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Title: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 16, 2009, 12:34:19 AM
Now I know I'm not the only Kiwi/Belfast girl on here, so stand up and be counted. Who else settled in New Zealand.
We emigrated to Australia in Feb 1968, stayed there 5 years and then moved to Christchurch NZ, Husband of 28 years Paul and I retired to Oamaru (small town on the east coast of the South Island) 4 years ago. I will post some photographs.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on June 16, 2009, 08:21:17 AM
G/day G/G,  we came to NZ in 1963 lived in auckland and wellington and a couple of farms. been in the winterless north 36 years, I see the weather down your way is a bit rough.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 16, 2009, 08:41:44 AM
You could say that, it was 7o C today. Brass monkeys in Dunedin.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/AMPSoc3SmallWebview.jpg)       (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/BankNSWSmallWebview.jpg)
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/WaitakiBoys1883SmallWebview.jpg)    (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/WDC4SmallWebview.jpg)
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/Walkway2SmallWebview.jpg) (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/WaitakiBoys1883SmallWebview.jpg)
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/NZLoanMerc1882SmallWebview.jpg)     (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/LastPostSmallWebview.jpg)
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/CopyofStPaulsSmallWebview.jpg)   (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/CopyofStPatricks1893SmallWebview.jpg)

Just a few shots taken around Oamaru's Old Victorian Precinct.

Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Val on June 16, 2009, 01:02:42 PM
Great GG,

loved the pictures, the one of the church is beautiful. Great to see other parts of the World.

Hope we get more, naumai, you must have some you can share.

Val 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Kateme on June 16, 2009, 02:08:05 PM
Wow -Greyghost - makes me what to visit your beautiful neck of the woods. 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on June 17, 2009, 12:37:57 AM
Great GG,

loved the pictures, the one of the church is beautiful. Great to see other parts of the World.

Hope we get more, naumai, you must have some you can share.

Val 
well Val,GG lives in a beautiful old town ,built on the profits of the goldfields, I live just outside a village of 400 ,beautiful farmland with elite soils. 100 years ago itwas the great tokatoka swamp.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 17, 2009, 01:29:31 AM
Yes I love Oamaru, it has a wonderful history and some beautiful scenery. Here are a few more shots.
 (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/Precinct17.jpg)      (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/Deer_2.jpg)    (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/Copy2ofLanesEmulsion1878SmallWebvie.jpg)   (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/Copy2ofHarbourBoard1876SmallWebview.jpg)         (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/Precinct83.jpg)      (http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/Copy2ofCriterion1877-2SmallWebview.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: pussy-galore on June 19, 2009, 01:25:44 PM
These are stunning photographs, GG - looks like a beautiful place with gorgeous architecture - thanks so much for sharing them with us  :-* - hope you'll post many more.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Val on June 20, 2009, 01:34:34 AM
Beautiful pictures GG,

I love the one of the Stags ? I hope I have got them right. All really nice pictures, are these some of you own.

Naumai,

I am sure you can find a few really nice pictures to put on even if it is fields. Now get that camera out and get going.

Love. ..Val    ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on June 20, 2009, 08:13:33 AM
(http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z204/naumai/HPIM0422.jpg)            my first try at sending a photo,my wife at broadbeach queensland
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on June 20, 2009, 08:14:20 AM
looks like it didént work
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on June 20, 2009, 08:15:14 AM
oops it did work
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on June 20, 2009, 08:22:07 AM
(http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z204/naumai/HPIM0348.jpg)  Iíi have another try. this is for Greyghost,,ok do you know where this is.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: pussy-galore on June 20, 2009, 11:20:49 AM
(http://i192.photobucket.com/albums/z204/naumai/HPIM0422.jpg)            my first try at sending a photo,my wife at broadbeach queensland

Absolutely Beautiful!  :) Thanks for sharing the pics.  O0
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 22, 2009, 03:24:42 AM
This is Central Otago Danseys Pass.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Danseys2.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 22, 2009, 03:25:52 AM
Water powered Sluce gun, used by the goldminers.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/slucegun.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 22, 2009, 03:26:53 AM
Danseys Pass Hotel/Pub
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/danseyshotel.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 22, 2009, 03:28:57 AM
Clarkes Flour Mill 1876- in the process of being restored.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/ClarksMill2.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 22, 2009, 03:32:23 AM
Clarkes cottage, Farm cottage attached to the mill.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/ClarksMill6.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 22, 2009, 03:33:17 AM
Otago University Dunedin Otago.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Dunedin15.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 22, 2009, 03:34:50 AM
First Church Dunedin
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Dunedin18.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 22, 2009, 03:36:18 AM
Knox Church, Build by the Scottish Settlers to Dunedin.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Dunedin8.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 22, 2009, 03:38:14 AM
This is Dunedin from the motorway as you drive in.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Dunedin6.jpg)

That's your lot for today. :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: pussy-galore on June 22, 2009, 10:18:03 AM
This is Dunedin from the motorway as you drive in.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Dunedin6.jpg)

That's your lot for today. :)

Lovely pictures, GG - can't wait for your next batch  O0
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 25, 2009, 05:38:33 AM
Female NZ gray Fur Seal.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_008.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 25, 2009, 05:39:36 AM
Kaikoura

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_009.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 25, 2009, 05:40:51 AM
Keas, South island New Zealand mountain parrot

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_010.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 25, 2009, 05:42:13 AM
Early Morning mist over Lake Manapouri

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_011.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 25, 2009, 05:43:08 AM
Waterfall at Milford Sound

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_012.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 25, 2009, 05:44:27 AM
Mountain River Milford Sound

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_013.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 25, 2009, 05:45:47 AM
Mitre Peak Milford Sound

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_014.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 25, 2009, 05:47:29 AM
Another of Mitre Peak on a choppy day.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_016.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on June 25, 2009, 05:49:40 AM
Moeraki Boulders. Giant spherical balls of rock.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_018.jpg)

Last one for today. Let me know what you think.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Kateme on June 25, 2009, 02:38:27 PM
Moeraki Boulders. Giant spherical balls of rock.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_018.jpg)

Last one for today. Let me know what you think.
Oh GG - those are wonderful pictures.  Next time we go to Oz - will take a side trip to NZ. Just spectacular.  :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Val on June 25, 2009, 03:34:00 PM
GG & Naumai,

Your pictures are great, so nice to see other countries.  keep them coming.  .Val  O0

Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 01, 2009, 01:40:11 AM
Just a few more.,
NZ fur seal
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_019.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 01, 2009, 01:41:50 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_029.jpg)
The penguin express Oamaru
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 01, 2009, 01:43:12 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_033.jpg)
Fleurs Place - Rick Steins favorite restaurant. Moeraki Otago
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 01, 2009, 01:44:57 AM
Cob mud cottage, build in the 1860's by early settlers. Central Otago.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_057.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 01, 2009, 01:46:06 AM
The Haunted Vulcan Hotel, St Bathans Otago
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_065.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 01, 2009, 01:47:35 AM
Pancake Rocks Punakaiki West Coast.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_030.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 01, 2009, 01:49:04 AM
Ophir River, mid-winter hore frost. Central Otago
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_080.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 01, 2009, 01:50:21 AM
Ophir Bridge Central Otago.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_096.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 01, 2009, 01:52:13 AM
Blue Lake, St Bathans Central Otago.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_097.jpg)

Last one for today. Let me know if you've all had enough.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Geraldine on July 01, 2009, 07:58:57 AM
Good morning GG.
I pop into this thread to look at your photos.
NZ interests me as I have two very dear  Irish friends who have been there for many years.
Your pics are spectactular,what a beautiful country GG. :) :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 02, 2009, 02:09:55 AM
Elephant Rocks Duntroon. This is the place they filmed the Chronicles of Narnia

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_043.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 02, 2009, 02:11:24 AM
Phoenix Mill Wheel Oamaru
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_100.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 02, 2009, 02:13:51 AM
Yellow eyed Penguin chicks. Moeraki
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_106.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 02, 2009, 02:15:15 AM
Punting on the Avon River Christchurch

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_129.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 02, 2009, 02:17:00 AM
Waterfall at Punakanui The Catlins Southland

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_141.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 02, 2009, 02:18:06 AM
Tasman Glacier, Southern Alps NZ

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Oamaru/MMM-2008_144.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Jeannie on July 02, 2009, 03:35:08 AM
greyghost

Your pics are wonderful, thank you for posting them. :)

I have several friends who live in NZ and they absolutely love the country.  They left NI about 30 years ago.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 03, 2009, 08:23:37 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/TaieriGorge14.jpg)
Taieri Gorge Railway Otago
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 03, 2009, 08:24:24 AM
Otago Bush walk

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/NZbridge.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 03, 2009, 08:25:38 AM
Nugget Point The Catlins

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/nuggetpoint1.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 03, 2009, 08:27:20 AM
Catlins Beach

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/owaka.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: twocoats on July 03, 2009, 03:12:51 PM
Great Photos GG....TC O0
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 08, 2009, 08:39:07 AM
Here are a few more photographs of my beautiful part of the world.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Dunedin18.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 08, 2009, 08:40:44 AM
Dunedin railway station

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/TaieriGorge8.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 08, 2009, 08:43:08 AM
First Church Dunedin (Presbyterian)

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Dunedin8.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 08, 2009, 08:44:22 AM
Billy goat gruff.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/TaieriGorge1.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 08, 2009, 08:49:01 AM
We have mountain trolls here as well, look in the mouth of the cave.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/TaieriGorge17.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Arlene on July 08, 2009, 01:39:39 PM
Wonderful photos GG  :) I've spent 5 great holidays in NZ, I just love the country & the people  O0
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Val on July 08, 2009, 01:40:37 PM
GG,

Your pictures are stunning and I love the effects on some of them. Beautiful, I will never get tired of looking at them, so keep them coming.

Many thanks. ..Val  ;)  
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Kateme on July 08, 2009, 07:38:03 PM
Billy goat gruff.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/TaieriGorge1.jpg)
I've read that children's book GG.  I love your pictures. Keep at it!
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 21, 2009, 05:53:13 AM
Some more photographs.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Baaaahh.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 21, 2009, 05:54:52 AM
Oamaru old Victorian Precinct

Elevator Grain Building
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/DSC02597.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 21, 2009, 05:56:35 AM
Boer War Memorial Oamaru.
I've just finished making a DVD on the moving of this statue.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/DSC02600.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 21, 2009, 05:57:38 AM
Fishing boast returning home.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/boat.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 21, 2009, 05:58:48 AM
Cob Cottage built around 1875

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/cob-cottage.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 21, 2009, 06:00:27 AM
A couple of kids out fishing today.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/DSC02915.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 21, 2009, 06:01:51 AM
Oamaru Harbour today, weather change on the way.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/oamaru.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 21, 2009, 06:05:50 AM
That's it for today folks, it's home to the heater for me.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/website-pix/Test-st_04.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Kateme on July 21, 2009, 03:01:55 PM
Love, love, love your pictures - I've got to go there sometime!!  K
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on July 22, 2009, 01:06:55 AM
If you decide to come to Oamaru, let me know. Always happy to make a meal and show you around.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on August 05, 2009, 12:50:16 PM
It's a deal Greyghost but it's a bit colder than here( North of Cairns..queensland) :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 06, 2009, 01:50:15 AM
Ah no need to worry about the cold, just bring a hot water bottle and a bottle of John Jameson. :) :) Just to add to that. Anyone from this forum, if you are planing a trip to NZ you will always be welcome, it's never a problem to throw another spud or six in the pot. Just leave me a PM to arrange it.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on August 06, 2009, 04:28:11 AM
Greyghost...what is a typical N.Z. lunch ...without Lamb. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Belle Fast on August 06, 2009, 05:12:40 AM
We had a great trip to NZ five years ago. We hired a camper van in Christchurch drove around the south island, took the ferry over to the north island and left the van in Auckland. My favourite places were an overnight stay at the foot of Mount Cook and the town of Napier.  :) It was in December but the weather wasn't the best.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 13, 2009, 04:29:27 AM
SJ, lambs too expensive these days, how about pea, pie and spud.  :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on August 13, 2009, 07:25:00 AM
SJ, lambs too expensive these days, how about pea, pie and spud.  :)

Greyghost....You'll have to  do better than that....we had a meeting in Belle's house just about 2 yrs ago.  The champagne and prawns and chicken was flowing.  Are you guy in N.Z. in the middle of a recession , or something,,,none here .( offically) :) ;)
I look forward to it ??
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on August 13, 2009, 08:33:26 AM
Hi sj and GG ,we have just come home after 3 weeks on the gold coast ,papers keep saying the recession is over,but there was no one there,couldént believe it ,we have been going there  most winters for nearly 20 years.never seen it like that.        BUT the weather was perfect 21 -25% every day,
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on August 13, 2009, 11:08:08 AM
Hi sj and GG ,we have just come home after 3 weeks on the gold coast ,papers keep saying the recession is over,but there was no one there,couldént believe it ,we have been going there  most winters for nearly 20 years.never seen it like that.        BUT the weather was perfect 21 -25% every day,

The people are North of Cairns.  I went for a walk tonight and Trinity Beach has lots of tourists.   I think that people who normally go to Bali are coming here :) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 14, 2009, 01:11:38 AM
Tourism has slowed here, although I have heard that quite a few Australians are visiting. :)
I guess I could muster up a bit better than PPnP. But we'll see. lol
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: pajamo46 on August 14, 2009, 04:54:08 AM
The people are North of Cairns.  I went for a walk tonight and Trinity Beach has lots of tourists.   I think that people who normally go to Bali are coming here :) ;)
Hi Naumai, Trinity beach is good, but would recommend the beautiful beach at Palm Cove, just a few Kms north...spectecular, enjoyed a few good Xmas hols there.
Must say though we are still getting a fair number of visitors in Rotorua, and the Bay beaches would rival Aussie beaches (in the summer), Regards Pajamo46
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: pajamo46 on August 14, 2009, 04:54:59 AM
Hi Sj, Trinity beach is good, but would recommend the beautiful beach at Palm Cove, just a few Kms north...spectecular, enjoyed a few good Xmas hols there.
Must say though we are still getting a fair number of visitors in Rotorua, and the Bay beaches would rival Aussie beaches (in the summer), Regards Pajamo46

Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Belle Fast on August 14, 2009, 03:29:04 PM
The people are North of Cairns.  I went for a walk tonight and Trinity Beach has lots of tourists.   I think that people who normally go to Bali are coming here :) ;)
sj i've had enough of the rain this winter, I've booked Bali for next July.Saving Queensland for when I'm old  :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on August 14, 2009, 10:55:56 PM
sj i've had enough of the rain this winter, I've booked Bali for next July.Saving Queensland for when I'm old  :D

You are giving yourse;f plenty of time to get your passport for Queensland organised...your lucky because people from N.Z. need to have a visa and proof that they are not destitute. :) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on August 15, 2009, 01:32:34 AM
Hi pajamo46,yes I prefer our beaches over the ones in OZ in summer ,theirs are far to hot for me. we had a week at the mount in feb it was very nice.  one of my sons lives in melbourne ,his in-laws went visiting when the bush fires were on poor old lloyd reckoned it was 47% when he got of the plane and they spent a week sitting in the pool only place to keep cool.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 15, 2009, 02:23:01 AM
I like our beaches, no sharks...
Here are a few more pictures taken in and around Otago.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/kelp2.jpg)
Kelp Roots
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 15, 2009, 02:23:50 AM
Oamaru - This is my home town.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/october007.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 15, 2009, 02:25:35 AM
Fishing boat home for the day.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/EmmaJane2.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 15, 2009, 02:26:35 AM
Autumn, Rainbows End

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/End-of-rainbow.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 15, 2009, 02:28:04 AM
Benmore Hydro Out flow

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/BenmoreDam6.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 15, 2009, 02:28:56 AM
Benmore Dam Out-flow

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/BenmoreDam21.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 15, 2009, 02:30:56 AM
The Pied Piper

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/PiedPiper.jpg)
Feeding out the Alpacas
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 15, 2009, 02:32:05 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/sheep.jpg)

Sheep and early lamb
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 15, 2009, 02:33:29 AM
Oamaru harbour

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/oamaru.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on August 16, 2009, 12:52:16 PM
great photos ...it looks a bit cold . :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 17, 2009, 01:12:57 AM
Yep sj, is a bit cold at the moment. middle of winter. Roll on spring. :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on August 17, 2009, 03:09:26 AM
Yep sj, is a bit cold at the moment. middle of winter. Roll on spring. :)


Greyghost....living here we really don't have a Winter and I sometimes miss it.  However as I get older I feel more relaxed and spend less on heating and clothes.  I spent last Northern Winter in China so at the moment I am happy with the weather...sam. :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Belfast Dave on August 17, 2009, 03:27:37 AM
Greyghost....living here we really don't have a Winter and I sometimes miss it.  However as I get older I feel more relaxed and spend less on heating and clothes.  I spent last Northern Winter in China so at the moment I am happy with the weather...sam. :)

Hi Sam,

I'm in north China right now, but it aint cold! 27-30C in Harbin.

