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    Bryan

    I wonder if the NZ Post Office have considered that the drop in mail received may in fact be pertly caused by their own POOR service??

    If the service keeps declining it’s only going to cut the amount of business they get, the same goes for their Post Boxes! If people have to walk too far to post it and it’s going to take 8 or more days to get there one may as well take it there themselves.

    At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South Taranaki

    #1686980
    Profile photo of vale019vale019
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    vale019

    Bryan, NZ Post just don’t seem to care anymore.
    Since January we have had 2 incidents [for want of a better word] with them, one of which is still ongoing after 3 months.
    The first one in January concerned a parcel that we posted fast post to Melbourne. They were made aware (and made a note of) that the contents were delicate, not fragile, and needed to arrive at their destination ASAP. The tracking device told me the parcel was in flight and then it just disappeared – all the device told me for more than 5 days that it was’ in flight’. I had to contact them about it as I was very concerned the contents would degrade.
    Eventually it was found (I was never informed as to what had happened to it) and finally arrived at its destination about a fortnight after it was posted. So much for fast post!

    Then in either March or April we posted some very old cobalt blue wine goblets, that had belonged to my deceased son, to his daughter.  We wrapped them individually in bubble wrap, put them in a shoe box and packed more bubble wrap around them and then sealed the box with tape. That box was then placed in a NZ Post bubble wrap packet.
    The post office informed us they no longer do ‘fragile’ within NZ  [it is now only done if you are posting overseas]!
    The package arrived on time, no hassles there, but one of the glasses was broken. I have been in contact with them ever since. I have done and sent everything they have requested. Every time I ring them they have informed me they will compensate us for the loss of the glass but I usually have to send them some other bit of information and when I do that they just simply ignore it and never get back to us. I always have to ring them again. The last information I sent them, information they had requested, was in the middle of June & I haven’t heard a word back from them since.
    I don’t believe the value of the glass is any great sum [so it is not as if they have to fork out a fortune]. but I do feel there is a principle involved here and I am now determined not to let them get away with it so will be ringing them again this afternoon!

    Sorry about the rant but, as you may have gathered, I am more than disappointed in the service and the attitude of NZ Post!!! They simply don’t care!

    #1687027
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    vale019

    Zorbing at Rotorua 
    (Will you be putting this on your bucket list, Kai?? lol )

    Zorbing is a unique Kiwi invention that is not only ‘off the wall’ but seems to also be off an alien planet.

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    Zorbing originated in New Zealand in the 1990’s as a novel invention by two Kiwis looking for a new adventure challenge. It is now a worldwide business with franchise agents in many countries. In excess of 200 Zorbs have been rolled out from the Rotorua factory and the future for aspiring zorbonauts looks bright.

    The sport can be enjoyed by people of all ages who don’t mind being strapped inside an enormous clear plastic, air-cushioned ball. You are actually quite secure inside the inner capsule. All the violent bouncing is absorbed by the bigger outer transparent ball. As the ball rolls down a long grass-covered slope, you spin around in a virtual anti-gravity form of weightlessness like an intoxicated space traveller. As you tumble head over heels, the build up of centrifugal force keeps you pressed hard against the plastic wall, so it’s easy to ‘go with the flow’ and enjoy the revolving view outside.

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    Liquid-zorbing is a more recent development of this zany downhill roller coaster ride. Two or three buckets of water are added to the mix and you remain unattached to the inner ball like a loose cannon tumbling out of control.

    Hydro-zorbing over the surface of a lake is another variant where you are also left to flail about as the zorb floats across the water.

    There is no end to the fun-filled antics of these agitated air cushions. Grab the chance to zorb – wet or dry it’s fun to try!

     

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    #1687035
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    fern

    Blimey Val, you’re still having issues with NZ Post! That truly is appalling public relations in my opinion. Is there anyone higher up you can take it to? I doubt whether they have ‘managers’ but surely there must be someone who will listen to you. It’s just not good enough. 🙁 You know, Fair Go might be interested…have a think about it.

    #1687049
    Profile photo of vale019vale019
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    vale019

    Hi Fern, good point – I never thought about Fair Go. Will definitely keep that in mind. I will PM you.

    #1687092
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    Loyal

    Cor Val, that zorbing would be on my long list of things that I would least like to ever do!!! Blimey it would be a mission just getting me in the darned thing, & also out at the other end !! Did you see how that girl sort of dived into that little hole to get in it on one part. Let alone PAY to be put through all that, NOT my idea of fun AT ALL,lol. 😎 😆

    Loyal - Bay of Plenty 🙂

    #1687105
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    vale019

    hahaha Loyal – I’m with you there – definitely NOT on my bucket list  😆  😆

    #1687150
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    THE EYEBROW, CHRISTCHURCH

    Nick-named for its resemblance to the body part, “the eyebrow” house in Christchurch is one nifty looking home.

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    Built by Alan Ryde in Fernside, the eco-friendly design dubbed “the eyebrow” by locals because of its arching bridge-like frontage was built in the late 1990s.

    Featuring a grass and earth-covered roof, the home has earth piled against the home’s southern side to create a constantly comfortable interior temperature.

    Built in harmony with nature, the Eyebrow survived the Christchurch earthquakes unscathed.

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    #1687152
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    vale019

    THE DOME HOME, AUCKLAND

    The dome house in Paremoremo was home to well known local, the late Twink McCabe for around 30 years. McCabe and then partner Noel Fuller built the futuristic dome house themselves.

    Nestled alongside the water’s edge in Paremoremo, Auckland sits the dome home.

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    The geodesic structure, which resembles something from a Sci-fi flick, was the creation and home of the late Helen “Twink” McCabe and partner Noel Fuller, with the help of architect John Ridge.

    Making the property cooler and quirkier still, the property has strong feline connections.

    Owner, Twink was a cat breeder who introduced both ocicat and munchkin breeds to New Zealand. The property was set up as a cattery and cat park for around 20 years.

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    vale019

    Bertrand the kiwi’s surprising voyage across a Taranaki river

    ETET- PURANGI KIWI PROJECT

    Bertrand the kiwi can swim and made it to the other side of the Waitara River.
    Bertrand the kiwi can’t fly, but she can swim.

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    Until a few weeks ago Bertrand, along with 4000 friends of the flightless variety, had been happily living on a 13,000 hectare property bordering the Waitara River, as part of East Taranaki Environment Trust’s (ETET) Purangi Kiwi Project.

    That was until she made the voyage across the river, a journey none of the other kiwi had decided to try.
    “She swam,” project chairperson Karen Schumacher said.
    “There’s no bridge, no logs, but she’s definitely on the other side of the river.”

    Schumacher said staff members went back and checked this week and a couple of days ago Bertrand had gone marching.
    “She’s what they call dispersing, so she’s heading off into the next lot of bush.
    “It’s normal for them to spread out as they grow up but it’s the first time we’ve known of one that has swum across a river.”

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