are staying the night. First impressions were not so good as we passed through endless suburbs (Tauranga is one of NZ’s fastest growing towns). Jen was feeing a bit ill (no doubt mainly due to worrying about her dad) so I headed for a brief explore of the rather modern town centre. Later I headed off on foot to the supermarket passing an estate agents where an auction of properties was taking place. There was a loudspeaker out onto the street so I listened. It was interesting to hear bids of $400,000 NZ$ (it must be nerve racking for the bidders). I spent ages backing up CD’s of photos. It was laborious and I didn’t finish till 1am.