After more than a year of closed borders, Australians and New Zealanders will soon be able to jet-hop between countries after the government announced that the trans-Tasman travel bubble is to be operational from April 19.
With quarantine-free travel now possible, are you more likely to head across the Tasman or travel domestically?
Fronting Australian media yesterday, Jacinda Ardern not only spoke of the excitement of families being able to be reunited, but also pitched New Zealand tourist activities to Australian viewers.
"If there is a hot spot in one of the states of Australia we may just act in the same way that another state would ... Just prepare that there may be disruptions, but what better place in the world to be stuck. Am I right?," she said.
The trans-Tasman bubble will operate on a three tier basis: Continue, Pause and Suspend. If there are a few cases in Australia linked to the border, quarantine-free travel will continue. Travel may be paused for 72 hours if there are rogue community cases and in the instance of a state or nationwide lockdown, travel will be suspended.
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This week we feature Siam the klepto-cat. Not sure where Siam lives but the submission made by Sine Goldfinch was to good to ignore.
"Siam came in my cat door six years ago with this sponge in his mouth and dropped it at my feet as a gift for me. His owner gave him to me because he just refused to go and six years on, he still brings the same sponge to me every night. I'm pretty sure it is the equivalent of roses in his mind."
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Sooner or later I will be ready to capture you on camera and will hand the footage to police who will be able to calculate your speed ( distance/time) and subsequently impound your cars. Thereby doing you a favour because if you ever kill a child your lives will be ruined beyond your comprehension so its up to you : keep racing in a residential street or prepare to start biking.
We already have the beginning of your licence plate you were too fast for the rest but we’ll get there.
Cameo has several regular groups who meet in our rooms in Mahara Place, Waikanae, and we are always pleased to see more ($2 per person koha gratefully accepted) -
Our "Let's Share Words" group has just started up again on Tuesdays at 1.00pm to share poetry, stories, reviews - all and everything literary - and our Thursday group of musicians have gone from strength to strength over the last few months -
And Friday Line Dancing is always hilarious -
And as always you are all welcome just to "pop in", share a cuppa (and if you are lucky, some delicious baking from the Good Ladies who Bake (not their real name but I think this one is nicer :) -
We are starting to build up an Information corner as well and would love some help adding to its resources.