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It's summer here and New Zealand has gingerly opened up from all our pandemic restrictions and we're trying to be 'normal'. Christmas was celebrated with our in-country family and a bunch of Facetime & Whatsapp calls with those overseas. Much of the country is now away on their summer holidays. Omicron has arrived, but so far, with a couple of exceptions it's trapped at the border, as new arrivals have their managed isolation stays extended - lucky them!
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I have recently taken on the co-chair role of the Australian/New Zealand Affiliate of Families in Global Transition (FIGT). I hope to be expand awareness of FIGT in this part of the world. It's a terrific resource for expats and migrants.
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ON THE HOME FRONT
Christmas and summer are times to down tools but I confess there hasn't been much of that on my part. Later in January though, we're heading to COVID-free Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, and it will be down tools then. We really can't believe what a blessing this holiday is considering where the world's at. Right now we don't have to isolate in either direction. We've been to the Cooks once before and it's honestly as beautiful as the link videos show. We're not sure how reliable the WIFI will be but if I can share any photos they'll land on Instagram @helenellis.author.
We've been enjoying our new extended garden and for the first time I have dahlias to be proud of. Newly planted trees are surviving in the heat and look like they'll hang around for the long term.
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