up her in the beautiful BoI. In the bush that surrounds Mon Repose the rosellas have come back aplenty; there are two huge wood pigeons that have made their home in a tree that looks down on our balcony (don't tell Sonny Tau that); the kiwis are back 'snuffling' while the possums continue to try and evade the traps installed per courtesy of Bay Bush Action.
A few brave souls are starting to hit the water; the restaurants are jam packed (we were at Alfresco's last night, beautiful meal, the New York cheesecake was a standout); two new businesses about to open in our version of main street (Subway and an ice-cream outlet - although why we need three of them within 10m of each other has me beat); there are very few properties for sale and rentals are just about impossible to find ... problem for Paihia is that there is no more land, we're surrounded by either by DOC forest estate (very hilly) or sea ... 4k inland on the road to Keri2 there is the Watea Waters development with new homes going up weekly ... many snapped up by refugees from Auckland.
In short, Paihia is booming. Great place to be. Problem for me is that for the next two weeks I'm OOT 'working', bugga. Will just about manage to squeeze in a game of golf at Waitangi b4 I go. Next post (maybe) from Rydges Hotel in Auckland.
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