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The best family vacations in New Zealand voted for by children | Instant News

Follow the lead: Kiwi kids know what they want out of the holidays. Just ask them. Photo / Provided, Love Taupo

You want to know about the most perfect vacation in Aotearoa? Then you have to go to the experts.

We talk to kids across the country to find out what the best vacation they’ve had, and where they want to go next.

From ice cream to fishing trips to hanging out with the All Blacks, this is the dream getaway for Kiwi kids.

Mei-Ling, 6, Auckland

My dream vacation is Lake Taupō because I want to see how big the lake is. My teacher was just there on her day off. I will go with my mother and younger sister because we are family, I love them and we always have fun together.

For my last vacation we went to my cousin’s place in Palmerston North. I love it there because she has such cool pets – dogs and cats – and she dresses them up.

Mei-Ling, 6 years old, Mount Roskill
Mei-Ling, 6 years old, Mount Roskill

Max, 15, Wānaka

For my dream vacation, I’m going to fly to Auckland with my family, buy lots of Krispy Kreme donuts, then go see my older brother Ben who lives there. Then we headed to Waiwera, then Tāwharanui Beach for swimming. We used to go there every Christmas because it was close to where my grandpa and nana lived. Now they live in Wānaka. I remember sitting under the pōhutukawa tree and eating biscuits.

One day my friends and I wanted to go to Rotorua for a vacation so we could make lots of fart jokes. I also really want to go on vacation with our dogs, Stan and Jerry. They’ve only been to the beach once so we’ll take them somewhere like the West Coast or the Catlins.

Recently we went to Milford Sound. It was really cool – especially the boat trip into the sound, the snow on the mountains, and all the waterfalls. In the Homer Tunnel, we run into a kea we call Jerry, after our dog’s name, because they are both fat.

Olioni, 15, Palmerston North
Olioni, 15, Palmerston North

Olioni Taumoepeau, 15, Palmerston North

My favorite holiday is Christmas because it is a time for families to get together and have a good meal. My favorite place to visit in New Zealand is Rotorua.

Felicity, Christchurch
Felicity, Christchurch

Theo, 12, and Felicity, 8, Christchurch

Talent: My dream vacation is to go to Akaroa and live in a two-story house and swim with the dolphins and eat fish and chips on the beach. We’re going out with my cousins, my Porpor (Cantonese for mom), my friends Lily, Mum, Dad and Theo. I forgot Grandpa.

According to: I would go to Hanmer Springs to the hot tub and go to their cafe and eat hot chips, and then go white water rafting.

Talent: For our last vacation we went to Tekapo with our friends. We went to the hot tub and it was so hot that we had blocks of ice. We also descended a very, very big water slide and over the huge bouncy castle in our clothes.

Nathan Isaac, 12, Gisborne

I usually go on vacation with my mom and dad. On my last vacation we went to Te Waipounamu. This is my first time on the South Island. We traveled from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo and Aoraki Maunga (Mount Cook). In Christchurch, I thought the graffiti art in the old and new buildings was pretty cool. The food at the Riverside Market is really good. I like to eat at places we don’t have in our hometown and try new foods.

We went for a day hike on the Hooker Valley Trail in Mount Cook National Park. The glacier ice lake at the end of the track was amazing. The mountains around the track are huge. I didn’t get to see the peak of Aoraki, because the clouds covered it, but it’s still amazing.

Silvi Withel, 9, Lyttelton

My dream vacation is to go to the Marlborough Sounds in the summer and swim in the water and see fish and so on. I might also like to get on a boat and go fishing, and maybe see some birds and maybe a dolphin if I have one, and maybe see glowworms as well.

Kye, 9, Golden Bay
Kye, 9, Golden Bay

Kye, 9, Golden Bay

If I could go on vacation with anyone in the world, it would be Richie McCaw.

I wanted to go to Alexandra for Southland sushi and cycling, and to Queenstown for gondola rides. I got a new bike on my last vacation and had a great time at Christchurch Adventure Park, it was great. I prefer to go up and down and not go up.

