Author Archives: Scankiwi

Sydney, Australia – Manly, Men & Fur Babies

Farewell Aotearoa, hello Aussie-land! As is becoming the habit on my sojourns to the motherland, I make a point of stopping off in “Straya” to annoy my NZ, Aussie and Swedish friends & family who dwell there. First stop Mike, … Continue reading

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North Island Visits & Day Trips – part 2

Next day trip was on my own to Paeroa, Karangahake and the Bay of Plenty. Paeroa is a town in the at the gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula where I had first thought of traveling, on the Waihou and Ohinemuri … Continue reading

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North Island Visits & Day Trips – part 1

The story continues albeit a long while after the fact. When you come from a large family there are always obligations to visit and keep contact but the benefits are you always have a place to stay and food on … Continue reading

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South Island Visits & Day Trips – part 3: Swedes, Shipwrecks, Lighthouses & Flying Machines

It has been awhile. Covid restrictions and a new job have severely influenced my blogging. Basically the lack of time has not allowed me to sit down and write, but here goes. Back to February 2020 and my trip to … Continue reading

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South Island Visits & Day Trips – part 2

My journey continued northward from Dunedin along the east coast of the South Island to visit my life long friend Dave in the town of Oamaru. The 112 km drive along the East Coast is dramatic through rugged hills over … Continue reading

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South Island Visits & Day Trips – part 1

It has been awhile since I have had the opportunity to update my blog.  Apologies to those who follow it.  I haven’t had the time to sit down during the last few months.  Too busy enjoying the Swedish summer and … Continue reading

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Waitangi Day – 6th February 2020

It has not been often in the last 30 years of living abroad that I have been home at the same time as my homeland of New Zealand celebrates its National Day, Waitangi Day on the 6th of February.  I … Continue reading

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Water, water and more water!

With a few days of recovery under the belt from the flights from one side of the world to the other in 40 hours, the family decided to assemble for my first weekend home and have a reunion.  Mum, all … Continue reading

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Biannual Pilgrimage Home

That time has come around again for the biannual pilgrimage to the homeland to visit family and friends.  I was home in June & July of 2017, a winter visit which had only occurred because of a wedding.  I try … Continue reading

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SIDE NOTE: Culture Night, Stockholm April 2017

I never managed to make a blog post regarding the first Kulturnatten (Culture Night) I visited in Stockholm in 2017, but in writing about my visit in 2019, I was prompted to make a side note of the visit in … Continue reading

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