Dave
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on August 17, 2009, 03:34:24 AM
Hi Sam,

I'm in north China right now, but it aint cold! 27-30C in Harbin.

Dave

Hello Dave.....great to hear from you. .it is Summer ....but it is one of the coldest habitable places on earth during the Winter.  Quite a place for B.F. meeting.
How are you enjoying the stay and how long will you be in China for this time.?  Don't talk to any steel people otherwise it could mean jail and don't say the word s.p.y. or break it up otherwise it's no more internet for you. .seriously??? :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Belfast Dave on August 17, 2009, 03:49:02 AM
Sam,

They seem to like the winter here, there's a lot of talk about it and they are famous for their ice sculptures.
I'm just here for a few days to attend a conference http://www.ccs-cicc.com/CICC-6/English/Index.htm (http://www.ccs-cicc.com/CICC-6/English/Index.htm)
and project meeting.
It's a bit chaotic, but so was last year's conference.

Haven't seen anything of the city yet, but we are going for a tour on Wednesday and I have Thursday free, then back home on Friday. My Chinese colleagues have been advising me about keeping my nose clean ...

Dave
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on August 17, 2009, 05:10:23 AM
Dave,

There is a special word for that and it's called.....bribery which is alive and well in China.  Everyone is a friend but you can have special friends.   The people are amazing and most of the country seems to have lots of Buddist temples. :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 17, 2009, 05:57:55 AM
I would love to visit China, but my old dickey ticker wouldn't take the stress.
Take lots of photographs Dave so we can all take a peek.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on August 17, 2009, 06:23:51 AM
Yes G.G.   Dave lets see who you are talking to. :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 21, 2009, 03:20:22 AM
I've been putting together a DVD of old settlers homes and businesses, here are just a few of the old and abandoned homes.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/watchmaker.jpg)
Naesby Otago, a gold mining town.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 21, 2009, 03:21:27 AM
Boot makers, Naesby Otago. Gold mining town.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/bootmaker.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 21, 2009, 03:23:18 AM
Shist cottage, St Bathans Otago, Gold mining town.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/HoarFrost_45.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 21, 2009, 03:24:04 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/danseycart1.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 21, 2009, 03:24:57 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/abandoned10_01.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 21, 2009, 03:25:29 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/abandoned10_07.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 21, 2009, 03:26:05 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/abandoned10_04.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 21, 2009, 03:27:05 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/DSC02932.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 21, 2009, 03:28:38 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/ClarksMill6.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 21, 2009, 03:32:00 AM
This is the town in which I live, Oamaru, it was built from a special type of white limestone. Tis part of town is known as the Precinct. The building on the left is the Criterion Hotel 1875. I love at the top of the hill to the right.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Precinct-2sm.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Kraffy on August 22, 2009, 12:15:45 PM
Hello G.G. Popped into NZ Calling for a look. Love all the pictures, hope to get over there in near future. Want to do the train trips.  Bye from Wagga, NSW.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 23, 2009, 01:41:04 AM
We have some great train trips, you will enjoy that. Let me know if you are coming to Oamaru...
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Kraffy on August 23, 2009, 01:51:16 PM
Thank you, G.G.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: tomcollins on August 23, 2009, 08:45:58 PM
Oh GG - those are wonderful pictures.  Next time we go to Oz - will take a side trip to NZ. Just spectacular.  :)

When you do visit , remember the land was stolen from the Maori.

Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Kraffy on August 24, 2009, 09:20:39 AM
Every land was 'stolen' from someone else, Tom, we would'nt be talking to one another otherwise.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on August 25, 2009, 05:10:12 AM
Don't get drawn into it Kraffy. There is always an idiot..
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Kraffy on August 25, 2009, 07:55:55 AM
You're right G.G. I should'nt have said anything. Best Wishes.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Shazza on September 04, 2009, 12:38:40 AM
You've kept these hidden away! Only found them because I saw your msg on the JoelKerr thread.

These are lovely GreyGhost.  Enjoyed seeing the beautiful buildings and beaches.

Thanks very much.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 01, 2009, 12:48:59 AM
Just thought I'd add a few more photographs, just to keep you all interested.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Birds6.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 01, 2009, 12:50:19 AM
Spoonbills at Kakanui

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Birds39.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 01, 2009, 12:51:16 AM
Yellow eyed penguin chick
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Birds11.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 01, 2009, 12:52:29 AM
NZ Tui (Parson bird)

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Birds107.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 01, 2009, 12:53:34 AM
Cormorants on the pier.

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Birds10.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 01, 2009, 12:56:21 AM
Beach erosion Oamaru

(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/DSC03139.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 01, 2009, 12:57:05 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Daisy.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 01, 2009, 12:57:35 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/honey-brush.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 01, 2009, 12:58:05 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/lily.jpg)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 01, 2009, 12:59:03 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/DSC03143.jpg)

Last one for now.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: widz on October 01, 2009, 01:09:11 AM
Wow these are wonderful colourful pics well done ghostie :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Shazza on October 01, 2009, 01:22:24 AM
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! 

Fabulous photos- colourful, vibrant, unique - loved them! thanks Greyghost  :-*
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: justluvbeingme on October 01, 2009, 01:42:22 AM
Beautiful pictures greyghost , realy enjoyed loking at them, was like going to an art gallery.
jus,
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Shazza on October 01, 2009, 02:14:05 AM
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/lily.jpg)

The detail in this is beautiful.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 01, 2009, 02:14:27 AM
Greyghost.....these are brillant ....however N.Z. is a bit cold for me but I will get there someday and we can have a look and a drink...thanks :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 01, 2009, 02:16:16 AM
I am looking forward to the Prime Minister picking me up at the airport....he promised ???? ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: floral on October 01, 2009, 10:00:18 AM
This is Central Otago Danseys Pass.
(http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a165/greyghost_nz/NZ%20South%20Island/Danseys2.jpg)

I really enjoyed your beautiful photos. Keep them coming.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Arlene on October 01, 2009, 10:24:31 AM
More fabulous photos GG  O0  thanks for posting them  :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DOFFER on October 01, 2009, 04:48:51 PM
wonderful pictures ,colourful ,lovely scenery ,New ZEALAND looks a like an enchanting place to live ,

thanks for sharing your home photos , :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Flossie on October 01, 2009, 05:59:11 PM
Greyghost, loved the pics, they are so beautiful! I loved the ones of Milford Sound and Tasman Glacier.

Hope you're well, can't wait to hear from you, Flossie :-*
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 02, 2009, 04:34:00 AM
wonderful pictures ,colourful ,lovely scenery ,New ZEALAND looks a like an enchanting place to live ,

thanks for sharing your home photos , :)

only if you are under 4 ft and a fan of Lord of the Rings.....now real men ??? oh, and wimmin. :) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 02, 2009, 07:18:05 AM
Now careful sj, we have the All Blacks and Zena (Lucy Lawless)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 02, 2009, 08:00:20 AM
Now careful sj, we have the All Blacks and Zena (Lucy Lawless)

I was counting them Greyghost??? .I was in touch with your Prime Minister and he is picking me up at the airport.  He was great at marketing N.Z.   Especially when he said that you still loved Americans. ;)

On a more serious note my sympathies to anyone who has lost anybody in the recent earthquakes and Tsunami.  I believe that Australian medics were in Samoa by the next morning....all the best  Greyghost and hopefully the All Blacks have overtrained for the next Rugby World Cup. :o
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 05, 2009, 05:44:29 AM
Thank-you sj, it had been pretty hard for some of our Samoan friends, they have lost up to 14 family members. They are taking it with great dignity, many of the dead will be buried in a communal cemetery service on thursday of this weeks. Thoughts and prayers are with them.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on November 09, 2009, 10:41:45 PM
Will up-date soon, I promise.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on November 09, 2009, 11:41:32 PM
It's easy to forget N.Z.  as there arn't mant people from N.Z. on this forum...how are you.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: 22may on November 13, 2009, 12:55:41 AM
irish kiwi  is still on
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on November 13, 2009, 01:32:08 AM
and me
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on November 13, 2009, 06:55:58 AM
What no bed to go to??? ::)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Pat1941 on November 16, 2009, 11:46:20 PM
 1967 saw us settlein Papatoetoe from Dundonald. It was love at first sight.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on November 17, 2009, 01:35:21 AM
1967 saw us settle  into manurewa from willowfield
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on February 05, 2010, 02:13:36 AM
I haven't forgotten, just been a bit busy, but new shots on the way.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 05, 2010, 02:59:47 AM
don't worr it is normal for people in N.Z. to take a long time to do anything??? ;) :smile: y
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: garmoyle on February 05, 2010, 07:41:11 AM
Now I know I'm not the only Kiwi/Belfast girl on here, so stand up and be counted. Who else settled in New Zealand.
We emigrated to Australia in Feb 1968, stayed there 5 years and then moved to Christchurch NZ, Husband of 28 years Paul and I retired to Oamaru (small town on the east coast of the South Island) 4 years ago. I will post some photographs.

http://web.me.com/seamews/Sailortown_Belfast/Welcome.html

Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on February 12, 2010, 10:23:28 AM
I haven't forgotten, just been a bit busy, but new shots on the way.

GG,  I've met many Kiwis during my working life and have NEVER met one I didn't like.  I'll get there one day soon!   ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 12, 2010, 11:41:42 AM
I might get to N.Z. this year as there are wonderful offers in the travel agents.   Of course there are great offers to South Africa, Canada, Europe and even better ones to America and China.???I fancy a trip to N.Z. then Canada and home via China in August?? :smile: ;) :D WHERE WOULD i FIT IN CUBA??
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on February 21, 2010, 12:33:16 AM
Now I know I'm not the only Kiwi/Belfast girl on here, so stand up and be counted. Who else settled in New Zealand.
We emigrated to Australia in Feb 1968, stayed there 5 years and then moved to Christchurch NZ, Husband of 28 years Paul and I retired to Oamaru (small town on the east coast of the South Island) 4 years ago. I will post some photographs.
g/day  greyghost ,do you know bob gillespie  form belfast  iveagh crescent, the family live chirstchurch i would like to catch up  :smile:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 21, 2010, 04:34:32 AM
Now that the R.U. season is started we might see more posts on this thread. :smile:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on March 16, 2010, 07:10:53 AM
I know a couple of Bobby gillespie's, but Have lost touch though, we live in Oamaru 250 kms from Christchurch.
I will have to do something about the photographs. They appear to have been swallowed up by photobucket.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Darcy5799 on March 17, 2010, 10:40:05 PM
A bit late I know...sorry....hope you all had a great St Pats Day in Kiwi land  :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on March 20, 2010, 10:28:05 AM
Just today bought three match tickets for Ireland's game against the All-Blacks on 12 June at Yarrow Stadium New Plymouth. Will this be Ireland's first win against New Zealand?
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Jon B on March 20, 2010, 11:23:09 AM
Just today bought three match tickets for Ireland's game against the All-Blacks on 12 June at Yarrow Stadium New Plymouth. Will this be Ireland's first win against New Zealand?

It would be nice, but unlikely.
Played 22, won 0, drew 1, lost 21. :swoon:
Although this Irish team is one of the best for a long time, so here's hoping. :smile:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on March 23, 2010, 07:15:53 AM
Just today bought three match tickets for Ireland's game against the All-Blacks on 12 June at Yarrow Stadium New Plymouth. Will this be Ireland's first win against New Zealand?
hi brian did  you work  in hughes bakery :scratch_ones_head:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on March 23, 2010, 07:25:22 AM
Nah, connolly! I can't blame my wind problem on Barney Hughes.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on March 23, 2010, 07:31:53 AM
Nah, connolly! I can't blame my wind problem on Barney Hughes.
i worked there in the 70,s  there was a brian  mc keever there he lived on cavandish street :smile:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on March 23, 2010, 07:35:53 AM
i worked there in the 70,s  there was a brian  mc keever there he lived on cavandish street :smile:
there baps where the best, kennedys not to bad
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on March 27, 2010, 07:01:51 AM
This has got to be O'driscoll's last chance. I pray fervently he gets his ultimate goal---to beat the allblacks.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on March 27, 2010, 09:52:01 AM
Not a chance.!!!!! :girl_blum:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on March 27, 2010, 10:02:56 AM
What price Ireland 13+ at the Tab?
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on March 28, 2010, 12:19:07 AM
What price Ireland 13+ at the Tab?
love to see them win ,it will be a good hard game , i never go near the bookies ::)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Helens Bay on March 28, 2010, 08:13:35 AM
Hi Connolly
I lived in Iveagh Dr and knew bobby gillespie and his brother peter who was a very good soccer player.
I now live in Dunedin in NZ.
I believe bobby gillespie lives in wellington
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on March 28, 2010, 09:09:18 AM
Hi Connolly
I lived in Iveagh Dr and knew bobby gillespie and his brother peter who was a very good soccer player.
I now live in Dunedin in NZ.
I believe bobby gillespie lives in wellington
you must know us  the connollys  we lived next door to bob  and peter iam martin
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on March 28, 2010, 09:14:31 AM
you must know us  the connollys  we lived next door to bob  and peter iam martin
you would know our jim , he and paddy montgomery where frends
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Helens Bay on April 01, 2010, 03:45:01 AM
Martin
Knew your brother Jim well,how is he?we used to play soccer together at Willowbank playground.
My brother Jon used to get around with Paddy montgemery
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on April 01, 2010, 10:09:46 AM
Martin
Knew your brother Jim well,how is he?we used to play soccer together at Willowbank playground.
My brother Jon used to get around with Paddy montgemery
our jim is doing well  he is now living up in crumlin , paddy is in melbourne, i was back 2 years ago  we had a great time  i took a dander a round iveagh   you would not know any one , all the best keep in touch
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Helens Bay on April 02, 2010, 01:32:03 AM
Martin
Good to hear he is keeping well next time you are talking to him give him my regards
Brian Rea
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on April 02, 2010, 08:49:33 AM
Martin
Good to hear he is keeping well next time you are talking to him give him my regards
Brian Rea
will do brian now i know  who iam in contact with ,what about your paul  have not seen him years :smile:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on April 02, 2010, 08:50:58 AM
will do brian now i know  who iam in contact with ,what about your paul  have not seen him years :smile:
iam   now in perth  western australia
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on April 02, 2010, 10:49:01 AM
Martin and Brian, you both must have known Peter McClure. What happened there? I was told he is in Milltown buried with dominic, his dad. He went to New Zealand around 1970. One of life's mysteries.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: McNamee on April 02, 2010, 11:00:57 AM
Brian Is that the Peter McClure who's father owned the shop at Beechmount?
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on April 02, 2010, 11:07:24 AM
Yep that was him. I worked for Dominic on a paper round and sang in St Paul's choir with Peter.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: McNamee on April 02, 2010, 11:10:25 AM
Peter was a good friend of mine, he went with a girl I went to school with.  He always got us free passes for the Astor.  He was a real Gentleman. 
 
