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Political Chaos and Catching Up

With this title, you may assume this will be a post about the United States. Guess again, New Zealand has also had a bit of chaotic political time since their election. Many New Zealanders went to the polls on September 23rd, some hoping for a change from the long-running National control and many hoping for the National party to maintain that control. However, what happened over the last month I am sure no one expected.
     To better understand this, New Zealand's government operates very differently than most. To become the "government" you need to achieve the majority of the party vote. Individuals vote on party and vote on representatives. Others elected become the opposition. Historically, the party that achieved the most votes have formed a coalition with another and still became the government. However, this election took a step away from the historic track.
      Nationals (Bill English, the acting Prime Minister at the time) took the largest percentage of…

Auckland

The week following my South Island trip, I had a 3-day weekend in Auckland. I went to Auckland to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) at the University of Auckland. However, since I was already paying to fly there, I took a couple of extra days to explore the city.

I stayed a little outside of Auckland at one of the best hostels I have stayed at yet (Shooters). Not only did they have a mechanical bull, but they also had large parties (both were birthday parties when I was there) that they let the guests attend. It was a great way to meet some new people and relax before the big test!

While in Auckland, I visited the Sky Tower, Queens Street, Aotea Square (where a rally protesting the genocide they believe the war in Yemen is turning to), and Rangitoto Island (volcanic island that is also a bird sanctuary). However, a lot of the time was spent studying for the LSAT. The test itself was the longest and most mind numbing test I have ever taken. Once it was finally I over, I quickl…

The South Island Voyage

Life has been hectic in New Zealand! Having had a two week break where I traveled the South Island, getting back to Massey for just four days before flying out to Auckland to take the LSAT, and then catching up on classes and playing soccer/volleyball it has been a busy past five weeks. However, I am hoping to spend more time blogging now that I am caught up.

This post will cover my two week stint in the South Island. This weekend I will post again about my trip to Auckland, hiking a volcano, and the lovely LSAT!

New Zealand's south island is the most beautiful place I have ever been. However, before I get into all the details of the trip, I want to note that anyone traveling in New Zealand use bookme or grabone to book their activities, as I paid less than 50% of the marked price for anything I did, and often much cheaper than that.

Our trip started in Queenstown where we camped out that night and got ready to do the Nevis Swing and explore the town the next day. Queenstown was c…