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America’s Cup – Emirates Team New Zealand

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America’s Cup – Emirates Team New Zealand

I’m a novice when it comes to knowing much about this years America’s Cup that Emirates Team New Zealand are currently competing in, in San Francisco.

But sometime-somehow over the last 10 years without me noticing, the boat racing ‘look’ or ‘uniform’ suddenly become very gooood looking?  You could even call it kinda sexy!

See the promo shot of Team New Zealand below from their FB page.



Gone are the days of boat men (are they called yachties, or catamaranies?) donning their Orange/Yellow Wet Weather gear and home made knitted wool hats to head out on the boat (sorry Deadliest Catch guys, trying really not to dis your uniform, you do do an awesome amazing scary job, and I’m glad you stay nice and dry and identified easily)!

The races are being televised on TV at a time in the morning when we are getting to School and work, they are scheduled to start at 7.10am, 8.10am or 9.10am NZ time. So I’m only able to catch the replays on the news or the replays latter that night or if I still miss it streaming on TVNZ. But from the bits I have seen though so far, it’s very exciting.

In the history of the America’s cup, we have won it TWICE, first in 1995 & in again in 2000.

I remember when I heard the news that we won in 1995.  I was travelling oversea’s with my Parents at the time and we were in Castellana Grotte, Italy (on the back of the heel) when someone in our travel group came down and told us the news that New Zealand had won the America’s Cup! Woweeee.

No, we didn’t hear about the win from a Tweet, a Facebook update, or from watching it streaming live on our mobile…it was through a good old fashioned phone call someone had made home to their loved ones! (imagine that)
We had completed our touring for the day and were all sitting outside in the beautiful setting sun and toasting Team New Zealand’s very exciting win from the other side of the world.

I knew it was a BIG deal, but as we had been travelling I hadn’t really seen any of the racing or been part of any of the hype in New Zealand with skipper Sir Peter Blake and his Team New Zealand and the infamous ‘Red socks’.

Sir Peter Blake would wear his socks, a gift from his wife Pippa all through the 1995 competition every time he sailed. It became a support vehicle that New Zealanders could embrace by buying and wearing the Red Socks to encourage and support the team from home.

Our current skipper Dean Barker is very talented and doing a fantastic job.  I am super impressed that he is helming (is that a word?) his amazing hard working team at still such a young age of 41 as well as having a great history of success behind him.

The tension is building as the races progress and I can’t wait to see if the “America’s Cup is still New Zealand’s cup” – Peter Montgomery at the end of it all.  Hopefully we can reminisce again with a celebration drink in the sunshine.

Have you been watching any of the races?
Who are you backing?

Emirates Team New Zealand official Fan Page here>


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Moving to the City – Wellington City…continued

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Moving to the City – Wellington City…continued

Oriental Bay, Wellington

Oriental Bay, Wellington

We still kept actively looking at places over the next two days, finding nothing you would call ‘appealing’ and then we got the call….
It was all ours…We were moving to the City – Wellington City!!!

3 weeks latter we were moving in!

Man, that moved a little faster than I thought – but it very felt right – but still scary!
(Oh, no, what if we hate living in Wellington…what if we hate living in an apartment!)

I had already done a fair amount of “going through stuff” in the few weeks before, sorting things into “Move, Store, Sell, Giveaway, Trash”. But now I really needed to step it up as we had a date, as it was all happening very quick.

In that same 3 week period, I also had on of my oldest-best-est friends come and stay for a while, and another friend also visit from out of town. I had 2 weekends of working in a row down at my Church. We had many extra School events on like Cross Country etc, Normal Sports Practices, Sports Games and Dancing. Lifegroups and Womens Discipleship Groups and a

Girls nights out at our house in it all squeezed into 3 weeks. I don’t think I got to bed before midnight at for the whole 3 weeks.

The MASS Clean out we were doing was oh-so-cleansing.

We had definite areas positioned around the house stacking:
MoveSellGive awayTrash PalaceTip.
I spent about 3-4 hours photographing and taking measurements, notes and details of all the things we were wanting to sell (that either weren’t going to fit into the apartment or weren’t needed) and uploading it all to Trademe. It was well worth the time spent as we managed to net $1012 from the sales, which helped ALOT with moving costs and we were also able to give a huge tonne of stuff away!.

Then we moved.

