Up now on my #YouTube channel – watch “Walking in the Waitaks ☆ Day hike with friends ☆ Waitakere Ranges, NZ” 

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Watch “MURIWAI! ☆ Gannet Colony ☆ Surf Beach ☆ Auckland, New Zealand” on YouTube

Recently went home to New Zealand and managed to spend a couple of hours at Muriwai beach before heading to the airport.

Incredible West Coast surf beach with black sand and a gannet colony… check it out.

Big news!

So, some of you may be wondering why I bothered starting a blog if all I’m going to do is post photos of my tourists.

Well, a lot has been happening. And I’ve been frightfully busy and preoccupied with it all. And given that I always promise my tourists a souvenir photo, uploading those for them has been a priority.

That’s going to be my excuse, anyway 🙂

Now, my news…

Many who know me are aware that almost 8 months ago, I applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain (Settlement; Permanent Residency – whatever you want to call it) after 5 eventful years living here in London. Man, my life has done a complete 360 since I left New Zealand as a naive yet courageous young explorer!

Anyway, it was supposed to all be relatively straightforward, as I was applying via my UK Ancestry (British grandparent). Unfortunately I seemed to get caught up in a backlog and various other dramas. Missed my Grandmother’s 90th birthday; had to change my flights back to New Zealand 3 times. But the past is the past, and what’s important is that it’s happened… I’ve been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain! Yay! So I’m pretty much a proper Londoner now. Next, I hope to go for Dual Citizenship.

So, how am I celebrating? By getting on a plane of course!

One thing that this process has taught me is the importance of family and close friends. Big time. So tomorrow (yes, it all is a bit sudden!) I’m flying back to Auckland for a month. Even managed to get on the same flight as my Dad, who is in London for a couple of days for a meeting. I’ll get back in time for a good friend’s wedding, and to see other friends who are flying in from Sydney to coincide with the tail-end of the original dates I had booked (only now it’s the start of my trip)! It really couldn’t have worked out more perfectly. We’re even planning a second birthday party for my Grandmother while I’m there.

I’ll do my best to keep you all updated with this long overdue trip back to my homeland via this blog. Keep an eye on it for my various escapades, and photos of fun in the sun!

Wherever you are, I hope you’re having a wonderful start to 2013 – I’ve got a feeling this year is going to be a good one!