Friday, April 11, 2014

Cleopatra eyes

Check out the Cleopatra eyes on this Black-browed Albatross. #Kaikoura #NZ #Birds #seabirds

photo by Heather - the kiwitravelwriter

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Zealand week in Malaysia!

Malaysia was recently full of Kiwis participating in New Zealand Week 2014 – seven days of activities and events exploring and celebrating the links between the two nations.

The festival was entitled Lima Mata Ikan (meaning “five fish eyes”), and much was made of the fact that the Maori translation of this phrase is very similar: Rima Mata Ika.

There were collaborations between indigenous artists from both countries (using the title as a creative motif), showcases of New Zealand culture, products and businesses and tourism. Activities included a New Zealand Food Fair, cultural performances by an excellent kapa haka group, an eco-tourism seminar and a gala dinner featuring a video competition between joint New Zealand-Malaysia student teams.

An exhibition by the Te Puia Institute included the unveiling of a ceremonial Maori carving called “Pataka Taonga” (“storehouse of treasures”) in the Sarawak Art Museum.

Sarawak’s capital, Kuching, and Kuala Lumpur in Peninsular Malaysia were at the centre of the action and New Zealand’s Minister of Maori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples, who headed the delegation, was the keynote speaker at the indigenous eco-tourism event.

Delegates were hosted by New Zealand alumni living in Malaysia, of which there are a surprising number - more than 400 in Kuching alone! In Kuching, the event coincided with the Borneo Post International Education Fair (BPIEF) and 14 New Zealand universities and institutions of higher learning were participants.

Dr Sharples was optimistic about further inter-cultural exchange and educational opportunities. In Kuching he said: “From this New Zealand Week event, (until then) I didn’t realise that hundreds of Sarawakians have come through our universities. There’s even one university in New Zealand where there are 2300 students from Sarawak.”
“It’s great that these cultural exchanges are taking place between our two countries,” says Zalina Ahmad, director of Tourism Malaysia in New Zealand. “We have so much in common – you only have to look at the similarities between the Maori and Bahasa Melayu Malaysian language to realise this – and we can only strengthen our business and cultural links by celebrating these similarities in an enjoyable way.”

Monday, March 17, 2014

Travel writing means living the dream!

Yes, travel writing allows me to live the dream, and I also get to re-live those travels - in reality during the experience, then again as I write, and yet again as I search through my photos.

This cute Mum and baby were at the Sepilok  Orangutan Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo and currently I'm writing about this state .. see more words and photos on my KIWI TRAVEL WRITER blog.

Tender loving care - too cute

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The KiwiTravelWiter tries to reduce her carbon footprint in Malaysian Borneo

TV cameras watch as my tree is planted. Kuching, Sarawak - at the annual Rainforest World Music Festival

See more about the region on my Wordpress travel blog KiwiTravelWriter  or my Facebook Travelling Writer page 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Old reflections in new ... quake updates

Victoria Clock Tower is reflected in a new building arising from an old buildings site

Victoria Street, Christchurch, New Zealand 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Just saying . . .

Just saying!  I bought his postcard at art galley in Amsterdam some years ago

Friday, November 1, 2013

Freedom of Speech in New Zealand ( Courage Day event)

New Zealand PEN Centre (Society of Authors)

"Freedom of Speech in New Zealand"

A discussion with:-

 Jan Logie
MP (human rights spokesperson for the Green Party)


John Morgan
 (human rights spokesperson for the United Nations Association).

When:   Friday 15th November
Where:  Thistle Inn, Thorndon