Waitangi treats

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Skies opened as we arrived

Much has happened since the beginning of the year but it has happened so slowly I haven't really noticed the events.


Staff have come and gone; Farooq was such a good man he didn't stay much past one month in National Traffic before being snapped up by the admin section.

Mixing of guests and drinks at the cocktail party
  I received Israel from Zimbabwe as Farooq's replacement.  Israel was my second choice after the interviews so I know he can do the job.


Thomy from Sweden arrived a couple of weeks before Farooq left so when I came back from CTOs, there he was.


The worst part of this year so far has been the deathly slowness of the Esplanada hotel’s internet.  As you can see I am not loading up the usual number of photographs to my blogs.  Whole system keeps crashing but I guess it’s not that much different to the rest of the country –looks great but not really functioning!


The 6th of February is Waitangi Day.  The day celebrated in New Zealand as a public holiday to commemorate the signing of the treaty between the Queens troops and the Maori chiefs of the country.  It saw the end of the Maori wars and the union of Maori and the British settlers so is recognised as the founding document of New Zealand as a country.


As far as we in Timor Leste were concerned it meant an invitation to a cocktail party at the New Zealand ambassador’s residence on the Friday night and in invitation to dinner with the Aussie and NZ troops at H-Pod on the Saturday.


Can't complain about that!

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Skies opened as we arrived
Skies opened as we arrived
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Mixing of guests and drinks at th…
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