done, but thanks either way! Schwede66 18:09, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

An award for you[edit]

A Barnstar!
Golden Wiki Award

You are among the top 5% of most active Wikipedians this past month! (talk) 22:50, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

The Original Barnstar
For writing our article on the Implosion of Radio Network House – the quality genuinely amazed me. Have you considered nominating it for good article status? Ironholds (talk) 03:04, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

Well done[edit]

The 200 DYK Creation and Expansion Medal
We see you are on a Wikibreak and that is well deserved – after creating 200 articles that make it to DYK. Articles about your chosen country of New Zealand – and I see some made it to GA status. Thanks from the the Wiki and me. Victuallers (talk) 09:49, 10 January 2013 (UTC)


The New Zealand Barnstar of National Merit
For your contributions to Canterbury related articles. Tried to find a purely red and black barnstar but couldn't find one! Shudde talk 11:54, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
this WikiAward was given to Schwede66 by Shudde talk on 11:54, 23 February 2013 (UTC)
Thank you kindly. Schwede66 17:13, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

The Original Barnstar
For your work on Auckland railway electrification – seen and appreciated. Thank you! JoshuaWalker | Talk 22:37, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Another barnstar for you![edit]

The Helping Hand Barnstar
Many thanks for pointing me in the right direction on big and little things. Keep that good and gentle advice coming, please. Herewhy (talk) 04:24, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you[edit]

The Reviewer's Barnstar
This is for your valuable efforts for reviewing articles under pending changes protection. Thank you PATH SLOPU 02:28, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

The Original Barnstar
Thanks for your help on a variety of New Zealand articles! Violetnights (talk) 11:14, 24 April 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for that. Always happy to help. Schwede66 15:09, 24 April 2020 (UTC)

Awards from Figureskatingfan[edit]

Schwede, I could't decide which one to give you, so I'm giving you both:

Christine (Figureskatingfan) (talk) 21:26, 12 August 2020 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
For your hard work on New Zealand topics over the years! † Encyclopædius 11:21, 16 September 2020 (UTC)

The Barnstar of Good Humor[edit]

The Barnstar of Good Humor!
At the DYK conversation about the PBS station your ALT1 comment was a real joy to read. I'll admit I was a bit embarrassed about flubbing that review but your joke really lifted my spirits. Thanks for keeping this place light and fun.

Dr vulpes (💬📝) 08:49, 28 June 2023 (UTC)

Thanks, Dr vulpes. What happened is that I laughed really hard about RoySmith's ALT0. But then I thought "that's not really fair on a DYK newbie", hence I dished out my ALT1 in return. I hope RoySmith got a laugh out of it, too. Schwede66 09:23, 28 June 2023 (UTC)
I meant no disrespect with ALT0, and thank you for improving upon my attempt at humor. RoySmith (talk) 13:39, 28 June 2023 (UTC)

Olympic DYK Medal[edit]

The DYK Medal
For the significant work of managing the posting of 2020 Summer Olympics hooks. CMD (talk) 15:58, 10 August 2021 (UTC)
Although suspected rigging of the rowing events to validate your article writing should be of concern to future Olympics organisers. CMD (talk) 15:58, 10 August 2021 (UTC)
Thanks, CMD! I can confirm that the NZOC is unconcerned. Schwede66 16:51, 10 August 2021 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

The Special Barnstar
A huge thank you for your support of Auckland Museum's successful Alliance fund application "Understanding our past:using Wikipedia as a tool to support local history in Tāmaki Makaurau". The strong support from editors greatly strengthened our application and we're looking forward to collaborating with the community in the new year to implement the project. Best wishes, James (Auckland Museum) Jetaynz (talk) 04:22, 9 December 2022 (UTC)
Oh, your funding application was successful, Jetaynz? That is wonderful news. Schwede66 08:36, 9 December 2022 (UTC)

A barnstar for you! l[edit]

The Special Barnstar
Thank you for being so kind to the community. I really liked your friendly behavior on this deletion request and on this Did You Know nomination. Such behavior keeps the enivornment healthy and allows others to learn from their mistakes. Thanks a lot for everything that you do on this encyclopedia! ─ The Aafī (talk) 03:46, 26 February 2023 (UTC)
Thanks, TheAafi. That’s much appreciated. It was clear to me that we were dealing with a newbie who seemed to have good intentions. It’s always best to be kind. Schwede66 09:18, 26 February 2023 (UTC)


The New Zealand Barnstar of National Merit
Thank you for your role in the New Zealand politics taskforce organizing the 2023 general election. It helped immensely and didn't go unnoticed. Kiwiz1338 (talk) 10:45, 29 October 2023 (UTC).
this WikiAward was given to Schwede66 by Kiwiz1338 (talk) on 10:45, 29 October 2023 (UTC)

Thanks a lot, Kiwiz1338. I appreciate it. Schwede66 17:17, 29 October 2023 (UTC)

A WP:DYK holiday award for you?[edit]

The DYK holiday award goes to?
Thank you for allowing me to work with you in this section of the project. I wish you happy holidays! Lightburst (talk) 01:05, 16 December 2023 (UTC)
Thanks, Lightburst. It's been a pleasure working with you. I especially appreciated you chipping in some QPQs with our mass-MP nomination, and I'm sure that DrThneed will join in thanking you. Thank you kindly for the nice holiday award. In fact, I've just finished the last work task for the year (yes, on a Saturday at that!), so now the holidays have actually started. Schwede66 02:31, 16 December 2023 (UTC)
Absolutely seconded @Schwede66- many thanks for your help at DYK @Lightburst! Happy holidays. DrThneed (talk) 03:10, 16 December 2023 (UTC)