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Sunday 20 October, 2019

Ōtautahi Christchurch

Christchurch is a wonderful city - it’s my home town!

Christchurch is a wonderful city it’s my home town! Yes, my home town has endured a lot with earthquakes, and the tragedy of 16 March 2019, through these we have grown and shown courage, support and togetherness. I am proud of who we are, ‘Cantabrians’ a mix of different cultures and religions all joined into one city of the old and new.

For me, Christchurch is so much more than what you hear through the News headlines. Heading out to support our pride and joy in the weekend the Canterbury Crusaders rugby team, the atmosphere is like no other, stamping our feet to ‘we will rock you’ and clapping our hands alongside the roar of the crowd as our team scores another try. Do we have a voice when we leave? No, but wow it was FUN!

Sitting on the Avon River, watching the ducks swim by and sampling some of the amazing food from the wide range of food trucks in the city, so relaxing and so my thing. At Hagley Park, it refreshes the soul as you hear the laughter of the children playing, the soft wind blow through our beautiful cherry blossom trees and seeing the daffodils bloom in the spring, such a happy place.

At our local pubs and cafes, have a beer or a meal, chat and laugh with new found friends, who after a few too many beers will become your bro (a bro (a friend) can be a girl and is not actually your brother). At the Botanical Gardens, enjoy a picnic, a swim at the pool, play in the playground or take a leisurely stroll to enjoy the many exotic and home-grown flowers and trees. Close to the gardens is the Arts Centre renowned for its art, culture, education and creativity plus outdoor movies. Us locals enjoy the Riccarton Markets on a Sunday, a place where you can purchase all sorts of arts and crafts made by talented locals and experience many different types of food.

We are home to the only National Marae in New Zealand. The Nga Hau e Wha is the only marae for all iwi (tribes) and people, once gain demonstrating who we are in Christchurch, ONE. At the Marae a visitor can enjoy a cultural performance or hangi dinner, yum! For locals it is a place of support, community help and education for our people.

We are so fortunate in Christchurch to be close to the beach, the city, parks, the sea, ski-fields, mountains, farmland, native bush and rivers, we have it all. But most of all we have each other, we enjoy each other and we respect each other which is what inherently makes us who we are ‘Cantabrians’. I love where I come from, can’t wait to book for you my Ōtautahi.

Ngai Mihi
Lisa

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The trip was BEAUTIFUL. I love New Zealand. Surely I will return. Most everything turned out well. Of course, there was the misunderstanding of the Kayak in Mt Cook, but hard to say if that issue was the fault of the owner or me. I feel he was not clear. I think that a map that somehow differentiated each day of the trip would have been good. Not sure how you would do that, but that might have been helpful. I found most all people very helpful and very friendly. The woman at the first hotel, and the man who was that the Hokitika were very, very nice, and very helpful. In Hokitika I bought a Jade from a shop called Traditional Jade (something like that) recommended by the owner of the hotel where I stayed. The people there were so very nice!
I stopped at OKARITO KAYAKS, rented a kayak and had a lovely couple of hours. Rented a bike at HOKITIKA SPORTSWORLD, he was very nice and helpful. Had a great couple
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