Delta is HERE! Opinion Piece…

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 It’s been a weird 18 months to say the least with Covid coming and going and now we have Delta,  which we seem to be managing to contain, which is another win for New Zealand. We went into lockdown within 12 hours of the case been reported. At that time nobody could confirm it was Delta, though it now shows it was. Better safe than sorry. Even so, Delta took off and spread. (Confirmation came through a few hours later.)

It’s nice to be free to do what you want when you’re not in a virus war. Though we aren’t there yet, we have peaked and cases are getting lower, sadly one elderly lady died, and my condolences go to this family. It is also known this lady had other health issues. 

Most of the Delta cases are in Auckland, who are on a level 4 lockdown, meanwhile the rest are on a level 3 lockdown and looking forward to level 2. Vaccinations are up and now offered to 12 yrs upwards. It is still your choice. 

Similar to other countries, we also have a tracker, (for those with a phone) though ours isn’t the government stalking us. All information is private unless you become a contact of someone with the virus, then you are REQUESTED… to give information so the virus can be traced to keep our communities safe. If you don’t have a phone you will be requested to sign in on paper at all businesses. This will be mandatory as of the 7th Sept due to the lack of use during level one when we were all complacent and thought we were safe…humm. Masks are also Mandatory when out shopping. I rarely go out due to anxiety when wearing a mask. I tend to stay in our car. 

The rest of the world watch and thinks we’re in cages, have communism and stuff. Makes me laugh at all the fake news we hear from others. Including some of our own people. Most of us prefer to work together to rid ourselves of this virus rather than spread it. Do you want to know why?

Well, my opinion—putting it mildly, is that we have 5 million Kiwis in New Zealand. 2.7 million of those are working adults. No idea how many are front-line workers. (like my husband) Now imagine if Delta got out of control here! The country would literally shut down. No imports, exports, nobody to work the front line…It would be a bloody mess. We export food worldwide… which means you’d be without as well. One London reporter told people the only reason we lockdown is because we can afford it. NO WE CAN’T. More to the point, we can’t afford NOT TO.

Since many countries have millions of people, you don’t notice the little things. I’ve heard many say Delta isn’t as bad as people think. Once again, with a smaller population, you see things better. When we had Covid the first time, one person infected 89 people at a wedding. With Delta, so far we have over 753 people connected to ONE person who got Delta, (so far) with around 37,000 people in isolation as contacts or having been in the same locations (over 400 of them) as contacts. We have 43 in hospital and 7 in ICU. This is a lot more than last time. This isn’t much compared to some countries until you look at statistics… 

Our Delta came from New South Wales via a person coming home and in MIQ (Quarantine) They have yet to discover how it got out from there to the community. One thing I would like to know is where NSW got Delta from! Since we’re both Islands with only residents returning, it makes things—in general, easier to discover.

Our daily count is going down. Last one I saw were 20 new community cases via contacts. Here is hoping we’ll beat it again.

Bonfire Heart by Audrina Lane


Description Sebastian Winter is a loner with a lot on his mind. His only escape is his photography and enjoying the peace and solitude that sailing off the coast of New Zealand brings. Lena Cavendish is the town’s rich girl who wants to break free and follow her heart.
Her father wants university and a career for his daughter, she wants to write romances. She is looking for her ‘Happily Ever After’. Falling in love can be simple but will Sebastian’s anxiety and depression push her away, just when he needs her the most?
Find out in this coming of age story set on the North Island of New Zealand.

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He looked down her long legs to her toes busy burying into the warm sand. Seb silently took a deep breath and placed his hand next to hers in the small gap that separated them.
   “So how did you find this place?” She asked, letting her little finger hook over his. A million tiny fireflies started to flutter under his skin like they were trying to escape.
     “My Dad taught me to sail and we found it on one of our adventures.”
     “A family tradition then, I like it.”
     “You mean it” his voice faltered.
    “Yes, I hope you’ll bring me here again on our next date.”
     The fireflies were now escaping into the heat on his cheeks as he felt her hand squeeze his “That’s if we’re going to be dating?”
     He blinked and in the instance, his eyes were shut he felt her lips touch his cheek. Taking this as a sign he pulled her tight into him and found her lips with his. A closed mouth to start as he revelled in the velvet feel and the salty taste. A tiny, tentative start to their fledgeling relationship as he grew bolder and let his lips push hers open so that their tongues could meet. He heard a tiny sigh escape and rush across his skin as she responded, letting her hand run down his spine. She was everything he’d imagined and more. Like eating your favourite sweets all at once. When they parted each was breathless and in awe of the power between them, tugging at their hearts like the undercurrents of the ocean.

Book Teasers:

Screen Shot 2019-09-08 at 20.05.39    As his boat bumped the side of the yacht he lurched forward and jumped. The two of them landed, face down, in a sluice of water on the deck.

Author Bio:

Audrina lives in Herefordshire with her partner Steve and her 3 Black Labradors called Rael, Lily & Milo.
     She is the author of the fabulous “Heart Trilogy Series” made up of the novels “Where did your Heart go?” “Un-break my Heart” and “Closer to the Heart”. She has also completed the first two books in the Bloodstained Heart Trilogy. These are connected to The Heart Trilogy series in that they feature the full story of Felicity.
     She has enjoyed writing her first collaboration with Rita Ames on the ‘Need for Speed’ Racing series. These are romances set at various motor racing venues, with the first book ’24Hrs to Love’ available and set at Le Mans. She has recently released her first Poetry and Short Story Anthology called ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’.
     When she is not tapping away on the PC, she enjoys walking her 3 black Labradors, listening to eighties music and barefoot dancing. She also loves cars, from old classics to modern-day supercars and is a total fan of Formula 1.

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Other Books by Author

The Heart Trilogy

Where did your Heart go?