I knew he had died but did not realise he was buried in Belfast.  Used to go to the Water Polo matches with him and the other players.;
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on April 02, 2010, 11:16:25 AM
Yes! Peter was a good guy. I'm just wondering if he left any family here in New Zealand but maybe not. He also provided free passes to the Windsor cinema which we accepted at our own risk.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: McNamee on April 02, 2010, 11:17:33 AM
I am still in touch with the girl he used to go with and I know she always kept in touch with him, so I will find out from her if he had a family.  I know he was married.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on April 02, 2010, 11:21:39 AM
Thanks! Any news would help. His sister Shiela was a good looker--brazen as anything.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: mcd on April 02, 2010, 02:38:01 PM
Hello New Zealand  :hi:    First time on this thread. .just popped over to wish you all a HAPPY EASTER :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Helens Bay on April 03, 2010, 09:46:21 AM
Our Paul lives in Toronto,he was here in NZ for a few years but his wife wanted to go back to Canada.
peter McClure lived at 4 Iveagh Dr when i was younger, sorry to hear he had Died RIP.
His elder sister Pat lives in Melbourne and used to live opposite when I lived in Willowvale Ave.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on April 03, 2010, 12:31:53 PM
Yeah! The McClures and the Fearons did a straight swap from 4 Iveagh Drive to the shop at 247 Falls Road.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: connolly on April 04, 2010, 01:42:29 AM
Yeah! The McClures and the Fearons did a straight swap from 4 Iveagh Drive to the shop at 247 Falls Road.
sorry to see the mc clures  passing ,peter gillespie also . bob lives in tithi bay wellington remember joesey ,from joeseys shop she passed away just last year.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: landofoz on August 25, 2010, 02:03:34 PM
Ah no need to worry about the cold, just bring a hot water bottle and a bottle of John Jameson. :smile: :smile: Just to add to that. Anyone from this forum, if you are planing a trip to NZ you will always be welcome, it's never a problem to throw another spud or six in the pot. Just leave me a PM to arrange it.
Hi there  i live at Port Macquarie always wanted to go to NZ for a visit. .I am from Belfast Antrim rd Area Migrated to Australia 1981

Do you do B|B as we are interested   maggie
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Helens Bay on August 26, 2010, 02:55:31 AM
connolly,
How are you?I have just been talking to Bobby Gillespie for the past hour and we had a great old catch up.
He has been trying to get hold of you but hasn`t got your phone no and he is no longer on the computer.
Send me a personal message with the number and I will ring him with it.
Brian
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on September 04, 2010, 11:36:24 AM
Hi guys!  I believe you had an earthquake today in Christchurch.  We heard you all the way here in Australia:-
 
"Shut - what was thet?"    :D
 
 
Just joking - hope you're all OK!  All the best.   :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 05, 2010, 10:57:12 PM
Hello Greyghost. .hope that everyone is well in N.Z.   aRE YOU bARNEY'S BROTHER....MUST RING YOU ON SKYPE.  The t.v. coverage coming from N.Z. doesn't look good. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on September 05, 2010, 11:52:22 PM
Thanks, we are all fine, we live 3 hours south of Christchurch, the quake hit at 4.30am the house shook like hell for about 1.5 minutes but Oamaru has had no damage. My dogs slept through it. Some of our friends and family in Christchurch have had minor damage photographs, vases, plates and ornaments, one friend her German Shepherd paniced and ran out into the road and was killed.
It has been a big wake up call to all of us, we are all used to small quakes  4 or 5's but this one was a surprise.
It will take many families and businesses a long time to recover but thank God no one died as a result of the quake.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Darcy5799 on September 06, 2010, 12:19:00 AM
Hope all our neighbours in New Zealand are safe and well  :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on September 06, 2010, 02:01:16 AM
Hi Greyghost, glad to hear you're fine and that no one was killed.  When I heard about the quake, I immediately thought of you.  It certainly gives you a fright.  We get smaller ones here too and it's a strange sensation.  That big one would have been very scary.  Take care.  KC  :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: mcd on September 06, 2010, 02:50:58 AM
Just popped in to see how everyone is, glad you made it through the quake Greyghost sad news about your friends pet   we have been watching the TV coverage here amazing there was no loss of life  wish you all  Good Luck and Stay Safe    :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on September 06, 2010, 03:24:11 AM
Aftershocks are coming thick and fast, there have been over 100 so far in the region of 4.5 - 5.4. The weather is starting to close in and they are expecting heavy rain in the next couple of days. Last night we had very high coastal winds up to 120kms. Nerve racking for those in Christchurch and surrounds.
Shock is starting to set in with many people, lost power and water supplies are a difficulty for others. Today there have been cases of gastro. Hundreds of pets have gone missing. The CBD of Christchurch is still cordoned off and a curfew is in place. It will be many days before people can return to work in the city. Supermarkets today have their staff cleaning up the mess in the shopping isles.

I will post some photographs later.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on September 06, 2010, 11:54:42 AM
Hi there.  Was just thinking that it was very lucky the quake happened on the weekend or there could have been loss of life, looking at the damage to the CBD.  Take care.  :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on September 06, 2010, 03:07:06 PM
Spring has really come upon us here in Hawkes Bay.
The plum tree is blossoming, the navel oranges and mandarins have sweetened over Winter and are ready to pick. The magnolia tree is in full bloom as are the camelias and fresias. The daffodils still linger having been out for a few weeks. There might still be a frost or two before the end of the month so the tomato shoots might need covering. Maybe I'll dig in a few spuds tomorrow for Christmas.
It's 2 am and I've just been able to wander outside in boxer shorts for a smoke.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on September 08, 2010, 01:16:56 AM
Well Christchurch is still shaking, another aftershock of 5.1 this morning. Damage cost are mounting $2billion estimated at the moment.
Checkout. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/emergency-extended-canterbury-rocked-3765524/photos
Or www.tvnz.co.nz or www.stuff.co.nz both sites have extensive coverage.
I feel so sorry for my friends and family living in Christchurch and Kaiapoi. My prayers and thoughts are with them.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: IRISHDIVA on September 08, 2010, 02:41:43 AM
We have been getting a good bit of the coverage here in Canada, I still can not believe the damage but I thank goodness the number of people killed or hurt is very low. Another 5.1, thats very high on the scale for an aftershock.
Hope that this is the end of it and you all can start the re-build and people can start to put things back to some sort of normal.  Keep your chin up.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on September 08, 2010, 02:43:38 AM
Hi Greyghost.  Thanks for posting these links.  I've had a look through all the articles and photos.  It's a total disaster.  All those poor animals, and they don't know what's happening.  I hope your friends and family haven't suffered big losses or severe damage.  Keep us posted.  We got good coverage of the quake on Sunday & Monday, but since then we've only been getting short items on our news bulletins about NZ, because the political situation here, plus our floods, have been dominating our news bulletins.  All the best.  KC  :(
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 08, 2010, 04:00:32 AM
I have friends arriving in N.Z for a two week cruise.  I heard this morning that the Lion Nathan brewery in Christchurch survived the earthquake however a lot of beer in their warehouse was smashed so can one assume that there will be a beer shortage.  This is something that I would not have expected or experienced.  I have experienced the happenings in an eartquake, no water , electricity and as a consequence no banking at the A.T.M. or fuel for the car but no beer. ;) .
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: mcd on September 08, 2010, 09:20:26 PM
Well Christchurch is still shaking, another aftershock of 5.1 this morning. Damage cost are mounting $2billion estimated at the moment.
Checkout. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/emergency-extended-canterbury-rocked-3765524/photos (http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/emergency-extended-canterbury-rocked-3765524/photos)
Or www.tvnz.co.nz (http://www.tvnz.co.nz/) or www.stuff.co.nz (http://www.stuff.co.nz/) both sites have extensive coverage.
I feel so sorry for my friends and family living in Christchurch and Kaiapoi. My prayers and thoughts are with them.
    Hi Greyghost  Just had a look at both photo sites unbelievable the damage that was done  I wish the folks in the affected areas, Good Luck and God Speed getting back to normal which i am sure wont be for quite awhile by the looks of the photos  My thoughts and prayers are with them also   Take Care
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 10, 2010, 09:23:27 AM
Hello Brian,

I see that Hawkes Bay had a large aftershock....hope that you are well...Sam
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on September 10, 2010, 09:49:10 AM
Hope you're all doing okay.  Those aftershocks just keep coming.  Take care.  KC  :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on September 10, 2010, 12:02:58 PM
Hello Brian,

I see that Hawkes Bay had a large aftershock....hope that you are well...Sam
[/quote

You must have seen Buster Keaton in  "The General" silent movie.
While all was mayhelm around him he just kept plodding on. Never mind the American Civil War!
I feel like that with our tremors. I was the same in Belfast 1969-74. Tried to stay out of whatever the trouble was and being on Falls Road it wasn't easy. It seems to fit in with New Zealand ways--everyone tries to be nobody and thus avoid too much involvement.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 10, 2010, 02:58:35 PM
Brian.....what???...So you are well.and not short of beer.
Seriously. .hope that life is good to all in N.Z.AND WE CAN MEET SOMEDAY?? ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on September 16, 2010, 09:53:40 AM
Hi Greyghost and all you Kiwis.  Hope things have settled down there by now.  I'll get over there one of these days.  KC  :smile:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 23, 2010, 04:16:04 AM
Hi Greyghost and all you Kiwis.  Hope things have settled down there by now.  I'll get over there one of these days.  KC  :smile:
[/quote

Maybe that's why they are afraid to answer ...or they don't have the telephone line.   I know that there is a shortage of alcohol but I never thought that the phones and internet were not working. :D :(
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on September 23, 2010, 08:23:16 AM
You're probably right SJ.   :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on September 23, 2010, 09:20:26 AM
Christchurch quakes have settled down, they are getting aftershocks of between 3 - 4.5 still bad enough to rattle the nerves. The weather here has been really bad, snow, rain, high winds, gee welcome to spring. Been a pretty rough month for us all.
I haven't been 100% lately but that's not unusual, I'm getting better. :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on September 23, 2010, 09:31:10 AM
Hi Greyghost, I'm very sorry to hear you haven't been well.  Hope you get better soon.  Imagine still getting aftershocks after all this time.  I know what you mean about the weather.  It's been a cold, wet winter here in Vic. too.  Come on summer!  It's good to hear from you.  Take care of yourself.   :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 23, 2010, 09:56:11 AM
Hi Greyghost, I'm very sorry to hear you haven't been well.  Hope you get better soon.  Imagine still getting aftershocks after all this time.  I know what you mean about the weather.  It's been a cold, wet winter here in Vic. too.  Come on summer!  It's good to hear from you.  Take care of yourself.   :air_kiss:

We have had bad weather here in the N.E. of Queensland.  Warm but humid.  Weather people said last week that the sea temp was 26.5c and we only need 27c for a cyclone to form.  At this rate we could have a cyclone before December and the official cyclone season doesn't start until after Xmas.  ;) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: dogface on September 25, 2010, 01:50:25 PM
will   b in auckland end of oct thisyear
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 25, 2010, 11:39:30 PM
will   b in auckland end of oct thisyear

You've got a twin on the Australian thread....I am away for breakfast ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: dogface on September 26, 2010, 10:15:56 PM
runs in our family :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: IrishDigger on October 07, 2010, 01:43:45 AM
Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Ostraylya, is rudely awoken at 4am by the telephone.

"Jewleea, its the Hilth Munister here. Sorry to bother you at this hour but there is an emergency! I've just received word thet the Durex fectory en Sydney has burned to the ground. It is istimated thet the entire Ostraylyan supply of condoms will be gone by the ind of the week."

PM: "Shut - the economy wull niver be able to cope with all those unwanted babies - wi'll be ruined!"

Hilth Munister: "We're going to hef to shup some in from abroad... Brutain?..."

PM: "No chence!! The Poms will have a field day on thus one!"

Hilth Munister: "What about New Zulland?"

PM: "Maybe - but we don't want them to know thet we are stuck."

Hilth Munister: "You call John Key - tell hum we need one moollion condoms; ten enches long and eight enches thuck! That way they'll know how bug the ossie's really are!!"

Jewleea, calls John, who agrees to help the ossie's out in their hour of need.

Three days later a plane arrives in Sydney - full of boxes.

A delighted Jewleea rushes out to open the boxes. She finds condoms; 10 unches long; 8 unches thuck, all coloured black and white. She then notices in small writing on each and ivery one. .

MADE IN NEW ZEALAND - SIZE : MEDIUM
 
(Written with NZ Accent)
 


Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 07, 2010, 01:48:16 AM
Yep that would be about the size of it.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 07, 2010, 07:21:55 AM
Irish Digger " It's the way you tell 'em".

What's the weather like in N.Z. / :( I have friends from England arriving in Auckland and they go to Christchurch in about 2 weeks.  How are things in the city.  Is there a shortage of beer and wine? :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on October 25, 2010, 11:31:12 AM
It's Labour Day today in NZ---a public holiday. Time and a half plus a day in lieu--and we weren't even busy. Bossman gave two bottles of Carlsberg to take home. My first taste in weeks--lovely.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 25, 2010, 12:02:48 PM
Hello Brian.

Good to hear from you.  Is there a problem in buying beer in N.Z since the earthquake.  Friends of mine from England were in Hawkes Bay today.     It's a small world....Sam ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on October 29, 2010, 11:44:17 AM
Hello Brian.

Good to hear from you.  Is there a problem in buying beer in N.Z since the earthquake.  Friends of mine from England were in Hawkes Bay today.     It's a small world....Sam ;)
 
Just a quick look-in before bed, Sam.
Been working hard all day.
Looking forward to the pension in 18 months.
Your English friends should have enjoyed the Bay on Monday--it was fine.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on November 24, 2010, 06:03:25 AM
Sincere condolences to all the families and friends of the 29 miners killed in the Greymouth mine in New Zealand. 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on November 24, 2010, 06:43:39 AM
Mining has claimed more lives in N.Z. and it's hard to know what to say except to express condolances to everyone who is involved.  We heard today that as men were preparing to enter the mine there was a second large explosion and that noone is expected to have survived from the original explosion.  It was a small community and this has brought a lot of sadness to the commun ity. :(
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on November 24, 2010, 08:33:30 AM
Yes it's been a very sad day, poor guys didn't really have a chance. Has been a bad year for the South Island, flooding, earthquakes, a light plane crash with 9 on board and now the mine disaster. Let's hope the fickle finger finds another home soon.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on November 27, 2010, 12:53:11 AM
The bossman gave me more beer today--this time a dozen. Don't know if he's trying to motivate me or mortify me.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Burnsy on December 03, 2010, 05:45:20 PM
Anyone live close to Gisborne?
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 04, 2010, 05:38:22 AM
Anyone live close to Gisborne?

It's about three hours drive up the east coast from here.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 04, 2010, 01:24:50 PM

It's about three hours drive up the east coast from here.

That's very Irish Brian. ....tell him where" here 'is. . :(
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Burnsy on December 05, 2010, 12:55:51 AM

It's about three hours drive up the east coast from here.

Thanks Brian, I hear Hastings is a nice spot :smile:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: dogface on December 05, 2010, 10:54:40 PM
was  in auckland no longgo  plenty of beer
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 06, 2010, 02:14:30 AM
Good Dog Face....I have replied to one of your posts from earlier...Sam.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 22, 2010, 10:51:17 AM
Back to beer!!!
We have a lady, recently widowed, who comes to our workplace and who gives the boss a few bottles of her late husband's home brew.
Bossmann thanks her very much and muses "I think I'll pass on this one" and gives the beer to me.
Quite honestly this deadman's beer is the finest. I can't get enough of it. God's truth!!
Meanwhile I could suppose--who's knocking on the widow's door--see you tomorrow boss.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 22, 2010, 11:26:58 AM
Hello Bran,

We have a micro brewery in Cairns where you can make your own beer and then it is kept by the brewery on their premises under controlled conditions.  One of my friends and I went to make Newcastle Brown Ale .    We didn't measure out  the ingredients very well cause we ended up with a very nice light stout...but very drinkable. ;) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 22, 2010, 11:28:04 AM
what's your weather like...we are waiting on the formation of a cyclone ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 22, 2010, 11:31:15 AM
All is under control---there is no cyclone heading your way from NZ.
Don't know if Bran is what is needed.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 22, 2010, 11:46:31 AM
All is under control---there is no cyclone heading your way from NZ.
Don't know if Bran is what is needed.

Brian,
Typing is not my forte...there is a cyclone being formed as we speak.  ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 22, 2010, 11:56:11 AM
Oh well let the cyclone come.
If the parish priest show up in the morning he can help clean up.
Then he can have the bran and you and your good lady can have a decent breakfast of a big fry when he leaves.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 22, 2010, 12:26:48 PM
I'm not a great fan of smoked bacon but it will do....I prefer sweet cured bacon or bacon in brine cooked on the bbq until the rind goes crispy but traditionally every meat needed to be smoked in the tropics , before refrigeration, so we get really thick smoked bacon . It goes well with potato bread which we make.We had some people here last night and my wife made oven wheaten wholemeal bread.  There was not a piece left by the time dinner was taken out of the Webber bbq.  Unfortunately I can't fry eggs on the webber grill.?? :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 24, 2010, 09:51:09 AM
Just in for a quickie!!!
Worked till 10pm and now just off to carols at 11.30 and midnight mass.
Night night and Happy Christmas to all.
I'll say a prayer, SJ, that the VW engine turns up.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 24, 2010, 12:54:50 PM
Just in for a quickie!!!
Worked till 10pm and now just off to carols at 11.30 and midnight mass.
Night night and Happy Christmas to all.
I'll say a prayer, SJ, that the VW engine turns up.

Brian.

