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My family moved to New Zealand from the North of England when I was ten years old. At first, I hated my parents for tearing me away from everything I loved, but now, twelve years on, I realise how lucky I am to live in New Zealand!
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  • Honestly, New Zealand DOES Have History 1 day ago Originally posted on POMS AWAY!: “New Zealand doesn’t have any history.” Do you know how many times I’ve heard that since moving here? “New Zealand was the last major landmass to be settled; it’s too young for anything interesting to have happened.” It’s not just immigrants that say...
  • Six Books, a Bach and a Wizard's Robe 1 week ago Getting away to “the bach” is a Great Kiwi Tradition. A bach is a holiday home, and it’s pronounced like a batch of cookies, not like the Baroque composer. Baches range from old shacks to modern mansions, although anything too “flash” isn’t really seen as being in the spirit. It’s...
  • Is New Zealand Backward? 2 weeks ago Originally posted on POMS AWAY!: One thing you always used to hear about New Zealand was how backward it was. Behind the times. “It’s like how England was in the 1970s,” people would say. This, apparently, was a good thing. New Zealand was a country living in the past, when life was slower...
  • Lake Wainamu 3 weeks ago Originally posted on POMS AWAY!: Lake Wainamu is a place not many people know about. Out at Bethells Beach, on Auckland’s west coast, it’s a peaceful spot of understated beauty, surrounded by low hills. You get to it either by trudging across sand dunes for about ten minutes, or by walking...
  • Not Just Cows and Chlamydia: My First Impressions of Hamilton 1 month ago Originally posted on POMS AWAY!: Well, I live in Hamilton now. Never thought I’d say that. For those of you who don’t live in New Zealand, Hamilton is… well, it’s just one of those places. It’s mercilessly mocked by the rest of the country, perhaps a little unfairly. Cows and chlamydia...

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  • Top 20 Things a Brit in New Zealand Misses Expat Blog Awards 2013 New Zealand is a truly wonderful country and I feel privileged to call it home. This doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t miss my real home, my native England. Yes, life in New Zealand is so much better than life in England, but there are some...

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Mysty
13:49 PM August 22, 2014

Hi Abby, I've really so much enjoyed reading your blog! You're a fantastic writer, and New Zealand sounds so very beautiful and peaceful! I just typed a question on to your blog, but am not sure if you've received it. My question, which I am curious about, is, I wonder if you're aware of any deeply historical, Maori legends or myths - preferably ghostly, or paranormal, but also just mythological - for around the very local area you live in? I also wonder, if New Zealanders of European or other background tend to know the deeply historical, Maori legend history of their immediate neighbourhoods? I live in England, a few minutes walk from a small village which dates from the early 17th Century, which is allegedly haunted by the ghosts of a medieval nun and monk, there once being an abbey fairly close by, and a medieval manor house in the village area until the early 1820s. I also know of local faerie folk legends, which date to the 18th century. So, I guess knowing the deep local history around my home, I wonder if in New Zealand people know deeply historical mythology belonging to around their homes. Also, settler history or more recent history legends and tales, I guess. I love old tales as you can no doubt guess, especially those which bring a bit of a shiver!

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