Jude Neate, 10, Nelson

On holidays I love to visit adventure playgrounds and eat ice cream and swim on the beach with my bulldog. I wanted to go in and feed the gorillas in Orana Wildlife Park and not just watch them through the glass.

Last vacation I went to visit my Grandfather in Whangamatā. That’s the best look at it. Mom told us to get up early to see the sun rise over the beach, which is also nice.

Emmy, 7, Wellington

On my last vacation I went to Masterton with Mummy, Daddy and Digby (little brother, age 2). We got in the car and stayed at the hotel which had a playground. We went to another playground which was huge and had lots of slides. Heavy rain. One day we did tenpin bowling.

I love Tauranga because it’s always sunny and I can see my grandmother and Tones and their dog, Monty. And I love going to my grandma and grandpa’s house in Timaru – their house has so much space and is luxurious. We saw my cousin there and we saw livestock.

Ivy, 12, Auckland

I’d love to stay on Great Barrier Island for a few nights so I can enjoy the views, swim at Medlands Beach, and take a walk in Windy Canyon. It will be an adventure, from a ferry ride, to the amazing things you can experience on the island, and most importantly because I’ve never been there before.

One of the most memorable places I have visited is Russell on the Bay of Islands. I love this vacation because we relax on beautiful beaches, explore villages and even learn new skills. We booked a fishing charter boat and learned to fish. The first fish I caught was John Dory, and then Mom, Dad and I caught a very large snapper.

Oliver, 6, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland

I wanted to drive around in the camper van because I had never done that before. I’m going to go with Mummy and Seko (my stepbrother) because Mum is really cool and Seko likes talking to us. Dad can go in his own camper van.

Ziggy, 7, Mt Roskill, Auckland

My dream vacation is to go to the wall climbing and Lego house and pizza. You know, a house made of all three, because I really like climbing and Legos and pizza. I want to go back to Rotorua because I have to zip-line and Zorb.

Mila and Keaan, Auckland
Mila and Keaan, Auckland

Keaan, 9, and Mila, 7, Auckland

Circumstances: My dream vacation is to Queenstown. I can ski and snowboard all day, every day, and teach Baz his dog to ski with me. I’ll add an extra day of running up the mountain to the Skyline Luge and racing down the red track trying to beat all my holiday mates and then running to the top of the mountain. And because my Big Buddy Blair is always traveling South Island, we can drive back to Auckland together and eat lots of good food and an unlimited amount of ice cream along the way.

The most important people (and animals) I love to vacation with are my Big Buddy Blair, Baz the dog, and of course my mother. My mom would make me invite my little sister but sometimes she’s fine.

I also wanted to get Beauden Barrett, Richie McCaw and Sonny Bill Williams so we could practice rugby.


I like to go out with my aunts, uncles, and brothers because we have fun and my aunts and uncles let us stay up late. My aunt says we don’t need to tell my mom but I always do.

Every year I go camping in Ōpoutere with my mother and brother. We met my mother’s friends and their families. My mother put up a tent (another dad helped) and broke down the car while my brother and I played bikes with the other kids. Last year we walked through the bush and found many beautiful beaches with clear water, soft sand and caves. We played on the creek, played paddleboard, swam, played board games and cricket. Before going to bed, we roasted marshmallows on the fire. The kids all went to bed and the adults stayed up late and sat around the fire telling stories, we could hear them laughing. I can’t wait to come back.

This story was first published in the New Zealand Herald Travel on September 29


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Food and breast cancer prevention | Lifestyle | Instant News

Roughly one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime – that’s roughly 12% of our population.

While the incidence of breast cancer in men was significantly lower, we should note that they are not immune to the disease.

As a dietitian, I have always promoted a healthier diet and although I do not have a “dietary cure” for breast cancer, I can recommend better options for reducing one’s risk. There is no single food that will prevent you from developing breast cancer, but a healthy and balanced diet consisting of fresh fruits & vegetables, dairy products and low-fat protein, will definitely help.