Can you keep Sex out of the conversation. :D I don't need an engine just the bit with the pointey stick. ::) ;) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 24, 2010, 01:00:02 PM
As you know, Sam, I can't do sex and keyboarding at the same time--at least I've never tried to.
Midnight mass was lovely--I met faces I hadn't seen since last year.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 27, 2010, 11:06:03 AM
Christmas was great--even though I had to do a 5 hour shift.
No 1 son brought his girlfriend home--a Chilean girl, the second girlfriend he has brought home to mum and dad--we wonder how long this one will last.  No 2 son is cannier--no steady yet--he's only 20.
All the girls came home too except Nuala (no not the comedienne)--shes in Ranong, Thailand with hubby and expecting her first baby on 7 Jan. They are doing work with Burmese displaced persons on the Thai-Burmese border.
It's boiling hot here, even at midnight.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: McNamee on December 27, 2010, 11:21:52 AM
Poor didums,  you should come over here if you need cooled off.     :D
 
Glad you had a good Christmas.  Have a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 27, 2010, 11:39:51 AM
Any kind of a smack-- :girl_blum:  or :air_kiss:  from you Bernie would heat us up even more.  :D . Good luck with the prospector staking claims on your daughter.
Happy New year to you too.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 27, 2010, 11:53:31 AM
It's hot and wet here.  We can watch the grass grow.  No1 son is in accident and Emergency over the holidays and no 2 son is working with landmine victims in Cambodia so for the 1st time in 26 years we had Xmas by ourselves. ;)
Tell us about the quakes to hit Christchurch / Canterbury yesterday. :swoon: :swoon: :swoon:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 27, 2010, 11:58:12 AM
Felt nothing here in Hastings--I first learned of it while watching BBCWorld in the middle of the night.
Is that true about your son being a sapper in Cambodia?
No not a sapper--his duties are needed later in the piece.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 27, 2010, 12:49:05 PM
Felt nothing here in Hastings--I first learned of it while watching BBCWorld in the middle of the night.
Is that true about your son being a sapper in Cambodia?
No not a sapper--his duties are needed later in the piece.

YOUR DRINKING ?? ;) i can tell.....he's a physocology student and they need lots of help in Cambodia.
I read an article recently about a hijack of an ice-cream van near Hastings a few days ago.  The guy stole the van and then bombarded people with ice cream....can you confirm the truth of the newspaper article. :scratch_ones_head:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on December 28, 2010, 12:50:30 AM
Re Earthquakes in Christchurch, Firstly they are treating the damage to the CBD as new damage, my sister lives in Christchurch she said the constant shakes are really hard on the nerves, no one can relax and just when you do  along comes another shake. I live in Oamaru 3 hours south of chch and I have to admit I am glad that we are here and not there.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 28, 2010, 01:15:08 AM
YOUR DRINKING ?? ;) i can tell.....he's a physocology student and they need lots of help in Cambodia.
I read an article recently about a hijack of an ice-cream van near Hastings a few days ago.  The guy stole the van and then bombarded people with ice cream....can you confirm the truth of the newspaper article. :scratch_ones_head:

Yes indeed , Sam, not two hundred yards from here round the corner.
He is of no fixed abode and is remanded in custody over Christmas-New Year.
It's amazing what journalists pick up to amuse us.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on December 28, 2010, 01:46:24 AM
Mr Whippy van hijacked in drunken rampagePosted Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:37am AEDT
A drunk New Zealander hijacked a Mr Whippy van at knifepoint then hurled ice creams at passers-by during a vanilla and alcohol-fuelled rampage, reports said.
Joseph David Banks, 21, admitted running amok in the North Island town of Hastings last week, but was so drunk he could not remember the incident, the Hawke's Bay Today newspaper reported.
Court documents showed that on the evening of December 7, Banks armed himself with a butcher's knife and threatened the life of a woman holding her young child on the street, before crawling into a nearby Mr Whippy truck.
The unemployed man then used the van's facilities to make soft serve ice creams and throw them at people on the footpath.
When police confronted Banks, the ice cream van bandit refused to cool down and resisted arrest until back-up arrived.
Banks pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a series of charges, including threatening to kill, resisting police, disorderly behaviour and possession of an offensive weapon.
He was remanded in custody for sentencing on Friday.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on December 28, 2010, 02:02:16 AM
Mr Whippy van hijacked in drunken rampagePosted Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:37am AEDT
A drunk New Zealander hijacked a Mr Whippy van at knifepoint then hurled ice creams at passers-by during a vanilla and alcohol-fuelled rampage, reports said.
Joseph David Banks, 21, admitted running amok in the North Island town of Hastings last week, but was so drunk he could not remember the incident, the Hawke's Bay Today newspaper reported.
Court documents showed that on the evening of December 7, Banks armed himself with a butcher's knife and threatened the life of a woman holding her young child on the street, before crawling into a nearby Mr Whippy truck.
The unemployed man then used the van's facilities to make soft serve ice creams and throw them at people on the footpath.
When police confronted Banks, the ice cream van bandit refused to cool down and resisted arrest until back-up arrived.
Banks pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a series of charges, including threatening to kill, resisting police, disorderly behaviour and possession of an offensive weapon.
He was remanded in custody for sentencing on Friday.

GG, what sort of an idiot is he? :D   Well he'll soon be off to the cooler.  :girl_blum:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on December 28, 2010, 02:18:09 AM
Now we shouldn't "poke" fun at him.   :girl_blum: :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 28, 2010, 04:26:08 AM
Now we shouldn't "poke" fun at him.   :girl_blum: :D

I won't poke fun at him. .people will do anything to grab the headlines ...could only happen in N.Z. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on December 28, 2010, 07:47:30 AM
Now we shouldn't "poke" fun at him.   :girl_blum: :D 
Quote

 :girl_blum: :girl_blum: :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on December 28, 2010, 08:24:18 AM
Re Earthquakes in Christchurch, Firstly they are treating the damage to the CBD as new damage, my sister lives in Christchurch she said the constant shakes are really hard on the nerves, no one can relax and just when you do  along comes another shake. I live in Oamaru 3 hours south of chch and I have to admit I am glad that we are here and not there.

GG, that would be very hard on the nerves indeed.  Hope your sister is OK.  There've been a lot of tremors in and around Christchurch, and it's a very scary feeling.  :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 28, 2010, 09:04:52 AM
yes G.G. hope that they will all be well. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: dogface on January 21, 2011, 08:40:51 PM
brian  ihave a niece  down your neck of the woods but i suppose its like asking do you know a guy called billy wears a cap ,works in the shipyard,,,,,,,well her  and hubby joanne ,malcolm frazier ? cherio
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 21, 2011, 10:13:40 PM
Why is that name Malcolm Fraser so familar to me?? :unsure: :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: dogface on January 22, 2011, 12:14:28 AM
Why is that name Malcolm Fraser so familar to me?? :unsure: :D
    BESIDES OTHER THINGS         YOU JUST READ IT  XXX
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 22, 2011, 09:48:43 AM
    BESIDES OTHER THINGS         YOU JUST READ IT  XXX

You edjet ;) he was a prime minister of Oztralia....what's he doing living in N.Z. :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: dogface on January 23, 2011, 04:54:12 PM
YES     I     WROTE " BESIDES  OTHER   THINGS"  watery mouth  :girl_blum: :angry2:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 23, 2011, 10:32:34 PM
YES     I     WROTE " BESIDES  OTHER   THINGS"  watery mouth  :girl_blum: :angry2:

Yes ....I do droole at the mouth a bit sometimes,  ;) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: dogface on January 23, 2011, 10:45:36 PM
 ;) :girl_blum: I KNOW  I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: skinnyfella on January 23, 2011, 10:56:07 PM
Does anyone recognise my 'Avatar'. Taken just over a year ago in one of the  nicest and  most popular places in NZ
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 24, 2011, 01:48:00 AM
Is that smoke coming from the funnel of the ship. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on January 24, 2011, 03:19:43 AM
Does anyone recognise my 'Avatar'. Taken just over a year ago in one of the  nicest and  most popular places in NZ
the earnslaw at lake wakatipu, queenstown.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 24, 2011, 03:42:36 AM
Skinny fella are you in N.Z.

tHE BOAT IS THE Larne ferry boat when it left Belfast ,in 1932, I am a student of Sherlock Holmes and I deduce that there is smoke billowing from the funnel, and I can see Bangor in the distance. :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: skinnyfella on January 24, 2011, 07:53:54 AM
10 out of 10 Naumai. Photo taken approaching Queenstown from Glenorchy.

Sam.... One daughter living in Christchurch married to a Kiwi, another in Rangiora which is about half an hour from same. Know the South Island pretty well as last year was the first in nine that I hadn't visited. Air Fares!!!!
Living in Greater London
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 24, 2011, 09:42:38 AM
Excelllllent?   ;)  Are the N.Z'landers a bit strange :scratch_ones_head:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: skinnyfella on January 24, 2011, 10:16:47 AM
Work hard play hard, but not more that 40 hours a week. Absolutely fantastic breed! Really know how to enjoy themselves.!!
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 25, 2011, 10:47:57 AM
A happy Oztralia Day to all the people in the East. ;) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on January 25, 2011, 10:55:16 AM
You're right on the button, Sam. It's just gone midnight.
Have you any big race meetings on today across the ditch?
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 25, 2011, 11:33:46 AM
You're right on the button, Sam. It's just gone midnight.
Have you any big race meetings on today across the ditch?

I don't think so Brian,  They might be tamarra. ;) I don't have any interest in the gee gee's.Did you frequent the Oxford  in Belfast. :swoon:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: dogface on January 26, 2011, 01:21:13 AM

I don't think so Brian,  They might be tamarra. ;) I don't have any interest in the gee gee's.Did you frequent the Oxford  in Belfast. :swoon:
    I UST TO WEAR OXFORDS
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 26, 2011, 01:53:35 AM
    I UST TO WEAR OXFORDS

They could beexpensive shoes. :swoon:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: dogface on January 27, 2011, 11:23:29 PM
no    i meant    OXFAMS :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 28, 2011, 01:33:11 AM
You're right on the button, Sam. It's just gone midnight.
Have you any big race meetings on today across the ditch?

None on Australia day up here.  We have a cyclone coming back.    N.Z. denied it entry to it"s area ;)  seriously this could be the straw that breaks the camels back.   If we get a lot of rain, and it's forecast for tamarra then we are in serious trouble.  There are still shortages in the shaps.   No Jacobs Creek, no little creatures and lots of the Victorian beers are not on the shelves. :angry2: :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on January 28, 2011, 09:40:30 AM
Cyclone Wilma is closing on NZ tonight but is not expected to reach Hawkes Bay.
I hope not, I have a 21st birthday to go to tomorrow.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 28, 2011, 12:04:40 PM
Cyclone Wilma is closing on NZ tonight but is not expected to reach Hawkes Bay.
I hope not, I have a 21st birthday to go to tomorrow.

but your over 50. .or is it 60...just being kind??? ;) :yahoo: :yahoo:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on January 28, 2011, 03:25:15 PM
Yes, but the wee girl I work with covers for me so much I just have to go to her party bearing gifts.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 28, 2011, 10:37:44 PM
Yes, but the wee girl I work with covers for me so much I just have to go to her party bearing gifts.

Nice touch , Brian :swoon:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: dogface on January 30, 2011, 04:06:36 PM
did brian touch  for the wee girl ?????
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on January 31, 2011, 12:24:39 PM
Did not!!
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 31, 2011, 10:03:23 PM
Did not!!

Brian,
I've been reading a lot about Rewi Alley lately.   Many people were disappointed by his , what seems to be, betrayal of all of his lifes work after the revolution in China.  The book that I have read is " Ocen Devil",The life and legend of George Hogg.by James Mc Manus but there are book about Alley himself.  Two amazing people .  Alley is buried in China. ::)   There is another famous N.Z. called Kathleen Hall, from China fame, who died in N.Z. in 1970.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on February 01, 2011, 09:48:57 AM
Thanks for the lead, Sam.
My daughter Helena has a part-time job as reference librarian here in Hastings.
I shall pay her a visit at work and follow up on your "suggested reading".
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 01, 2011, 10:04:37 AM
Thanks for the lead, Sam.
My daughter Helena has a part-time job as reference librarian here in Hastings.
I shall pay her a visit at work and follow up on your "suggested reading".

Brian..I am going to near the region that they both worked in .  Wuhan was where they both worked before moving to escape the Japanese advance.  Reading about them was a real pleasure. :smile:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 07, 2011, 10:58:06 PM
A belated Waitangi Day to all yousens .  Have the high temps of the South Island over the past few days gone. :D   Im agine sweltering heat on the South Island??? :scratch_ones_head:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on February 21, 2011, 12:07:34 AM
SJ I'm in Oamaru and the hottest day we've had was 24o. Where are you that it's so hot, I'll move. I'd love a few nice warm days.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 21, 2011, 01:55:41 AM
SJ I'm in Oamaru and the hottest day we've had was 24o. Where are you that it's so hot, I'll move. I'd love a few nice warm days.

Greyghost,

You are welcome....we live just North of Cairns in Oztralia..  it going to be 32c today.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on February 21, 2011, 02:34:35 AM
My lad has just moved to Sydney, he said he was cooking in the apartment the other day 40o while waiting for telstra, then they didn't bother turning up.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 21, 2011, 03:44:55 AM
My lad has just moved to Sydney, he said he was cooking in the apartment the other day 40o while waiting for telstra, then they didn't bother turning up.

Telstra are not a good company. G.G.wILL THERE BE ANY RUGBY UNION NEAR YOU DURING THE WORLD CUP. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on February 21, 2011, 03:55:39 AM
Yep the new stadium at Dunedin 1hr 20min south of us. I think Ireland are playing one of their matches.  There will also be games at AMI Stadium in CHCH which is a 3 hour drive north of us.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 21, 2011, 06:03:07 AM
You are pretty far South then.....I saw the film " The Fastest Indian"...made around Invercargill.  I believe that they will have world cup rugby union in their stadium.   It can be a cold place. :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Belle Fast on February 22, 2011, 01:35:12 AM
Getting reports of a 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch here in Oz with reports of injuries. Hope all our kiwi members and families are safe. :smile:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on February 22, 2011, 01:53:35 AM
I'm in Oamaru couple of hundred miles south of Christchurch, we felt it but had no damage. From what I understand Christchurch has major damage with a number of fatalities, two buses have been crushed by falling debris and multiple buildings have collapsed, dozens of parked cars have been crushed by falling buildings. Power and phone lines are down. Christchurch cathedral had been badly damaged and water is coming up through the ground. This is a major disaster. As I type this we are just having another aftershock.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on February 22, 2011, 01:58:46 AM
I'm watching it live on TV.  It's shocking news.  Thinking of all our Kiwi friends.  :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on February 22, 2011, 02:07:58 AM
Update at 3.10pm

Christchurch has been rocked by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, felt in many parts of the South Island.
The Christchurch police central police station has been evacuated and there are unconfirmed reports of injuries and buildings down.
A witness told Radio New Zealand a church had fallen to the ground.
The town centre is packed with people, hugging and crying, while the concrete had lifted in places with trees uprooted and the Avon River has turned brown, she said.
GNS Science said the 6.3 magnitude quake struck at 12.51pm, 20km southeast of Christchurch, at a depth of 5km.
It was felt from Kapiti Island in the North Island to Gore in the South Island.
Items were knocked of shelves as far away as Timaru.
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management said the national crisis management centre had been activated.
The quake was very shallow and information was still being gathered, a spokesman said.
Telecom said it was investigating reports all Christchurch phone lines were down.The TVNZ building in Christchurch had collapsed, a source, who described the quake as "massive", told NZPA
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: cyprus girl on February 22, 2011, 02:20:06 AM
We heard about this on our news tonight here in BC Canada our thoughts and prayers are for the people in New Zealand this night God Bless to all :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 22, 2011, 03:40:24 AM
Hello Greyghost and all N.Z. friends. .we joke about the friendly rivalry between Oz & N.Z but we hope and pray that the situation isn't too bad.  Lives have been lost but it is impressive to witness the calmness that people are showing. Best of luck to you all. .Sam.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on February 22, 2011, 04:59:14 AM
Yes, it's not good, this one is a biggy. So many people are missing in collapsed buildings. Power and phone are out. I have not been able to contact my sister, neice or nephew. Or many of my firends. Will keep you posted.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on February 22, 2011, 05:10:03 AM
Greyghost, I hope all your family and friends are safe.  We've all got you in our thoughts.   :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moonlight on February 22, 2011, 10:11:41 AM
Greyghost, I just saw this on our news here in the UK.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the poor people who died or are injured and their families.  Keep Safe. :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: mgwalsh55 on February 22, 2011, 12:52:32 PM
Been following the news all morning it awful I hope and pray all our Kiwi friends are safe and well. MG.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: lilylou on February 22, 2011, 12:57:07 PM
Thinking of you all in N Z .Sorry but I don't know what to say .
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sydenhambetty on February 22, 2011, 01:46:52 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch and indeed all in New Zealand. :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: mcd on February 22, 2011, 02:06:58 PM
To  those who are hurt i pray for a speedy recovery   
To those who have lost a family member or friend we send our deepest sympathies
 
         MAY GOD HOLD YOU ALL IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Giannineo on February 22, 2011, 07:55:52 PM
I'm in Oamaru couple of hundred miles south of Christchurch, we felt it but had no damage. From what I understand Christchurch has major damage with a number of fatalities, two buses have been crushed by falling debris and multiple buildings have collapsed, dozens of parked cars have been crushed by falling buildings. Power and phone lines are down. Christchurch cathedral had been badly damaged and water is coming up through the ground. This is a major disaster. As I type this we are just having another aftershock.

glad to hear that you are o.k GG
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: belle on February 22, 2011, 08:10:38 PM
Hello New Zealand, especally to the people of Christ Church. You're all very much in my prayers and thoughts tonight, God Bless you all.  :air_kiss:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Darcy5799 on February 23, 2011, 12:23:58 AM
Thinking of you all over in NZ  .God Bless
 
 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Kathleen2 on February 23, 2011, 12:39:36 AM
Just saw on this evenings news about the terrible earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand. Thinking about all of you and pray that you are safe.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: chi on February 23, 2011, 12:53:42 AM
prayers and positive thoughts sent to everyone that's been touched by this disaster.
 
