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Dec2014
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It’s been a busy few months and I’m very very behind on this blog. We’re back in NZ now – arrived at the end of October. It’s been 8 years since we’ve lived here and quite a lot has changed. But some things haven’t – coffee is delicious just about everywhere and the seafood is always fresh. NOM! For those who are curious, we have jobs – Success! Rob’s working at Compac Sorting (http://www.compactsort.com) who do automated fruit sorting, and […]

07
Jan2014
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While we were back in NZ, it was also my grandmother’s 88th birthday. We went up to Snell’s beach to enjoy a bit of sunshine and celebrate with the family.     Happy Birthday Ten! It was great going back to NZ and seeing our family and friends. We had a wonderful time, but we had to get back to the UK. Before that, we’re stopping off in LA for a couple of days! Until next time…

05
Jan2014
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In October, we got to go back to NZ for a wonderful 2 weeks, namely for Dad’s 70th Birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! We had 2 parties for Dad’s birthday. One with the family and one with Mum and Dad’s friends. The family one was on a sunny spring day at home with all the cousins and my Aunty and Uncle. Dad’s cousin in Spain delivered a gift over with Rob and I – a delicious looking bottle of Spanish cognac. […]

23
Feb2012
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We were in NZ for a month, all up. It was brilliant seeing all our friends and family. What was not brilliant was some of the worst Christmas/New Years weather we’ve ever had. But at least, socially, everything was great. We got to catchup with all our friends at parties, weddings and baches. The Bilkeys were in top form, as usual. We saw various parts of the Mountain whanau at Mum’s, or the zoo, or up north. All the little […]

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Feb2012
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One Tree Hill is an icon in Auckland’s landscape – the largest volcano on the skyline with a tall monument at the top. It’s surrounded by a great park, Cornwall Park, and is a nice place to walk dogs. So that’s what we did. The hill used to have one tree at the peak, but due to a chainsaw attack, the old pine tree that was there died. So now it’s nicknamed ‘None Tree Hill’. The local iwi don’t want […]

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Feb2012
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When we got back to Auckland, we had a few days to spend time with our families. One of our days was spent at Auckland Zoo, which has developed quite a bit since we last went a few years ago. We went with Mum, Matta and my younger cousins Emere, Hana T and Takimoana. The kids must’ve played on every playground in the whole zoo as we wandered around. We loved the new tiger enclosure. There’s a pool right next […]

07
Feb2012
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After a few days in Auckland catching up with the parents again, we decided to head north for a couple of nights. First, we went to the beautiful Rawhiti, where we hadn’t been since our wedding. It was a bit grey and gloomy, but still a great break. Matta and Rob got straight in the boat to go fishing. You can see the tiny dot of their boat in the distance of the bay… We weren’t having fish for dinner, […]

05
Feb2012
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While we were at Lake Tarawera, we thought we should do some touristy stuff. Namely, a stones-throw down the road, we wanted to see The Buried Village. The little museum at the Buried Village was very interesting because of all of the photographs. The Pink and White Terraces ones were great. Back in the day, tourists visited the terraces for bathing, and some would record their trip, like in the photographs below. It was fantastic to see these images and how marvellous the […]

03
Feb2012
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It drizzled through Christmas and poured through New Years. Well, it was no different at our next holiday destination. Well, we got a couple of days with sunny mornings, but it rained in the afternoons. So we made the most of the sunlight we got! John being dragged by his niece Olivia. Awesome. The front 9 are from the Gavin bach. Wonderful wonderful hot pools. The baches at Lake Tarawera have a couple of competitions the baches hold every New […]

24
Jan2012
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We got to catchup with almost all of our friends when we were back in NZ. (Sorry to those who we didn’t get time to see!) The highlight was certainly Eric and Prue’s gorgeous wedding! But first, there was a Hen’s party. The start of our day was learning to lawn bowl from Rob’s grandpa, GramBob. Don’t you love Prue’s dress? It was full of ruffles! No photos from the rest of the day, but it involved a drawing class, […]

19
Jan2012
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All done with Canada, we leapt on another plane (the All Blacks safety video on the AirNZ flight was classic) to get home for Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve at the Harte’s. We had a lovely 3 course meal which Helen ( Liz’s mum ) made – a salmon salad, roast turkey and trifle dessert. NOM NOM. Christmas day we headed up to Snells beach for the Bilkey Family Christmas. Firstly, we went straight out to get some scallops for […]

13
Sep2010
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The third and final post from our NZ trip is about our friends. We have a varied and great group of friends, even though we don’t see them that often and are hopeless at keeping in touch. But we had some great wee adventures while we were home, and got to catchup with most of our mates. Was brilliant to see you all! We had dinner with the Compsci crew at the delicious Kirin in Parnell. Great japanese food, and […]

10
Sep2010
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One of the key things Rob was looking forward to about going to NZ was kitesurfing with his brother. The winds in Melbourne are great for kitesurfing, but its always better if you’ve got a buddy to go with. The boys went out both at Pt Chevalier and at Snell’s Beach. Was pretty neat conditions at Pt Chevalier when we went down. The tide was so far out, but there were dozens of kites out. It took the boys a […]

10
Sep2010
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I’ve been slack. You see, I missed some posts. Important posts too. After we left Melbourne, and before we flew to London, we were in New Zealand. For 3 whole weeks. And I haven’t posted anything about it at all! Hopeless, yea? So, we were in NZ, which was wonderful. We got to see our family and friends. There were dinners, movie trips, and we only spent two nights out of town, optimizing the time at home! This post is […]

18
Jul2010
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Hey guys, So, I’ve ported all my old blog posts from the old http://lizs-world.livejournal.com site to this one, unifying the two blogs. We also added a few of the wedding blog posts we had made on the wedding version of this site previously. It’s all in one happy place now! To see the oldest blog post on this site now, go to http://www.lizandrob.co.nz/2006/03/ These blog posts are from when I first moved to Melbourne in March 2006 until aout b2009. […]

09
Aug2009
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Hey everyone, So, we’ve downsized our wedding website for eternal storage. There’s a selection of about 200 photos left in the media gallery. Thank you again for those who contributed to making our wedding day so amazing. Rob and I still talk about aspects of the day the smile. I’m sure we’ll be doing that forever. Arohanui and lots of love, Liz [EDIT] Photos for posterity’s sake…

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Apr2009
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Hi everyone, So, as I said in my previous post and in the little slips people received in the post, all of the professional wedding photos we currently have are online in low resolution. We have received a bunch of guests’ high resolution images so far – thank you! I will be uploading those shortly. Also, we will be receving another (smaller) batch of additioanl professional photos from the photographers in the next week or so. Thanks so much everyone! […]

06
Apr2009
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So, Rob and I are married. We had a wonderful wonderful day, so thank you to everyone who came, everyone who wished us well and the people who couldn’t make it. If you would like any of the images emailled to you in high resolution, please – note the unique image name starting with LR – email Liz Harte, Helen Harte or Helen Davidson Then, we can email that requested photo back to you in high resolution. Thanks! Liz

16
Jan2009
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Hi everyone! I have updated the accommodation availability – The Duke and the Commodore’s Lodge have both been booked out completely! We recommend you stay at either Seaport Village or Hananui Apartments, both for their closeness to the dinner venue, but also their quality. I have also added the ceremony programme, including marae protocols that should be followed during the day. If you have been welcomed onto Te Rawhiti Marae before, you need not participate in the powhiri. It will […]

14
May2008
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Rob and I have also selected a wedding date! 7th March 2009 Perfect. [EDIT] Photos for posterity.