Hello, Tasmania: My trip to Australia’s Convict Island State

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Hobart is the most populous city on the southern island of Tasmania with a population of 221,000 founded in 1803 as a British Colony, penal colony (prisoners). It is the second oldest capital city in Australia after Sydney. Tasmania is only 68,401 kms sqm and 150 miles...

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My first time in Perth Western Australia

Perth Western Australia I arrived in Perth City and there had been very little rain in the Western most state of Australia. It was winter and it was still a warm  22 degrees celsius. The reason why I wanted to go to Perth was I had never been before...

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Sydney Writers Festival and The Blue Mountains

My First Writers Festival: The Sydney Writers Festival 2017  Sydney Australia is one of those places I usually stop at via on my way somewhere else, for me travelling from New Zealand is a hop skip and a jump across the Pacific Ocean, a total of three hours plane...

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Autumn Impressions, South Island New Zealand

Travelling around New Zealand’s South Island during Autumn Autumn Impressions: A Journey in the South Island By Mary Jane Walker, with Chris Harris   I’ve just been travelling in the South Island, from the Nelson area to Invercargill. I thought I’d share some of my ‘impressions’ with you. First...

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Did you know the average New Zealand author earns $13,500 a year.

WHY NEW ZEALAND AUTHOR MARY JANE WALKER HAS GIVEN UP ON THE NEW ZEALAND MARKET May 2017 Let’s get real here for a moment.. Being an author in New Zealand is freaking hard! ***************************************** SO WHY HAS NEW ZEALAND AUTHOR MARY JANE WALKER HAS GIVEN UP ON THE NEW ZEALAND...

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A Maverick Traveller on: Global Warming right here in NZ & Recuperation

Coromandel state forest park Last weekend I went to the Coromandel State Forest Park. The park is now mostly closed with the heavy rainfall received in March has meant most of the walking tracks are currently closed, which was disappointing. The area to my knowledge had received an entire...

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Volunteering at Kahurangi National Park – what could go wrong?!

What have I done now?! Volunteering at the Department of Conservation in Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand South Island The reason why you haven’t heard from me for a while is because I was volunteering as a hut warden for the Department of Conservation (DOC) in Kahurangi National Park....

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Update on the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Dakota Access Pipeline ARTICLE FROM https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/07/dakota-access-pipeline-court-battle-standing-rock-oil A federal judge declined Tuesday to temporarily stop construction of the final section of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline, clearing the way for oil to flow as soon as next week. Private investor divests $34.8m from firms tied to Dakota Access pipeline...

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Luminate Festival 2017 and being back in New Zealand

Luminate Festival 2017 turned out to be just what I needed! After being overseas for a good few months now, I was ready to just get back down to earth and have the dreaded reality check all travellers get after being ‘on holiday’ for so long! I arrived back...

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Whats happening in Hawaii?

Firstly, Did you know only 2,000 people speak native Hawaiian?   Hawaii was meant to be the icing of the cake, my final stop in the USA before heading on home to New Zealand. I have been away for months now and am looking forward to getting back to...

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