Many countries are sending search &  rescue teams to help.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: chi on February 23, 2011, 02:27:18 AM
Christchurch earthquake: Aerial photos - National - NZ Herald Pictures (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/image.cfm?c_id=1&gal_cid=1&gallery_id=116918#7381109) www.nzherald.co.nz (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/)Aerial photos reveal the damage to buildings and shows flooding and rubble lining the streets of Christchurch.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: lilylou on February 23, 2011, 10:01:50 AM
When I think of places that our associated with earthquakes N Z isn't one of them .Are earthquakes normal in N Z ?

Hope the rescue is going well and they manage to get some of the people out alive.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on February 23, 2011, 10:26:47 AM
Lilylou, just saw your post. Just putting this on for your information and to answer your question.  Yes,  earthquakes are common in NZ.  :smile: 

"Most of the world's earthquakes (90%, and 81% of the largest) take place in the 40,000-km-long, horseshoe-shaped zone called the circum-Pacific seismic belt, known as the Pacific Ring of Fire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Ring_of_Fire), which for the most part bounds the Pacific Plate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Plate).[23] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquake#cite_note-22)[24] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquake#cite_note-23)"  (Wikipedia)

NZ is at the bottom left of this upside-down horseshoe shaped zone.
 
 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: lilylou on February 23, 2011, 05:22:06 PM
KC ,thank you very much for posting that ,it is really interesting .

Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 24, 2011, 06:34:52 AM
There is sad news from N.Z.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Darcy5799 on February 24, 2011, 07:45:45 AM
Indeed a very sad day for our neighbours in NZ
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this devastating time :( :(
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Patricia Margaret on February 25, 2011, 01:35:04 AM
Such a tragedy for our New Zealand friends.  My prayers are with you.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 25, 2011, 07:01:50 AM
I hear that many young foreign students are trapped in the television building and that  there is little hope of their survival.  I think that they are mostly Chinese and Japenese.  On the Chinese news they are saying that 26 young students are missing.The television coverage of this natural disaster is huge here in Australia.  Chinese and American rescuers and people from all over the world have arrived to suppliment the Australian rescuers who arrived the day after the earthquake.
Here in N. Queensland a young Dutch mining engineers who is on holidays has asked to be flown to N.Z. to help with the rescue efforts.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on February 25, 2011, 09:58:14 AM
We're all hoping against hope that those trapped are able to be saved. You're all in our thoughts during this awful time.   
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: McNamee on February 25, 2011, 11:00:34 AM
Really sad. .
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sydenhambetty on February 25, 2011, 03:49:03 PM
Still offering up prayers that more survivors will be found and that lots of help will be given to those in need. :(
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on February 27, 2011, 05:59:53 AM
Update on earthquake, so far there have been over 40 aftershocks varying from 2 to 4.5. There are confirmed 146 dead and over 200 missing. This is biggy and will take a long time to recover from.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on February 27, 2011, 06:13:41 AM
Hi Greyghost, Have been watching the developments here in Oz.  It's been receiving constant coverage. A dreadful time for all of you. Thinking of all those affected and have given a donation.
 
If anyone else wants to donate money for our Kiwi friends, here's the website:
 
http://www.redcross.org.nz/cms_display.php (http://www.redcross.org.nz/cms_display.php)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Sally Ann on February 27, 2011, 06:18:16 AM
Hi Greyghost, Have been watching the developments here in Oz.  It's been receiving constant coverage. A dreadful time for all of you. Thinking of all those affected and have given a donation.
 
If anyone else wants to donate money for our Kiwi friends, here's the website:
 
http://www.redcross.org.nz/cms_display.php (http://www.redcross.org.nz/cms_display.php)

Thank you for this link kraft!   Will do!
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: mcd on February 28, 2011, 05:30:38 PM
Hi Greyghost, Have been watching the developments here in Oz.  It's been receiving constant coverage. A dreadful time for all of you. Thinking of all those affected and have given a donation.
 
If anyone else wants to donate money for our Kiwi friends, here's the website:
 
http://www.redcross.org.nz/cms_display.php (http://www.redcross.org.nz/cms_display.php)

  KC Thanks for posting the redcross wed site    I just watched  little babies funeral on the news here i think they said he was 1 year old just broke my heart
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sydenhambetty on February 28, 2011, 10:57:12 PM
KC thanks for the link and once more may God be with those that have suffered due to this terrible Earthquake. :(
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on March 01, 2011, 01:02:10 AM
  KC Thanks for posting the redcross wed site    I just watched  little babies funeral on the news here i think they said he was 1 year old just broke my heart

Hi Mcd, it's heartbreaking.  Poor wee thing was on the floor and a TV fell down on him when the quake started.  His mum picked him up and took him to hospital but there was nothing to be done.  :(
It's a week today since the quake.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 17, 2011, 03:24:58 AM
On a happier note I would like to wish all of you a very happy St Patrick's Day.....and many more.   Your day is almost over?? ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: jillyfred on March 20, 2011, 06:43:18 PM
Prince William`s visit to your lovely Country appears to have been well
received ,and your people have had the opportunity to see at first hand
just how friendly and down to earth a young man he has grown up to be.
He has said how much he loves the "Antipodes" and their people.Its very
obvious just how sincere this young man is-definitely his Mother`s Son-she would be so very proud.
As I said on the Australia thread-I do not think it will be too long before he brings his Princess to visit you.
jilly
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on March 26, 2011, 02:52:56 AM
Prince William`s visit to your lovely Country appears to have been well
received ,and your people have had the opportunity to see at first hand
just how friendly and down to earth a young man he has grown up to be.
He has said how much he loves the "Antipodes" and their people.Its very
obvious just how sincere this young man is-definitely his Mother`s Son-she would be so very proud.
As I said on the Australia thread-I do not think it will be too long before he brings his Princess to visit you.
jilly

Hi jillyfred,
Yes EVERYONE is welcome and appreciated here in NZ.
No insults are given (protruding tongues can be ignored)
We give those aussies stick till they can take no more.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 26, 2011, 03:17:39 AM
Hi jillyfred,
Yes EVERYONE is welcome and appreciated here in NZ.
No insults are given (protruding tongues can be ignored)
We give those aussies stick till they can take no more.

Never Brian. .Will the rugby union game being played at Twickenham today be televised in N.Z.  Christchurch earthquake appeal will benefit.  Pity that no world cup rugby union games will be played there.  Is the ground damaged
So how is life treating you . ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on March 26, 2011, 05:59:14 AM
There is structural damage to the stadium and extensive liquifaction to the ground and surrounding area. Another reason that Christchurch can no longer host the games are the number of hotels damaged in the quake. It will take two years alone to fix the roading infrastructure.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 26, 2011, 06:05:19 AM
Sad news Greyghost. .will you have an opportunity to watch the game at Twickenham. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on March 26, 2011, 09:05:40 AM
Yes I am looking forward to the Crusaders winning.
The new Stadium in Dunedin may get a couple of extra games as a result of the quake.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Patricia Margaret on April 02, 2011, 05:35:39 AM
Haven't been on the Forum all week, so just popping in to say Hi and hope your weather conditions have improved.  Have a nice day (or is it night) 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on April 29, 2011, 09:43:55 AM
To anyone in N.Z who is interested.  There is a programme on pay t.v tomorrow Saturday at 4.30 pm Australian time about that famous New Zealander Rewi Alley.  It is on Chinese channel CCTV.

sAM.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Patricia Margaret on April 30, 2011, 03:11:20 AM
Sam hope you got my pm's. If not check Australia Calling please.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on July 01, 2011, 01:44:52 PM
Here in Hastings almost every banknote coming through work has a corner tightly folded over.
There is a real fight on to discourage the use of pokie machines, especially among Maori.
The fact that our automatic safe rejects the notes is of little concern if this insignificant act can discourage pokie users or even just make them think.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sydenhambetty on August 28, 2011, 03:47:08 PM
Hi everyone in NZ. Could any of you let me know about Devonsport, Auckland and what you know about the place. My son may be going there for two years. He is in the Canadian Navy and will be posted there to teach Navigation. Any thoughts on this place would help, thanks in advance, Betty. :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on August 28, 2011, 09:24:27 PM
Hi everyone in NZ. Could any of you let me know about Devonsport, Auckland and what you know about the place. My son may be going there for two years. He is in the Canadian Navy and will be posted there to teach Navigation. Any thoughts on this place would help, thanks in advance, Betty. :)
Hi Betty, devonport is a very nice quiet suburb,quite up market,its  ,place were artists ,and arty farty types live,I think it is a wonderful place.     and although quiet it is straight across from centre auckland city ,a quick ferry ride.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sydenhambetty on August 28, 2011, 10:55:18 PM
Hi Numai, thank you so much.  :-*
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 03, 2011, 02:19:34 PM
So who is favourite for the R.U.W.C. .hello N.Z. ....OVER :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on September 07, 2011, 12:40:22 PM
So who is favourite for the R.U.W.C. .hello N.Z. ....OVER :D

Betting on this event has been suspended.... :D
(All the money says there will be only one possible winner---New Zealand.)
Don't you still have hopes for Ireland, though?
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 07, 2011, 02:30:53 PM
Hello Brian,

I hope to meet you someday.  .have you noticed any supporters....or is a national teams based near you.   Ireland has little chance but will make the quarter finals where South Africa will probably be too strong ??? but who knows as it wouldn't be the first time that the favourite has been knocked out.. ;) ..know what I mean :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on September 15, 2011, 12:22:06 PM
New Zealanders have entrusted Ireland with the task of beating Australia on Saturday---just as the Poms entrusted Brian O'Driscoll with the captaincy of the Lions on their last tour of New Zealand ---and we all saw the utube evidence of what Tana Umaga did to him in his first five minutes of play.
New Zealanders slavishly follow the Poms' lead until they spot a way to invoke treachery.
New Zealanders  will go to any lengths to win this world cup--their motto--play hard but fair--but only if you are innocently childlike.
My fervent prayers are asking God to lean towards Ireland.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 15, 2011, 01:35:24 PM
New Zealanders have entrusted Ireland with the task of beating Australia on Saturday---just as the Poms entrusted Brian O'Driscoll with the captaincy of the Lions on their last tour of New Zealand ---and we all saw the utube evidence of what Tana Umaga did to him in his first five minutes of play.
New Zealanders slavishly follow the Poms' lead until they spot a way to invoke treachery.
New Zealanders  will go to any lengths to win this world cup--their motto--play hard but fair--but only if you are innocently childlike.
My fervent prayers are asking God to lean towards Ireland.

So am I to believe that N.Z. want someone else to beat Ireland just in case?  That would mean Brian that instead of playing England in the semis that Australia would play South Africa in the quarters and N.Z. in the semis .  The standard of rugby union is streets ahead of the Northern hemisphere ....good luck for Saturday but Australia is peaking at the right time with a very young team. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 13, 2011, 10:17:04 AM
Hello N.Z. .Is there anyone there. .fasten seat belts for another weekend of great rugby....what a game ;)   .info so far might be that both teams have injury worries.      Cooper who must be taking something ...he was very slow against S.A. ...could be playing at fullback. .could be a master move. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 15, 2011, 01:59:02 AM
Hello People,

So sad to hear about the freight ship that has struck the reef in the Bay of Plenty and is spilling oil onto the beach. .Hope that the ship doesn't break up. :(
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: barry on October 15, 2011, 02:04:31 AM
Aye  sj,  what  a  mess  >:D
 
Here's  to  Wales  tomorrow  (  our )    :drinks:
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 15, 2011, 02:21:07 AM
Aye  sj,  what  a  mess  >:D
 
Here's  to  Wales  tomorrow  (  our )    :drinks:

Hello Barry,

Good to hear from you.  The sea is very messy looking .  We have pictures each day.
Here's to France today?? :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: barry on October 15, 2011, 02:32:19 AM

Hello Barry,

Good to hear from you.  The sea is very messy looking .  We have pictures each day.
Here's to France today?? :D

   :D   May  the  best  team  win,  don't  ya  just  hate  that  saying,
   of  course  the  best  team  wins   :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 15, 2011, 02:39:31 AM

   :D   May  the  best  team  win,  don't  ya  just  hate  that  saying,
   of  course  the  best  team  wins   :D

On the day?...so to speak. :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 15, 2011, 11:23:37 AM
Well. well Barry.  The better team didn't win tonight.  Wales deserved it  :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: barry on October 15, 2011, 12:45:31 PM
Well. well Barry.  The better team didn't win tonight.  Wales deserved it  :)

Yahoo,  Haven't  watch  it  yet sj,  I  recorded  it    :D :-*
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 15, 2011, 01:32:43 PM

Yahoo,  Haven't  watch  it  yet sj,  I  recorded  it    :D :-*

So English is your first language ? ??? ??? I won't tell you the result but you will be surprised. ;) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: barry on October 15, 2011, 05:16:07 PM

So English is your first language ? ??? ??? I won't tell you the result but you will be surprised. ;) ;)

I  have  this  bad  feeling  when  it  come's  to  the  French,  still  remember
what  their  Soccer  team  did  to  Ireland,  in  the  last  World Cup  :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: barry on October 15, 2011, 07:40:47 PM
Well. well Barry.  The better team didn't win tonight.  Wales deserved it  :)

 
 I  guess  I  did  misunderstand   your  post  here  sj   ??? ??? ,  just  finished  watching  it,
 I  really  thought   Wales  were  going  to  do  it,  to  bad,
 who  do  you  fancy  for  tomorrow's  game ??,  I'm  keeping  my  lips  sealed  on  this   one
 
   :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 15, 2011, 11:07:59 PM

 
 I  guess  I  did  misunderstand   your  post  here  sj   ??? ??? ,  just  finished  watching  it,
 I  really  thought   Wales  were  going  to  do  it,  to  bad,
 who  do  you  fancy  for  tomorrow's  game ??,  I'm  keeping  my  lips  sealed  on  this   one
 
   :D

Your were a true optimist right to the end. .it would have been a really exciting game for you to watch thinking that Wales had won.  :D  Being on the N.Z. thread it would be impolite to suggest that N.Z. MIGHT NOT WIN. .however tonight will be an great game ::) :-\ :-\
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: barry on October 15, 2011, 11:10:52 PM

Your were a true optimist right to the end. .it would have been a really exciting game for you to watch thinking that Wales had won.  :D  Being on the N.Z. thread it would be impolite to suggest that N.Z. MIGHT NOT WIN. .however tonight will be an great game ::) :-\ :-\

Yes  indeed  it  will  sj,  I'll   have  the  old  recorder  again   :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 16, 2011, 11:41:44 AM

Yes  indeed  it  will  sj,  I'll   have  the  old  recorder  again   :D
Well done N.Z.   .A GOOD GAME OF RUGBY UNION. ...I TRIED TO MAKE CONTACT EARLIER BUT EVERY PRESSMAN IN N.Z. MUST HAVE BEEN ON THE INTERNET.  Hope that you are as successful with the stricken ship in the Bay of Plenty. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 21, 2011, 02:59:41 AM
Sunday night the big one. I will stake the house on the All Blacks. There are no two ways about it The AB's are the best team in the world. Kia Kaha, kia kaha.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on October 23, 2011, 08:58:23 AM
GG, I'll second that.  Go All Blacks!  Kick those French backsides!  :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on October 23, 2011, 10:59:24 AM
Congratulations New Zealand.  Great game!  The French played very very well. Well done.  :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 23, 2011, 11:13:09 AM
Well, well...what a game and the excitement was fantastic. .thought that France were the better team. .amen? :o :D

