POMS AWAY!

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POMS AWAY!
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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  • The Adventures of Kimble Bent: Drinker, Deserter, Slave, Folk Hero 3 days ago In 1903, New Zealand journalist James Cowan met an old man with an extraordinary story. He was American, he said, but after decades of living amongst the Māori, avoiding European settlements, he was barely able to speak English. His name was Kimble Bent. Slowly, through a series of letters written...
  • Garden Views 1 week ago Yesterday was the first day of spring. The sun was shining and I couldn’t resist the allure of one of my favourite places in New Zealand… … the Hamilton Gardens. Armed with my camera, I dove through the Father’s Day crowd to the Italian Renaissance Garden. Tim and I will be saying our...
  • What's with the Giant, Glowing Things in Garden Place? 1 month ago Something strange has appeared in the centre of Hamilton, New Zealand. Something that would not look out of place in Doctor Who. Have the Borg descended? Do we finally have solid evidence that God plays Dungeons & Dragons with the universe? No, it’s merely an installation of street art called...
  • So What's New Zealand's Best University? 2 months ago People keep asking me what the best university in New Zealand is. Of course, I have to be loyal to my alma mater and say Auckland. The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s only university in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings – 85th as of time of writing. This was a […]
  • The Ethics of Owning a Cat in New Zealand 2 months ago A few years ago, a certain would-be politician became New Zealand Cat Enemy Number One. He denounced cats as sadistic serial killers and called for their eradication. Not only did he want every stray cat to be killed, he wanted people to stop owning cats altogether. Of course, the national outrage...

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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!

Carolyn Ens
22:33 PM January 20, 2018

Love your blog! I have enjoyed the beautiful pictures along with your well-written descriptives and helpful advice on how to enjoy each place to its fullest. Your blog is very informative I get a personal vibe from your writings that makes me want to visit each place. I sure hope to in the near future, as I am planing a visit to your country. :) Thank you for your blog, keep up the amazing work!

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