Returning user? Log in or Register
Log in to your GrownUps

NEW ZEALAND photos, articles, human interest stories, fun or interesting.

Home Discussions News & Current Affairs (excluding Politics) NEW ZEALAND photos, articles, human interest stories, fun or interesting.

This topic contains 851 replies, has 20 voices, and was last updated by Profile photo of vale019 vale019 1 day, 12 hours ago.

Viewing 10 posts - 701 through 710 (of 852 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #1647944
    Profile photo of supergold
    supergold
    Member
    Member since: May 9, 2009
    Topics: 56
    Replies: 7237

    I’ve just been reading about a young Scottish lass who visited New Zealand and posted an item named ’15 thing no one told me about living in New Zealand’. It is well worth reading and includes some lovely pictures but in it’s own hilarious way describes the quirkiness of us as Kiwis.

    A sample …

    7. You learn a lot about the direction of wind.

    In Scotland, it’s generally always windy. Whether the wind is blowing from North, East, South or West it is pretty irrelevant. All that matters is you know once you go outside you can kiss goodbye to your silky, straight hair.

    In New Zealand, not only does the wind direction matter but you can actually tell which direction it is coming from. Welcome to what is known as a “Southerly”, and how do you know it’s a Southern wind? Because it is fricken freezing. Winds from the South come straight from the Antarctic so be sure to wrap up!

    1482796669410

    For more

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/nz/78426373/15-things-no-one-told-me-about-living-in-new-zealand

     

    Supergold-Wainuiomata

    Attachments:
    You must be logged in to view attached files.
    #1647953
    Profile photo of bobbity
    bobbity
    Member
    Member since: September 14, 2006
    Topics: 38
    Replies: 7169

    Beautiful photos. The fire in Southland was awful, as is any fire, but massive, wind driven fires like this have me thinking about the poor animals, baby birds who may not have fledged yet and all other living creatures who simply cannot get away. 😥 I agree Bobbity, the NZ doco was gorgeous. It makes me want to see more of my own country rather than popping overseas.

    Very true SG!  I went to Oz before I saw anything much in NZ at all and I’d been to the south Is only once, to Christchurch for 4 days.  (that’s why I know 1st hand how beautiful all those stone buildings were, such a crying shame). I hadn’t even been to certain spots around Rotorua where I was born and raised.

    The fires are horrendous and it saddens me too to see the animals trapped, killed, scorched … I remember the little Koala coming out to the rescue teams in Oz, so heart wrenching.

    Thanks for the link re wind etc, interesting observations! 🙂  I hate the wind…

    I love all GUppies
    ♫♪✿(◠‿◠)✿♥♫♪

    #1647978
    Profile photo of vale019
    vale019
    Member
    Member since: August 20, 2012
    Topics: 5
    Replies: 11861

    You gals are all champions – I so enjoy your comments, reminiscents & posts – all excellent stuff, thank you.
    I don’t think we ever went to Nugget Point & now I have left it too late. I enjoy the armchair travel but I feel frustrated when I realise I probably can’t manage some of them anymore – wwaaaa!!

    SG- you are so right, those poor creatures in the fire (inc dear wee hedgehogs & the lizards etc) doesn’t bear thinking about.

    I saw the NZ doco – gorgeous. I wondered at the time if any of you were watching it…lol

     

     

    #1647979
    Profile photo of vale019
    vale019
    Member
    Member since: August 20, 2012
    Topics: 5
    Replies: 11861

    Easy Care Colour in a Christchurch Garden

    2Collage-2017-10-20-16_43_21

    4-Collage-2017-10-20-16_54_10

    5-Collage-2017-10-20-16_59_21

    Collage-2017-10-20-16_36_59

    Attachments:
    You must be logged in to view attached files.
    #1647996
    Profile photo of kai
    kai
    Member
    Member since: January 4, 2008
    Topics: 219
    Replies: 8845

    We get lotsa  news and read of all the nz docos and series etc  like each sunday night atm with what nz was years ago .

    I remember not that long ago maybe up to 6 years ago,,would videotape progs and post them over and vice versa

    Now they have it set up that whats recorded off channels goes to the hard drive for your household only !!

    Love it,, all the extras in those pics Val so lovely and a personal garden which we all love,,,

    and see a Koru garden ornament as well..among other cuties!!!.

    We all love gardens here but compared to the big sections we used to have,,  low key  is still the key to time saving nowadays..

    Any plants that cant survive the conditions lol,,, Stay at the nursery, and the trees and shrubs we have now,, are manageable

    But we have to remember for DH to prune more often now,,, cos they grow while we sleep!!

    jaca

     

    Cheers From Kai

    Attachments:
    You must be logged in to view attached files.
    #1648001
    Profile photo of Loyal
    Loyal
    Member
    Member since: March 1, 2010
    Topics: 2
    Replies: 16909

    Hmmm, those sure are gorgeous purple tubular flowers peeping through the ferns Kai. What is the name of them do you know?

