This is a blessed spot, spoilt only by the people, in the central North Island of NZ.
|We are halfway through summer but it seems like autumn, or as the Yanks would say, the Fall. My 17 year old son is off on a leadership camp prior to commencing his last school year at college. The schools are back in a week or so and the busy tourist season will slow down markedly. We will be left with the backpackers and the like. In NZ the schooling system is broken. These days it is not about understanding but rather about obtaining credits by one way or another. External exams have been emasculated to the point they are meaningless. We are going to hell in a hand bucket. We will reap a terrible harvest regards education in the years to come.A chap I know from the soldiers club will turn 100 in March and get his personal telegram from the Queen. I would venture to say it will not be too long before it becomes a telegram from the King. She is over ninety after all. She has been Queen all my life and I am 62. I am a great fan of the Monarchy and am so glad we are a constitutional monarchy.A big morale boost for me has been TD scrapping the TPPA that our govt had signed up to without giving a fig for our citizens. It is disgraceful that we have to rely on TD to get us out of it.|