(Of course it took longer than a 3-letter-sentence to move, but I’ve determined moving is like Child Birth…at the time, you think….moving sucks…it’s painful…the clearing out sucks…the finding box’s suck…packing, stacking, pushing pulling sucks…finding people able to help sucks…all the energy spent on it sucks…moving day itself is HARD and sucks…cleaning you old house afterwards sucks super big time x infinity…and you say your never going to move again…..
Then, 3 months latter, 6 months latter, 2 years latter…you’ve forgotten what it was ‘really’ like and sign up to do it all over again).

We could hardly close the door behind us once all our ‘things’ had been ‘plonked’ inside late on that Friday night. But we had just enough room to clamber over and squeeze around things to get in the make the beds and go to sleep!

We then had fun over the next week setting up our new (old) apartment.

We had visitors coming from out of town in exactly 4 weeks post-move-in, which actually was a really good incentive to keep up the ‘unpacking’ momentum and the putting things away ‘somewhere’. Taking boxs and packing rubbish to the skip each day (oh how I love thee ‘Rubbish Room’ in the building, who ever knew how fabulous these things are!).

Having our first visitors was awesome and a great way to celebrate our new place! They were here for the AMG Wellington Marathon race that we competed in (we were only the 10km run, not the marathon!).

Oriental Bay, Wellington

Oriental Bay, Wellington


So if you remember on yesterdays post, I talked about all the compromises we thought we would have to ‘make’ with moving in to the City and how we didn’t think we would particularly like it, but were going to step out into the opportunity and do it anyway for good reasons.

Well, within the first few days we knew – WE LOVED IT.

1 year latter as I’m writing this post. WE STILL LOOOOVVVVE IT.

We are so very very fortunate and blessed to have got the place we did.

  • It is quiet
  • It is warm
  • It is sunny
  • It is safe
  • We don’t feel like the neighbours are too close at all, but it’s nice to know they are there to
  • We are so close to everything city wise…the waterfront, the beaches, the Cafe’s, Bars & Restaurants, awesome places to Run, the Gardens, Events…
  • The route we take in and out of the City is so easy, so it’s less than minutes and we are ‘on the motorway’ or ‘off the motorway’, so we don’t really get traffic, (I’m going the opposite direction to everyone too, so it’s easy)
  • As we live in a wee ‘pocket’ within the city it is even quieter and we don’t really get any street noise either
  • We don’t miss the grass that much and there is a patch across the road if we want to go and sit on one. I totally don’t miss mowing it either.
  • We don’t have a spare room anymore, but our awesome, comfortable fold-out to queen-bed-sized-couch (yes, Queen bed sized!) fits on one side of our lounge and folds out into a perfect space for our out of town guests. You would also fit another 2-3 people in the lounge on airbeds/mattresses also if need be.
    There is also still enough room to sleep a 2nd person each in both my room and Miss 13’s rooms (as our rooms are long). The most Miss 13 has had in hers so far is 4 for a sleepover.
    So, compact YES, but as long as visitors are happy to ‘fit in’, it still works well!
  • It’s older (15+ years) but it’s still in OK condition and isn’t too bad at all
  • It’s cozy
  • We are very ‘compact’, but it still surprisingly works and it just makes us be very aware to put things back where they came from after we are done
  • It love that it feels completely like home when you walk in and it feels like it wraps its arms around you as you walk in the door like a little cocoon.

I’m pleasantly surprised how much we love the place.

We love the act of living in the City, we love just being able to pop outside and wander down into the City in minutes, down to the waterfront, to the local shops, bars and restaurants.

It’s so funny how many people you talk to that have heard that we now live in the City that they then often add ‘wistfully’….”You know I always wanted to live in an apartment in the City”….”I still hope to one day”…so they love coming to see where we are and we offer them to come and stay and hang out.

Some people would totally hate it and would think it’s terrible.

It may not be forever for us…but its for now.

As Miss 13 once told one of our friends, “We love being City Chic’s”. And we absolutely do!


Wellington harbour by night

Wellington harbour by night



  • Going against the traffic morning and night
  • So close to Waterfront, Restaurants, Bars
  • So close to events on in the city or at the stadium, and easy walking distance
  • There is a Buzz as soon as you step out the main doors, but yet it does quieten enough to not be in your head
  • We live in a ‘pocket’ so it’s even quieter
  • Apartment:
    – So easy to clean and fast
    – No grass to mow or gardens to prune
    – Save lots of electricity



  • Parking for guests – if they come at night, its free on the street directly outside, but during the day
  • Apartment:
    – Less Space in it, but we’ve managed better than I thought
    – No Courier delivery, unless you happen to be home, you don’t have a ‘doorstep’ as such to leave it on. It’s always a ‘calling card’.
    – No Garage to ‘store’ all your garage related stuff in. We have a covered secure carpark and I also rented a small storage locker for that sort of stuff…camp gear, large power tools, boogie boards etc…


Have you ever thought of moving into Wellington City from the ‘suburbs’?
(Or into your closest City from your ‘suburb’?)