It will have done your economy a great deal of good.  We are bombarded daily with holiday offers to visit N.Z. WELL DONE    N.Z..
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on October 23, 2011, 11:12:26 PM
I have to admit it was the most exciting game of rugby I have watched in the past year. The French played out of their skins it was certainly their best performance of the games. I think that Perri Weepu had a disastrous game he couldn't kick it to save his life.
We won it only takes 1 point and God must have been smiling on us to let us keep it that way.
Credit to the French they brought their A team on the night.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Sally Ann on October 24, 2011, 01:06:00 AM
Well Done New Zealand! :clapping: :clapping:
 
Great Game and better still, GREAT to see them stuff the French :yahoo:
 
OK! OK! the Frenchies played well, but sure it will knock the arrogance out of 'em for a while!  ;) :dance1: O0
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: barry on October 24, 2011, 01:12:18 AM
Well  done  Kiwi's,  it  was  a  close  game,  phew!  i  thought  them  frogs
we're  going  to  pull  ahead   :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Sally Ann on October 24, 2011, 01:49:50 AM
Well  done  Kiwi's,  it  was  a  close  game,  phew!  i  thought  them  frogs
we're  going  to  pull  ahead   :D

Barry, it was their 'frog leggs' that let 'em down!  (Groan! :o )
 
 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on October 24, 2011, 03:07:50 AM
Well Done New Zealand! :clapping: :clapping:   
Great Game and better still, GREAT to see them stuff the French :yahoo:   
OK! OK! the Frenchies played well, but sure it will knock the arrogance out of 'em for a while!  ;) :dance1: O0

 :D   
Sally Ann you said what I wanted to say.  :yahoo: :yahoo:
 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Sally Ann on October 24, 2011, 03:14:50 AM

 :D   
Sally Ann you said what I wanted to say.  :yahoo: :yahoo:

See that's the thing love, you are more PC than me!  ;)
 
Or as yer man Tom would say, "Désirée, others know when to keep their gubs shut!" :o
 
Cheeky blert! >:D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 24, 2011, 05:00:16 AM
Well  done  Kiwi's,  it  was  a  close  game,  phew!  i  thought  them  frogs
we're  going  to  pull  ahead   :D

Barry....it was a great game....10 out of 10 for commitment to both sides....   :D  
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on November 11, 2011, 08:49:26 AM
We have a General Election next week (yawn).
I think I'll sneak out tonight and deface some election hoardings--posters. :o
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on November 11, 2011, 09:19:05 AM
We have a General Election next week (yawn).
I think I'll sneak out tonight and deface some election hoardings--posters. :o

Don't get too excited Brian. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Desandel on December 21, 2011, 07:13:01 AM
Hi everyone in NZ. Could any of you let me know about Devonsport, Auckland and what you know about the place. My son may be going there for two years. He is in the Canadian Navy and will be posted there to teach Navigation. Any thoughts on this place would help, thanks in advance, Betty. :)
Hi Betty, we "met" recently on the Sydemham thread. hope your son has settled into Devonport ok. We lived not far from there until quite recently. It is a very nice part of Auckland and I'm sure he will enjoy it. I assume he will be stationed in the naval base there.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 23, 2011, 09:50:04 AM
To all New Zelanders and especially all those people who are still in Christchurch.....take care? .and a very Happy Christmas from all of us to  all of you. ;) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Lilyrose on December 23, 2011, 10:45:02 AM
Hope everyone is alright and Merry Christmas to you all . xxx
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on December 23, 2011, 12:31:56 PM
Hello to all our Kiwi friends.  Very sorry to hear of the further earthquakes in Christchurch and hope none of you are affected.  Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.  :-* :-*
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on February 08, 2012, 10:25:18 PM
Will have to post some more photographs.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Giannineo on February 08, 2012, 11:37:16 PM
Will have to post some more photographs.
hope you are well.. always warming to see your name come up on Bf.take care, G :-*
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on February 08, 2012, 11:54:15 PM
Thank-you sweetheart, I have been very unwell since Christmas, I had an infection in my Jaw which cause Pericarditis. Bed rest and antibiotics, but it's not been easy.
We had to say goodbye to Fagan our Red Australian Terrier. It was heartbreaking.
Otherwise Paul and I are fine it will be wheelchairs at 10 paces soon.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 06, 2012, 01:22:26 AM
Thank-you sweetheart, I have been very unwell since Christmas, I had an infection in my Jaw which cause Pericarditis. Bed rest and antibiotics, but it's not been easy.
We had to say goodbye to Fagan our Red Australian Terrier. It was heartbreaking.
Otherwise Paul and I are fine it will be wheelchairs at 10 paces soon.

Glad to hear that you are both keeping well. ??? Was it hard not to speak :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on March 06, 2012, 01:30:44 AM
sj cheeky buggar....:) :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 06, 2012, 12:29:01 PM
sj cheeky buggar.... :) :D

 :D ::) ....oh I do like you
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: andy on March 21, 2012, 08:16:21 PM
 anyone out there i am looking for a friend who emegrated to new zeland late 40s early 50s
 i just found out he is in auckland his name is mervyn davidson we attended linfield secondary
 school and where pals,  does anyone know how i would go about finding him,  what do i   
 have to do.  all help would be appreciated
 
                yours   bill anderson.
 
 my email address is  [email protected]
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on March 21, 2012, 11:40:34 PM
Sorry, there are so many Davidson's in the Auckland directory it would take weeks to ring them all. did they have any relatives still in Belfast that could give you more details on their Auckland location.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Desandel on March 22, 2012, 05:21:01 AM
Hi  I looked up telephone directory too but too many M. Davidsons.  Maybe you could look up NZ cencus records and find out where he last resided.  I think the new telephone directories come out in April.  Good luck.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: andy on March 22, 2012, 08:23:46 PM
 thanks folk just thought i would try if anything happens i will let you all know.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on August 22, 2012, 12:41:39 AM
Desandel -Des/Eleanor - I thought this would be a more appropriate thread than our normal communication on the Sydenham thread.
 
Just got in the mail the fall/autumn copy of my CAA (Canadian Automoble Association)mag. like RAC  in the UK. Anyway  they have a travel feature ususally submitted by one of the CAA member about a trip they have taken.  In this issue I was pleased to find an article by a Canadian couple who had visited New Zealand and they shared some of their experiences and a few photos - What a beautiful country. Some of the photos showed "downtown Auckland", I see you have a tower like we have the CN Tower in Toronto., others were Waiheke Island's beaches. Milford Sound"the eighth wonder of the world" and some of the varied wine reigions.    They also put a few photos on the CAA website www.caamagazine.ca (http://www.caamagazine.ca) log on to the Travel section to see about 5 more pictures.                The first paragraph starts :-
 
"To fully appreciate New Zealand, you have to fly over it,drive around it(in two wheels or four and float on its waters. Then you need to stop for a glass of wine.  Often"
 
But then you both knew that already             -   Kia Ora  -             Des
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Desandel on August 26, 2012, 02:04:19 AM
Kia Ora Des   Thanks for the info on your magazine.  We have the AA Directions magazine here. 
We are just back from Melbourne visiting our son and family.  I have ended up with no voice and a cold, otherwise we had a good time but it is cooler than Auckland.
Yes NZ is a beautiful country but we haven't seen it all yet, even after 37 years.  We did go on a cruise last year and Milford sound was on the agenda, but unfortunately the weather around that part of the country can change by the minute.  We unfortunately didn't get to go into the sound so will have to do it again some time.  Apparently only a couple of ships get through out about 15 so risky place to visit by boat.  There is the walking track which a lot of overseas visitors do and it is supposed to be wonderful.  Waiheke is the wine island in the gulf.  Lots of hippies live there so pace of life is a lot slower than Auckland.  We get to go there on the ferry free being OAPs.  The Skytower is a great attraction, especially for the Chinese living here as there is a casino on the ground floor.  The restaurant is revolving so quite a good view from all directions, especially on a lovely summer day when the water is aqua blue and glistening.
We did visit your CN tower a long time ago.  It was funny as we got into the lift with a few monks from Nepal and you know how it is in a lift nobody knows where to look.  Anyway one of these monks started to titter and laugh and in the end we were all laughing.  Then we saw some Amish people coming out of McDonald's with their little bags of goodies.  So had something to tell our friends when we went out to dinner.
I suppose what makes NZ so nice is there are no crowds once you leave Auckland.  There are 1 and a half million in Auckland and only 4 and a half million in the whole country.  The West coast of the South Island is the least populated but a wild place, like Donegal in winter. 
A good way to travel is by campervan but some overseas visitors come from countries where they drive on the right so the change to the left here can be a bit daunting and lots of accidents.
Well I better go and get some more washing done and more e-mails.  Thanks for keeping in touch.
Eleanor
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on August 26, 2012, 05:28:25 PM
Eleanor - Good to know you both are back home. I recalled you had said you would be visiting your son and family in Australia just after I had made my post. Hope you get you voice back soon and get rid of that cold. Des - I think Kia Ora applies here. -
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on August 27, 2012, 04:42:14 AM
Congratulations, to Lydia Ko, 15 year old New Zealander, on winning the  Canadian Women's Open Golf Chamionship. She is  the youngest winner on the LPGA tour history and because she is an amateur could not collect the top prize of $300.000. 00 . Says she is going to stay amateur for a couple years to come. Keep an eye on her !
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Desandel on August 27, 2012, 07:59:52 AM
Hi Des
Thanks for the good wishes re the cold.  Voice not back completely but soon there.
Yes Lydia has nerves of steel.  Takes a lot of nerve too to decline that great prize.
Maybe the media will follow her more now that she has achieved a great feat.
Hope you all have a great time on the 1st.  Don't forget to send some more photos.
Maybe if Betty is there you could take one of her as I haven't seen her yet.
Take care.  Eleanor
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on August 29, 2012, 03:58:19 AM
Eleanor -  Not only did Lydia win the Canadian Women's Open -Last week before this she also won the U.S. Womens Amateur Championship - surprised your sports reporter are not all over this.
About Betty's photo - I went back to the photos of our Christmas get together -shes was in some of those but they have just sbout all been deleted. Don't know why.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 22, 2012, 05:44:54 AM
 A very happy Christmas to all our friends in N.Z.  Hope to see the Hobbitt over the Xmas period. :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on December 22, 2012, 09:48:43 PM
A very Happy Christmas to Everyone in N Z and of course a Prosperous New Year.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sydenhambetty on December 22, 2012, 10:12:55 PM
Eleanor and Des. wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and the best in the New Year :-* :-*
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Desandel on December 23, 2012, 12:24:10 AM
Hi everyone
Thanks for your kind wishes.  We wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year.  Hope it's a healthy one for you all after all your hospital visits, etc.  We are on our own this year.  Our daughter has gone to see in-laws in Australia so first time we have been on our own for about 10 years.  We don't mind as we'll see them when they get back as they aren't due to return to work until 14th Jan.
Have another little saying for you Betty from our 3 and a half year old grand-daughter Sienna.  Mum and her were driving home from kindy and Sienna sings at the top of her voice to the songs on the radio.  Anyway she was singing with this lady called Karen (think she is famous in England) and after the song was over Sienna said "Mum that lady sings nearly as good as me".  We did have a laugh.  Cheers Eleanor
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: barry on December 25, 2012, 01:42:56 PM
 
         To  All  my  Kiwi  Friends
          MERRY  CHRISTMAS
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on December 31, 2012, 11:11:27 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR ! -   New Zealand.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kraftcheese on December 31, 2012, 01:47:12 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR to NZ.  :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: barry on December 31, 2012, 05:04:51 PM
 
 
   I wish  all  a    Happy / Healthy / safe ----- New  Year.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on March 21, 2013, 01:21:53 PM
To all in New Zealand - Congratulations in getting your MARMITE factory up and running - after being down for over a year. Must have been like Ireland having to do without Guinness.   
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Desandel on March 22, 2013, 05:49:46 AM
Hi DMW
We're back after 8 weeks away on our cruise around South America.  Had a fabulous time.  Some fabulous photos.  Maybe when Des gets a minute he can send you some.
You mentioned the Marmite.  Our local supermarket is giving away a free jar with your grocery purchase.   Afraid the members of our family don't like Marmite but like NZ Vegemite almost the same but not meaty flavour.
Hope you are all well in Canada. 
Best regards Eleanor and Des
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on March 22, 2013, 04:25:12 PM
Desandel -  Good to have you back - I figured you had been away on another one of your cruises. Looking forward to some photos.   I thought Marmite was similar to Vegemite.   des
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: barry on March 24, 2013, 03:34:56 AM
 
  emmm ----  scotch  mist  again   ??? ???  ach  well    :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 24, 2013, 09:58:31 AM
Vegemite and Marmite are very different  :) ....seemingly....but I don't eat axle grease ::)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on April 06, 2013, 12:58:17 AM
G'day all, just popping in to say hello and let you know that I'm still around and checking in.  
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on April 06, 2013, 08:24:08 AM
G'day all, just popping in to say hello and let you know that I'm still around and checking in.  

You nust have got lost Greyghost. .how's your weather and what's interesting? ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on April 06, 2013, 09:53:20 AM
Let's have some more of your pics GG.

I believe there's a bad smell in Wanganui, SJ :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on April 06, 2013, 01:15:54 PM
Let's have some more of your pics GG.

I believe there's a bad smell in Wanganui, SJ :D

You'll have to explain Brian.... ;)  ....I hope to be in N.Z next year sometime Brian. .hopefully it will be memorable.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: greyghost on April 06, 2013, 11:32:56 PM
SJ and Brian darlins, I'm good but I'm not that good, the bad smell in Wanganui has nothing to do with me. They built a sewage plant the faces into the prevailing wind reminds me of being at Greencastle at a low tide, the woof was awful.
Thank-you I will put up some new photographs Ive taken quite a few. I am often on the "I Grew up in Belfast" on Facebook.
hugs to you all.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on April 07, 2013, 11:10:31 AM
Good to hear from you Greyghost.....the smell at Greencastle was bad... ;) but today it is a great place and full of professional people living beside the sea.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: kevthered123 on May 27, 2013, 04:23:40 PM
Any of you guys from Rotorua on the North Island, or Waiheke Island off coast of Aukland ? Two beautiful places...    I have family there and great to visit them from Ireland every few years...beautiful country NZ is I must say.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on June 22, 2013, 08:14:10 AM
Hi Kev,
I caught the bus from Hastings to Auckland last Tuesday and had an hour and a half stop in Rotorua,
On Wednesday I went on the ferry to Waiheke Island---lovely in spite of the rain.
Back to Hastings Thursday.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on June 23, 2013, 07:59:43 AM
Hello Brian

The British & Irish Lions were lucky to win last night.   You can post your comments on the LOUNGE thread. ;)  Hope that you are well?
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on December 24, 2013, 01:41:10 PM
It's Christmas Eve here in Canada - already Christmas Day in New Zealand - wishing everyone there a very Merry Christmas.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 25, 2013, 03:26:10 AM
  Hello DMW. .This is Australia ....noone in N.Z. anymore. .who  can post ???
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: naumai on December 25, 2013, 04:49:03 AM
merry Christmas to all from NZ,still a few of us left sj. had 18 children,grandchildren ,g/grandchildren,had a great day.  most gone home now. also a special day its my 72 nd birthday,    so I get all the attention.   cheers Alanb.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on December 25, 2013, 04:49:49 AM
sj  -  I got a post just last weekend from Desandel - oh wait that was a PM.  Would that make a difference. When I posted earlier - I did get a notification it was over 120 day old but I posted anyway - obviously it took.?
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 25, 2013, 12:06:55 PM
good to make contact with you both.  Christmas day is now over whilst in Belfast it's noon and people are sitting down to lunch. ...it's a big world. :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: emcmullan on December 26, 2013, 04:49:32 AM
Any mcgennitys on his thread.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Desandel on December 26, 2013, 10:31:30 AM
hope everyone is well.  coming to the close of boxing day here in Doubtless Bay, Northland.  Had a lovely Christmas day with our daughterand her family.  Weather a bit wet and cooler of late but enjoyed the beach anyway. Boys did a bit of fishing and caught a few snapper.  Out again early tomorrow so hopefully more lovely fresh fish for dinner.  Will look forward to seeing the meet photos. regards and have a great new year and a healthy one. El and Des
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on December 26, 2013, 04:10:55 PM
Desandel - I'm taking a flying leap and guessing the last post was from Eleanor.  Glad to read you had a good Christmas with your daughter. I don't know if you saw ,the get together originally cancelled from Dec 14 has been tentatively rescheduled -weather permitting - for Dec 28th.
Also, we have exchanged info on books and I have been directed by my brother's nephew (is he related to me ?) to a young woman writer from Newry  - Claire McGowan - who has produced a couple of books - The Fall and The Lost - murder/crime mysteries. I found the first one last year and it took me another 10/11 months to find the second, so I don't know how far out the distribution goes. Just thought you might find them interesting.
Enjoy your stay with your family.
 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on December 30, 2013, 10:13:59 AM
  Hello DMW. .This is Australia ....noone in N.Z. anymore. .who  can post ???

