Tag: New Zealand

Everything is not as it seems

Everything is not as it seems

The New Zealand flag was flying proudly over the Beehive this afternoon. Blues skies. Life is good. No poverty, no depression, the economy is on the up-and-up. Land …

 

The stuff of dreams

The stuff of dreams

Flying out this evening, I went with Air New Zealand. How utterly mainstream. Unspeakably boring. I should’ve gone with the giant eagle. Now *that’s* what you call an …

 

Food

Food

It’s probably because I’m finally paying attention, or, maybe merely noticed, but it seems to me that food has become a lot more politicised recently. …

 

First world solutions

First world solutions

One of my great delights is hearing people voicing their first world problems – “Oh, with the economy being down and all, we had to …

 

The Theatre Spirit

The Theatre Spirit

Once upon a time… I wonder how many great stories start with that line… I once entered a competition to write a fairy tale, in the …

 

Defend!

Defend!

I’d taken our family back to my home town for a visit. I heard their comments and I thought they were somewhat surprised by the …

 

Spring calls

Spring calls

It’s hard to imagine a more quintessential New Zealand image than a tui gathering nectar from a kowhai hightlighted against a bright blue sky. It …

 

A seasoned traveler

A seasoned traveler

When the settlers came to New Zealand in the 1800s they brought possessions, hopes, and dreams. These apples are growing by the Sexton’s Cottage – …

 

310 – Alien invasion

310 – Alien invasion

According to the media today, biosecurity have announced 400+ new organisms attempt to enter New Zealand each year. Snakes, spiders, scorpions – the list of …

 

304 – Flying the flag

304 – Flying the flag

The Beehive has a new big flag. Or perhaps the flag has a new big base for its pole. There’s an ongoing grind around changing …