Our take on what we have seen and where we have been.

Kath and Pete Douglas in the UK & New Zealand

Update: We have returned to New Zealand and about to start our new life back in our home country.
 
New challenges, new employment, finding a home, reconnecting with family and friends. Initial base is the North Island, hopefully in the Tauranga area if we can get jobs. Contact us if you know of anything.
 
We came over to Milton Keynes, United Kingdom in 2000 to work and travel around Europe.

This site is to show our Photos and some of our experiences to all who may be interested. To all our friends in NZ or the UK - Hi! and why not send a photo or an email on what you are up to - we will put Photos up on the site so all can see.


Kath and Pete Douglas came from Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand / Aotearoa (meaning ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’) and were living in Milton Keynes, UK. Christchurch lies on the east coast between the sandy beaches of Sumner and Brighton, the bays and bush clad valleys of Banks Peninsular and the river-braided patchwork of the Canterbury Plains, which stretch westwards towards the tallest mountains in New Zealand, the Southern Alps. Lord of the Rings country!
Milton Keynes where we lived is a "New" town about 60 miles north of London just off the M1 motorway. Milton Keynes is the name of one of the villages that were in the original designated area of the new "city" of Milton Keynes. This had the name Mideltone (middletown) in the Domesday Book and by 1422 the name of Kaynes had been added after the feudal family name Cahaignes.
 
Kath Douglas worked for a company based in London that imports and sells Office Equipment - Shredders, Laminators, Pens, Files etc and is the Service and Quality Controller.
She was with a company based in MK that installs, supplies, configures Point of Sale, Tills, Wireless equipment for the Hospitality Industry and was part of the Finance team.
 
Pete Douglas was with a Computer company that refurbishes and re-sells ex-lease IT Equipment, processes the same for Leasing companies and re-cycles that which is no longer of any use - for 12 years!
He was then at the same company as Kath but in the Technical Services section supervising some of that configuring. Before returning to NZ he was working at a company that has has large depot processing used cars near MK, working in the division that supplies new Nissans to the dealers and leaseplan then in the Inbound Team doing the initial vehicle inspections as they arrived.
A home has to have a Cat and Marshall Douglas has taken over. He's a Cat's Protection puss who didn't have a home but now as far he is concerned we are his slaves and are there to do his bidding. White with Black Spots and an attitude, he has taken over the neighbourhood, beating up the other cats and being a right bully.
But still he is a character and shows affection (or is that a "feed me" message) See photos in his section.
Marshall has also traveled to New Zealand and has had to put up with a flight lasting over 33 hours then 10 days Quarantine. Now he has to learn how to speak Kiwi!
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Christchurch, New Zealand - the City that shines

About Christchurch New Zealand.
Located on the  east coast of the South Island, Christchurch - just like the rest  of New Zealand - is a city of contrasts.  It is a place  where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle  amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty. A growing  cosmopolitan ambience also adds a touch of excitement without overt  flashiness.
Everywhere there  is an understated elegance that speaks of times gone by and promises  a future where anything is possible. It really is the "city  that shines?".

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand with a population of approximately 320,000.

Christchurch lies on the east coast between the sandy beaches of Sumner and Brighton, the bays and bush clad valleys of Banks Peninsular and the river-braided patchwork of the Canterbury Plains, which stretch westwards towards the tallest mountains in New Zealand, the Southern Alps.

Christchurch is a city of contrasts. Said to be the most English city in New Zealand, Christchurch also buzzes with cosmopolitan energy. It has a genteel old world charm and one of the most high-energy high technology sectors in New Zealand. It is a flat city stretched out below the volcanic crags of the Port Hills. In Christchurch you can surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon - it's just two hours from coast to slopes. Attractions range from a gentle punt on the River Avon or a trundle around the city on a vintage tram, to the glitz and glamour of the first Casino in New Zealand or the buzz of joining the famous one-eyed Canterbury crowd at a Jade Stadium rugby match.

With its 161-hectare green belt of Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens, and its multitude of vibrant and verdant private gardens, Christchurch has come to be known as the Garden City of New Zealand. The 161-hectare green belt of Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens is famous around the world and in 1996   Christchurch was acknowledged as the outstanding garden city from 620 international entries. In 1997 Christchurch was judged Overall Winner of Major Cities in the Nations in Bloom International Competition to become 'Garden City of the World'.

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