Archive for January, 2007

Shakespear Regional Park

Happy New Year to you! I know it’s a little late but I have had a few days out of the city at my favourite place in the whole world … I am blessed to have access to a beach house out on the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsular about 40 mins drive north of Auckland – past the pretension of Gulf Harbour and just before the Shakespear Regional Park. The beach house overlooks this lovely park and during many summers there we’ve watched the Park grow from its original acquisition as a working farm to become established with walks and picnicing areas, information boards and excellent facilities. The Auckland Regional Council do us proud at this spot … the beaches are safe and I’m convinced it has it’s own micro-climate … the weather might be grim elsewehre in Auckland but the sun is shining in the park – magic! I suggest you go visit if you have the opportunity.

NZ’s lowest holiday road death tally in 25 years

traffic c/o NZ Police

The cost of life in this year’s motorised mayhem was:

  • 1 driver died as the result of an impact at a junction.
  • 3 were killed in head-on collisions.
  • 5 drivers lost control and killed themselves in the process.

Thankfully, this equates to under half of the toll for the same period last year. That said, a motorcyclist became the first fatality in the post-holiday period and cyclists continue to be pinged, winged and run off the road on a daily basis, around here at least. For one, I am resolved to using the car less (though I can’t commute any other way), do my best to avoid becoming a statistic and drive more economically and safely.

More details via, NewstalkZB and TVNZ

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Aotearoa – from space

Neil from our Metroblogging neighbours Melbourne tipped me off about a Digg science and space post concerning a stunning hi-res photo of the shuttle crew’s most recent space walk. The full size hi-res shot shows the bottom half of the North Island and the top half of the South way below the space walking astronauts. Click through and play spot the capital – amongst other places.

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The Return-To-Work Blues

Mission Bay

Has it been almost two weeks already? Spent the afternoon with what seemed like half of Auckland frying gently at Mission Bay, eating ‘fush and chups’ from The Fish Pot Cafe and trying to read the paper and trying to forget that I’ll be back at work tomorrow. Oh well, a couple of weeks hard work and I’ll be ready for a few days at a bach, the week after Auckland Day.

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Bombs in Bangkok

Please spare a thought for our fellow Metrobloggers and those in Bangkok whose New Year’s Day has seen bombings throughout the city.  Local bloggers are covering the events and aftermath in which it appears children and six foreign visitors were hurt by what are reported to be grenade explosion.

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Happy New Year, world!

Happy New Year from Aotearoa

Bethells Beach/Te Henga, West Auckland

The very first folks to greet the New Year will be the good people of Kahuitara Point on Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands.  Along with them and others as diverse as the Fijians in Suva and the Far East Russians of the Kamchatka Peninsula, we live just to the left of the International Date Line and so will be the first Metroblog city to greet the dawn of the new year.  A few hours later, Melbourne will pick up the baton and so it will continue for 50 cities around the globe until Hawaii greet the dawn and the circle is completed.

May the coming year bring more peace, less strife, more compassion and less conflict to the peoples of the world.  If you make just one resolution this year, may it be to make a difference.

Happy New Year!

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