My 3 boys and I

July 15, 2008

New Zealand and My Home Part 2

Filed under: Home and Family,New Zealand — by my3boysandi @ 10:38 am

I have lived in 2 of New Zealand’s major cities.


I was born 38 year ago in the city of Auckland. Auckland is called the city of sails and quite rightfully so. As I told you yesterday one is able to get to the sea within hours and this is particularly so if you live in Auckland.

Auckland is a sprawling city reaching from Wellsford (we use to have access to a holiday house near here when I was a child) to the Bombay Hills.

I was born in National Womans Hospital and grew up in Mt Wellington.

Mt Wellington is in East Auckland. Auckland has active 50 volcanoes. They have never blown up in my life time though. Mt Wellington has under gone many changes since I was a girl. There is a huge mall there now.

Auckland has 2 outer Islands that people can stay on. Both can be reached easily by ferry. I use to have a friend whom lived on Waiheke Island. It is the 3rd most populated island after the North and South Islands. It is a beautiful Island. The other is Great Barrier Island. This Island is more for trampers and the adventurous. There is one other island that I wish to highlight. This is a dormant volcano. Although people cant stay here (without special permission) it is a great place for a day trip. Rangitoto Island can be seen from many places within Auckland.

Auckland is a melting pot to many different cultures and countries in the world. Over the years it has attracted people from European countries such as Hungary, Holland and Yugoslavia. Today, Auckland is the world’s largest Polynesian city. Around 63% of its residents are of European descent, 11% are Maori, 13% are of Pacific Island descent and there is a growing Asian population of around 12%. In the city centre, Auckland’s growing popularity as an international education destination has seen an explosion of ethnic restaurants and shops. (

Auckland is a busy city teaming with many restaurants, wineries, theatres, shops, shops and more shops. A casino, a zoo and many other interesting places. It is home to Sky City, Auckland Museum, Auckland Domain and Wintergardens, Albert and Cornwall parks, Parnell Rose Garden, Auckland Botanical Gardens, and the National Maritime Museum.

North, South, East and West of Auckland city itself there are vast areas sandy beaches, parks, walkways, lush rainforests, rolling green rural landscapes, lakes, waterfalls and country villages.

I was a Plunket baby. In those days the mother was visited much more than she is today and you would also go to the clinic and they would make sure baby was growing up well.

When I was born my father was an electrician and they were provided a house to live in. I have seen the land it was once on its quite grassy now. It was a little cottage. Probably only 2 bedrooms as we had to move when my sister was born. It was right next to some power line towers. At least one of the towers was on our section.


Next door to us lived a friend of Mum’s. From what I gather this lady got German Measles when Mum was pregnant with me. I could have been born like Muzz whose mother did get it when she was pregnant with him. Muzz has an 80% hearing loss and is blind in one eye. Anyway Mum was fortunate she didnt get it and I was born without any medical conditions. Anyway this lady had a little boy called Guy and Guy and I use to play with each other all the time.

Here we are I was 7 months old.


When I was a child I lived in a house on the corner of a highway and a side street. We had a large backyard where I use to love playing but more about that later. My father collected cactus so outside the lounge window was a homemade glasshouse full of cactus. I would have a smaller glasshouse beside it in later childhood years. We had a 3 bedroom wooden house. I had my own bedroom. It wasnt very big but it was mine. In later years we would enlarge it and I would get a full length mirror on my wardrobe door.

Before the house extension the kitchen had black and white lino squares which I use try to walk on without touching the lines. On the corner of the sink bench was a rubber stopper which dad put there to prevent us kids getting hurt when and if we got near the sharp edge of the bench. We also had a large built in porch. It was like a room and was very handy in the winter time. I remember fainting there once when I was sick.

We also had a rumpus room by the garage. This is where I would play for many long hours at being a radio DJ. I was allowed to decorate the room with my posters, I had a small table on which sat my radio/cassette player. This is where I would read my girly magazines and drool over the likes of Michael J Fox, John Stamos and Tom Cruise.

Going back to the large backyard we had I use to spend many long summer hours climbing the climbing tree. Or playing that I was a warrior with a pretend spear. We (my sister and I) were also expected to help wash the family car. We also helped picking up the hedge clippings until I finally managed to convince my parents that they irritated my sinuses. Then I was allowed to stay inside while my sister had continue helping dad.

It was a special treat we felt to be allowed to ride our bikes up and down our road. My parents had a rule (which I apply to my own children to this day) that we werent allowed outside the gate. So to be able to ride our bikes (sometimes make believe horses) outside the gate and down as far as the school entrance was a real privilege.

If you would like to read more about my childhood memories read my other posts in this blog.

When I was 17 I wanted to go flatting but got my own caravan instead. It was parked on my parents back yard. I was pretty much self sufficient there. I LOVED my little home. I cooked my own meals. Studied – I liked English so much that I went back and did a night class in English. Entertained friends. By day I worked in a plant nursery. Getting plants ready to send to the shops which would sell them. When I was 19 I met my first husband.

When I was 20 we moved to Onehunga (another suburb in Auckland). We lived in a old but nice house. I remember the rooms were big!!! I had my (estranged) daughter there.

We found things hard. We moved back to Mt Wellington. I separated from her father when she was 1 years old. For a while I lived with my parents then I found a nice little flat nearby.

Tomorrow I will write about the 2nd major town I lived in called Christchurch. This is where My Home Schooler was born.



  1. That was really nice reading about your life Jen, my goodness you and I both lived in a caravan when we were 17 years old. I didnt’ know you lived in MT Wellington though. I was a north shore girl, born in Torbay, raised in Northcote and in my later years lived in Glenfield/Castor Bay.

    Yes its neat about us both living in caravans isnt it 🙂 I wonder how many other young New Zealanders have done that. Nice beaches over the North Shore 🙂

    Comment by Amy — July 15, 2008 @ 11:36 am |Reply

  2. Very nice Jen…and let me tell you this…Tom Cruise is mine and ALL mine…lol! You can have the others, but he is mine.

    Thanks Jess Ok Ok LOL

    Comment by Jessica — July 15, 2008 @ 2:27 pm |Reply

  3. I love learning about your life my friend, I love you.

    Thanks Denise 🙂

    Comment by Denise — July 15, 2008 @ 8:56 pm |Reply

  4. I really enjoyed reading about NZ and your life in this post and the one before this, Jen. I especially was interested in L&P and the foods you eat, brands and recipes, etc. I just find it so interesting to compare our foods and recipes and products and see how some things are much the same here and there while others are so different!

    Since I’ve read your blogs for so long I already know a lot about your childhood and your life since.

    Love you, have a great Wednesday!



    Thanks Diane 🙂 It was interesting to blog this 🙂

    Comment by Diane J. — July 15, 2008 @ 10:13 pm |Reply

  5. I really enjoyed this post! I look forward to the second installment. What a fun childhood you described!!!

    Thanks Angela 🙂

    Comment by Japangela — July 16, 2008 @ 1:05 am |Reply

  6. Thanks for sharing about your life, Jen. I feel I know you much better now. I think my former boss’s from Christchurch…

    your welcome Alice 🙂

    Comment by Alice Teh — July 16, 2008 @ 2:06 am |Reply

  7. Very interesting reading about your early life and beginnings!

    thanks Susanne 🙂

    Comment by Susanne — July 17, 2008 @ 12:41 pm |Reply

  8. I love the photos and reading about your life and Auckland. You’ve really put a lot of time and effort into making these posts informative. I had never heard of ‘Plunkett Baby’ before – very interesting.

    Comment by Melissa Markham — July 18, 2008 @ 12:30 am |Reply

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