It’s the tenth anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake today. 185 people died. I have written about my experience of the earthquake on this blog and so to avoid repeating myself … Continue reading Ten years on from Christchurch – February 22nd 2011
Elizabeth and I had an appointment this morning which I cycled to on Hoss. We were a little early and it was cold so I hopped inside Hoss with Elizabeth … Continue reading Inside Hoss and guns
I’ve been completely absorbed by the earthquake news coming out of New Zealand, like news of the three cows marooned on a tiny island of pasture: 3 cows stranded after New Zealand … Continue reading Let them be scared
Christchurch had another earthquake yesterday; the biggest in quite a while and just another in the earthquake sequence which began on the 4th September 2010. I remember that first one well. … Continue reading Another earthquake for Christchurch
Newsflash: I watched the rugby! Well, some of it anyway. I don’t usually take any notice of these high-profile sporting events but my mum and step-father (Doug) arrived yesterday and … Continue reading Rugby
Explaining evolution to kids is harder than you think especially when you’re riding a bakfiets at the time and they’re firing questions at you from the box in front. It … Continue reading Evolution and adventures
I wonder whether Vinny reads my blog? Vinny, if you’re reading this, I’m about to mock the Guardian for an article they’ve published. Feel free to wade in 🙂 An … Continue reading Winchester “hit” by earthquake
New Zealand’s centre-right National party won by a landslide last night granting a third term to John Key. This is apparently an unprecedented result because often support starts to wane … Continue reading Congratulations to John Key
We couldn’t leave Dunedin before making a trip to Larnach Castle. It’s touted as the only castle in New Zealand but whether it really is a castle is probably debatable. It … Continue reading Larnach Castle, Dunedin
We’re in Dunedin for a few days: my favourite New Zealand city. Dunedin is right at the bottom of the South Island while Auckland is right at the top of … Continue reading Magnificent Dunedin
Another day, another climate change documentary. This one follows the story of New Zealand’s climate change negotiations which were first born back in 1989. Since then, like in most other places, New … Continue reading Hot Air: New Zealand climate change documentary
I’m going to Hawaii this week and I have to say I’m not looking forward to it at all. The reason being that I don’t want to leave my kids. … Continue reading Hawaii
My aunt sent me this funny letter which was apparently sent to the Australian DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) office about a passport application. I have since discovered … Continue reading A funny letter to DFAT
This evening I officially became a New Zealand citizen. I know what you’re thinking: she hates the place, why would she apply for citizenship? Yes, it’s all true. I don’t … Continue reading I am a fraud!
There’s a documentary screening in New Zealand at the moment which is about New Zealand’s 100% pure image and how – with the rising pollution of rivers and swimming spots in … Continue reading 100% pure?
We will be leaving the UK at the end of this month and so I have started to think about what my life will be like back in Auckland. The … Continue reading An open letter to Gerry Brownlee
I thought I would write about my experiences with the UK state schooling system now that Daniel has been at school here for a good three months. Note that my … Continue reading State schooling in the UK
New Zealand is living up to its namesake – the shaky isles – with a string of earthquakes over the past few days. The biggest was a magnitude 6.5 this … Continue reading More earthquakes for the shaky isles
On April 17th, 2013, New Zealand parliament cheered in song with the passing of a law which allows homosexuals to marry their partners. This is a fabulous outcome and a … Continue reading New Zealand legalises gay marriage
I was enjoying a very happy lunch with a friend of ours today when two pesky earthquakes came along and spoilt it. These are the first earthquakes I’ve felt since … Continue reading OMG, EARTHQUAKE!