A Splendidly Pot Pourri Day !!!
It's the universality
and cosmopolitanism of Auckland that I love. I work with colleagues from various cultural backgrounds, and likewise have clients of different cultures. These include Maori, Kiwi, Pasifika (Samoan, Tongan and Cook Islanders) Indian, Asian (Chinese, Korean, Filipino,Taiwanese and Japanese) British, German, Dutch, Turkish, Argentinian, Zimbabwean, South African and more.
Auckland is the melting pot of the Pacific, a blend of the modern laced with the traditional beauty
of Maori culture, spiced with flavours from the Pacific Islands, Asia and Europe. Don't expect the
rich history and architecture of the Old World, but rather be open to absorbing a fresh and vibrant
culture which draws its strength from the beauty of the land and its warm friendly people.
Recently there seems to be a distinct Hobbit and Orc influence.
Auckland’s large student population brings a buzzing vibe to the city. Festivals of art and culture,
such as the Chinese lamp festival are all well advertised and a great events to enjoy. You can
find live music playing at venues throughout the week - from jazz to rock to hip hop there's always
somewhere to go that will leave you with a big smile and a happy buzz.
After the intensity, combined with the thrill and adrenalised emotions of the course, I toddled up to the 'South Africa Shop' just up the road (easily identifiable, with its SA flag proudly waving in a gentle pavement breeze), and came home laden with authentic and tasty rare salted biltong, Mrs Ball's Peach Chutney and Royco Bobotie and Malay Curry sauces. Oh, and my yummy Wilson's toffees that I used to eat as a child.
A Kiwi lady walked in and asked for those 'twisted sisters', farmers' sausage and red tea.... (koeksusters, boerewors and rooibos !! )
The shop's manageress, who hails from Krugersdorp, said that the locals love the Saffer food, especially the boerewors, which they're currently running a competition about in order to give it a special name, as they feel it is becoming renowned. I entered the competition and called it 'Lekker'. What other word could better describe really good Saffer boeries ? (Your're welcome to leave a comment below, with your name,email and a Boerie name for me to leave at the shop ! If you win the competition, we'll keep it in the freezer until you arrive :) )
Travelling home I was suffused with love for the world and all the planet, and was humming Michael Jackson's song about the whole human race...I arrived home to my wonderful Saffer husband and Kiwi dog, (the latter who is actually British cross Chinese, being a Jack Russell cross Shitzuh), called my Saffer/Kiwi daughter and emailed my Saffer sons and Saffer, Brit and American sibs.
And then I thanked our universal gods for universal love and ubunthu.
And I reflected, and thought that that was
what one calls a day well spent.
QUOTE FROM WIKEPEDIA (dated ?) ' The Demographics of New Zealand encompass the gender, ethnic, religious, geographic, and economic backgrounds of the 4.4 million people living in New Zealand. New Zealanders, informally known as "Kiwis", predominantly live in urban areas within the North Island. The four largest cities are Auckland (with one-third of the countries population), Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton. Few New Zealanders live outside the main North and South Islands. Waiheke Island (near Auckland) is easily the most populated smaller island with 7,689 residents, while Great Barrier Island, the Chatham and Pitt Islands and Stewart Island each have populations below 1,000. New Zealand is part of a realm and the most people born in the realm's external territories of Tokelau, the Ross DependencyCook Islands and Niue are considered New Zealanders. In 2006, more people who identified themselves with these islands lived in New Zealand than on the Islands themselves.