Even though the distance between Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia is the same as the distance between England and Greece, Australia is our nearest neighbour. But honestly, who would have them?
Like a big bullying brother, they claim they like us, but take things for themselves that don’t belong to them such as Phar Lap, the pavlova, the lamington, ANZAC Biscuits, the Flat White, Mānuka honey, Split Enz, Lorde, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rachel Hunter, Keith Urban and
Russell Crowe (scrub Russel, they can keep him – he’s kind of an embarrassment).
They even claim the kiwi originated in Australia whereas in fact its closest relative is the now extinct Elephant bird of Madagascar. The Australian constitution even includes New Zealand as a state of Australia. Section 6 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act says:
The States shall mean such of the colonies of New South Wales, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, and South Australia, including the northern territory of South Australia, as for the time being are parts of the Commonwealth, and such colonies or territories as may be admitted into or established by the Commonwealth as States; and each of such parts of the Commonwealth shall be called a State.
And of course they’re not above cheating if it means they get the upper hand such as in the underarm bowling incident and ball tampering. So what have the Aussies done this time?
They got bored with their heatwave, so they sent it our way.
Look, if they choose to cover most of their continent with a hot desert, then they are bound to get ridiculously hot days during summer. But when temperatures reach the high 40s and low 50s (Centigrade), it’s not acceptable to send it our way. While the journey across the Tasman Sea does cool it off somewhat, us Kiwis are not used to temperatures above 30°C (86°F). We can manage the occasional day that hot, but a week of it is too much to bear.
Over the past week every day has peaked at over 30°C. That’s just not on. On three days, my indoor/outdoor temperature gauge has recorded temperatures exceeding 36°C, the highest being 37.9°C (100.2°F). Hey Australia! Come and take your heat back!
Orchardists are having to dump tonnes of apples as they are finding them literally cooked on the tree. Railway lines are being forced to close due buckling tracks and failing overhead wires. Roads are melting in the heat. And I’ve resorted to closing all the doors and windows, and switching on the heat pump. In Aotearoa New Zealand, heat pumps are optimised for moving heat into the home. They don’t work so well in reverse cycle pumping heat out. With the heat pump running at maximum, we can keep the interior down to 27°C (80°F) or below, but even that is above my comfort level.
On the other hand, the wife is enjoying the heat. She commented to me this morning how nice it is to have a proper summer just like she used to have in her homeland of Japan. “Bloody foreigner” I thought, but I held my tongue. Had I not, I would have been in an even hotter situation!
31 Jan, 2019 at 8:26 pm
Hey! It’s not our fault everyone comes over here. By the way, if your PM ever gets itchy feet please send her over. You can have one of ours in exchange, if you want. Okay, maybe not…
31 Jan, 2019 at 9:10 pm
HA! Thanks, but the shelf life of your PM’s is very limited, probably wouldn’t survive the crossing…
31 Jan, 2019 at 11:05 pm
They change PMs more often the the wife changes her mind 🙂
1 Feb, 2019 at 12:01 am
31 Jan, 2019 at 9:04 pm
You need to come north mate, to cool off. As much as that sounds like reversing the norm, heading towards the equator in order to find lower temperatures, we have managed to dodge the worst of the ‘heatwave’.
Sure, it has been hot. 28/29 consistently and in spots, climbing comfortably above thirty and yes, it gets a bit sticky now and then but hey, have you seen Northland’s beaches?!
Up here, we call it summer. A long, hot one for sure but bring it on I say.
(I once hung a temp gauge outside the window of a moving truck-say 80kph-at approx 9am on a Botswana morning..wait for it…54C!! Not an air-conditioner in sight)
31 Jan, 2019 at 11:03 pm
It’s tempting. We seem to be in a bit of a micro-climate. Travel a kilometre in any direction and the temperature drops considerably.
When I was younger – much much younger – I spent most of the summers at the beach, only coming home to be fed or to sleep. Even after the school holidays came to an end we’d change into beachwear the moment we got home from school, and disappear down to the beach until either hunger or darkness induced us to return home. That came to an end when my father transferred to a not quite so coastal town when I was 14. Those were the days.
1 Feb, 2019 at 1:41 am
You could happily send some of the heat to England. Would be greatly appreciated.
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