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Samoa, Heart of Polynesia

The islands of Samoa are emerging as an exciting new South Pacific travel destination between Hawaii and New Zealand. This “Heart of Polynesia” is politically split into two distinct entities 80 miles apart. The country Samoa is a former German colony, captured by New Zealand in 1914 and granted independence in 1962. In 1997 the […]

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Christmas around the world – South Australia

"'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire'...it's not!! In fact anyone caught doing anything with an open fire between the months of December and April is likely to incur a huge fine in Australia, as it's 'bushfire season'! The Country Fire Service personnel would not be best pleased to be summoned from their Christmas Day lunches for a bush fire that's now spread over 15 hectares or more!" Mojan in South Australia gives another view of the Aussie Christmas.

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Christmas around the world – New South Wales

"I've now spent Christmas in Aus for twenty-four, out of a possible twenty-six years of living here. Every year it's the same, the feeling of surprise when hearing the first Christmas carols while shopping, around the beginning of November. I don't think I'll ever get accustomed to hot sunny days and Christmas celebrations." Sydney Sue describes the New South Wales Christmas experience.

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A big move to New Zealand

The Robertson family moved out to New Zealand in late 2002. Steven (39), Hayley (38) and their two daughters Samantha (11) and Charlotte (8) had been based in Sussex. Hayley had worked and lived in Spain in her early twenties and loved to travel and Steven had a yearning to find a “better life” for […]

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New Zealand – Maternity Services

"Maternity services in NZ are a bit different from those in the UK. Most women are cared for by midwives throughout their pregnancy, birth and post-natal care. Very few GPs attend births any more." Kez in New Zealand gives some useful information about maternity there.

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