Monday, December 6, 2010

Signals Army Reunion - Palmerston North

Over the past few days Ross and I have been tripping around part of the North Island. The impetus of the journey was the Reunion of the RNZ Signals. We drove to Palmerston North where we met up with friends who now live in Nelson and made the aquaintance of their delightful grandsons and enjoyed their hospitality.

Having a peek

Nooo  not for me

Definitely not !

Meeting up with old friends

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sarah, Samuel and Thomas

Sarah and Thomas


                                                                 Sarah and Thomas

Napier Marine Parade

The Marine Parade is an interesting place. They have a massive Skateboarding Park, lots of interesting sights, a wonderful fountain which unfortunately was "closed for cleaning". 
One could almost spend a day just in this area.
From there we drove through to Napier where I met up with a second cousin for the first time. She had been adopted at birth and had only just gotten to know her "Birth" family.
Then on through Taupo to Rotorua where I met up with a fellow photographer.We visited briefly then decided to head for home.
Rotorua holds an attraction for me, for that is where I was born.

Arts on Parade
In 1887, Robert Lamb, an early Napier architect and engineer from Darlington, England designed a plan for much of the Marine Parade. Although few of his houses remain, this block of houses has been preserved in the spirit of "Napier - the Art Deco City"

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Te Apiti Wind Farm - Palmerston North

      • There are 55 Turbines here at Apiti
      • Each Tower is 70 metres tall
      • Each Turbine's capacity is 1.65 MW
      • The site covers 1150 hectares
      • Te Apiti is Meridian Energy's first New Zealand wind farm

Friday, December 3, 2010

Overland Gannet Safari

Our next stop was the Overland Gannet Safari. We were able to get within 3 feet of the Gannets. Needles to say I didnt get many photos, I gues I wasnt quite quick enough