New Zealand, Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud, Home

After traveling extensively around the world, returning to New Zealand is always like slipping on those favorite pair of shoes.  They are familiar, comfortable and cosy.

New Zealand is made up of two main islands, the ‘North Island’ and the ‘South Island’; we like to keep things simple.  English is the prominent language spoken here so these entries are in my native tongue.  Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and their language and culture is still represented in our schooling curriculum, workplaces and tourism.

New Zealand is recognised internationally for being ‘pure’ with vast landscapes of beauty. The film industry has put us on the map by showcasing our beautiful country in ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’. Our national rugby team the ‘All Blacks’ and our ‘Team NZ’ sailing crew represent us competitively in the international sporting arena. The wines produced from the Marlborough and Otago regions have us competing internationally for awards and for a place on your dining table.

Wellington is one of New Zealand’s treasures and our capital.  It is located at the bottom of the North Island; a vibrant and diverse city perfect to establish a life and family.

The opportunities that Wellington has to offer is countless.  We have access to outdoor activities at our door step and job opportunities in exciting and innovative industries. Wellington is recognized as a creative hub in the arts, theatre and film community.  Most importantly for me it provides an environment that offers our children a well-rounded, safe and humble upbringing. This is where I decided to settle down and establish a career and raise a family.

My two children were born in Wellington, NZ. My daughter is six years old and my son four.  Both children lead active and creative lives.  They are also in the schooling system were they have access to a solid education coupled with sporting, outdoors, cultural, arts and drama experiences.

My husband works in the banking industry and we have had the privilege of me being a stay-at-home mother for the last 7 years.

So, what am I aiming to share with you in these blog entries?  I want to give you an insight to the lifestyle in New Zealand and what it offers, with focus on family life.  It will highlight how we relate internationally and how the seasons influence what we do and what other opportunities are available for my children growing up in New Zealand.

I am proud to be a ‘Kiwi’ and want to share that pride with you.

Donna Sorsa

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