Whats stopping you?


Wellington harbour by day

Wellington harbour by day


Wellington harbour

Wellington harbour


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Moving to the City – Wellington City

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Moving to the City – Wellington City.


Oriental Bay, Wellington

Oriental Bay, Wellington

Part of me wanted to move into the City…but honestly the biggest part didn’t want to move.

We loved the suburb we were living in at the time and all the things we could do close by to our home.  We really enjoyed living in the actual house we were in, we had been very fortunate to be able to rent such a Modernised, Clean, Roomy, Garaged, Large Lawned, Inviting & Cosy home.

But our lives were changing, we were entering an exciting new part of our lives next year and so move we must if we wanted to maximize our options.

We thought about it long and hard for months and months prior.  We prayed about it, did our research, we did our budgets, we went through ALL of the pro’s and con’s we could foresee.
It kinda seemed a ‘bit nuts’, as we were onto a good thing where we currently lived…but it felt right to be stepping out into this opportunity.

It would have been so much ‘easier’ to stay where we were, in our comfort zone and go down the expected straight path…but we have never been a family to take the ‘easy road’, or do things the ‘around the right way’.

That is something I will always be very appreciative of how my parents bought us up…they lead by example and encouraged all of us to take those chances, to not always take the most obvious path, to attempt something people say you can’t and to find a way to make it happen if you know it’s right.

Decision was made.  We would look at moving into Wellington City, aiming for May/June 2012.

….arrrghhh…now we had made the decision…it suddenly seemed alot scarier…but we were stepping forward anyway…


Oriental Bay, Wellington

Oriental Bay, Wellington


We thought we would have to ‘compromise’ on lots of things in order to be able to make it work, like:

  • That it would be much ‘noisier’ than we were used to
      (although sometimes it was use making the noise currently :-)
  • That our neighbours might be much closer than we liked
    (and they could be ones that could feature on the TV program ‘Neighbours at War’)
  • That traffic would be busy and annoying getting in and out and around the city
  • We would loose our ‘spare room’ and we have alwasy loved having people stay
  • That we would miss our green grass and space to just walk out onto
  • That we wouldn’t have as much room in our house
    (and the one we currently in seemed the perfect size, even when it was filled with 16 kids from Miss 13’s class for the end of year party/sleepover)
  • That the house would probably have to be much older and not as nice as we were use to
    (I’ll be honest, I like ‘nice’, not such a fan of ‘grotty’)


Wellington Harbour

Wellington Harbour


I had been “watching” houses and apartments on Trademe – Wellington Property for a good few months leading up to our decisions, so I knew what types of things were available and what sorts of things had been coming up.  So when the date rolled around (1st May) when it was time to start ‘actively’ looking, I leapt into action shortlisting what was online that day.

There was a variety of places for us to look at, ranging from stand alone houses further out of the ‘City’, but still in ‘Wellington’, to tiny minuscule apartments in the heart of the City.

The first place we viewed the very next day was a flat/house in Khandallah which looked like it got absolutely no sun at all and didn’t feel like an inviting place to come home to.  But it was a good place to start as it gave us a benchmark (but I was hoping like crazy that we would find better than that!)

The very next place we viewed (2nd May), was completely different.

Even when I did the drive by, I was aware that it ‘seemed’ pretty good from what I could see.  We were able to get a viewing the same day and walking through the apartment, in a way it seemed like it was too good to be true.
That everything I had been ‘watching’ on Trademe prior to now in our price range in the areas we were looking in, didn’t compare at all to this.

It seemed perfect.

I praying about it (quickly whilst walking around) and then talking it over with Miss 13 to gauge she was feeling the same thing.  We were both getting that feeling that this felt very right even though it had come about very quickly into our ‘search’ (only 2 days in).
We let the landlord know that we would like to be considered and handed over our References and our “Rental CV” (I’ll write a post about how to do a Rental CV soon) that I had bought with us.  He was very keen to give us the place, but there was another group that had just been through that had first dibs on it that the Landlord was waiting to hear back from first.

We then had to be patient and wait…


Lyall Bay, Wellington - Stunning even in Winter 2013

Lyall Bay, Wellington – Stunning even in Winter 2013


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