Sam   Us Irish exiles in New Zealand are still smarting from the many losses by Ireland to the Allblacks
Its so disheartening!
I read on a thread that you have resettled in Brisbane.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 30, 2013, 12:11:31 PM
Not yet Brian but soon. ..I am basking in the glory of a 4-0 result in the Ashes Tests.... :D

Happy New Year Brian and N.Z.     ALMOST 1ST IN THE WORLD.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: manu4life on January 02, 2014, 12:50:53 AM
Lovely country nz. Visit family there every 3-4 years who emigrated from Belfast. Some beautiful places cape rianga , bay of Islands , lake tapo , matamata , not forgetting hobbiton village where the hobit movie / lord of the rings has been recorded in. Great day tour I had there.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: don blair on March 02, 2014, 12:03:10 AM
HI THERE GREYGHOST,MY WIFE AND I MOVED FROM BELFAST TO N.Z. GOT MARRIED THERE HAD ONE DAUGHTER BORN THERE IN WELLINGTON, LOVED THE COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE BUT FOUND IT A LITLE REMOTE DECIDED WE WANTED TO BE A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE OLD COUNTRY SO WE MOVED TO TORONTO AND HAVE BEEN HERE FOR QUITE SOMETIME AND ARE ABLE TO TAKE FAIRLY FREQUENT FLIGHTS AT A REASONABLE COST. STILL MISS NZ ITS FRIENDLY PEOPLE AND AFTER ALL MY DAUGHTER IS A KIWI.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: don blair on March 08, 2014, 01:43:16 AM
HI THERE GREYGHOST WE ARE ORIGINALY  FROM N.IRELAND AND MOVED TO NEW ZEALAND, WE LIVED IN WELLINGTON FOR ABOUT 6 YEARS, LOVED THE BEAUTY OF THE COUNTRY AND FOUND THE LOCALS TO BE AS FRIENDLY AS THE IRISH.  DISTANCE FROM THE UK WAS THE PROBLEM AND THE FEW FLIGHTS TO THE UK WHERE A REAL DRAG, SO WE MOVED TO TORONTO WHERE A FLIGHT HOME TOOK ABOUT 6 HOURS AS OPPPOSED TO THE LONG HAUL FROM N.Z.  BUT WE DO HAVE A DAUGHTER BORN IN WELLINGTON WHO STILL REFERS TO HERSELF AS BEING A GENUINE KIWI, NICE TO HERE FROM YOU.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 25, 2014, 06:28:19 AM
   Hello Folks

Harry Mooney who was a regular poster on this site until recently died on 24th June in New Zealand.   I thought that you should know .   He was a well known boxer in Belfast and N.Z and brother of moondog .   Condolences to all his family.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog40 on September 29, 2014, 11:16:22 PM
Regards  sam  now it's. Two.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on September 30, 2014, 06:20:54 AM
Condolinces Moondog.  .could you tell us what you mean.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: jean79 on September 30, 2014, 02:38:37 PM
sorry to hear about your sister Moondog I have sent you a pm regards  Jean
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog40 on September 30, 2014, 06:02:54 PM
Sam. My  sister passed away in Dubai  last week comming home from a holiday  they were going  back to auckland  Rita  will be buried today in  auckland  and the service will b streamed to family world wide   M D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: cyprus girl on September 30, 2014, 10:54:51 PM
Moondog my sincere condolences on the loss of your sister Rita. R.I.P.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on October 01, 2014, 05:32:23 AM
  I'm really sorry to hear that Barney. ....you did tell me but I thought that it would be better if you posted the information on this thread     is she being buried in Auckland .     It must have been a shock to everyone.  I read the article that you sent me about Harry and it would be good if you could post it on here.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Rose anna on October 03, 2014, 02:57:16 PM
Hi My Uncle Andy patton his wife and daughter Anne patton went to Newzealand in the 1960s fom ligoniel in Belfast. Just wondering if anyone has heard of them.  Roseanna xx
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on November 13, 2014, 04:37:00 AM
  A group of Australian members are proposing to hold a B.F. meeting in early March and possibly in Adelaide but not finalised yet, ...just letting N.Z. know in case someone might like to come over . :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog40 on November 14, 2014, 01:52:54 PM
  I'm really sorry to hear that Barney. ....you did tell me but I thought that it would be better if you posted the information on this thread     is she being buried in Auckland .     It must have been a shock to everyone.  I read the article that you sent me about Harry and it would be good if you could post it on here.
sam  I don't know how to    But Mybe you  or  sg would know how.  That  would. Be great.   Barney
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on November 15, 2014, 03:39:46 AM
O.K. I have saved it on my computer.  :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Sandgroper on November 17, 2014, 11:27:47 AM
Moondog
I'm glad I was able to post this for you.

(http://i61.tinypic.com/i5ur6r.jpg)

It's a very nice tribute to your brother

sg
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on November 17, 2014, 12:34:30 PM
Thank you S.G.    Moondog will tell us his name on the forum. ..I will buy you a birthday drink when we meet next year  :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog40 on November 17, 2014, 03:01:46 PM
Great. Sam. And SG. Can't thank you enough     Harry  posted as  IRISH KIWI
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: chi on November 17, 2014, 07:05:55 PM
Moondog
I'm glad I was able to post this for you.

(http://i61.tinypic.com/i5ur6r.jpg)

It's a very nice tribute to your brother

sg

Nice tribute may Harry RIP  :angel: [size=78%]~ Bridget[/size]
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on November 17, 2014, 10:19:17 PM
 Thank you S.G.      Thank you Moondog for sending it to me . :)   
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog40 on November 18, 2014, 09:35:57 PM
Thank you Bridget
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on December 23, 2014, 04:14:16 PM
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all friends and posters here on New Zealand thread.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog40 on December 23, 2014, 09:48:01 PM
Happy. New year   To all.     Antipodean. Peeps
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on December 23, 2014, 10:47:42 PM
Happy Christmas :o
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog40 on December 24, 2014, 12:36:03 AM
You do some  chopping and changing  sam.    Had to lasso YA to try YER  first  pair of  shoes on
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: jean79 on December 25, 2014, 05:28:38 AM
merry xmas and hope 2015 a better one for you  rgards   jean
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog40 on January 02, 2015, 01:31:45 AM
Thank you Jean  will speak to rose and frank  say you were asking     MD
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on January 02, 2015, 03:42:14 AM
You do some  chopping and changing  sam.    Had to lasso YA to try YER  first  pair of  shoes on

Certainly for my first haircut. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: jillyfred on January 05, 2015, 11:51:56 PM

My brother is going down to Sydney on March 3 and during the month is going over to New Zealand for a week.
There is a lovely small town on North Island-begins with `S` I think-not too far from Christchurch-does this ring a bell with anyone?
Also,what will weather be like in March in general?

jilly
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: merylh on January 06, 2015, 01:19:25 AM
Hi Jillyfred - hope your brother has a great holiday.
The small town is either in the North Island - or else if it's near Christchurch as you think, then it's in the South Island.
Weather in the North Island should be good and still warm (the further North the better), and it depends on whereabouts in the South Island you're looking at.
Would love to hear where he's coming to ...

Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: jillyfred on January 07, 2015, 09:25:07 PM


Hello Merylh,
I was getting confused there-my niece and her husband transferred to Sydney from their companies in the City(London U.K) for a few years-will be there 3 years in May but will eventually return to UK to settle down!!Have travelled all over and visited South Island twice.
My brother will be flying into Auckland so its North Island-but the wee town I am referring to is South Island-I came across it a year or two back when looking at N.Z.on TripAdvisor.

jillyxx
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: merylh on January 07, 2015, 10:35:56 PM
Hello Jilly - sorry I wasn't much help. I know the Southern Alps region fairly well - love Queenstown! Otherwise I'm a bit lost on the towns beginning with 'S' in the South Island. Can you remember if it was on the Coast? There are a number of places down there that do start with S - it might help you to Google 'List of Towns in New Zealand's South Island' and see if anything on the list rings a bell.
I hope you find it.
All the best - Meryl
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on March 15, 2015, 09:53:09 PM
Hello all BF posters in New Zealand - I hope that approaching  storm from Vanuatu  misses NZ and all are safe
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 25, 2015, 11:25:52 AM
 There should be a great cricket game tamarra and an even better one on Sunday. ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: merylh on March 25, 2015, 11:15:15 PM
All the best for today sj - hope the Baggy Greens win and we'll see you Sunday. (If so, I can't lose with Oz and Kiwi dual citizenship  ::) )
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 26, 2015, 02:23:45 AM
 Brillant ...and good to see that there is someone still left ? although your economy has picked up .   However people here are not well pleased that China can export to N.Z. and N.Z. packs it and puts a made in N.Z. sticker on it.    N.Z. goods are bought here because of your reputation with quality and cleanliness. .maybe we could discuss this after the important matters are out of the way. .OI, Oi, Oi. :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on March 26, 2015, 02:31:09 PM
That was a great batting and bowling effort by Australia, SJ.
I think yous might have the beatings of NZ on Sunday but I'm the only one in New Zealand who believes that :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 27, 2015, 12:33:03 AM
  Brian....Good to hear from you.  .I saw parts of the game but what a tremendous battle by all cricketers.  The final will be a great game.

Iam off to China in June but next year I might make it to N.Z. .hopefully.  The Broncos are playing the Warriors on Sunday in N.Z. just before the cricket so the car might not get washed this week. :D   Good luck.  It's about time that the cricket team won and the union guys lost but don't expect both. ??? ? to win
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog40 on March 30, 2015, 11:33:14 PM
Arder. Is alive and well  ??? . I think   Well he was when I left him
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 31, 2015, 07:23:41 AM
 :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: don blair on April 05, 2015, 01:43:38 AM
 I SEE A LOT OF VIEWS OF DIAPPOINTMENT FROM SOME KIWI CRICKET FANS RE THEIR WORLD CUP LOSS TO AUSTRALIA, AT LEAST THEY DID MAKE IT TO THE FINAL. , WHICH IS MORE THAN CAN BE SAID FOR THE COUNTRIES WITH HUGE POPULATIONS SUCH AS ENGLAND, INDIA AND PAKISTAN.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on April 16, 2015, 12:01:03 AM
  Don  .I saw a post from you on another thread  ..I presumed that you lived in England? :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: don blair on April 16, 2015, 01:12:43 AM
NO S.J., BORN AND LIVED IN BELFAST, N. IRELAND, MOVED TO WELLINGTON N.Z. FOR 6 YEARS, NOW RESIDE IN TORONTO FOR PAST 30 YEARS.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on April 16, 2015, 04:10:12 AM
  Did you know that due to global warming that N.Z. will fall off the end of the earth. :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: don blair on April 17, 2015, 01:34:34 AM
WELL AGREED THE NEXT LAND MASS SOUTH FOR N.Z., IS ANTARTICA,BUT FALL OFF THE END NO WAY, TOO GREAT A COUNTRY AND WONDERFUL PEOPLE. THE ONLY REASON WE MOVED TO CANADA WAS TO BE WITHIN A SHORT REGULAR 6 HOUR FLIGHT FROM IRELAND, STILL HAVE LOTS OF RELATIVES.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on April 17, 2015, 04:44:41 AM
Don your are a gentleman  .but quite a few Ozzies wouldn't believe you, :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog40 on April 21, 2015, 11:58:10 PM
Ireland. Has a cricket. Team
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on April 22, 2015, 02:20:26 AM
  Yes we know and they played recently in the world cup one dayers held  in Australia.     England went home early? :o 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on April 22, 2015, 04:24:46 AM
It wasn't the fact that Ireland has a cricket team, that surprised me,  it was that Afghanistan had participated - where do they practice ?
 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on April 22, 2015, 06:20:41 AM
  Must be in the green zone? :)   Until the unrest under the Russians Kabul was one of the prettiest towns with many , many flowers . Also Palestine has a soccer team.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on May 01, 2015, 10:14:36 AM
Sam,  I see the Anzac rugby league test has been postponed tonight.
You must be having [censored]* weather in Brisbane. :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on May 02, 2015, 04:15:27 AM
  Brian it was absolutely shocking. .300 mls fell in 3 hours and it had been raining for most of the day.   I left North Brisbane to travel to Cleveland which is South of the river and had to cross the Gateway toll bridge.  When I got off the bridge water was running like torrents across the road and it was 4.30 pm and the game had not been called off which meant that thousands of cars were trying to get into Brisbane whilst the police and govt was asking people to stay off the roads. :D   There is a picture of submarine inside the stadium in this morning newspaper.  It is being played on Sunday when it will be drier and Australia will release it's speedy players against the Kiwis.
What is your weather like?   Do you remember a teacher called Sean Gilmartin at college.?  He died recently.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on May 03, 2015, 12:25:50 PM
Well Sam,  the Kiwis won this afternoon in spite of your atrocious weather.
It would have been waterpolo if they had played on Friday night.
It' fine here tonight.
Can't say I knew that teacher you mentioned.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on May 03, 2015, 01:04:28 PM
 Thanks Brian.

He was a pupil who then returned straight from Queens and taught in the languages dept.   He wrote  Hugo Lynch's Obituary that appeared in the Alumni's webpage.
I didn't hear the Rugby league game today so I can't comment on it.    My only reason for wanting to get to heaven is to see the rugby union.?? :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on February 09, 2016, 07:52:52 PM
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Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 10, 2016, 12:51:20 AM
 DMW ...YOUR'E LEAVING A TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION BEHIND YOU? :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: parkie on February 10, 2016, 10:22:47 AM
DMW ...YOUR'E LEAVING A TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION BEHIND YOU?  
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on February 10, 2016, 04:24:52 PM
sj ---  as I have explained on other threads - I lost some of my postings on threads I am interested in and am just trying to get back into them .  There may be more so don't be surprised to see more  .'s    des
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 10, 2016, 10:41:17 PM
 Des I have been following some treads for years and recently I haven't been getting info about postings on those threads. .It does happen but one of those was Sandgropers sandpit....a most despicable and outrageous thread  :D  that I have been involved with for sometime.  It is really annoying...
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: McNamee on February 11, 2016, 09:19:47 AM
Sj A few of the Threads  I was following went off too. :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling trying to get on n Zealand herald
Post by: Dingaling40 on February 11, 2016, 04:47:14 PM
Now I know I'm not the only Kiwi/Belfast girl on here, so stand up and be counted. Who else settled in New Zealand.
We emigrated to Australia in Feb 1968, stayed there 5 years and then moved to Christchurch NZ, Husband of 28 years Paul and I retired to Oamaru (small town on the east coast of the South Island) 4 years ago. I will post some photographs.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 11, 2016, 10:33:56 PM
 Great I look forward to it. ::)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Jack Casement on February 23, 2016, 05:09:57 PM
In February 2011 my wife and I were about to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary, and we wanted to do something special.  As time was marching on, we took the bull by the horns and went to New Zealand for a month.  Now over the past 50 years or so,we have visited most countries in the world and been impressed.  But we both agree that if we were to re-visit anywhere again it would be New Zealand (if it just wasn't so bloody far).  We fell in love with the place and came home with so many lovely memories.  Sadly, a few months later we were heartbroken when we heard about the earthquake that destroyed Christchurch.  A beautiful city flattened.  And there was an extra sadness for me.  Every country I go to, I always make a point of going to the sports grounds that I have only seen on television.  In Christchurch it was the AMI stadium (don't know if it is still called that) where the next Rugby World Cup was to be played in a few months.  They were so proud of it and even provided me with a personal guide to explain the history.  Afterwards when I saw what the quake had done to it I could have cried.  I know they did their best to repair it, hopefully in time for the World Cup.  Unfortunately the damage was so severe it wasn't possible.  Christchurch will always have a place in my heart.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: don blair on February 24, 2016, 01:25:09 AM
Hi Jack, certainly agree with you on N.Z. being one of the most beautiful countries in the world. But as you said, "just too far away from the U.K.  We moved to Toronto, Canada, flat as a pancake but a good city for work and a 6 hour flight to the U.K.  Still miss those friendly Kiwis and Wellington Harbour is just a picture from the surrounding hills.
Take care,  Don.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on February 24, 2016, 03:55:13 AM

