I almost forgot...

on July 27, 2014

... to mention, that the New Zealand Teachers Council has granted me an exemption from the IELTS test :-) Thank you for everyone who supported me in this! Now officially enrolled in Trimester 1 and will start studying in February 2015 =D

Bye bye storm

on July 12, 2014

After an entire week of constant rain and gusty winds caused by what meteorologists reckon was the worst storm in decades we finally saw the sun again today! I even managed to get the washing outside :-)

Must say we were pretty lucky. Only one night without power and water, minor floods and a broken deck chair... others were off a lot worse. I think Fluffy suffered the worst being out there all week. But our little black rabbit seems to love the rain. Refused to go into his hut and instead braved the weather out in the open. He surely enjoyed the sun today, though.

Went for a drive to the beach and she's still pretty rough. No fishing yet...

Stormy times

on July 09, 2014


Learn more about the storm currently devastating the North Island...

Me vs the NZ Teacher's Council

on July 04, 2014

Remember how I was hoping to start my studies in about a week in order to become a fully qualified ECE teacher? After having been tested (numeracy & literacy skills) and interviewed by 2 lecturers from Open Polytechnic last month I finally got the good news today: I am accepted!

There is, however, a problem. The New Zealand Teacher Council is not convinced my level of English is adequate enough to complete my studies. Even the recommendation by Open Polytechnic staff didn't help. They insist on me paying $400 for an English test.

You think that's ridiculous? I am OUTRAGED!!! I will definitely fight this decision with any means avaliable!

Watch this space...

P.S. Feel free to comment. But please spare me those "but that's just the way things are" or "this is what it's like everywhere" or even "this is how it's always been done".