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19 Jul 2010 Living with a disability

Life & Times of an MS Sufferer…..

These pages are dedicated to the following people, my father Rahiri Leslie 1911-1980, my father was an indirect casualty of the smoking lobby, succumbing to the effects of lung cancer at the age of 69. He died as a result of Emphysema effectively “drowning” in his own phlegm.

Maree Frances POMPEY 1944-1980, a dear sister-in-law taken early in life;

Peter Francis HUNTER 1948-1987 -lost at sea; overboard off the Fiordland coast. (West coast, South Island) Peter was actually a fisherman at the time of his death!

I have lost numerous friends and aquaintances through death from either accident or, since my return to Auckland, from succumbing to various afflictions, MS being one of them. A very good friend of mine, Rosemary Jane GIBSON 1964-1992, who suffered from MS and had done since she was 20. Her initial attack occurred in Sydney and it wasn’t long before she had to return to NZ where she lived at the Laura Fergusson Home until her death at age 28.

Vicki Madden was a brave little battler who completed a BA (Bachelor of Arts) degree at Auckland University and was a ball of energy right up to her death in 1987.

A little about me- The First 50-years (yikes! doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun! 1952-1957 I was born in a tiny settlement called Paerata (pa/e/rata) on January 19th, 1952. Like most of my siblings, my birth was at home. My first “crib” was, as my mother recounts the story, a drawer (in a chest of drawers). Following my birth my mother, a hard working woman (one of my mothers forefathers was a JOHN BIDDLE, born in 1615 at Wotton-under-edge, Gloucestshire, England. (John was a founder of the English Unitarian Church) – John died in London on Sept. 22, 1662; mother of eleven other children (little Roberta died when she contracted influenza in 1944), went straight back to work. This was in addition to whatever else she was involved in. Paerata was a town centered on the local milk and butter factory. Paerata used to take its milk from the areas’ farmers (delivered by milk tanker daily) and either pasteurize it for local consumption and/or turn it into butter (I think caseine comes first?) My earliest recollections of life, or from what I can remember, came from when the family lived at Helvetia, a tiny settlement located on the fringes of Paerata. My first recollection is of a big house, probably the one we lived in, and a barbed wire fence. Oouch, you got it, I remember attempting to

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10 Jun 2010 Psa Lifts Some Strike Action Fuelled by Accidents at Work

As a result of progress in negotiations with the Department of Labour, staff who belong to the PSA, New Zealand’s Public Service Association, have lifted some of their strike action fuelled by accidents at work.

The PSA is New Zealand’s largest public sector union, increasingly concerned with resolving debates regarding tax-cuts, work safety, pay rise and other issues focused on the public’s requests.

“We made some progress during negotiations last week so we have lifted strike notices for this week and half of next week,” says PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff.

More than 750 workers – including border security officers, health and safety inspectors, labour inspectors and industrial mediators – were due to begin a series of two-hour strikes this week. They are seeking an improved pay offer and want to scrap their current pay setting system because, among other reasons and concerns, it is reported as being perceived as ‘confusing, inconsistent and unfair.’

Notices for two-hour strikes remain in place for Friday June 12 and Monday June 16. New notices will be issued for two-hour strikes from Tuesday June 17 until Thursday June 19.

Border security staff monitor passengers arriving on international flights at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch airports. They have the power to refuse entry to passengers who are trying to enter New Zealand illegally.

Other staff involved in the dispute include: health and safety inspectors who enforce health and safety requirements at workplaces and investigate accidents at work; labour inspectors who ensure workers receive the conditions they’re entitled to; mediators who help employers and workers solve workplace problems and immigration officers.

Department of Labour staff involved in the dispute have begun low level industrial action. Yesterday, Monday June 2, they began a ban on overtime, doing unpaid work and attending department conferences and training.

“They’re taking this action for an improved pay offer and because their current pay setting system is confusing, inconsistent and unfair,” says Richard Wagstaff.

Department of Labour staff have also, in addition, rejected an offer of a 3% pay rise and are seeking a higher offer of an 4% increase instead. Furthermore, they also want their performance management system scrapped in order to be replaced with what they would judge as a different,  ‘fair and transparent’ system for setting their pay.

