AmeriNZ 75 – Big Bucks

Episode 75 is now available, and it’s free no matter where you get it from. You can listen to it or download it through the player at the bottom of this post, or subscribe for free through iTunes here (you must have the free iTunes player installed). You can also listen to it for free through the player on my MySpace page.

On today’s episode, we have big money in New Zealand. That’s up first. Then, a German backpacker got in trouble and had to clean up. Another backpacker cleaned-up financially. Apple’s iPhone maybe illegal in Australia. It was the NZ Prime Minister’s birthday yesterday. The NZ election draws near, and that means some political talk, both about NZ and the US. Comments round out this episode.

Don’t forget to listen to or download my older episodes! My first anniversary of podcasting is at the end of March.

The New Zealand dollar today hit a new 23-year high against the US dollar. Experts are now predicting that the Kiwi dollar will hit 85 US cents, or higher.

Jan Philip Scharbert, a 28-year-old German backpacker from Munich was caught after he tagged (sprayed graffiti) a rock wall and the ice of Franz Josef Glacier in the South Island. They made him clean off his graffiti.

But another backpacker, probably from Australia, won $1 million in the NZ lottery on his second day in New Zealand. He bought the ticket on impulse, and now won’t be picking fruit to earn some money, as he’d planned.

Speaking of Australia, the Apple iPhone may be illegal in Australia. The problem is that it would normally be illegal to tie purchasers of the iPhone to only one service provider, as the company has done in other countries.

Yesterday was the birthday of Helen Clark, the Prime Minister of New Zealand. She turned 58. The government she leads is now in its third term and faces an election later this year, probably October. The NZ Labour Party, which she leads, is currently trailing the conservative National Party in the polls, but it’s too early to count Labour out. Another lesbian is entering Parliament as an MP.

I don’t like Ralph Nader. I think that John McCain has credibility problems. Both give me a chance for a mini-rant.

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