Amongst the Kiwis: An American PhD Student in New Zealand

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Amongst the Kiwis: An American PhD Student in New Zealand
Observations about Christchurch and New Zealand from an American PhD student at the University of Canterbury
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  • Waitangi Festival and Treaty Grounds 1 week ago We took a our first extended road trip north of Auckland to go up to Northland and the Bay of Islands and experience Waitangi on Waitangi Day. This is the annual holiday on February 6th that commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which is considered the founding...
  • Moving from Christchurch to Auckland 1 month ago I found it difficult to find moving cost estimates and information about doing a DIY move via the ferry across New Zealand, so I thought I'd make a short post about the move I did at the end of 2019.Since we were transporting our cat and didn't want to do an extensive amount of driving each day, we...
  • Wrapping up in Christchurch and on to Auckland 2 months ago I wound down the year with a conference in Wellington, which was great as always. It focuses on the cultural heritage sector and exciting innovations in the digital space, but also has critical and introspective looks at where improvements are needed and how to foster more diversity. We hit up the...
  • Previewing Auckand, Kawau Island 4 months ago Change is afoot, and I will soon be moving to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand (but not the capital - that's Wellington). Lots of people in Christchurch complain about Auckland being too big and crowded, and the traffic being bad, but relative to California traffic, it's really nothing,...
  • Vacation in Hawaii 8 months ago After a hectic semester teaching and grading papers, I took a nice break in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was so nice to get out of the freezing cold winter weather in Christchurch and into a tropical American zone. It ranged from 75-86 degrees Fahrenheit (24-30 Celsius) while I was there, which meant I...

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