“They’ve lost faith in their performance management system because it’s unfair and doesn’t work,” continues Richard Wagstaff. “They’re being assessed and told they deserve a pay rise of a certain amount but then receive a lower increase.”

Under the current system the average starting salary for some jobs is more than the average salary paid to people who have been doing the job for several years. However while this is welcomed by newly starting employees, this comes as bad news to most employees who are not starting anew currently. Their complaint is that they ought to be rewarded for their employee loyalty and greater experience at the job which inevitably makes of them more desirable employees for the Department of Labour.

The PSA surveyed Department of Labour staff about the performance management system. Almost 200 responded. Asked if the system provides a fair, transparent and easily understood method of delivering increases to salary, 87% said ‘no’. Asked if the system had contributed to their productivity, and therefore aided the department in meeting its objectives, 80% said ‘no’.

The PSA is seeking the introduction of new salary system in which pay scales and the salary progression system are fair, transparent and included in the staff collective agreement. Negotiations are due to resume next early next week.

07 Jun 2010 Destination guides: South Island, New Zealand

South Island, New Zealand.

South Island is the poor sibling of New Zealand. It’s economy is based on sheep and deer and like agricultural communities the world over, it suffers against its big brother to the north.

However, it is the New Zealand to enjoy.

Let me count the ways.

First, there are the Alps stretching down the spine of the island to the west. These mountains have climbing comparable to the Himalayas and they formed the basis for Sir Edmund Hilary’s capability to climb Everest. A cruise in a single-engine monoplane, taking off from a downward sloping grass runway and flying close in amongst these mountains almost to drop into the mountain huts, gives you a some small feeling of what it might be like to climb them. Your heart has difficulty in stopping its palpitating even an hour after you have landed.

Second, on the Western side of the Alps at Karamea in the Kahurangi National Park against the Tasman Sea you can experience a real rain forest with 380 inches of feet of rain a year. That’s right, not inches but feet. You can only reach this area via an unpaved tunnel under the Alps in which you appear to be descending all the time to hell yet you finally do emerge to rain, torrential rain. Don’t leave a window open here either to your room or your car because the native green Kea’s love fabric. These parrots will tear your car seats apart.

Yet, on the Western side of the Alps, the land rolls in green hills, home to thousands of sheep and talented sheep dogs. It is a fabulous contract in a single day’s driving.

In the center of South Island, Queenstown on its lake is a Swiss Alpine village complete with lake steamers, which could be at home on Lac Leman or on the Vierwaldstttersee at Zurich. It is an amazing town, which gives you access to North Island from its grass runways.

But before you go, visit the largest city in South Island, Christchurch in Canterbury region, named after Christ Church College in Cambridge, England. It has much to offer including a wonderful peninsula of green rolling hills clad in sheep. In town, the railway museum includes an antique steam engine that penetrates the outer wall and emerges from the second story of the restaurant.

Of course the money in New Zealand is in North Island, particularly on the yachting slips of Auckland. North Island has most of the Maori sites as well as the hot springs of Rotorua. Yet South Island is what you remember of New Zealand after you have visited the whole of the islands.

20 May 2010 Travel Deals To Thailand

Thailand is for many people one of the favorite destinations. And the reasons are pretty much obvious. Even if tourism has really grown during the recent years, Thailand still offers some pretty much unspoiled territories, precious beaches and an amazing cultural shock that you will probably prefer to miss your plane back home rather than coming back to your everyday’s life.

Travel deals when it comes to flying there are many, as competence for Thailand is very high and in this case travel agencies are strongly fighting one with each other. This, in the end, lets us find some very good deals. The idea of the article is in a general way to encourage you to always look for this special offers, to never limit yourself to what you see on your first searches, but furthermore, and being aware that this is a limited time offer, I wanted to share with you for free one of my findings early this morning.