Jack it is a sad story indeed.
[size=78%]Personally there are few places to beat the Queensland Wet Tropics.   It is so lush with many rainforests and exotic birds , plants, and crocodiles and fantastic snakes.  It is completely different and rarely cold.  Winter lasts for about two weeks when the highest temperature wouls be about 25c.  If the heat and Summer humidity gets too much then a trip for the day to the mountains is a treat but you become aclimatised after a bit.  The history of the place is very diverse and the people are very down to earth and it is about 8 hours to Asia for an exotic holiday.[/size] ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on March 17, 2016, 03:32:02 AM
I've just been into town with my 19 years old grandson in an attempt to celebrate St Pat's day.
We ordered two pints of Guinness at the only bar in town which serves the stuff.
The grandson was asked for ID and without it we were refused service.
Fair enough, because 5 premises in the town were caught in a police sting last month, serving alcohol to minors.
Maybe I'll sneak out by myself later tonight.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: McNamee on March 17, 2016, 09:22:35 AM
Bet you are mad they didn't ask you Brian.  ;) ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 17, 2016, 10:26:16 AM
 He did wish :D  Happy St Patrick's Day to you both
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: RosieG on March 17, 2016, 10:20:05 PM
My son has lived in New Zealand for the past eleven years. I went to visit him twice, once for his wedding and then to see the new granddaughter! It is a great country, but the journey is so long! Like one of the other members of the forum, I was so sad about Christchurch and the earthquake. We had been there and the cathedral was just beautiful but completely destroyed. It was heartbreaking to see it on the television. The scenery in the South Island is awesome! Love to go back but a bit too long a journey!!
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 18, 2016, 01:21:58 AM
 Rosie,

The journey from the Southern hemisphere is very long and sometimes people in Ireland don't appreciate that it is a long journey.   I have never been to N.Z. but hopefully I will fix that nex year :)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: don blair on March 19, 2016, 12:23:29 AM
Good idea S.J. that visit to N.Z., you are going to find one beautiful country and wonderful friendly people who make a stranger feel at home. 
Don B.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 19, 2016, 03:23:48 AM
 Thanks Don. .when is your home free??? :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: don blair on March 20, 2016, 12:25:09 AM
Hi S.J. my home is Toronto, a good working city but can't match the beauty of Wellington N.Z., which used to be home.
Don.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 20, 2016, 08:00:07 AM
 Don that is an amazing chamge. .I have been to Oshawa near Toronto.   The main highway from Oshawa to Toronto airport was nose to tail at 6.00 am and was full of trucks?   I would prefer N.Z. :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: RosieG on March 20, 2016, 07:18:24 PM
Don, my son lives in Wellington - Lower Hutt then Newlands. Lovely city. He was married in Featherstone and we visited a little town nearby - Arrowtown - very quaint. We stayed in Rotarua on the way down from Auckland. Beautiful scenery all around. The South Island is beautiful, the glaciers and Dunedin but Christchurch sticks with me - pity the earthquake destroyed it, especially the Cathedral.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: don blair on March 21, 2016, 12:24:33 AM
Yeah S.J. you are right about the main HWY 401 through Toronto, according to the specs the HWY401 through Toronto and the LA Freeway through L.A. are the two busiest highways in the world, both handling over 4 million vehicles per day, a to be back on the Hwy from Wellington to Lower Hut once again. though no doubt it would also have increased in volume since I lived there.

Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: don blair on March 21, 2016, 12:42:03 AM
Yeah Rosie, you have said it all about N.Z. one beautiful country and wonderful friendly people the Kiwies , but just a little too far away from the U.K.  Toronto is just a 6 hour flight to the U.K. and we do still have most of our relatives there.
 You take care.
  Don.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Jack Casement on March 21, 2016, 09:17:59 AM
(http://i63.tinypic.com/f1cfpd.jpg)

During our visit to NZ in 2011 to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary, we stayed at Lake Wanaka on the South Island.  A magical place
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: RosieG on March 21, 2016, 05:17:56 PM
Wow! Beautiful - wish I was there without the long flights!🌏 ✈️
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 21, 2016, 11:49:25 PM
   It's only two hours  .from here ? :D Rosie
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog43 on March 22, 2016, 12:58:06 AM
Sam.  Tommy Steele    Wat about yis 
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on March 22, 2016, 03:42:43 AM
 Hope that you are in Belfast during 1st two week of June?
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Jack Casement on March 22, 2016, 08:52:05 AM
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2njai3s.jpg)

Another image from our New Zealand holiday.  This was taken in Glenorcy just outside Queenstown in the South Island.  I am informed that it is popular as a film location
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Moondog43 on April 28, 2016, 12:17:38 AM
Hope that you are in Belfast during 1st two week of June?
.   
 Leave  15 June   I hope
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on May 01, 2016, 03:53:26 AM
 Can you get to Carrickfergus during 1st week of June if I give you a date? ;)
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Pjd on September 11, 2016, 10:44:15 AM
Greetings fellow Belfast Expats. I immigrated to NZ in 1965, initially to Wellington, moved to Auckland in '95. Brother still in Wellington. Found this site by accident today so still feeling my round posts and replies LOL
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Jack Casement on September 11, 2016, 11:59:22 AM
Welcome PJD.  I was lucky enough to visit your wonderful country, both North and South island, a few years ago immediately before the Christchurch earthquake.  I fell in love with it and its people, and when I heard about the earthquake my heart bled for them..  It must be the second greatest country on earth.  Enjoy the Forum.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: brianmckeever on November 06, 2016, 12:42:38 AM
Definitely time for a pint of Guinness.
Ireland 40  New Zealand 29
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: sj on November 06, 2016, 01:06:21 AM
Brillant result...I can now blow out the candles? :D
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on November 06, 2016, 08:21:13 PM
Desandel    -   Ireland 40     -   New Zealand 29   -  You must have been conflicted.  des.
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: DMW on November 13, 2016, 10:30:23 PM
To everyone in New Zealand -  I hope you are all safe and sound after the earthquake and sunami that has hit NZ   Desandel, I  know it effected the South Island the most, but I still hope  both of you and your family are all safe.   des
Title: Re: New Zealand Calling
Post by: Bigali on November 13, 2016, 10:33:20 PM
To everyone in New Zealand -  I hope you are all safe and sound after the earthquake and sunami that has hit NZ   Desandel, I  know it effected the South Island the most, but I still hope  both of you and your family are all safe.   des

I'll second that sentiment .
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Post by: McNamee on November 13, 2016, 10:47:21 PM
Hope you are all ok.
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Post by: mcd on November 14, 2016, 12:06:50 AM
Hope everyone made it through the earthquake ok  stay safe  .
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Post by: sj on November 14, 2016, 12:26:16 AM
  Hope that all from N.Z. are o.k. :D
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Post by: brianmckeever on November 14, 2016, 01:41:38 AM
Here in Hastings, Hawkes Bay we experienced a long, long rolling motion. The house shook and the bedroom and wardrobe doors opened and closed.  It was the most severe earthquake felt here in Hastings in the 42 years we have lived here. There is no damage to the house (TG) but further down the country there has been damage. Two people have been confirmed dead. :o
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Post by: Sam06 on November 14, 2016, 03:23:31 AM
Thanks for your kind words everyone. I was having a wee holiday in Christchurch when it hit last night and thought it was never going to stop...it gave a hell of a shake. I've managed to get to Murchison and am staying here tonight until I find out when the Ferrys are able to sail back to Wellington who have also been badly hit...the wharf has been damaged so the ferries are unable to berth  :-\

So sad to hear a couple of people have lost their lives in Kaikoura.
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Post by: DMW on November 14, 2016, 03:26:26 AM
Kia ora
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Post by: chi on November 14, 2016, 04:59:13 AM
 Positive thoughts going to New zealand :angel:
 
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Post by: sj on November 14, 2016, 05:54:39 AM
Hello Brian,

Glad to hear that you and most people seem to be well.  I have seen a fair bit of infrastructure damage  .on T.V.    Hopefully no bad aftershocks.
Sam.
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Post by: sj on November 19, 2016, 04:58:14 AM
 Read yesterday that several naval ships from other nations including Australia were involved in evacuation of tourists from the South Island .  Could someone give me the name of a newspaper in N.Z. so that I can follow the situation. Thanks , Sam.
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Post by: brianmckeever on November 20, 2016, 12:20:09 AM
Hi Sam,
Try the Dominion, a Wellington daily.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/
All well here in Hastings.
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Post by: sj on November 20, 2016, 12:45:21 AM
 Thanks Brian...I see that the All Blacks didn't win any friends in Dublin.   They have been targeting players since before Brian O'Driscoll was carried off in N.Z.
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Post by: Bigali on November 20, 2016, 12:49:54 AM
Thanks Brian...I see that the All Blacks didn't win any friends in Dublin.   They have been targeting players since before Brian O'Driscoll was carried off in N.Z.

The All Blacks were well out of order , how much did they pay the ref ? Funny how it was a Southern Hemisphere ref  ???
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Post by: sj on November 20, 2016, 06:25:18 AM
 Spit it out man. .Don't beat about the bush???   :)  I take it that you feel agrieved :o
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Post by: IrishDigger on November 21, 2016, 11:58:15 AM
New Zealand has had its fair share of earthquakes,

https://nz.news.yahoo.com/top-stories/a/33270843/more-than-4000-aftershocks-have-struck-new-zealand-after-kaikoura-quake/#page1 (https://nz.news.yahoo.com/top-stories/a/33270843/more-than-4000-aftershocks-have-struck-new-zealand-after-kaikoura-quake/#page1)
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Post by: sj on November 21, 2016, 01:03:28 PM
Did you know that today was the last day of the Somme campaign 100 years ago. ::)
I gave a lecture at lunchtime today on W.W.1. @ U3A....University of the Third Age.
Most people remember the 1st day ( 1st July ) seemingly not many remember the end of the campaign. :(
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Post by: Bigali on November 21, 2016, 01:09:07 PM
Did you know that today was the last day of the Somme campaign 100 years ago. ::)
I gave a lecture at lunchtime today on W.W.1. @ U3A....University of the Third Age.
Most people remember the 1st day ( 1st July ) seemingly not many remember the end of the campaign. :(

There was a good programme on BBC NI last night commemorating the end of the battle, it looked at several of the many men who had won the Victoria Cross during the battle including among others Robert Quigg from Bushmills and William McFadzean from Belfast . There was a blue plaque unveiled recently at the house where William McFadzean lived on the Cregagh Road which is now a doctors surgery.
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Post by: sj on November 21, 2016, 01:21:23 PM
Good to know that Bigali but there is nothing about the end of the campaign here in Australia. :o
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Post by: IrishDigger on April 28, 2018, 08:18:39 AM
Party politics aside I was wondering how your Prime Minister Jacinda Arden is regarded in New Zealand as she seemed to be well regarded at the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/30/new-zealand-likely-to-become-a-republic-in-my-lifetime-says-jacinda-ardern (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/30/new-zealand-likely-to-become-a-republic-in-my-lifetime-says-jacinda-ardern)

We had a female Prime Minister who turned out to be a bit of a disaster.

Cheers.

IrishDigger
Australia
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Post by: brianmckeever on April 29, 2018, 12:40:49 PM
She'll be right!
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Post by: sj on June 05, 2018, 09:21:41 AM
MATE... :)   bRIAN Ireland is playing Australia next Saturday in Brisbane.      :)
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Post by: brianmckeever on June 05, 2018, 11:49:35 AM
Hi Sam,I'm looking forward to watching the game if TVNZ or SKY cover it.  You only need to drive down the road. :)
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Post by: sj on June 06, 2018, 05:34:38 AM
Hi Sam,I'm looking forward to watching the game if TVNZ or SKY cover it.  You only need to drive down the road. :)

Hello Brian...It  should be a good game.  The temp should be about 22c with the possibility of showers.   I left it too late to get reasonable seats and when I tried there were a few $120 seats left.   You are correct about it being 20 mins away.  It is on free to air T.V. here so N.Z. should be able to show it free.  Hope that you are well.
Take care, Sam.
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Post by: Dub on June 25, 2018, 01:31:26 PM
MATE... :)   bRIAN Ireland is playing Australia next Saturday in Brisbane.      :)
Well Sam, are you happy with the final result?
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Post by: sj on June 25, 2018, 11:34:24 PM
EXTREMELY , Alex.   It was all about which side of the draw Australia would play in at the world cup next year.  Ireland avoids N.Z. who are in the other side.
Falou seemigly did a similar tackle on the Irish captain earlier in the game and a panel is going to look at that tackle but it is just what  Australia needed because they now have a standard to meet and beat.
How are you and Jessie ?  Havn't seen much of you recently. We were in India and Philippines last year and and Vietnam just recently as they did not require a very long plane trip.  So we might visit N.Z. next year but who knows.   Have been studying the Jews and the history of China for the U.3.A. so keep busy at least the brain keeps busy. :)
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Post by: IrishDigger on March 16, 2019, 10:16:53 AM
May I offer my absolute and sincere condolences to your fellow countrymen who were murdered by a terrorist in Christchurch.

I would also like to say how impressed I was by the professionalism of the NZ Police and other emergency services in responding to this terrible event and also to the leadership shown by your Prime Minister.

I echo my Prime Minister's response in saying that the Aussies and Kiwis are not just friends or neighbours but family; we go back a long way to the days of Anzac.

I know we are enemies in sport but not today.

I was always of the mind that New Zealand being truly The Land Down Under and such a happy contented nation would be one of the safest places on earth and now this.

Anyhow, that is all I can say.
 
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Post by: sj on March 16, 2019, 10:23:18 AM
Well said Digger  There is little that I can add 🤔
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Post by: kraftcheese on March 16, 2019, 10:33:04 AM
Agree completely Irishdigger.  Very sad event in a beautiful, peaceful country.
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Post by: IrishDigger on March 18, 2019, 06:14:08 AM
An excellent article on how this lady handled the situation,

https://www.news.com.au/world/pacific/jacinda-ardern-is-the-type-of-leader-australia-desperately-needs/news-story/fb070685d61eeb4e44445b41bdfdfc40 (https://www.news.com.au/world/pacific/jacinda-ardern-is-the-type-of-leader-australia-desperately-needs/news-story/fb070685d61eeb4e44445b41bdfdfc40)

Its not only Australian leaders who should take note but also other world leaders.
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Post by: liam nolan on March 22, 2019, 11:37:32 PM
how the uk could do with this mighty woman
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Post by: kraftcheese on March 23, 2019, 03:26:06 AM
how the uk could do with this mighty woman


Hear hear!  We want her in Australia too.
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Post by: joyceullapool on March 23, 2019, 02:23:46 PM
Hello,
I am desperately trying to find a family called Ancell in the Nelson area who arrived in NZ in 1971 from Warwickshire in England.
I have important news about a relative which I would like to share. Does anyone know of this family?
Cheers, Joyce
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Post by: Sam06 on April 08, 2019, 03:58:24 AM
Hi Joyce,
These are the only Ancell’s I could find for the South Island in New Zealand. I’ve entered the phone numbers s you’d call them from the UK. The last two will be different people as Nelson and Timaru are quite a distance from each other.
🌹Sam

Ancell K J (https://whitepages.co.nz/w/600496722/)

[size=78%]20 Rose Street Parkside Timaru Area 7910 (https://whitepages.co.nz/w/600496722/)[/size]

0064-3-688-4348

Ancell R C (https://whitepages.co.nz/w/600747347/)

[size=78%]1/345 Church Street West End, Timaru Area Timaru Area  (https://whitepages.co.nz/w/600747347/)[/size]

0064-3-684-7256

[size=78%]Rob Ancell's Barber Shop (https://whitepages.co.nz/w/rob-ancells-barber/)[/size]
[size=78%]167 Hardy St Nelson 7010 (https://whitepages.co.nz/w/rob-ancells-barber/)[/size]

0064-3-546-9119
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Post by: joyceullapool on April 08, 2019, 08:18:17 AM
Thank you for that. I know that one of the family is a hairdresser so that is useful. Cheers, Joyce
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Post by: JohnKelly on July 20, 2019, 02:44:14 AM
During her state visit to Australia, Jacinda was having a whinge about Australia deporting Kiwi criminals back to New Zealand after they have completed their prison sentence.

The following editorial says it all,

https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6061372849001

 :)

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Post by: sj on July 20, 2019, 07:48:07 AM
During her state visit to Australia, Jacinda was having a whinge about Australia deporting Kiwi criminals back to New Zealand after they have completed their prison sentence.

The following editorial says it all,

https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6061372849001 (https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6061372849001)

 :)
Today if you are not a good citizen of a country and you migrated from another country then you should be sent back to where you came from.  Noone is asking that the immigrant be perfect but if you commit a crime and receive a one year sentence then you will be sent back.   :)
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Post by: JohnKelly on July 20, 2019, 09:00:46 AM
Today if you are not a good citizen of a country and you migrated from another country then you should be sent back to where you came from.  Noone is asking that the immigrant be perfect but if you commit a crime and receive a one year sentence then you will be sent back.   :)

Indeed SJ and BTW I have great respect for the New Zealanders  but I reckon they were on a good thing as far as Australia's Social Security Welfare System was concerned but then again those bloody All Blacks v the The Wallabies, they are the problem. :)

Cheers.