An excellent post by Ele today.
One more thing to add to my what I miss blog, not being able to take up shares in Mighty River Power (you must have an NZ address). I see over 100,00 have expressed interest in the float. Very exciting for NZ, for the economy and for Mums and Dads like mine looking to put a bit of their savings into their amazing country.
Labour are up to their usual ironic hypocrisy of tutt tutting an initiative they have done in the past. (along the lines of the Christchurch school closures… Mr Mallard closed plenty in my hometown of Mosgiel)


My father arrived in New Zealand in the 1930s with almost nothing.

He was hoping for a better life here than he was able to have in Scotland and he got it.

When he returned after active service with the 20th Battalion during World War II he got a rehab. apprenticeship as a carpenter and spent the rest of his working life in that trade.

My mother was a nurse but, as most women did in those days, she gave up her profession when she married.

There wasn’t much to spare from a single income with three children to raise but Mum and Dad saved what they could and invested when able. By the time they retired they had a mortgage-free home and a small nest egg which gave them a bit more security and a few more choices than they would have had if they had nothing more than…

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