Thrivent Builds Worldwide Team in Whangarei, New Zealand - October 2008


Thrivent Builds Worldwide Team in Whangarei, New Zealand - October 2008

From October 17th to October 31st, a team of 16 people will be traveling to Whangarei, New Zealand on a Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip.

Oceania » New Zealand November 5th 2008

The remaining days of our trip were very memorable. We enjoyed each other’s company as we engaged in all types of R-n-R activities that really gave us a well-rounded flavor of the New Zealand experience. Each of us has our own way of telling the stories and reliving the adventures. With very little coaxing, you can probably get an ear full from any one of us. It really has been a wonderful experience for each of us to spend this time here. Our group of 16 came together in support of Habitat for Humanity to make a positive impact. As we each return to our normal ways of life, we have a strong sense of accomplishment and greater appreciation for this organization. Finally, special thanks to all our friends and family members who have supported us ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia November 2nd 2008

Our first non-build adventures. Many of us went sea kayaking which was supposed to be a guided adventure, however when we arrived the owner told us the guide had died that morning. It was shock to us and to the owner as well since he had been in supposedly good health. He was only 52 years old. We took the ‘unguided’ version of the trip and spent most of our time searching for the elusive waterfalls and getting carried out by the exiting tide. Wow, what a work out! Some wanted to go parasailing. However the boat was out for regular scheduled maintenance. And others were going to go shopping in Russell only to find that many of shops are closed on Wednesday. Needless to say they found enough stores open to satisfy their retail therapy. ... read more
Roger and Erica
Joan and Bill

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei October 29th 2008

Yes -- we are still here in NZ, and doing well! We've had reports that people back home had become concerned about our welfare, given our 'absence' from the blog. Word has it that we may actually have several posts this evening, as we do have a little bit of downtime now, at the end of our first day of R&R. (In our view, nearly eight full days of fatigue and sore muscles from the Build deserve just a little tender care and recuperation!) We finished our time on the Build yesterday - and allocated some time for Steve to proudly give us a tour of his land. As we got ready to leave for our hike, Steve described the upcoming adventure as a 'moderate 10 minute walk.' His definition of 'moderate' was considerably different than ... read more
Debi and Dave
Jeff and Erica

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei October 28th 2008

After almost eleven days now in NewZealand, our team is starting to get accustomed to what we call "New Zealandisms" in the way they refer to things. More than once we had to ask them to repeat what they said before we could understand what they are referring to. Here is a list of the words or phrases we would like to share. "Give Way" signs in lieu of our "Yield" sign at intersections. "Ring em Up" in lieu of saying you are going to call someone on the phone. "Smoko" is the term used to call for a work break or "Tea time" which they have at 10:00 and 3:00 "Lemonade" do not be suprised if you order a Sprite at a restraunt and the waiter asks who ordered Lemonade. "Monday Week" is when you ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei October 24th 2008

We thought we would give you a better idea of how we are spending our time off. One of our favorite things to do is tour the beautiful Whangarei sites. Hiking and shopping are the popular free time activities. Some are disappointed that many of the shops close by 5. The star gazing is incredible. Many of the constellations, such as the Southern Cross, can’t be seen in the northern hemisphere. Several of us have had the opportunity to spend some ‘one-on-one’ time with the locals. Their hospitality is second to none. They have taken us on several tours and treated us with their local cuisine. A few examples are sandwiches with interesting toppings and delicious ice cream . We have been making great strides in helping Steve build his house. We are happy to report ... read more
Roger and Beth with Keith and Jill Clarke
Debi cartwheeling at the beach
Joan and Bill working hard on the weatherboards

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei October 22nd 2008

We’ve been very busy working and playing, but, at last, we have photos! We’ve only had three days of building, but you’ll notice we’ve made great progress on Steve’s house - from a simple platform to four walls and a roof. Steve, the new home owner, is a very kind, hard-working gentleman. It is a joy to work together with him and the on-site crew. The on-site crew has an excellent sense of humor, and we’re learning some new terms. For example, if you’re in need of a break, they may suggest a ‘snore-off.’ Erica’s face has turned a nice shade of red (radiance from the NZ sun) while Paul’s shins and knees display a variety of red blotches (yes, he is that coordinated and is no longer allowed to wear shorts). It’s been a group ... read more
Start of the build
Team New Zealand, first group photo
Becky A.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei October 21st 2008

Good Evening, Friends and Family!! It's 9:15 pm New Zealand time, 3:15 am Wisconsin time. It's the second day of our build. Totally unbelievable how far we have come in two days. The roof is almost half on. The goal is to get the rest done tomorrow morning. The first four days have been great (except for the 12 hour flight from LA to Auckland)! The Thrivent build team from the US, our Build hosts, and our Build homeowner are getting along well, having lots of fun. The "Kiwis" are friendly people. Everyone is a bit sore tonite--lots of overhead work today. Tomorrow we are only working in the morning--meeting with local families to experience the culture and sights in the afternoon. We are so blessed to have met many new, wonderful people. Looking forward to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei October 20th 2008

We have had a very busy first day on the build. With the individual wall sections allready framed, we were able to get all of them moved into place. By the end of the day, we also had all the rafters set. We were happy to hear that the amount of progress we made has already put us ahead of schedule. Just getting to the site was an adventure. It was a 26 kilometer treck up and down the countryside. The roads were narrow and steep. When we arrived, it was not like anything we expected. The site sits atop a mountain with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The homeowner currently lives on the property in a series of makeshift structures. His name is Steve and he is quite handy. We will add more on ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei October 19th 2008

We have Arrived!! Thanks for checking on on us and welcome to our blog! who we are and what we are doing. Itinerary October 17, Friday - Depart from home October 19, Sunday - Arrive in New Zealand and get settled in (that was a quick weekend) October 20 - 25, Monday-Saturday - Build October 26, Personal Day Activities (more on that later) October 27 - 28, Monday-Tuesday - Build October 29 - November 4 - R&R November 4, Tuesday - Depart for home We are 18 hours ahead of the CST zone. We crossed the International Date Line right before landing. Team Members: Becky A, Americus, GA Terry B, Green Bay, WI Debi B, DePere, WI Sue H, River Fals, WI Kathy K, Appleton, WI Dave K, Maple Grove, MN Kari K, St Louis, MO ... read more

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