One of the big things we noticed when we moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2008 was the fantastic and plentiful array of kids playgrounds here.
It may seem like an insignificant thing but when you have three kids who have usually seen broken, graffiti covered, litter strewn playgrounds that normally contained a set of broken swings and nothing too adventurous that you could potentially injure yourself on – then it all came as a breath of fresh air.
Before I get jumped on and all the UK peeps shout at me…. yes, I agree there were SOME nice parks and playgrounds for kids. But I am speaking my opinion when I say that while we lived and travelled around the UK I can honestly say that the large majority of playgrounds were either in undesirable areas or visited by undesirables who used for undesirable purposes.
Sad but true.
Another huge difference for us here was the school grounds. Read More…
From the Kiwi Annison Archives….
I have a new project at work, and I love it.
As part of my Communications role at Mystery Creek Events Centre, I am to help promote the wonderful Ag Heritage Village; a fantastic destination for school and group visits which offers a unique glimpse into New Zealand’s pioneering past.
I find this kind of social history absolutely fascinating, a fact you may have gathered if you are one of my regular blog readers!
Following my last post, Lots of people have asked me for photos and an update after the big event that is … Fieldays – the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agribusiness exhibition at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton New Zealand.
Now I’m sorry to disappoint but I cannot post lots of fantastic pictures that I took over my time (working) at the four-day event. I didn’t get time to take ANY.
So I will instead briefly report that the whole event was a huge success; the brief showers on Friday quickly disappeared, the sun shone, the frost twinkled, abundant coffee was drunk, the fantastic communications team (!) at Mystery Creek Events Centre were shooting out press releases, tweets and Facebook messages in all directions – and the people came. Visitor numbers were up 9% on 2011 and everyone seemed pretty happy.
If you would like to see some fantastic pictures (not taken by me) I can do nothing better than refer you to Fieldays own Facebook page where some wonderful person has loaded up professional photos that are quite frankly, pretty awesome.
Have a look.
And put 12-15 June 2013 in your calendar so you can visit the next Fieldays.
(and fingers crossed I shall be recovered and recuperated enough to do a Kiwi Blog Bus post at the weekend!)
Ok – I’ll admit it now… this post has pretty much nothing to do with the Kiwi Blog Bus.
BUT… it’s about a pretty cool annual event in New Zealand and a great place to have a day out – that happens to be only 10 mins away from where we live so we don’t have any need to go in our bus – acceptable reason?
Fieldays is the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere – it is also held at Mystery Creek Event Centre – which happens to be where I now work in a Communications role so that may just be the other reason for this post! Read More…
From January 2011…
After a fantastic journey around the Coromandel peninsula we decided to travel inland from Coromandel Town on the infamous 309 road; a winding gravel road which connects the east and west of the peninsula through spectacular scenery and offers lots of interesting sights.
Like 100 wild pigs by the road…
It’s fair to say that we do see some unusual sights while driving around New Zealand in an old Japanese school bus, but down in Waitomo we were a little bewildered to see a very large boat placed in a field near a Bristol Freighter plane and an old railway carriage.
We went to investigate.
Where were we up to?
……..oh yeah…… one of us had climbed a mountain and was ready to rest weary bones and relax for the evening.
And the rest of us were still full of energy.
(Read I’m pathetic on the peaks of Mount Pirongia)
but it was getting late and we had thoughts of dinner in our heads.
So we decided to go park up the Kiwi Blog Bus for the night and down the road in Pirongia village we found just the place.