Category Archives: This is New Zealand

Waiting for the next king tide…

It’s a known fact that the Wakatu Square car park, slap bang in the middle of Nelson is built on the site of a tidal estuary, the Nelson Photo News documented flooding as far back as the 1960s and the … Continue reading

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Muriel

The Listener, a liberal leaning current affairs weekly (my mate Houghton refers to it as “that Commie rag”,so you can guess his political persuasion…) features grammatical catastrophes. As in: The Invercargill City Council approved $3000 for a muriel for the … 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

Posted in Cool stuff, Food, This is New Zealand, Yum | 1 Comment

Dear Tasman District Council…

I waited for a good 20 minutes but no people were oncoming. I know that I probably broke some by-law by proceeding, but it was chucking it down like a cow p1ssing on a flat rock, so I pretended that … Continue reading

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Shortcut to Rough Island……

Or: Fergie saves the day Or: Patrick the Good Samurai. (As Christine points out: AGAIN!!!!) I have NO IDEA what these folk were doing, lurking around on the edges of the Waimea Estuary just under the cottage with a rising … Continue reading

Posted in Country, Mapua, Sea, This is New Zealand, Water | 3 Comments

Accuracy

In the process of getting quotes for some vertical blinds for the cottage. Called up one place, gave them measurements – 245cm vertical, 195cm horizontal – someone’s going to call back. Now, you have to know that they deal in … Continue reading

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Smoke-free zone

Answerphone message: “Thank you for calling New Zealand. The country is now closed until mid-January. Please call back later” An old joke , sure, but there’s an element of truth in it. The country really does close down for 3 … Continue reading

Posted in Commerce, Richmond, Tasman, This is New Zealand | 1 Comment