I was not born in this country that I have called home these past 10 years, but have always felt welcome and loved by the people here. (Even though I’m Australian) At first I was terribly home sick and didn’t think any place could ever compare to home, but before I knew it I was beginning to love lots of things about this place. Here’s just a few that come to mind.
1. Pohutukawa Trees
Yum. I’d never heard of these before coming to New Zealand but oh my. They are so yummy. Sweet and juicy, and they smell fantastic too. Lovely cold and fresh, but add to apple crumble too. The lovely thing is you never have to buy them. They grow in backyards and people hand around bags full to friends and family. (We have some overhanging our driveway and always pick them up before they get run over!)
4. The People!
- He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!
- What is the most important thing in the world?
It is people! It is people! It is people!
How can I choose a picture for this one? There are too many and I can’t choose a favourite! There are so many people groups here and I love them for different things. I love the way Kiwi’s say “aye” and are welcoming to outsiders. I love the way Maori’s laugh, and for all that I’m learning from them about whanau (family). And I love the colour and life added by the many immigrants in this city. Wouldn’t be the same without them.
5. Tip Top Ice Cream
6. Our National Anthem
7. The Colour of the Sea
8. New Zealand Music
9. Auckland City
10. The Haka
Thanks New Zealand