This offer is specially good for all Europeans, as departures are from London, and as I never get tired to say, you can reach London for 20 Euros the round trip with everything included with Ryanair. From there, with flights included and 14 nights in hotels in Thailand, you will get it for the price of 585 UK Pounds (813 Euros) I could kill myself for promoting offers like this for free, as I have no relationship with any travel agency at all, but certainly I am convinced that everybody should have the goal to help people, so here we are.

The way you can book in this case is not online, but online you will find the offer and a number in the UK that you can call to get more information. I haven’t tried, but I imagine that you will be able to make the booking by telephone.

Together with this offer, this guys have other interesting things specially related with traveling to Asia, but also many other offers to other regions, as flights to Auckland for 934 Euros, which is by far the best offer I have ever seen in the market from Europe to New Zealand. Also you can find 21 days campervan plus the flights to Auckland for just 1152 Euros. Again, is the best offer I have ever seen to get to the region. All this offers are generally valid until the 15th of June 2008, but if you wait for the beginning of January, the new offers for the summer and the first September discounted vacations will begin to appear.

They are also offering many possibilities to discover Africa, including some Safari packages, for relatively low prices. Africa is not my area of expertise, so I won’t promise they have the cheapest option, but the numbers look pretty good compared to what I have seen up till now.

In any case, just feel free to take a look at their page and you will find out which offer adapts best to your needs if you are planning to travel Asia, Africa or the South Pacific from Europe.

23 Apr 2010 Air Travel In Italy

The price of flying within Italy is often comparable to the cost of rail travel, although be sure to factor in the expense of getting to and from the airport. When flying out of Italian airports, always check with the airport or tourist agency about upcoming strikes, which are frequent in Italy and often affect air travel. The work stoppages, are called by trade unions over contractual disputes, and can also ground or delay flights to and from Italy operated by several European carriers, including British Airways and Air France.

Booking Your Flights
When you book, look for nonstop flights and remember that “direct” flights stop at least once. Try to avoid connecting flights, which require you to change plane. Two airlines may operate a connecting flight jointly, so ask whether your airline flies every segment of the trip. You may find that the carrier you prefer flies you only part of the way. Check web sites to find more booking tip, to check prices and to make online flight reservations.

When flying internationally, you must usually choose between a domestic carrier, the national flag carrier of the country you are visiting (Alitalia for Italy), and a foreign carrier from a third country. National flag carriers have the greatest number of non stops. Domestic carriers may have better connections to your hometown and serve a greater number of gateway cities. Third-party carriers may have a price advantage.

On international flights, Alitalia serves Rome, Milan, and Venice. The major international hubs in Italy are Milan and Rome, served by Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines. American Airlines flies into just Milan. US Airways serves only Rome.

Alitalia and British Airways have direct flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Milan and Rome. From Manchester, British Airways has daily flights to Milan and Rome. Smaller, no-frills airlines also provide service between Great Britain and Italy.

EasyJet connects Gatwick with Bologna. British Midland connects Heathrow and Milan. Ryanair, departing from London’s Stansted Airport, has daily flights to Milan, Rome, Pisa, and Venice. Meridiana has two or three direct flights each week between Gatwick and Olbia on Sardinia in summer, and daily flights to Rome and Florence throughout the year. From its hub in Brussels, Virgin Express files to Milan, Catania, and Rome.

Alitalia connects Canada and Italy. Air Canada flies to Munich for connections to Rome, Florence, and Milan via Lufthansa. Qantas flies from various cities in Australia via Bangkok, arriving in Rome. Alitalia and New Zealand Air fly from Auckland to Rome with a stop in London. Another option if you’re coming from Australia or New Zealand is Thai Airlines, landing in Rome via Bangkok.

When buying tickets for flights within Italy, on Alitalia and small carriers such as Meridiana and Air One shop around for the best deals. Tickets are frequently sold at discounted prices, so check the cost of flights, even one-way, as an alternative to train travel.

29 Mar 2010 Italian Air Travel Booking Tips

The cost of flying within Italy is often comparable to the cost of train travel, although be sure to include the expense of getting to and from the airport. When flying out of Italian airports, always check with the airport or tourist agency about upcoming strikes, which are frequent in Italy and often affect air travel. The work stoppages are called by trade unions over contractual disputes, and can also ground or delay flights to and from Italy operated by several European carriers, including British Airways and Air France.

