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A couple of shots, mostly around Wellington area, but one on the way to Te Horo Christmas day. The traffic was stop and go most of the way. he 2nd pic with the pipe looking things going up the hill is actually an elevator that hauls people and stuff up to the house up there. A couple of nice scenery and of course, one has to buy a sheep skin in NZ.
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Wow, so Kerry, here a 24V QV we could pic up for you and drop of in Christchurch as well Alfa romeo Other 24V V6 Qv 1994 | Trade Me

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Here's some fisherman cleaning their catch onboard. Didn't imagine we came to NZ to attend a Japanese BBQ, but a chef my son knows put one on for his friends and we got invited
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The storm clears before the New Year Begins. 2015 will be a great year! Happy New Year from the place where it happens 1st, in only 3 hours.
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a very happy new year!!! thanx again for sharing this trip. ciao, jc

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Happy new year to all. Richard, those pictures sure brings back lots of memories. Thanks.

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Seatoun, Wellington

Kiwis are Coffaholics. There are Cafes everywhere. They pride themselves in great coffee. A popular coffee is a Flat White made in an Espresso machine. Here's one we stopped at on a drive around a peninsula in the general Wellington area. In the last pic, notice the Cook Strait ferry to the South Island. We'll be taking it to do some camping and deliver Kerry's 164 to him in Christchurch before flying home from Wellington late Jan.
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Wellington is a very windy city that has a wind farm on the hills above the city. The single wind turbine is no longer use as it is outdated. Most of the power in NZ is from Hydro Plants, but there are lots of wind farms also. Coal fired plants are mostly idled and only used in an emergence. No nuclear here.
Last pic is a view of Wellington and harbour from the Wind Turbine hill.
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You may notice that Wellington's wind turbine is in sight of the Parliament buildings. A, not so subtle, point being made to government about the potential for complaints about ruining the skyline!

Wellington, while windy, is not the best place to have a wind turbine as the wind is too variable. Palmerston North has the best spots.

An interesting anecdote about wind generation in NZ, when the first turbines were being ordered, the suppliers thought that the NZ engineers had got the decimal point in the wrong place as the usable wind was about 10 times as much as usual elsewhere in the world! (So they supplied turbines way under spec'd and they broke very quickly.)

(As for coffee - enjoy Wellington. Christchurch is not nearly as good for getting a nice flat white.)

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Actually, Kerry, I'd probably not notice the difference between Welly and Christchurch flat whites. To me, the best coffee is one that I can't taste the beans
Why hasn't solar caught on here?

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Thats one think I missed on my visit to the US. When i asked for a flat white I got a very odd look at Starbucks.
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I usually don't order coffee in the US, but I think the closest would be a single shot latte made with milk and more frothy. Other than that, it's a Kiwi thing!

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I hear that Starbucks is introducing Flat Whites into the US. Part of a move towards catering to coffee snobs (like me).

Solar hasn't taken off in NZ as, historically, our electricity prices have been so low. It still struggles to be cost effective. (The other reason is a market discontinuity - the investment in solar is done at the household level rather than by a commercial entity and so the discount rate used in making the decision is the households/individuals which is always very low.)

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In the US and WA state there are government rebates for solar. EPA regs for building new plants are such that utilities companies are faced with buying expensive power from Canada and reselling, or encouraging customers to use less, offering rebate programs. They replace inefficient appliances, rebate insulation, energy efficient windows, buy power from generating customers (solar, etc). All to avoid building new plants.

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Thats one think I missed on my visit to the US. When i asked for a flat white I got a very odd look at Starbucks.
Come to Canada, we serve flat white, long black (Americano) and all the Italian variations as well. You can even get a ristretto here in one franchise, a real one. You can also get a real macchiato but not at Starbucks, their idea of a macchiato is risible.

The NZ discovery of coffee is relatively new. When my brother moved there in '94 he had to make his ownnad it was just as dire on my first visit in '98. When I visited again in 2003 an ordinary cup of actual coffee was not to be found. Closest I came was in New Plymouth during the shoot of The Last Samurai and I was surprised to find a good old fashioned American diner style drip coffee maker...the coffee was ummm, how to put this diplomatically, not good. However, the espresso we found in Dargaville was pretty genuine.

Canadians of course make the best coffee in the World and we find American coffee a tad watery...as for their beer

8-)

Kiwis like their espresso machines as do the Scots. In either country order an espresso but not a coffee.

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