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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 […]

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. […]

16
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 […]

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 […]

06
Jul2007
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So, I went back to NZ for a brief 3 1/2 days. It was a great 3 1/2 days though. Got to catch up some friends, and went out every night, and generally had a great time. So thanks to everyone who helped make it all fun, and sorry to the guys who I didn’t catch up with this time. So,

07
May2007
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Kia ora! Being in NZ was great, so thanks to everyone we spent time with for making it an enjoyable trip home. Oh, and a great thumbs up for Mum’s cooking. 🙂 So, Armageddon in Wellington was great. No need to discuss. Moving on…. We had 3 gatherings over the week we were in NZ. The mates, then Rob’s family then my family, all celebrating Rob’s 23rd and my 24th birthdays. Go us! The mates: Rob’s: Mine: And Rob was […]

14
Jan2007
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All in all, being back in NZ was brilliant. So, in brief, flew into Auckland on Christmas Eve, and slept in my old bed at home (thought now its a bright pink and orange… ), but was lovely, squishy and familiar. Christmas was busy, as always. Got a haul of gifts (Star Trek Orginal Series DVD box set, tshirt, singlet, jewellery, tote bag, etc). Had Christmas lunch at home, then went to Snell’s Beach for Christmas dinner with Rob’s family. […]

06
Nov2006
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Heya everyone! So, here are a couple of photos from the long weekend Rob and I had in NZ. Was great to see heaps of people, and sorry that we didn’t see others. We’re back next on Christmas Eve and then returning to Melbourne on Jan 7.

16
Aug2006
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Kia ora everyone! I know I’ve been an awful person and haven’t updated in a month – Sorry! But, Rob’s here now in Melbourne with me. Hoorah! So, recap on the past month. Martin left to go back to Germany on the 1st of August. Caroline left to go back to England on the 4th August. I flew back to NZ on the 6th of August. Sorry to anyone I didn’t see while in NZ! I was quite busy and […]

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May2006
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Hey guys, So, I had an *awesome* hockey practice last night in the pouring rain. *Brilliant.* So, here’s some of those photos from NZ I promised – mostly friends ones from a couple of outings and a couple from Robs birthday. So, these first two are Rob related. He got this crazy lil antique tea caddy from Helen as a graduation present. Kinda kool. And then a photo from his birthday dinner. Then these are some photos from the Graduation […]

03
May2006
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Hey everyone, So, I gave photos of my graduation – here’s a couple from Robs. He graduated on the Monday at a 3.45pm ceremony, so it pretty dark at 5.30pm when we got out. I don’t have the photos from the procession and everything – they’re on Johns camera. Rob and his cousin James Rob and Chris Rob and his Grandma Ten For those who don’t know, rob graduated with Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and his cousin […]

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Apr2006
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So, I’m still in NZ (go back to Melbourne on Tuesday), but I thought I’d post some graduation photos while I was still here. Enjoy! Oh, and I’m wearing the completed korowai in all of these. So, for those who aren’t sure, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours majoring in Computer Science. Awesome! I got First Class Honours too (So did Andrew and Bruce btw. Next post will prolly be of photos from various parties and get […]

24
Mar2006
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It occurs to me, I didn’t upload any photos from the Farewell Parties that were thrown before I left. So, here’s a few. WARNING! Image heavy post! If you have dial-up, this will be *very* slow.