Things to Think About when booking

When you book, look for nonstop flights and remember that “direct” flights stop at least once. Try to avoid connecting flights, which require a change of plane. Two airlines may operate a connecting flight jointly, so ask whether your airline operates every segment of the trip. You may find that the carrier you prefer flies you only part of the way. Check web sites to find more booking tip, to check prices and to make online flight reservations.

When flying internationally, you must usually choose between a domestic carrier, the national flag carrier of the country you are visiting (Alitalia for Italy), and a foreign carrier from a third country. National flag carriers have the greatest number of non stops. Domestic carriers may have better connections to your hometown and serve a greater number of gateway cities. Third-party carriers may have a price advantage.

On international flights, Alitalia serves Rome, Milan, and Venice. The major international hubs in Italy are Milan and Rome, served by Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines. American Airlines flies into just Milan. US Airways serves only Rome.

Alitalia and British Airways have direct flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Milan and Rome. From Manchester, British Airways has daily flights to Milan and Rome. Smaller, no-frills airlines also provide service between Great Britain and Italy.

EasyJet connects Gatwick with Bologna. British Midland connects Heathrow and Milan. Ryanair, departing from London’s Stansted Airport, has daily flights to Milan, Rome, Pisa, and Venice. Meridiana has two or three direct flights each week between Gatwick and Olbia on Sardinia in summer, and daily flights to Rome and Florence throughout the year. From its hub in Brussels, Virgin Express files to Milan, Catania, and Rome.

Alitalia connects Canada and Italy. Air Canada flies to Munich for connections to Rome, Florence, and Milan via Lufthansa. Qantas flies from various cities in Australia via Bangkok, arriving in Rome. Alitalia and New Zealand Air fly from Auckland to Rome with a stop in London. Another option if you’re coming from Australia or New Zealand is Thai Airlines, landing in Rome via Bangkok.

When buying tickets for flights within Italy, on Alitalia and small carriers such as Meridiana and Air One shop around for the best deals. Tickets are frequently sold at discounted prices, so check the cost of flights, even one-way, as an alternative to train travel.

27 Mar 2010 Flying in the Rings for the Bride and Groom

The Queensland capital was a goldmine for the flamboyant televangelist who left with cash, cheques and the bank account and credit card details of more than 50,000 Australians fans. After he proposed to me, we went shopping for wedding rings. He left, 28 hours and three shows later, an estimated $800,000 richer. 24 is the year of freedom, the year of self celebration! Some attendees, who travelled from as far away as Hong Kong and Perth, handed over gold earrings and wedding rings instead of cash.

A distinguishing physical characteristic is that their irises are totally black. While their fathers wear 14kt gold or the more expensive platinum, the Generation X’ers are gravitating in large numbers to tungsten carbide, titanium, carbon fiber, and stainless steel. (AP)- Donnie Register has a new reason to be thankful he’s married police say his wedding band deflected a bullet and probably saved his life. (A section of the Quilt measures 12 by 12 and usually contains 8 individual panels.) Techniques used included patchwork, applique, embroidery, fabric painting, collage, spray paint and needlepoint Items and materials included in the panels: Fabrics, e.g. This web provides the 3-D view of the rings in display. Interesting nut and bolt wedding ring combo. Jewellery, particularly when made with precious materials, is generally considered valuable and desirable. Or who said wedding rings are worn on the left hand on the ring finger? Information on the meaning of Celtic Warrior Shield wedding rings.

Had a brilliant time at Brila 88.9fm yesterday (no pun intended). An Australian Taxation Office spokeswoman sa. Costume jewelry is made from less valuable materials. PROSPEROUS pastor Benny Hinn flew into Brisbane a multimillionaire. Make this Valentine’s day an unforgettable one by giving precious diamonds to you.

