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Good morning blog land!

Good morning blog land!

Yesterday marked the winter solstice here in Aoteoroa (a.k.a New Zealand). Unlike the northern hemisphere’s winter solstice which is marked by a cacophony of festivals, the turning point of winter passes pretty much without fanfare. The closest thing to a festival here was a group of skiers, including yours truly, quietly climbing up Coronet Peak; our local piste for a pre-dawn ski run to celebrate.
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/>Coincidentally the first day post-solstice marks the start of an eight-week stint of guest blogging on Asia Correspondent for me so I’ll be taking the opportunity to chart the countdown to the summer – and the hiking, biking and kayaking adventures it entails… as well as posting a few random thoughts.

Hope you’re looking forward to both… despite the lack of fireworks.

 – Mark