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ON WELLINGTON

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I see that in a quality of life survey conducted by Deutsche Bank and which looked at such things as pollution, salaries, house prices and climate Wellington came out tops from the 47 cities included in the survey.   Edinburgh was second, followed by Melbourne, Vienna and Zurich.   Big cities like London and New York were in the bottom half of the table.

I get to fly down to Wellington fairly often and I have to say that IMHO it beats Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Dunedin hands-down.   Certainly on a fine day Wellington is spectacular.   The city centre has a certain vibrancy.   You don’t see beggars as you do in Auckland.  Public transport is good … but please. please. please … fix the traffic jam that is the Mount Victoria Tunnel and the Basin Reserve roundabout.

Taking a break from Tuesday.   Self and Mrs Veteran are off to Samoa.   Giving Sinalei and Aggie Grey’s a miss this time … going for The Return to Paradise Beach Resort’.    Will take the opportunity to pay my respects at the grave of Laupepa Malietoa.  Big ‘Lou’ was the son of the Head of State and a classmate of mine at Portsea and a groomsman at my wedding in Malaysia.   He was elected to the Samoan Parliament in 1982 and became Minister of Justice.   Lou, by any measure, was larger than life.   He is remembered with affection by many.

Back on the 22nd.

Written by The Veteran

May 7, 2017 at 8:01 pm

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