The Week That Was NZ #4

A wrap up of news from New Zealand after 4 weeks into the new year starting with:

John Key to kickstart $2.5b Auckland city rail link

more info: here

Former Kiwi student’s struggle with depression, anxiety and resentment over loan debt

More Kiwi’s scared into coming home in fear they might get arrested at the airport

I’ve had student loan drama of my own and it appears I wasn’t the only one who tried to bury my head in the sand, in the hope it will disappear

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Kiwis snapping up return Air New Zealand flights to the US for under $800

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With more airlines flying to Auckland, is this part of Air New Zealands play to keep Kiwis buying from the airline?

full story here:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/76302135/kiwis-snapping-up-return-air-new-zealand-flights-to-the-us-for-under-800

Campaign to buy beach sparks up

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A small property company is trying to crowd fund the purchase of a bit of Kiwi paradise in the Abel Tasman. If this is sold to a private company, it would mean the access to the beach will also be lost to the public. Spark have jumped in with a $20k donation and is encouraging other companies to do the same. Vodafone?

read full story here:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/295084/campaign-to-buy-beach-sparks-up

New Zealand toilets feature road crash maps

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One of New Zealands most embarrassing statistics are our high road deaths. Road fatalities since 1/1/2016 in New Zealand as at Thursday, 28 January 2016, according to the New Zealand Transport Authority stands at 28!. One a day. These maps of hotspot crash areas are said to be aimed at tourists. Whether it’s a warning to tourists or implied that tourists are the cause of the problem, is up for interpretation. But I’ve been driving back on our roads for 2 months now and can honestly say, our driving has gotten worse since I left in 2005.

read the full story : http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-35411568

And finally…

Not this shit again!!

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Just what we don’t need, another f**king earthquake. We’ve ploughed so much money (read: borrowed) into this region, there’s no more shipping containers left in New Zealand to accomodate more makeshift popup stores. #prayingforCHCH

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/76341545/magnitude-41-quake-shakes-christchurch.html

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Nicholas Manarangi

After 10 years away Nick and his family are returning to New Zealand. Leaving their busy London lives behind and exchanging it for new challenges in Auckland. Motivated by family and a change in lifestyle.

Nick's Dutch wife is mostly concerned about the quality of NZ chocolate and cheese.Hope we don't disappoint.
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Nicholas Manarangi

After 10 years away Nick and his family are returning to New Zealand. Leaving their busy London lives behind and exchanging it for new challenges in Auckland. Motivated by family and a change in lifestyle. Nick's Dutch wife is mostly concerned about the quality of NZ chocolate and cheese. Hope we don't disappoint.