Some nutritionists have started promoting the benefits of mushrooms and mushroom powder to reduce breast cancer risk. Again, no single food can ward off cancer but the nutrients in mushrooms and powder form are undeniable.

Mushrooms stimulate the immune system, reduce blood pressure for some people, and are even believed to fight disease. Mushroom powder contains a certain amount of beta glucan, which has been shown to activate leukocytes. Leukocytes are involved in fighting foreign substances and diseases, such as white blood cells.

Mushrooms aside for now, I firmly believe that one of the best ways to start your day is with a breakfast parfait, which is a very healthy component. I have provided this version before but during this breast cancer awareness month it is important to emphasize it again.

This breakfast parfait is loaded with antioxidants and omega 3. It will keep you full and keep you going in the morning, but more importantly, it will provide you with the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.

My recipe calls for blueberries but you can substitute strawberries or blackberries, or use a mixture of the three. Walnuts are most nutritious but replace them occasionally with pumpkin seeds. With this recipe, you will also get the healthy fats that your body needs. Feel free to try it for a week or two – it might even become a daily habit.


1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt (preferably plain)

2/3 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

To prepare the parfait, in a bowl, coat about ½ the yogurt and top it with berries. Sprinkle about half the seeds and walnuts.

Repeat layers and serve.

(Candy Work is a certified physician assistant and registered nutritionist. She has been practicing at the Olean Medical Group since 2015.)


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Can be justified to ‘celebrate victory’ | Instant News

Sherry Rehman, a journalist who turned into a politician, is one of my oldest and closest friends in parliament today. With Shahid Khakan Abbassi, I enjoyed a deep respectful relationship.

At the beginning of this column, one feels the need to reveal this before reporting objectively that the story they told through a press conference discussed together Thursday has stated but the whole truth. A set of credible sources, both from the government and the opposition, have separately confirmed that fact as well.

Indeed this was the Imran government envoy, who first approached the opposition for swift approval of certain laws, by consensus, about ten days ago. Most of these laws are needed to facilitate the exclusion of Pakistan from the gray list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

There are also suggestions for “reviewing and reforming” the law, which has given the National Bureau of Accountability (NAB) an almost cruel force in the name of fighting corruption. For prompt and formal deliveries on these fronts, a committee of 25 MPs from the national assembly and the Senate was formed.

The committee did not need time to reach consensus on two laws related to FATF. In the original draft law, certain definitions and expressions have been used, which can be used by hostile and hostile countries against Pakistan, if and when needed. Shahid Khakan Abbassi and Ms. Sherry Rehman don’t need a teacher to see them.

However, Abbassi has been the Prime Minister of Pakistan for more than a year. That enables him to empathetically understand the pressure Pakistan has faced for two decades, when it comes to the issue of “terrorism” and the means to finance it.

Senator Sherry Rehman, on the other hand, was Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, during a very difficult period when relations between Islamabad and Washington became more complicated in the post-Osama environment.

The government also wants that other laws must be upheld to combat what he calls “economic terrorism.” It pretends as if the same law was also requested by the FATF. That surprised the representatives of the opposition. They forcefully demanded how and when the FATF requested the proposed law. The government does not have a satisfying answer.

In the end, it was agreed that “corrections,” suggested by the opposition, would be incorporated into two laws related to FATF. Then attention was shifted to “reviewing and reforming” the NAB empowerment law. At no point during the negotiations,

The opposition has taken a position that will work together in passing legislation related to FATF, only if the government agrees to soften the NAB empowerment law as well.

But Shah Mehmud Qureshi, the foreign minister, savagely sabotaged the growing consensus. On Tuesday sitting in the national assembly earlier this week, he entered the house with his usual furious and gave a very long speech.

Through the same thing, he passionately promotes the story that instead of rushing to the passage of FATF-related laws, as required by the “highest national interest,” the opposition has tried hard to get it. In return for his cooperation, compensation is almost sought for opposition leaders, currently facing serious corruption charges.

After claiming this, he continues to rumble the message that fighting corruption remains “the main agenda” of Imran Khan’s politics. He would not admit even an inch in this matter, rain or shine. In order to eradicate corruption, he was even willing to sacrifice his government.

