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December 06, 2008

Goodbye, dream

Queenstown For sale: A contemporary country home near Queenstown: This six-bedroom three-bath home is in Closeburn Station, a 3,000-acre working alpine farm with 27 private homes.

The house, which sits on nearly 1.5 acres, has over 1,615 square feet of outdoor space, including a wrap-around deck. The house overlooks a pond and stream.

Unfortunately, I won't be a candidate for a house like this in the near future. I have to make new plans now

You’ll find a copy of this post on my Moving to New Zealand blog here

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February 14, 2008

The market is very… muddy

Nanotechnology Due to the real estate crisis, and the fact that I am stuck here with quite a few apartment buildings that are losing their value and cannot be sold, my plans of moving to New Zealand are being postponed, at least for a “while”. I am sorry to hear it myself!

Meanwhile then, here are a few Kiwi links:

Pools of mud (by Pete Ashton)

New Zealand’s Hottest Weather Broadcast

How to prepare a kiwi. (Re-post)

Welcome to the youngest country on earth

Lost Novels of Nineteenth-Century New Zealand

Another blog about Emigrating to New Zealand

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July 06, 2007

Living Chess

Kiwi_sunset Another blog about Emigrating to New Zealand by a British couple, Jonathan and Rebecca

Volcano Camera - White Island crater

Stamps of Antarctic research centers for glaciology, meteorology, geology, and biology, on Kiwi philately

Ancient Maori Kites

Outdoor chess in Christchurch

A proposed new New Zealand Flag

Bed & Breakfast & Four-Wheel Drive combos: Kiwi Housetrucks

“Southern lights" aurora on APOD. New Zealand from space (Click to biggify. Another angle)

Maori liquor made from Ti-Toki berries

Walking upside down on the Southern Hemisphere

World's largest tape ball

Penguin Crossing

Bic Runga sings Listening For The Weather. (From Bioneural’s Great New Zealand music. Thank you, Bruce)

This is another post that I am “co-blogging”, and again with on-going contributor Craig Conley who blogs at Abecedarian and who provided most all of today’s links. Craig’s new book is “Heard the herd”, a field guide to identifying unicorns by sound, available in an eco-friendly low-wattage palette. Thank you again, Craig! (All previous co-blogged posts archived here.) If other bloggers are interested to share the forum here on any other topic, please contact me for details.

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March 12, 2007

Music from Elsewhere

Hayley_westenra_2 Kiwi songbird Hayley Westenra. (Thank you, Steve M.)

NPR story about The Front Lawn duo

Escape from America, one year later

This 'Hell Pizza' billboard drew complains from some circles

The underarm incident of 1981

Music from Elsewhere introduces music which would otherwise go unheard and unnoticed. (Thank you, Doddery’)

My New Zealand vacation, by a Singaporean blogger who immigrated to New Zealand recently

Also, Rudy Ruker‘s trip to New Zealand, Part 3, part 4 and 5

Rastafari Parliament member Nandor Tanczos

The last self-portrait of a kayaker who died at sea

Mystery plane on the tarmac at Christchurch Airport

Q&A on AskMefi: Tawita works for the government of a small developing country, and they are looking to make all of their legislation freely available on the internet. The Kiwi Public Access to Legislation (PAL) Project is a good example of how to do it

More on Mefi: Lots of Haka chants by the All Blacks. Compare that to 1932 All Blacks Haka from Rugby Pioneers

Looking for jobs on Seek

Things to Know When in New Zealand

New Zealand Sculpture and Sculptors

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November 25, 2006

All Blacks Haka

Black_haka_1 A Stone Circle at Whanganui Bay, Lake Taupo

You Want Testosterone? I'll give you some testosterone

I wanna buy The Barton Estate! (Thank you, Doddery. TradeMe = the Kiwi eBay)

Fast-motion video of a scenic drive from Te Anau to Queenstown, New Zealand (original video was 40 minutes). On the left-hand side is Lake Wakatipu

Fish found in New Zealand

New Zealand is Droning

I love the Mutton Birds' haunting "White Valiant", but I have no idea what it means. Can somebody tell me what the song is about?

