Category Archives: Cool stuff

Sean Donald has been Knighted

Gig at the (extremely strange*) Playhouse Theatre, about 2 minutes down the track on Westdale Road from us here in Mapua on Friday night. Now, until last week, I couldn’t have told Sean Donald from a cabbage, but anyone Flora … Continue reading

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Think THIS is a water slide…?

THIS is a water slide…. Got invited to our neighbour Sam’s 9th birthday the other day. Nicest bunch of people, 2 deer on the barbecue, a MEGA water slide and the coolest cake ever….

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Tinkling the ivories…

Not sure who donated the piano on Mapua wharf, but it attracts a wide range of ages and talents. Between 4 and 8, ranging from a skillful rendition of “Chopsticks” to pounding at random. The culturally disinterested eat icecream…

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“Your luggage will be available shortly on Carousel 7”

Nelson Airport’s a bit different. Wayne appears from behind the Air New Zealand Cargo Department building (all of 20 square metres..) on his tug with a few wagons in tow, grinds to a gentle halt and then it’s like a … Continue reading

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2 degrees of separation

Sharon Maxwell and Fabian Prioux run Abbey Road Burgers, Bar and Cafe on the Appleby Highway on a site previously occupied by the Abbey Restaurant and before that a small church. They’re both new to the business, but it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Paying forward

The Java Hut on Aranui Road in Mapua and run by Paul and Manu is Old School Mapua. No tourists – it’s a tiny shackish hut on the side of the road before any shops, most of the seatings outside … Continue reading

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“Through the hole in the hedge…”

Sounds suspiciously like “Alice in Wonderland” and the rabbit hole business, but people have been known to reappear through it at Berrylands on the Appleby Highway. But the REAL reason to go there is for their real fruit ice-creams. The … Continue reading

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