Word of the day


Depravity – moral corruption or degradation;  a corrupt or immoral act or practice.

Not all hearts at home here


Whenever I travel I return home thinking I live in the best place in the world.

That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other countries. I’ve been fortunate to have visited some amazing places and met some wonderful people.

I’ve also learned how we could do some things better.

I lived in England for 11 months and Spain for three and a half, enjoyed it while I was away but was also very happy to come back here.

New Zealand is home and it’s where my heart is.

You don’t have to be born here to feel that way. My father was a Scot and while he retained a love of his homeland and in some ways became more Scottish as he aged, New Zealand became home to him.

We have a couple working here who came from the other side of the world – he from Belgium, she from England. It takes a lot of courage to come so far, leaving friends and family behind but they have seen opportunities they can’t get at home and are making the most of them.

We have Uruguayan friends who became New Zealand citizens this year. Adapting to a new country, culture and language wasn’t easy for them but they too have found a better way of life here.

Romanian friends are doing their best to get residency, certain that this is home for them and their children.

Not everyone feels that way. Expat Exposed is a website set up by people who have found immigrating to New Zealand didn’t live up to their expectations.

Expat Exposed was created by several frustrated migrants to New Zealand as a refuge, and as a resource. It is a one-stop resource for all prospective migrants to NZ who want to know the downsides of life in this country. It is also a refuge for migrants who are already here and struggling, and feeling very much alone.

Praemonitus Praemunitus. Forewarned is forearmed. We hope the information and the network you find here will reduce the number of rude surprises for expats who are determined to give NZ a try. We hope people who are suffering here can find some comfort in a community that does not lecture or ostracise, and possibly practical help for getting out. And finally, we hope that Expat Exposed can help people who are ill-matched to NZ avoid a costly mistake.

Fair enough. Immigration isn’t easy. Even if you find work you enjoy in a place you like, it still takes months, maybe even a year or two to adjust to a new way of life and really feel at home.

Some people never will for a variety of reasons.

Settling in and feeling at home is easier if you are open to new experiences and accepting of differences, treating them as such rather than matters of right or wrong.

It helps if you’ve done your research and are realistic about the challenges and rewards of living in another country.

But even people with the right attitude and realistic expectations might find that they and the country aren’t a good match and their hearts will never be at home here.

It might be the best place in the world for some of us but it won’t be like that for all.



7/10 in the Hearld’s changing world quiz.

Maybe not best use


After all the helpful suggestions for dealing with surplus egg yolks I can’t say this is the best use of those left over from making Christmas Day’s pavlova.

But it was probably the most appreciated.

Prompt arrest for “random act of evil”


The parents of the young girl viciously attacked in Turangi have described the crime as a “random act of evil”.

It was and it reflects well on the police that just a week after the horrific attack they have arrested a 16-year-old and charged him.

Being charged is only the first step in the process which might lead to a conviction. But what would possess anyone, let alone someone so young, to do something so awful?

In Praise of Holidays:


Quote of the day:

Everyone has their own perspective of course, but I can’t help but think that sometimes we worry about stuff that doesn’t really matter. We spend too much time anxious and don’t give ourselves enough space to think, innovate and create. We create burdens and anxieties that we don’t need, cant change and that actually don’t matter. Perhaps we need to chill out, relax, take time to think, and back ourselves. Holidays are a good thing! Connor English (not yet on-line).

December 29 in history


1170  Thomas Becket: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

13th-century manuscript illumination, an early depiction of Becket’s assassination.

1721  Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France, was born (d. 1764).

Madame de Pompadour, portrait by François Boucher.

1800 Charles Goodyear, American inventor, was born (d. 1860).

1809 William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born  (d. 1898).

1835  The Treaty of New Echota was signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.

1876 The Ashtabula River Railroad bridge disaster left 64 injured and 92 dead at Ashtabula, Ohio.

1880 Tuhiata, or Tuhi, was hanged in Wellington for the murder of the artist Mary Dobie at Te Namu Bay, Opunake. Tuhi wrote to the Governor days before his execution asking that ‘my bad companions, your children, beer, rum and other spirits die with me’.

 Tuhiata hanged for murder of Mary Dobie

1890 United States soldiers kill more than 200 Oglala Lakota men, women, and children with 4 Hotchkiss guns in the Wounded Knee Massacre.

1911  Sun Yat-sen became the provisional President of the Republic of China.

1911  Mongolia gained independence from the Qing dynasty.

1930  Sir Muhammad Iqbal‘s presidential address in Allahabad introduced the Two-Nation Theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan.

1936  Mary Tyler Moore, American actress was born.

1937  The Irish Free State was replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.

1939 First flight of the Consolidated B-24.

1940  In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe firebombed the city, killing almost 200 civilians.
1941 Birth of Ray Thomas, British musician (The Moody Blues).
1946 Marianne Faithfull, British singer, was born.
1949 KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut became the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
1953 Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, was born.

1972 An Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 (a Lockheed Tristar) crashed on approach to Miami International Airport killing 101.

1975 A bomb exploded at La Guardia Airport in New York City, killing 11 people and injuring 74.

1889 1989 Václav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia – the first non-Communist to attain the post in more than four decades.

1996  Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union signed a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war.

1997 – Hong Kong began to kill all the nation’s 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.

1998 Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologised for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million.

2003 The last known speaker of Akkala Sami – died, rendering the language that was spoken in the Sami villages of A´kkel and Ču´kksuâl, in the inland parts of the Kola Peninsula in Russia extinct.

Sourced from NZ HIstory Online & Wikipedia.

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