Getting to know the love of my life, not just how she kisses, or what her favourite colour is, or other shallow things; getting to know her real, beating, honest beautiful heart, finding out wh. This term refers to white used in the wedding dress, which symbolises virginity and innocence. Visiting journey tourism can associated to places like Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, and other locations in the North Island, South Island and Stewart Island. Many a jilted lover has wondered what to do with a leftover ring, which is why I was entirely unsurprised when I stumbled upon I Do Now I Don’t, an auction site created to match those “who are looking to sell engageme. According to tradition, the wedding ring is worn on the left ring finger because the vein in the left ring finger, referred to as the ‘vena amoris’ was believed to be directly connected to the heart, a symbol of love. Just to let the world know about the blog dedicated to The Claddagh. He left, 28 hours and three shows later, an estimated $800,000 richer.

It’s bad enough to have to do those shows without writers (how many times can Conan entertain us by spinning his wedding ring on the desk?), but what’s worse is the lack of guests. The Queensland capital was a goldmine for the flamboyant televangelist who left with cash, cheques and the bank account and credit card details of more than 50,000 Australians fans. They have been best friends since the second grade. Leaves Australia $800K richer: PROSPEROUS pastor Benny Hinn flew into Brisbane a multimillionaire. Wedding band A wedding band is the traditional European token of marriage worn by a spouse to indicate a marital commitment to chastity. White wedding A white wedding is a traditional British wedding. So we (I) decided (why did I do this?) to check out the rings at the ever popular Tiffany & Co.

For more information please visit http://weddinghot.info/sitemap or http://weddingin.info/sitemap or even http://weddingnew.info/sitemap

26 Mar 2010 Cheap Flights to Australia

In general, the cost of airline tickets from the United States to Australia is not really cheap even if advertised that way. After all, it’s a long, long trip that takes anywhere from 14 to 20 hours each way even on non-stop flights. This being said, it is still possible to enjoy a substantial savings by shopping air carriers carefully and purchasing a ticket as far in advance as you can. This is easier by far if you do so online via the Internet where all the carriers and travel agents stand ready to provide you with both a quote and your reservation quickly with a credit card payment.

The price for a round-trip ticket from Sydney Australia to Los Angeles, California and visa versa, price quotations were obtained for a one way ticket on September 20th with a return 7 days later. Ticket prices for nonstop flights varied from $1,324.60 to $2,211.60 from Qantas; $1,701.60 to $2,336.60 on American and cost $1,619.60 for the single United flight given for that date set. Qantas showed other flights with one or two stops in Nadi and Auckland that were actually six dollars more than their lowest non-stop flights. American’s flights with a single connection stop in Auckland were priced the same as their lowest non-stop fare and a few dollars higher with a stop in San Francisco only. Air Canada also provided fare information showing that their non-stop flights with stops in either San Francisco or Vancouver varied between $1,733.60 and $2,031.50 for a round trip ticket. Finally, Air New Zealand offered a round trip fare with stops in Nadi, Auckland or Christchurch for $2,247.00 while Air Pacific came in with a one-stop price of $2,031.70 for a round trip fare. Extending the return trip time from 7 days to 30 days showed about a 20-30% reduction in these prices.

The prices mentioned above where obtained from one of the major online travel expeditors. And while there is a possibility that shopping still others may have produced a slightly lower fare, it seems unlikely when compared to fares directly from the airlines websites.

Air Travel to and from Australia and New Zealand to the U.S. has increased significantly during the past several years. This is particularly true in America’s summer months when

as more tourist vacationers consider those destinations prime. The real key to obtaining the cheapest-possible fare is to purchase well in advance of any planned trip.

20 Mar 2010 Avoid information overload when searching for airline ticket

No more information overload on travel!

The importance of avoiding information overload when searching for the cheapest airline tickets online cannot be stressed enough theses days. This article will explain how you should take your time and do your research to be able to cherry pick your way through.

What we Internet surfers don’t seem to understand is that there are millions of travel sites out there claiming they have access to the lowest airfares. When its time to book your travel plans the first thing we think about is our budget (for those of us who have a budget). Most travelers don’t want to pay more than they have to because they still need money when they get to where ever the destination is and the more the better..right!

