Monday, 27 July 2015

Wellington150 years “New Zealand’s Capital City”

Wellington celebrates 150 years as the nation's capital.  On July 26, 1865 parliament sat for the first time in Wellington.   Parliament first sat in Russell in 1840, before moving to Auckland a year later and then moving south to its more central position in 1865.

The Beehive Wellington The Beehive, centre of Parliament Wellington, New Zealand.

Wellington Cablecar.The Cable Car looking out over the harbour.

Wellington celebrated the birthday by a sound and light show projected onto some buildings and a concert by Dave Dobbyn and the Orpheus Choir for 3 days only.

Beautiful lights in WellingtonBeautiful lighting display to mark 150 years.

colourful“Thanks to Stuff”

I must admit despite now living 93kms north of Wellington I always love going back to this wonderful city.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Autotrail Rally at Classic Car Museum.

P1080059Looking rather impressive from the roof.

Recently we joined members of the New Zealand Autotrail Club for a rally at the Classic Car Museum in Hamilton.  The weather was very kind to us when we left home on Thursday afternoon heading for Taupo.  Arriving just before 7pm in torrential rain in Taupo we stopped in the centre of town to get some fish and chips before settling for the night overlooking the lake and Marina.

Up early next morning we topped up with water before heading to Hamilton in lovely sunny weather.  We had a stop to make in Cambridge to pick up some spare covers for our Duvalays.

Spot Gypsy Rover?Spot Gypsy Rover?P1080168Classic Car Museum, Hamilton.P1080095Classic cars galore.P10801081900 school bus.

I don't know how it happened but somehow Derek and I were selected to organise the next National Rally for Labour weekend. We have managed to secure a great site at the Levin AP& I Showground's so guess where we will be at Labour weekend?  We have offers of help so hopefully we will get the numbers that were at Hamilton.  Of the 200 New Zealand members nearly half are from Auckland or north of.  We will have to wait and see. Time will tell, fingers crossed.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Foster and Allen.

Last night we headed for Palmerston North for dinner and a show. This is not something we do too often but we couldn't resist this one

Foster and Allen

The meal at Chinatown with friends Jenny and Robin was a real surprise with a gold card discount for the buffet meals.   Not something we get a lot of use of. We’ll have to go back and try the other side of the buffet next time. There was so much variety but we were unable to sample them all.

Then onto the show, with several buses from Levin, Wanganui and Dannevirke the show was very popular amongst our age group. Singing some of their popular songs such as “Maggie” and the audience joined in with “The Fly.” Unfortunately their version of “Gypsy Rover” was not on the nights programme but never the less a lovely evening was had by all.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Gallipoli the Scale of our War.

Showing at Te Papa Tongarewa (National Museum of New Zealand) One hundred years since the landings on Gallipoli in World War 1 .

The Scale of WarThe Scale of War.

Marking the centenary Te Papa together with Weta Workshops (of Lord of the Kings Fame) taking you back to Gallipoli.

Te Papa National Museum WellingtonTe Papa National Museum Wellington.The Horrors of warThe Horrors of war

New Zealand troops were involved in their first  objective of the First World War during the Allied invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula in April 1915. Hoping to seize control of the  Dardanelles Strait so that the allies had easy access to attack Constantinople (Istanbul), in Turkey. The Turks had sided with Germany in the war.

The Australia and New Zealand Army Corps landed at a small bay (now known as Anzac Cove) on the Gallipoli peninsula on 25 April 1915.

So lifelike the characters showing wartimeSo lifelike the characters showing wartime.Bad news of the death of a brotherBad news of the death of a brother.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sir Peter Jackson’s Great War Exhibition.

Pukeahu (Mount Cook), the National War Memorial Park was officially opened on 18th April 2015. Being away up north at the time we took the first opportunity after returning home after our Anzac Weekend club rally, to visit this site.

IMG_0065Pukeahu Park War Memorial Park

Sir Peter Jackson helped to create this $10 million exhibition to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. It is inside the former Dominion Museum building behind the National War Memorial Carillon in Wellington.  It tells the story of World War 1 from 1914  to 1919  honouring the role many Kiwis played.

IMG_0074The Australia memorial commemorates the long and close relationship between the people of Australia and New Zealand.

IMG_0080The wreaths from Anzac Day inside the War Memorial.

IMG_0097Great War Exhibition, old Dominion Museum Building, Wellington.

As you walk into the museum you are in a  "peaceful" Belgium street setting in 1914. As you walk through the exhibition you are shown the experiences of conscription and heading out for war, before viewing the recreations of battle scenes, including life-sized tanks and weapons. (Extremely realistic)

IMG_0100Our tour guide in a replica Belgium Street.IMG_0112Soldiers on the battlefield.

IMG_0114These soldiers were all hand painted by model enthusiasts.

IMG_0098The 51 metre high Carillion in Wellington.

IMG_0095This model of a New Zealander Richard Henderson and his donkey is a memorial to all medics and stretcher bearers and commemorates the 75th anniversary of the landings on Gallipoli.

Much of the exhibits  in the exhibition are from Peter Jackson's private collection and based loosely on the story of his grandad Will, while other pieces were donated from war museums in France and Belgium.

Sir Peter Jackson used the  creative talents of his teams at Wingnut Films and Weta Workshop to create the experience .

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Anzac Commemorative Coin

While unpacking the motorhome on arrival home I discovered a new coin amongst our belongings.  Looking closely we discovered that it was a coloured 50 cent coin which I must have picked up at the Waiouru Army Museum on our way home.

One million of these legal tender coins were minted to commemorate the centenary, on 25 April 1915, of the Anzac landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

IMG_0050 The ‘Tails”Face of the commemorative 50 cent coin.

Featuring New Zealand and Australian soldiers standing back to back with their heads bowed in remembrance. The Maori motif pattern symbolises strength and determination, and the silver fern is New Zealand’s identity.With New Zealand’s national colours, the motif is white on the coin, with the background coloured black.

IMG_0051The “heads” face of the coin with the Queen and the year 2015

It is the first time in New Zealand history that a New Zealand coloured circulating coin has been produced. It has been checked that the coin is the same size as the existing coin and will be accepted in coin and vending machines.

I wonder how long these coins remain in circulation or are picked up by collectors?

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Lest we forget!

  ANZAC Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps)

flanders poppyFlanders poppy 

25th April is the observance day New Zealanders and Australians remember the fallen of the two World Wars.

I remember as a young girl getting up early in the morning to attend the annual Dawn Parade service with my late father.

The many thousands who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom. May they rest in peace.


One hundred crosses at the National War Museum at Waiouru commemorate the ultimate sacrifice by New Zealanders in the 1st World War 100 years ago.

We Shall Keep the Faith

'Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.'

Moina Michael