This is a blessed spot, spoilt only by the people, in the central North Island of NZ.
|Well we are a decent stones throw into 2021 and still grappling with the huge changes Covid has visited upon us. I now realise that at 66 years of age Covid in some way or form will accompany me to the grave. It is to be hoped in the future that we citizens will be told the truth about Covid and that it will not be used by politicians as a method of control. Here in NZ there is no lockdown and we move about freely during work and leisure. We are blessed compared to many countries and our death rate from the virus is 20 or so....in total! The down side is our small business took a hit and is now 50% of turnover pre Covid. Times are tight and our pension helps but we are not as well off as we were before. I know citizens in other countries are suffering worse and they have my prayers. Part of NZ success is that our borders are closed up very tight. This means our tourism industry is struggling and has to rely on the local market. We hope that this will eventually become a past nightmare and in our rear view mirrors. There is concern about free speech and banning's currently in play and there is no excuse for it. It is simply pure evil. I will not be watching the inauguration and I fear for us all as we move forward in time. What happens in the USA affects all of us world-wide in both a practical and literal sense. If this safety net is removed then we are all lost. Anyway all the best to everyone here for a decent and positive year ahead.|