WOW

tonight i went to annual wow – world of wearable art – awards show the show was started by sculptor suzie moncrieff in 1987 to showcase the work of local nelson new zealand artisans. it has grown beyond what nelson can host…

excusez-moi ?

last night i was walking up cuba street, passing the bucket fountain when i was forced to do a double take. there was a mother talking to her son in french. nothing odd there. the startling part was that his pants were…

banking circa 1957

5 major bank chains here in nz – westpac, bank of new zealand, national bank, anz and kiwi bank. surprisingly only kiwi bank is nz owned – the rest are australian. my bank is westpac and so far it has…

news flash – i like it here

another great day. some highlights fine weather with plenty of sunshine and warming temperatures. my foot is feeling better each day and the walk to work was easy. living and working in wellington (the humble 617 of new zealand) is…

iggs for brickfest

actually did have eggs for breakfast but that’s really just a lead in to my experiences with language here in nz. overall i think the accent is much softer than the uk or australia, but there are two things that…

99.94% pure

ok – so maybe nz is not 100% pure. wednesday night after work i had an appointment to see home for sale so i walked to my rented spot (about 5 blocks from my apartment) and off i went. on…

the bigger the mess

the nz police and land transport nz (their dept of transportation) are sponsoring a series of attention grabbing safety ads – all with a shocker at the end. high rise is my favourite – high-rise in the lawyers-gone-wild category ford motor…

it’s a match!

most daily financial transactions in nz are made by eftpos (electronic funds transfer at point of sale). very similar to a debit card that is tied to your bank account and has a pin. unlike a credit card you don’t…

“bonjour”, “ciao”, “HOWDY!”

three immigrant encounters today. first was a snack at a tiny french run crêperie on manners street – crêpes a go-go. french music playing, the family running the stand babbling en francais, and a tip jar that says “pretend you…

i know you are but what am i

just a preemptive strike in case anyone wants to give me any grief. last saturday night i put on my suit, squeezed by bad foot into my dress shoes and went to the ballet – the royal new zealand ballet…

blackish tan

after work i had a hankering for a black & tan so i stopped at molly’s, an irish pub on cuba street. similar to many of the irish pubs in the states they have packed up a pub in ireland…

100% pure

new 100% pure new zealand ad from the tourism nz team. not playing here, but non-stop previews on the telly on launch day. all smiles and sunshine here – oh, and some nice views