Archive for November, 2015


Bar/fly: Mozambique

November 20th, 2015 by

In Mozambique’s bars and street stalls, the tipple of choice nowadays is a cold Impala – a beer made from cassava rather than barley, that is fast capturing a valuable slice of the African market.Cassava, also known as manioc or…

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Berlin: Over the wall to freedom

November 20th, 2015 by

I’m walking. I’ve been walking along this grimy street of cafes and bookshops and grocery stores, leaving behind the imperial boulevards and boutiques and galleries and offices and embassies, for an hour. It reminds me of Dominion…

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Kia ora: Tokomaru Bay

November 20th, 2015 by

Origin of name: Originally called Toka-a-namu, on account of the area’s impressive sandfly population but, over the years, it changed to Tokomaru – aka Toko. Population: 393. Check it out: Tokomaru Bay’

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Room check: Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa

November 20th, 2015 by

Location: This luxurious beachfront hotel on the Fijian resort island of Denarau, is a 20-minute drive from Nadi Airport. Check-in experience: We were booked into the hotel’s new exclusive adults-only area, Waitui Beach

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My holidays: Susan Alcorn

November 16th, 2015 by

Your best holiday ever? I am a musician, so I rarely take a typical holiday. I don’t often travel unless there’s a tour involved (and I’ve toured a lot). So my best “holiday” is measured in tiny travelled moments of sheer bliss…

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Italy: A room with a view – or not

November 16th, 2015 by

The first time I covered the Venice Film Festival was in 1996 at the world premiere of Jane Campion’s adaptation of Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady.”Oh you’re so lucky to be going to Venice,” friends chimed at the idea of my…

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Matt Heath: OE really means Kiwis’ over-eager work habits

November 16th, 2015 by

One of the first things Kiwis notice when they get a job in the UK is the slackness. We New Zealanders pride ourselves on working hard. Putting in long hours, staying late, taking fewer holidays than others. We are very impressed…

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Paris terror attacks: Kiwis change travel plans

November 16th, 2015 by

Some New Zealanders who have booked flights to Paris are changing their travel plans so they can avoid the French capital in the wake of the weekend’s terrorist attacks, a travel agent says.About 100 Kiwis have booked flights to…

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Adelaide: Southern charmer

November 6th, 2015 by

After 22 years in Sydney I recently migrated to Adelaide, Australia’s smallest mainland capital city. Just before I left, Tim, the bloke in my local off-licence said: “Adelaide? You poor baaastard. You must have done something pretty…

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Kia ora: Kumara

November 6th, 2015 by

Origin of name: Believed to be a corruption of the Maori words “kohe mara” meaning the blossom of tataramoa, AKA bush lawyer. Say it like you mean it: Locals pronounce this little hamlet’s name with the stress on the mid

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