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September 10, 2006

Facts about New Zealand

The_finn_brothers (There’s not much progress with my plans of moving to New Zealand right now. I am going on a trip to China in November, and after that, who knows ?) Meanwhile, here are some links from the other blog)

Live at St. James with Crowded House Don't dream it's over, from Jonson’s tribute to the Finn Brothers: “Of the several thousand reasons to give thanks for YouTube, I count among them the many live Neil Finn/Crowded House/Split Enz videos that people have uploaded. That Neil Finn, I swear to God, just about the greatest thing that ever happened to music. You can keep your Thom Yorkes, your John Lennon’s, your Lou Pearlmans, for my money, it just doesn’t get any better than this”. (Also there, unrelated but amazing - Bus Graveyard)

Flight of the Conchords, New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo – Like Simon and Garfunkel meets Beck's "Debra". (From Metafilter)

More threads there: What liberal country should I move to?

49 Gorgeous Digital Images. (Thank you, Steel)

The Moeraki Boulders

The Chatham Islands

Some Random Facts about New Zealand and other places

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June 30, 2006

Mixotheque

Maori_kids_1 Mixotheque is a music blog with “compilations of the classic and obscure. Every month, two 80 minute mixes catering to the cognoscenti and the newcomer”. A large Kiwi Category with lots of MP3’s

Ha! I found another blog called… Moving to New Zealand… A story of a boy, a girl, and a cat moving around the world (I wonder how they move the cat. And I have two!)

Doctor Fun: I picked it up in New Zealand

Earth, Sea and Sky. (From the Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand)

100% Pure New Zealand, winner of the 2006 Webby Awards

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May 29, 2006

Stars of The Southern Hemisphere

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Photo above by my niece, who’s traveling somewhere on the South Island.

See a new NZ post on Koru Koru, my Moving to New Zealand blog

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April 23, 2006

Apple Picking

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My other niece, Michal, left Israel after serving in the army and has been traveling the world. About 3 months ago she somehow found herself in New Zealand, and she too loves the place. Right now she is picking apples in Nelson area. (Click on photo to enlarge)

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March 25, 2006

Lake Tarawera

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Steven Pinker is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and one of the charter members of Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists. He is also a wonderful travel photographer. Above is his photo of Lake Tarawera (and Lake Wanaka)

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February 26, 2006

Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you

Finn_brothers Here is a new collection of links, about Music from New Zealand. I am just discovering it beyond the basics, so this section will start a little thin, and grow as I explore more. Suggestions & recommendations from readers will be especially welcome here

Obviously, my introduction to Kiwi music was through the albums of Split Enz and Crowded house which were spearheaded by Tim Finn and Neil Finn. Like the Grateful Dead, these bands had (and still have) a rabid base of fans, and when I used to go to the Finn brothers concerts, you always met the same people in the audience...

Split Enz returning for a belated encore performance

Dave Dobbyn

Bic Runga

Maori singer Moana and the Tribe

New Zealand Music of the 60's, 70's and 80's

Mixotheque, a music blog of New Zealand rock

A massive collection of Kiwi Music Links

Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa

Other Kiwi Travel Links:

New Zealand in grip of man drought - Yeah!

How to acquire a New Zealander accent and American versus New Zealand vocabulary

More from The Flying Kiwi: Common Birds of the New Zealand Forest, basic New Zealand geography (And other Asian travel wallpapers)

Phil Garrett's Flying Kiwi project – breaking the world sidecar speed record @ 320 km/h

Toward the Top of the mountain and other bike photos by Reinhard Pantke, who bikes around the world

Girls Go Wild - 5-part Adventures in New Zealand by Elisabeth Eaves, author of “Bare”

Blue Ferns. New Zealand is a land filled with ferns, none of them were blue - until now

RE: Immigration - move2nz – a comprehensive site that includes resources, services, contacts and information: “we wished we could have had when we emigrated to Christchurch in 2000”

A Metafilter thread about an inexpensive shipping route when you move to NZ

You’ll find a copy of this section on the Moving to New Zealand blog

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