New Zealand is (Slightly) More Dangerous Than You Might Think

Since we have been back in Lyttleton, we’ve had a few small tremors (3-ish on the Richter scale) and a larger jolt (4-ish) and I’m glad our house is timber and that the chimneys were taken down after the two big Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. We live on a hill and there are some large rocks above us, but there are also large trees and buildings in between us and those rocks, so having those rocks come tumbling down in an earthquake is less of a worry than in some other places. A 7.8 earthquake in Kaikoura in 2016 caused massive landslips that closed Highway 1 (Yes the major road connecting New Zealand’s north to its south) for over a year, so being protected from slips and rockfalls is a something you have to consider.
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Tramping in New Zealand (Newsletter Extract)

I discovered that Oxford Forest allows dogs, plus the tracks take you through native forest (you can see photos on my other blog) with the sound of bellbirds all around.It had been years since I had done an overnight walk and camp and I consulted my essential tramping list to make sure I didn’t forget anything:
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Epistle Extract: New Zealand Road Trip to Mapua

Since the last Epistle, I started work on the illustrations to the follow-up to my middle grade book, FAB (Friends Against Bullying) Club. If you want to be part of my advance reading team and receive an illustrated chapter of the book every week you can sign up at Tiny Letter.

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I’m a little late in writing, because I just got back from a road trip to the top of the South Island to see my good friend, Jane. She and her husband run an illustration, photography and design business in Mapua, about 430 km (267 miles) from Lyttelton.
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