We all want the cheap flights that are enjoyable, not too many stops, with food and entertainment, frequent flyer miles, plenty of leg and elbow room…all for the lowest and cheapest price you can afford….now that would be perfect dude! Well dream on, unless youre rich.

To avoid information overload and your bottom sticking to the chair, you start with online sites that not only give their prices but also let you compare with others. Narrow these sites down to sites that don’t waste your time by having access to just a few special airfares only when the airlines say they have deals. Everybody has a search engine for available published airfares, but the best sites consistently offer specially worked out deals available only to their customers….now thats what I am talking about maan…..

You have to find a small group of sites that can be searched on a regular basis…be persistent and start checking for deals at least a month in advance to be able to take advantage of 7-21 day advanced purchase requirements. How about sites that have done the research for you and also provide all the information you need for traveling….I call these sites “travel portals” and boy do they save you time, not to mention stress.

Some travel portals list too many sites and its like your starting all over again. They list any site that would pay commissions instead of researching and listing those that actually have low airfares consistently, so try and avoid these kinds of cluttered travel portals at all costs…they are still wasting your time.

Searching for cheap airfares does not have to be an adventure. Finding and using travel portals should get you what you need without the sales pitch. Most of us have a budget and don’t want to feel like we could have paid much less…if an airfare is out there, travel portals will help you find it……Happy Traveling!

About the Author

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18 Mar 2010 Visit Australia & Newzealand

If you are an eager, fairly adventurous traveler then Australia and New Zealand are probably destinations that have been swimming in some subdirectory of your travel ambitions.Down under has lots of appeal. It’s English speaking, exotic, remote, filled with crazy looking plants and animals. Many Australians combine the best character qualities from around the globe: hardiness, humor and cordiality. Aussies are justifiably famous for outgoing character, and New Zealanders follow suit in their slightly more reserved manner. The Australians are masters of a vast, isolated, largely desert continent and their outlook shows independence of spirit and loads of aptitude. When the vast interior of your country is an inhospitable outback, then your ring of vibrant coastal cities are treated like causes for celebration, and for visitors this feeling is infectious.Like America, the Australian national history is short (and rowdy). Perhaps for this reason the Australians, like many Americans, are a people ready to welcome strangers with an open hand and broad smile, no questions asked. They like to play around with their own lively disposition and vernacular (Australian slang dictionary). One afternoon down under amongst friendly, helpful, vigorous Australians is usually enough to charm any visitor.The Kiwis (New Zealanders) typically have a slightly more gentrified, English disposition than the maverick Australians. The New Zealand outlook perhaps reflects that they are the smaller cousin in the Australian-New Zealand sphere of influence, and that they have more to show and more to lose than the desert-baked, walkabout Australians. Unlike the arid vastness of Australia, the Kiwis enjoy two main islands of incredible lushness that combine much of the topographical grandeur of Europe with the stunning, tropical features of the south Pacific islands.The natural abundance of New Zealand can stop you cold: tropical beaches, rain forests, boiling hot springs, towering Alps and blocked, English-like farmland. From half a world away it is easy to generalize the differences between New Zealand and Australia, but they are essentially different transplanted peoples making their home in similar geographic area. Australia is the land of the kangaroo, a hardy, indigenous animal that can survive traveling over deserts using the most energy conservative locomotive method known to any species on earth. By contrast, New Zealand is the land of the sheep, reliant on lots of water and grass, and transplanted wholly from the mother country (in New Zealand sheep outnumber people). Australia seems resolved with itself and its indigenous aboriginal peoples, where New Zealand seems to be looking over its shoulder back at England (and modern New Zealand has a somewhat awkward relationship with its native Maori peoples).What finally made me visit Australia and New Zealand was the record summer heat in Europe during 2003. I had two precious weeks to use in August, but where would I go? Based on the news of heat-related deaths in Europe the southern hemisphere looked like a great solution (it is winter there when it is summer in the northern hemisphere).European ski enthusiasts have long known the trick of turning summer into winter by training in the ski slopes of Queenstown, New Zealand. Reversing the seasons is not a motive calculated into many recreational travel plans, but it should be. What you are looking for, after all, is the chance to get away, change the scenery, to see something new. There can be no more profound change than traveling to the other side of the earth while reversing your seasons. On top of this, you find a new world of plants and animals. School kids know about wallabies and echidnas, but those animals are just the headliners. Imagine a world where green and red parrots fly around in pairs and land in a tree above you. Imagine being awakened in the morning by a bird that sounds like a bell, or another that makes a complicated, resonant call like a concerto played on a whistle flute (birds down under page).In short, it’s completely different, yet comfortably similar to visit Australia and New Zealand.The people are different (but familiar).The food is different (but familiar). Local chefs train in Europe but insist on returning to open their own restaurants in their own home towns.A burgeoning wine industry provides a glorious, sassy collection for you to sample at a fraction of the price of these same labels offered by New York?s biggest liquor importers.

