Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Hive and The Queen

Andrew and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the entire Ender series of books by Orson Scott Card on Audible, but that’s not what I’m writing about today. While we were visiting our family in Wellington, Andrew’s dad, Colin, worked with … Continue reading

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New Zealand's National Anthem

New Zealand actually has TWO national anthems. It is unique in this respect; no other nation has two of equal status. God Save The Queen is the national anthem of Britain and is the one that used to be sung … Continue reading

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Six Months and Counting

We have been living in New Zealand for half a year now. It sure has been an exciting, wonderful and busy six months. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in all the rest of my life, other than meeting … Continue reading

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New Zealand wins the Rugby World Cup 2011

It was an amazingly close game, and we were all on the edge of our seats as we watched the final game of the Rugby World Cup 2011, played between France and the All Blacks. The All Blacks won the … Continue reading

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Ngatea Annual Garage Sale, New Zealand's Biggest Garage Sale

Each year on the Saturday before Labour Day weekend, the small town of Ngatea (pronounced NAH-tee-ah) holds a huge garage sale.  Actually, the town simply opens public areas to people to set up the items they want to sell.  There … Continue reading

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Tauranga Oil Spill, New Zealand’s Worst Maritime Disaster Worsens

As I wrote previously about the oil spill at Tauranga from the ship Rena, this is one of New Zealand’s worst environmental disasters. It has now been declared to be the worst Maritime disaster in New Zealand. The Tauranga oil … Continue reading

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Vege Gardening New Zealand Style

I am surprised by how many people here have vege (veggie) gardens.  Back in California, in the part of the state where I used to live (Coarsegold in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada), some people grew their own vegetables, … Continue reading

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We love Grab One

Grab One is a website and service that gives deep discounts on a wide variety of things. You can visit their website to see what they have to offer, but you have to act fast if you see something you … Continue reading

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Tauranga Oil Spill, One of New Zealand's Worst Environmental Disasters

There is an oil spill near Tauranga, which is being declared as one of the worst environmental disasters in New Zealand’s history. Last week, a cargo ship ran aground on a reef near Tauranga, the city where we bought our … Continue reading

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Tauranga Beach Kite Surfing

During our trip two weekends ago to pick up our “new” wardrobe, we also stopped at the beach in Tauranga for lunch. We picked up savory pies at a local convenience store and walked across the street to sit on … Continue reading

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