Masters in Pineapple Lumps

You get a native tree when you take New Zealand citizenship. Greg got an enthusiastic Pittisporum. I got a brooding, slow-growing Black Pine.

But the real citizenship rite of passage happened back at my language school. The Kiwi staff decked me out in a floppy hat, a Swanddri shirt and gumboots and pushed me in to teach my class of twelve Korean, Japanese and Chinese students who would do anything if it was set to karaoke. So, in five different languages, armed with kiwi tucker and L&P’s, we belted out:


Recommended Listening: We don’t know how lucky we are

Assignment 4: Go get yourself a Canterbury Draught!

5 thoughts on “Masters in Pineapple Lumps

    • robertafsmith 14 November 2010 / 5:47 pm

      Designed in Italy, made in America, worn in New Zealand – that says it all! They are beautiful, I’m wondering how to fit South Africa in to the equation!

  1. Allison 15 November 2010 / 2:40 am

    Now that would have gone down a treat in Jozini! Why didn’t we think of it? Next time . . .

    • robertafsmith 15 November 2010 / 7:33 am

      It would need to have been done on a day when the electricity was working! I still dream of Jozini.

  2. valerienl 16 November 2010 / 2:17 pm

    I know exactly how lucky I am. I arrived in NZ on the Qantas Melbourne to Christchurch flight (with overnight stopover in Auckland) Lucky me. I had to leave my Dunlop gumboots at Mum’s backdoor and buy a new pair. Plastic (not rubber)in black and red houndstooth.

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