Flights :

There are many agents online you can choose from to get cheap flights to sydney

Australian travel choices:

What to see in Australia? This is a tough call because you might have a secret hankering to visit the outback or the more remote regions, whereas my focus was to skip through for a sense of Australia and then spend serious time in New Zealand.Sydney is pretty much a requirement on any list of Australia destinations. Many guide books will favor a list of Australian destinations including: Newcastle, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, world-class diving round the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Darwin, Alice Springs, Marlborough and Hobart (in Tasmania). But this list is a ridiculous simplification. You have an entire continent to consider, a task only made slightly easier by the fact that most of the good stuff is clustered at the edges. A bonobo with a handful of darts and a map will have as good a chance as you of picking great stops in Australia unless you task yourself to read up. In the absence of a Michelin Green Guide, I find that a good overview resource is to read some of the “been there” reviews posted on epinions. Granted, this is not the most refined resource, because anybody can post just about anything, but most of the readers are conscientious and after reading a few you will see the same names start to pop up and soon you will see a pattern emerge. With the pattern established, take a look at some of the “best of” lists published by the commercial guides (Frommers has “best of” lists in a load of different catagories, hotels, restaurants, museums, beaches – here’s best Australian experiences with links to other lists at the left margin.)

New Zealand travel choices:

Good destinations in New Zealand can be a harder call than Australia because the good stuff isn’t as neatly collected at the coasts or near the cities.True, New Zealand cities have a remarkable spectrum of different personalities.Auckland has the feel of a clean, modern international shipping hub with bridges and waterways and ocean liners always in view.Wellington also has a maritime flavor, but it is terraced and secluded with a protected, regional feel.Christchurch is like a prim, flat, English shire town with a lazy, two-foot-deep river meandering through the center.Dunedin has a dyed-in the-wool Scottish influence while Queenstown is an extreme sport, party town full of action and youth.To approach a trip to New Zealand you first need to assimilate the different offerings of the north and south islands. In my view most guidebooks do a poor job of helping the traveler evaluate the relative travel value of the two islands. It’s as if there is such a surfeit of great things to do that the books are doing their best to pack it all in and lose their power to discriminate between choices.You can visit both islands, but plan on air transport if your trip is any shorter than three weeks, because the distances are considerable. It’s hard to counsel in favor of visiting just one island. The north island has plenty to see, and it has Auckland, the international departure point, but the southern island has the most vibrant scenic beauty (the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed on the southern island of New Zealand). If you want to visit the southern island alone you have to figure out your return flights to Newzealand, which almost certainly will require a change in Auckland, or a return to Australia before you can connect to a US flight.The north island is warmer throughout the year and is influenced more by beaches of all kinds rocky shores, black sand, white sand as well as geothermal hot springs.The south island is considerably cooler in temperature year round (Christchurch is sufficiently southern that it is where the US Antarctica programs stage their supply and transport connections with the rest of the world). The north and east coasts of the southern island of New Zealand also boast beautiful beaches, but the prominent geographic feature is the Alps that run in a spine up the mountains. (Queenstown, the sports capital of the southern island, is pictured at right.) Unlike the northern island, the southern island has glaciers and alpine vistas and numerous ski resorts. At the far, southwestern reaches of the northern island you have Fiordland, with Norwegian-class peaks rising like a wall out of the water to heights as much as a mile.