New Zealand finally has a circus—whoops!— I meant a government. The three parties finally managed to strike a coalition deal. The new parliament was sworn-in this week, and everything now begins. I talk about that first. By the way, I was right: The tradition of not entering the Debating Chamber goes back to the time of Cromwell, because of Charles 1. Then, I talk about what I’ve been up to, especially how busy I’ve been.
New Zealand still doesn’t have a government—that is, the new government hasn’t been able to strike a coalition deal yet. I talk about that first. Then, I talk about what I’ve been up to, including updates to some things I’ve talked about in recent episodes.
I had a reflective week or two because of the anniversary this past week: Tuesday was the tent anniversary of the day Nigel and I were married, and Thursday was the 28th anniversary of the day in 1995 that I arrived in New Zealand to live, the day that Nigel and I began our life together. I talk about that first. Then, I talk about the final results of New Zealand’s General Election, and some of what that means. I also tell you the truth about what the results actually show, a view not usually presented by pundits and commentators.
New Zealand’s Labour Day Holiday was this past Monday, and I laboured—and laboured. I’m plotting—sorry, planning a new project that—well, we’ll see. Finally, I have a lighthearted way to end the episode.
The New Zealand General Election finishes tomorrow—finally! As I said last week, no one has any idea what’s going to happen, but it’s likely to be very close whatever it is. I also update a bit from last week, and tell you about my technological win.
I lost several days last week after I hurt myself. Oops. I talk about that first today, and then a bit about the New Zealand General Election because Advance Voting began on Monday. It’ll be interesting to see what happens (which is a nice way of saying no one has any idea what’s going to happen).
This is the 400th episode of the AmeriNZ Podcast!!! Who’d ever have guessed I’d make it? It only took me 6,028 days… I talk about all that first, then what I’ve been up to since last week’s episode. This episode is also 18 weeks in a row, actually.
It’s been a reflective time for me lately, with some anniversaries and the Pride 48 live-streaming weekend. I talk about all that first, then it’s on to some stuff in the New Zealand news. Next week: Episode 400!!!
Today’s episode is named after two anniversaries: Today is the seventeenth anniversary of my blog, and yesterday was the 28th anniversary of when I first arrived in New Zealand as a tourist, when Nigel and I met in person for the first time. This coming weekend is also the final Pride 48 Live Streaming Event, and I reminisce and opine about podcasting. Then, I briefly talk about a small project outside. Finally, I share a funny (to me) story form New Zealand’s news.