Unbreak my Heart

Close to the Heart

The Bloodstained Heart Trilogy

Bloodstained Heart. Part 1 – Passion

Bloodstained Heart. Part 2 – Revenge

Bloodstained Heart. Part 3 – Redemption

Need for Speed series with co-author Rita Ames

24Hrs to Love

Short Story & Poetry Anthology

Whiter Shade of Pale

Electric Eclectic Novelettes

Bonfire Heart

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New Zealand – A Personal Post

He Karakia Tīmatanga me te Whakakapi Kaupapa

Kia tau ngā manaakitanga a te mea ngaro
ki runga ki tēnā, ki tēnā o tātou
Kia mahea te hua mākihikihi
kia toi te kupu, toi te mana, toi te aroha, toi te Reo Māori
kia tūturu, ka whakamaua kia tīna! Tīna!
Hui e, Tāiki e!

Let the strength and life force of our ancestors
Be with each and every one of us
Freeing our path from obstruction
So that our words, spiritual power, love, and language are upheld;
Permanently fixed, established and understood!
Forward together!



Many of you already know I live in New Zealand. What some don’t know is that I returned to the Uk for family and it was a disaster. Now I’m back in New Zealand and I couldn’t be happier. It is like the dark cloak had fallen off and I’m happy once more.  The question is WHY am I she happier. Well in this post I’ll try and explain about everything that is New Zealand.


Aotearoa is a fresh young country, it is vibrant, beautiful with a mixture of cultures. Today we have (Prime Minister statement) 162 different languages within Aotearoa. Imagine the cultural hub, the heritage, and diversity this has given Aotearoa. It is an amazing country to live in.

Our official languages are English, Te Reo Maori, and Sign Language. All which are used on a daily basis somewhere in Aotearoa depending on the needs of the people where you live. The two places I’ve lived within Aotearoa are Palmerston North, which is a vibrant long city which started off as a SWAMP. It was drained and the city was born. It lies on a fault line giving the place some scary earthquakes and small tremors, once again depending on where the earthquake or tremor originated and how deep it was.
We also lived in Rotorua which is situated in a crater lake (crazy kiwi’s) which though silent they are still mildly active producing hot water, warm earth, and hot mud pools, many of which you can see and visit for free. I have many photos with steam rising from the earth. This town surrounds the lake which has Mokoia Island in the middle. This island has a rich history of romance between Hinemoa and Tutanekei. Here is a LINK  telling the story of their romance.


Palmy – as the locals call it now has a population of 87,300 (last census) It is a diverse, busy vibrant place, and has some wonderful parks. In the central city, we have ‘The Square’ which though it has had problems in the past with people being attacked, is now an attractive area with walks, trees, memorials along with a pond, bridge, and ducks. I love the ducks, my kids used to love chasing them. It is lovely with its clock tower in the centre and seating for those who wish to read or eat. Many concerts and activities are also held on ‘The Square’.

We also have the Victoria Esplanade which is another part and is huge. Rose Gardens where many marriages take place, an amazing Children’s Playground for different ages. Hockey Fields, and Miniature Train and plenty of walks along with a huge field where families can gather and play games like cricket and rugby. Just along the road is the Swimming Pool. This has indoor and outdoor pools, A diving pool, areas for children and families, facilities where you can cook and share a picnic. There are even areas for adults and a huge big waterslide.


A multi-cultural experience nobody should miss. It has a population of 72,200 with about 52% who are Maori. It is a huge tourist spot with many amazing places to visit and explore. Some for FREE. Kuirau Park is wonderful. It has hot mud and water pools. Everyone is advised to stay on the paths due to the unexpected and to stay safe. The smell is obnoxious at first due to the Sulphur which fills the are. (a bit like areas of Yellowstone Park) There are steam vents as well. One of the pools you can walk across on a bridge. Something I’ve yet to do.

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You can walk the lakefront, in some areas the sand is warm, dig your feet to deep and it is hot and can burn your skin. A nice place to cook and egg. The most popular parts of the Lake Front have pathways to keep you safe and they extend to Sulphur Point which is behind the old Bath House (now a Museum sadly shut due to the earthquake in Kaikoura 3 years ago) It is here the lake water is a milky colour and the place is also a bird sanctuary.  Once again there are gardens to roam with Bowling Greens and further walks.  Some of the places to visit if you come to Rotorua are:

Redwood Forest, Buried Village, Lake Tarawera, Blue Lake, Whakarewarewa Village, Te Puia, Government Gardens, Rainbow Springs, Paradise Valley Springs (Zoo) and the Agradome. There are many more

Here is a LINK for you all to see what else is on offer.

As for the rest of New Zealand. It is stunning in its beauty. The Malborough Sounds are majestic. This is why movies are made here. Do you know which ones?

Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Last Samurai, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to name a few. Can you name any others?

To me personally, New Zealand is a younger version of Wales which is a bit more rugged with age. It still has a beauty I love, especially when you go out to the mountains. Thankfully there are no volcanos and few quakes – if any.

New Zealand moves at a slower pace, even when it’s busy. It is an expensive place to live and has recently lost its innocence with a terror attack from an Australian extremist. This has sadly caused massive changes in our country with ANZAC celebrations cancelled or drawn together due to security. Gun law changes and a change in attitude. Some good and some bad. All of us hope the positive will outway the negative as everyone pulls together to help fellow humans because this is what we are…First and foremost. HUMAN.


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He hōnore, he korōria ki te Atua
He maungārongo ki te whenua
He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa
Hangā e te Atua he ngākau hou
Ki roto, ki tēnā, ki tēnā o mātou
Whakatōngia to wairua tapu
Hei awhina, hei tohutohu i a mātou
Hei ako hoki i ngā mahi mō tēnei rā