AmeriNZ 355 – Sun cents

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Not for the first time, I decided to re-record because I didn’t like what I’d done. This time, that allowed me to add more stuff to talk about..

After the Covid and NZ news, I update where things are at with my solar energy system. After that, I talk about my recent guest spot on ArcherRadio. That leads me to talk about some changes I’m going to make in what I do on this podcast.

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Links for this episode
“COVID-19: Vaccine data” – This is the official data from the NZ Ministry of Health, updated weekly.
“Estimated population of NZ” – This is the source of the population estimate I use to work out the percentage of New Zealanders who have been vaccinated. It is from States NZ, a NZ Government entity, and the estimate is updated every three months.
“Covid-19: Man who flew from Perth during lockdown now in managed isolation”Stuff
“Brisbane Airport green zone breach traveller tests positive for Covid-19”RNZ
“Covid-19: Air NZ reports bubble breach as Rarotonga traveller connects direct to Perth”Stuff
“India travel ban lifts as New Zealanders stuck there
plead for help to get them home”
RNZ
“Sun cents” – My blog post about the PV solar energy system that I talked about.

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Guest Spot on ArcherRadio: ‘Catching Up With Arthur’

Last Friday (my time), I met up with Paul of ArcherRadio so we could record a new episode for his show, and “Catching Up With Arthur” is now available. It’s a long episode (roughly an hour and a quarter), of which the first 45 minutes is a chat about where I’m at, my journey through grief, etc. Paul asked me the one question I think’s a sort of the “elephant in the room” because one no one has asked it before, though I bet a lot of people are wondering about it (I’ll talk about that question in an upcoming blog post).

Paul and I last caught up like this back in 2018 (and it was also a long episode). We both had some challenges along the way, and for me, I wasn’t really interesting interest in podcasting for the past 18 months. Things are changing for me in so many ways, and returning to podcasting is among the most public.

Paul and I have been friends for a very long time, stretching all the way back to when I was a brand-new podcaster back in 2007. More adventures are planned.

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Link for this episode
ArcherRadio

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AmeriNZ 354 – I got the power

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016A day late, but I still begin with the vaccination update I started last week.

The vaccination talk leads to some NZ News about a particular person who tested positive this week. This came after the quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia began on Monday. After that, I talk about why I wasn’t able to record yesterday, including a very powerful development for me.

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Links for this episode
“COVID-19: Vaccine data” – This is the official data from the NZ Ministry of Health, updated weekly.
“Estimated population of NZ” – This is the source of the population estimate I use to work out the percentage of New Zealanders who have been vaccinated. It is from States NZ, a NZ Government entity, and the estimate is updated every three months.
“Auckland Airport worker tests positive for Covid-19”One News
“The bubble opens” – My blog post on the day.
“Christchurch terrorist withdraws legal challenge”RNZ
“Powerful mission accomplished” – My blog post updating the solar power project.

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AmeriNZ 353 – Working the plan

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016This episode includes the debut of a new mini-segment, something I’m beginning because of a conversation I had on the AmeriNZ Facebook Page.

I begin today by talking about New Zealand’s vaccination programme, how that compares with Australia, and also about related topics. Then I move on to talk about stuff I’m doing to my house, projects to help prepare the place for my retirement. The latest project also fulfils one of Nigel’s dreams, which makes me happy, too.

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Links for this episode
“COVID-19: Vaccine data” – This is the official data from the NZ Ministry of Health, updated weekly.
“Estimated population of NZ” – This is the source of the population estimate I use to work out the percentage of New Zealanders who have been vaccinated. It is from States NZ, a NZ Government entity, and the estimate is updated every three months.
“New Zealand’s vaccine rollout might be slow, but it’s looking a lot better than Australia’s”Stuff
“Two new cases, both in managed isolation” – This story from Stuff also talks about the MIQ guard who tested positive.
“MIQ contractor First Security disputes Government ‘misinformation’ over Covid-19 testing failure of border worker”Stuff
“What the numbers say about the India travel ban”Stuff
“Home work” – My blog post about the ventilation system I added to my house.
“Powering my future” – My blog post about my latest project for the house.

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AmeriNZ 352 – Bubble time

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Back on a Tuesday, and Tuesdays used to be one of my days—back in the day. Today I’m talking about the new Quarantine-Free Travel between New Zealand and Australia.

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Links for this episode
“Trans-Tasman bubble to start 19 April” – The Prime Minister’s announcement.
“Bubble rising” – My blog post on the announcement.
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AmeriNZ 351 – Fourteen years

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Today is the fourteenth birthday of the AmeriNZ Podcast, and, as it happens, that means it’s exactly one year after my previous episode. Patience is a virtue.

I begin today talking about what I was up to over the past year. First, the point where I left off: New Zealand being under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I also talk about health things, my personal journey, and things I did to help me adjust to single life.

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Links for this episode
“Life Under Lockdown” – All my blog posts on Lockdown then and since.
“Kitchen brilliance” – My blog post about the light I had added to the kitchen.

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A new guest spot

I forgot to share this at the time it was released, but I was a guest on a podcast, the first time in nearly two years. It’s episode 8 of the recently re-booted “This week in Gay” podcast, and is called “LGBT life in New Zealand with Arthur”, though as is often the case, the conversation was quite wide ranging, with lots about New Zealand in general, too.

I’ve known the host, George, for many years now, and we’re both part of the Pride48 group of LGBT and LGBT-friendly podcasters, so it was like chatting with an old friend. I said that the podcast is a reboot, and as it happens, the premiere of the original version of the podcast back in June, 2011, though the recording is no longer available (I may have a copy somewhere).

In any event, I had a good time, and I’d like to thank George for having me on.

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AmeriNZ 350 – Thirteen years

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016Today is the thirteenth birthday of the AmeriNZ Podcast! Despite everything, both it and I are still around.

I begin today talking about New Zealand being under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I share some of what New Zealand is doing, and how I’ve handled it so far. Then I talk about the original topic for this episode: Why I moved to Hamilton. That’s become connected to the first topic. Finally, I read “Photographic evidence”a blog post, .

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Links for this episode
“Photographic evidence” – The blog post I read in this episode.


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AmeriNZ 349 – A Return

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016This is a return for me, though what that means, exactly is up in the air right now. This episode is mainly about telling the story of the tragic reason why I haven’t felt like podcasting, something that make me uncertain what the future holds. This is also the first time I’ve read something long-ish that I’ve written (my episodes are normally unscripted).

I guess I’m back now. Let’s see what happens next.

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Links for this episode
“This story has ended” – The blog post I read in this episode.

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AmeriNZ 348 – Midyear

amerinz_podcast_1400x1400-2016We’re in the second half on 2019 already! I talk briefly about that before going to NZ news, specifically, some recent changes that will affect tourists coming to New Zealand. There was also a weird rightwing social media freakout over a cake. Plus a couple other stories, along with a “me” update.

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Links for this episode
“At the midpoint” – My blog post on the midpoint of this year
“Information about the NZeTA” – NZ Immigration
“Paying the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy” – NZ Immigration
“Americans will need a travel document to enter New Zealand, starting Oct. 1”Washington Post
“It’s just cake” – My blog post on the rightwing overreaction to the NZ Prime Minister making a cake.
“ACT Party rebrand: no name change, will focus on repealing hate speech laws”Stuff
“One pipe dream fantasy remains” – My most recent blog post about the rightwing “Christian” parties in NZ.
“Sunny is eleven” – My blog post about Sunny’s birthday.
“Teatotaling test” – My blog post about trying no-alcohol wines.

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