    Those are cool garden ornaments above Val. I especially love the butterflies!

    Loyal - Bay of Plenty 🙂

    #1648004
    Profile photo of kai
    kai
    Member
    Member since: January 4, 2008
    Topics: 219
    Replies: 8845

    SG Forgot to say loved the Scottish girls blog on NZ ,very well done ..Things we dont even think of and take for granted’.

    Love reading things  written through others eyes.Variety of life …

    They are Jacarandas Loyal ,,,My DH loves them and I do as well, so we planted them,, not knowing that the roots go for water,,, as in even water pipes,,, so not a good idea if you have neighbors close,, we now know .

    Fortunately not near neighbors pipes where it is,,, and they love them as well..provides shade for both parties…

    Have gr8 neighbors and we all work in together.

    Cheers From Kai

    #1648009
    Profile photo of Loyal
    Loyal
    Member
    Member since: March 1, 2010
    Topics: 2
    Replies: 16909

    Oh right Kai, thanks for that answer. Now I see it, they’re not ferns but the lovely fluttery fine foliage of the Jacaranda…high up in the tree,lol. Yes I love those trees too Kai, & nearly planted one here. However I reconsidered when I saw how HUGE they eventually grow, & thought they’d be just too large for here. I planted a gleditsia instead. Thats got quite big too & always trimming as the branches grow like anything during summer & hang down to the ground if you let them!! Very pretty foliage & shade though through summer though. Terrible mess in autumn however, with 10 million leaves dropping & blowing everywhere!! I guess thats the price one pays for its glorious splendor over summer!

    Loyal - Bay of Plenty 🙂

    #1648099
    Profile photo of supergold
    supergold
    Member
    Member since: May 9, 2009
    Topics: 56
    Replies: 7237

    This happy chap is the reason for our long weekend 🙂

    – Samuel Parnell (1810-1890) & the 8 hour work day –

    NZ’s first LABOUR DAY began in Wellington 28 Oct 1890

    Until 1900 only Government employees got the day off !!

    Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight hour working day, a condition which, while widely accepted and applied, is still not legally enshrined in NZ and we are still not universally entitled to an 8 hour working day by right of law

    Its origins are traced back to the eight-hour working day movement that arose in the newly founded Wellington colony in 1840, primarily because of carpenter Samuel Parnell’s refusal to work more than eight hours a day.

    On arrival in NZ, Samuel Parnell was asked to build a store for shipping agent George Hunter. Samuel who, while living and working in London, had been exposed to the prevailing international concern with worker’s rights, agreed to do so, but only on the condition that he not work more than eight hours a day. Though his employer protested, the shortage of skilled tradesmen in the new colony allowed Parnell to make good on his demand. Parnell organised other carpenters in the town and in Oct 1840 a workers’ meeting on Lambton Quay resolved a motion to adopt an eight hour working day

    On 28 Oct 1890, the 50th anniversary of the eight-hour day was commemorated with several thousand trade union members and supporters attended parades in the main centres.

    The event was then celebrated annually in late Oct as either Labour Day or Eight-Hour Demonstration Day. In 1899 government legislated that the day be a public holiday from 1900. The day was celebrated on different days in different provinces. This led to ship owners complaining that seamen were taking excessive holidays by having one Labour Day in one port then another in their next port. In 1910 the government stipulated that the holiday would be observed on the same day throughout the nation.

    On the first Labour Day demonstration on 28 Oct., seated on a brake drawn by four horses Parnell headed the march to Newtown Park where, amid prolonged cheers, he was presented with an illuminated address which paid tribute to his ‘noble efforts’ as ‘the father of the eight hours movement’.

    ‘I feel happy to-day,’ the old man replied, ‘because the seed sown so many years ago is bearing such abundant fruit and the chord struck at Petone fifty years ago is vibrating round the world, and I hope I shall live to see eight hours a day as a day’s work universally acknowledged and become the law of every nation of the world.’ Eight weeks later Parnell fell ill and died, 17 Dec 1890.

    A meeting chaired by the mayor decided to accord him a public funeral and on 20 Dec a crowd of thousands, headed by the Garrison Band, marched in procession from Cambridge Terrace to the Wellington public cemetery. Relays of working men carried Parnell’s coffin all the way

    22539727_1505879952833604_7851184654795033543_n

    photo of Samuel Parnell taken June 1890

    http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23133932…

    Supergold-Wainuiomata

    Attachments:
    You must be logged in to view attached files.
    #1648104
    Profile photo of drlivingstone
    drlivingstone
    Member
    Member since: October 22, 2006
    Topics: 290
    Replies: 33881

    😀 😀  😀

    And today we still have much to achieve for the working people of Aotearoa New Zealand.The fight Samuel goes on.

    Dr.Livingstone
    Peoples Republic Of Christchurch

Viewing 10 posts - 701 through 710 (of 852 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Advertisement