can you move a bit the right?…

…and now forward a bit? well, actually 120 metres down and then across the street. and i didn’t mean you, i meant the gigantic new hotel. when new zealand was choosing a site for their new national museum (te papa…

well covered

medical care in new zealand is a provided by a network of public and private providers and insurers. the primary insurer is the national government. the national plan provides deeply subsidized day to day care (a trip to the gp…

daffodil day

today is daffodil day in new zealand. it is the biggest annual fundraiser for the cancer society of new zealand. all day almost every street corner had a crew of volunteers with their basket of daffodils and collection bucket. what…

heading west

our stuff is finally on it’s way to new zealand. first a cross country trip on the rails to long beach california, then sailing on the MSC Japan, voyage 634. thats the good news. the bad news is that after…

shock treatment

like any major city there is a an occasional battle between those on foot and those on the road – with the obvious victor. in response the wellington city council has sponsored a campaign to raise awareness through a bit…

aging gracefully

almost every block in wellington has an example or two of great classic architecture. lots of great art deco and turn of the century victorian

walking the streets

i spent most of yesterday and today walking around the city. the weather had been great, with lots of sunshine, and temps in the 50’s. haven’t had anything yet that i needed a car for – and that is huge…

156 willis st

i have arrived at my home for the next month 156 willis street, wellington cbd, 6011 very nice – especially compared to the drab place i had last time. entrance and bedroom with my one small closet.  family room and…

oceania humour part 2

upon arriving in auckland on a flight from sydney the australian flight attendant announces: “welcome to new zealand where the local time is 3 hours ahead and 40 years behind”

squeezed and sniffed

quite uneventful trip from saint louis to wellington – although there was one moment when i thought i was in for a treat. i always ask for an aisle seat but there were none available so i was assigned a…