David Tangye

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New Zealand Diary

A few notes here, until I start blogging again.


After 35 years overseas, mainly in Australia (Gold Coast since 2002), I arrived back in New Zealand 26 November, along with my stuff packed into two vans in a shipping container.


I started the year at my sister's place near Wellington, waiting for my van to be certified for New Zealand's roads. When this finally was completed, I travelled to Auckland to take possession "Te Hinanui" a Renault Master, which had been fitted out for living in, and so has been my mobile home since then.

Three weeks later, New Zealand went into covid level 4 lockdown. I drove to Auckland to look after a large catamaran off Te Atatu.

When level 4 lockdown ended I found the "TapLab" makerspace in the Te Atatu community centre. I joined it and have been based out of there on and off since then. TapLab is a similar group to the Gold TechSpace that I helped run in its early years from 2012, with a friend who founded it.


Auckland went into Covid locakdown again in February, so I spent an excellent 2 months in the far north during autumn. I made several visits to Kawakawa, worked in a packhouse in Kerikeri, and cruised Doubtless Bay to Kaitaia and the North Cape.

Doubtless Bay (see photo above) now joins the Matakana area as a favourite place to possibly move more permanently to ... one day.

For winter I worked on a few projects back down in Auckland, including some house renovating: some floor tiling, replacing internal walls, painting etc.

When New Zealand went into covid level 4 lockdown again in August I had nowhere suitable to park up in Auckland, so I again drove to Northland. This time I parked up on a property in Hukerenui, north of Whangarei, where I have been kept busy renovating a house that squatter/tenants had recently trashed (more tiling, fairing and painting, and replacing bits of walls).

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