My 3 boys and I

July 14, 2008

New Zealand and My Home – Part 1

Filed under: Home and Family,New Zealand — by my3boysandi @ 6:24 pm

I was asked by one of my bloggie friends to write about this topic

New Zealand

Aotearoa (Maori name) meaning The Land of the Long White Cloud.

I have lived here all my life. In fact I have never traveled out of New Zealand. They (not sure who – it was an ad if my memory serves me right) reckoned you should see your own country before going over seas. I can say I have done that. As a child my family would go on holidays. Also when I was 17 I went with St Johns Ambulance Cadets of which I belonged and toured most of the South Island in campervans. It was a whirlwind trip and I would advice travelers to take much longer.

Speaking of traveling unlike some of my readers we road users here in New Zealand drive on the left side of the road.

Although I am not a sporty person New Zealand is a rugby playing country. It is our national sport. Our New Zealand is called The All Blacks.

clicking on the picture above will take you to more info about the All Blacks

If you came to New Zealand I doubt there would be many homes where The Edmonds Cookbook wouldnt be part of the kitchen cook book library. New Zealand woman like to cook and some men are quite good at it too.

While we are talking about food. Chocolate is dear to my heart and New Zealand makes a marshmallow covered in chocolate fish. The traditional pudding is the Pav(lova) which is sometimes accompanied by Ice cream made here in New Zealand at Tip Top. Tip Top is situated in Auckland and they have ice cream factory tours of which My Home Schooler and I have been on.

Dinner is the main meal of the day here in New Zealand. We like a lot of New Zealanders try to have this evening meal around the table together. Although we sometimes vary our dinners most consist of meat accompnied by Watties Tomato sauce, potato, carrots and peas.

This may or may not be followed by pudding. Some families finish their meal with fruit maybe kiwifruit. While kiwifruit is a Chinese fruit New Zealanders have selectively bred it and it has become an egg-sized fruit with green or gold flesh.

Although New Zealanders have many and varied jobs. Due to the good land and favorable weather conditions New Zealand is known as the worlds biggest farm. There are in fact 10 sheep per person here in New Zealand. We export a lot of our sheep meat. Our sheep also yield excellent wool. This is shorn twice a year and we have a special way to shear our sheep which has been copied throughout the world. As we are a farming nation we of course have farmers whom wear gumboots. As do a lot of other New Zealanders particularly in the winter time.

As well as sheep we also farm a lot of cattle. We have millions of cattle. Our cattle are able to feed on grass all year round. We export 90-95% of all milk produced. As well as farming in the traditional sense we also have lots of orchards.

We grow a large variety of different fruits such as avocados, feijoas, kiwifruit, tamarillos and passionfruit in Northland and the Bay of Plenty. In Auckland, the Waikato, the Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Nelson, Canterbury, Otago and Southland we produce apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries and berryfruits – blackcurrants, boysenberries, raspberries and strawberries.

Citrus is grown commercially mainly in Northland and the Bay of Plenty. Apples and pears for export are grown mainly in the Hawke’s Bay and Nelson regions. (http://www.aatravel.co.nz/about-newzealand/editorial.php?pagename=farming)

You may have noticed in the All Blacks picture above the Silver Fern. We have forests in which they grow. I think one of the reasons New Zealand is so picturesque is because we have been able to hold on to some of our native forests.

Our native and becoming extinct bird once flourished in these forests too. We are actually nicknamed after this special bird. The kiwi.

As well as the forests and farms New Zealand is a island or set of islands (3) in the Pacific Ocean. New Zealand is made up of the North island, the South Island and Stewart Island. Thus you are never more than a couple of hours away from the sea. In fact all the major cities are on the coast line. New Zealand has its Summer in December to February and is quite common then to see people wearing jandals then and maybe sipping on a L&P. This is a New Zealand soft drink. New Zealand summers are beautiful with the temperatures ranging from 20 to 25 degrees C (68 to 76 degrees F) depending on where one lives.

While we are talking about the weather the winter isnt too bad either. New Zealand has its Winter between June to August. Some parts of New Zealand dont even see snow. The lowest temperature is 1 degrees C up to 7 degrees C (34 to 45 degress F) again depending on where one is.

To understand more about New Zealands weather go here.

I shall endeavor to write more tomorrow

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9 Comments »

  1. Too cool Jen! And very informative, I learn’t stuff too!

    thanks Hay 🙂

    Comment by Hay — July 14, 2008 @ 7:54 pm |Reply

  2. One day when I’m big, I want to live there

    I want you too You know my feelings about Sth Africa

    Comment by supermom — July 14, 2008 @ 9:01 pm |Reply

  3. Sounds like an awesome place to live my friend.

    I like it Denise Its all I know but I LOVE it and its still relatively safe

    Comment by Denise — July 14, 2008 @ 11:42 pm |Reply

  4. I feel all patriotic now. Watties and Edmonds 🙂

    So do I we are blessed 🙂

    Comment by lovestitches — July 15, 2008 @ 1:52 am |Reply

  5. Thank you so much! I learned alot!

    Sounds quite interesting… I think i might want to visit!

    Thanks again…Jess

    There would be somewhere for you to stay if you did 🙂

    Comment by Jessica — July 15, 2008 @ 3:14 am |Reply

  6. This made me think. I have never traveled east of the United States and from I can tell it is very green and beautiful.

    So, maybe my goal should be to see all parts of the United States, before heading out to other countries.

    Although, I still have a dream of visiting NZ, Ireland and Scotland.

    Leti it would be neat if you came to new Zealand one day. The USA is SO big!!!! Lots of places to explore 🙂

    Comment by Leticia — July 15, 2008 @ 9:54 am |Reply

  7. This is a great post, Jen! I have a former boss (I was his PA) who is a New Zealander and he is a jolly nice fellow. I really would like to visit NZ one day.

    thanks Alice. Were nice people 🙂 You would have a place to stay if you did visit 🙂

    Comment by Alice Teh — July 16, 2008 @ 2:04 am |Reply

  8. I loved this post, Jen! My favorite thing to study in school was other countries and their people and the way they live. This was especially interesting as my Dad always wanted to move us to New Zealand when I was growing up and we always wondered what drew him to NZ. Now I have a bit of an idea!

    thanks Susanne pleased i could help a little 🙂

    Comment by Susanne — July 17, 2008 @ 12:44 pm |Reply

  9. Jen, I really enjoyed reading this. I popped over last night to tell you that you had won my book giveaway (be sure to send me your snail mail address) and saw these wonderful posts. I was watching a documentary on tv at the time, so I waited to watch it and come back and read this and comment. When I came back, our internet was down for some reason… So…you saw my post before I could tell you you had won! Congrats!!! We will be away until Monday, but I’ll get it in the post on Tuesday!

    Comment by Melissa Markham — July 17, 2008 @ 11:35 pm |Reply


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