Category Archives: Living in New Zealand

Airplane Flight Around Coromandel Peninsula

We hired a local pilot to fly us and a friend around the Coromandel Peninsula one afternoon. It was amazing seeing from the air all the places we’ve driven and/or walked, as well as seeing some places I’ve never been. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me: I’m Now a New Zealand Permanent Resident

Today is my birthday, and I just received my passport back with my permanent resident visa. I’m in! I’m a permanent resident of New Zealand. And in three more years, I’ll apply for citizenship and be a true kiwi (even … Continue reading

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New Zealand Earthquakes – We’re Fine

In case you’ve been reading about the many earthquakes here in New Zealand, this is just a note that we’re okay. We live at the northern end of the North Island, and Wellington is at the south end. And Andrew’s … Continue reading

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Worst Drought in New Zealand History

New Zealand is experiencing very dry weather this summer, and the North Island has been enduring the worst drought in the 71-year history of such records.  This summer, there has been persistent high pressure over New Zealand and in the … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterflies on Our Swan Plant (Milkweed)

This year, our swan plants have grown, and they were very attractive to the monarch butterflies which pass through our yard, so much so that the monarch larvae (caterpillars) devastated our two swan plants. It was fascinating watching their life … Continue reading

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2013 Auckland Gay Pride Parade

We made a day out of our trip to Auckland on 16 February 2103, but the main reason we drove the hour and a half to the city was for the first gay pride parade in a dozen years.  And … Continue reading

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How We Keep the Wild Birds From Eating Our Chook Food

We bought two chooks (chickens) a couple months ago.  I was surprised that less than a week after bringing them home, our two Brown Shavers (very similar to Rhode Island Reds) began laying eggs, and they’ve been amazingly regular, giving … Continue reading

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Knucklebones Game in New Zealand is not quite the same as the US Jacks game

While at the Kerikeri Stone Store, Andrew bought the game Knucklebones.  He had told me a couple times about this game, and it sounded rather like the game Jacks that kids used to (maybe still do) play in the US.  … Continue reading

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Rewa’s Maori Village in Kerikeri, New Zealand

Straight across from Stone Store and Mission House in Kerikeri is Rewa’s Village, a great re-creation of a Maori village.  We were there after hours, and there’s a donation box at the entry requesting a deposit of $2 for entry.  … Continue reading

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Kerikeri’s Stone Store and Mission House, New Zealand’s Oldest Buildings

Two of the oldest buildings in all of New Zealand are located right in the town where we stayed in Northland, Kerikeri.  The Stone Store is the oldest stone building, and Mission House (also known as Kemp House, after the … Continue reading

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