The opposition was not given the right to tell the side of the story. Shah Mehmud Qureshi preferred to leave home after promoting a narration, which seriously damaged the image and reputation of the two main opposition parties.

The opposition failed to manage damage control the day after and on Wednesday the Imran government passed legislation relating to FATF passed by voting. Doing this, of course, seemed to bulldoze.

The law, ratified in a hurry from the national assembly, will be submitted to the Senate on Thursday. The Imran government does not even enjoy a simple majority there; the combined amount of opposition is rather persistent. The upper house of parliament can easily ‘reject’ laws related to FATF, already approved by the lower house.

But Shah Mehmud Qureshi has cleverly twisted and promoted a narrative, which can question the ‘patriotic’ credibility of opposition senators, if they correctly reject the laws approved by the national assembly. However, the opposition intelligently handled the matter and during the committee meeting persuaded the government that certain amendments, which had been proposed, had to be included in the version, eventually had to be approved by the Senate. Doing this, it reaches a win-win solution.

With minor changes, the Senate approved two FATF-related laws on Thursday, almost by consensus. Only Jamiat-e-Ulma-e-Islam (JUI) Maulana Fazlur Rehman loudly expressed differences of opinion. Reading a written statement to express the same thing, Senator Atta-ur-Rehman, who is the younger brother of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, also announced the distance from the two main opposition parties, the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and PPP. He was somewhat cheated and betrayed by “our friends in the opposition.” This also hampered the possibility of a large alliance of opposition parties, hopes which began to revive with the start of the ongoing week.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman went to Lahore to call Shehbaz Sharif, President of PML-N. The day after this meeting, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was also seen standing next to the PML-N leader. A loud tremor to launch a mass movement to overthrow the Imran government, after Eid al-Fitr, was clearly visible during this meeting. It also triggers hype on ordinary and social media.

Shah Mehmud Qureshi felt too good and happy with the win-win incident on Thursday. He was a little too sweet when he praised the “maturity and sincerity” of the opposition parties, which helped quickly approve FATF-related laws. Almost like a sycophant, he continued to thank the senators who worked together. He recognized them as ‘patriots’, showing the will to think, “not for their people or their respective political parties, but for the state of Pakistan and the highest national interest.”

After a tiring speech from Shah Mehmud Qureshi, the PTI senators felt the need to reiterate that things had just not changed between their party and the PML-N and PPP combos. Wasim Shezad, home leader in the Senate, played the first shot in this context by remembering how “easily” a “light killer of Pakistanis, Raymond Davis,” was allowed to leave Pakistan. This US citizen has been employed ‘under contract’ to take care of his country’s ‘security interests’ by placing himself in Lahore.

The real attack came from Senator Faisal Javed, a loyal loyalist of Imran Khan. With mocking tones and tickling words, he mocked the ‘legacy’ of the two main opposition parties. Without naming names, he gave a heavy signal to remember that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the founder of PPP, had joined politics as minister Ayub Khan, the first military dictator. Nawaz Sharif, on the other hand, rose and rose on the stage of power under the protective wing of another military dictator, General Zia.

Imran Khan had never enjoyed such protection, he recalled proudly, and had reached the Prime Minister’s Office after a 22-year struggle. Javed was very confident that after completing his five-year term, PTI would return to power with a mandate far heavier after the next election.

In praising its leader, Senator Mohsin Aziz went further. He insisted that Prime Minister Imran Khan was “God’s gift” to Pakistan. He remains fortunate to have people like Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who lead the main opposition parties.

Political art, of course, is about narrative perception and promotion. Viewed from this angle, the Imran government must have scored point after point for the past three days. They seemed justified to “celebrate victory” in the Senate on Thursday after management’s deft perception game.


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What you need to know about hiking in Switzerland – SWI swissinfo.ch | Instant News

(MENAFN – Swissinfo) Switzerland is very suitable for pedestrians. With 65,000 km of marked hiking trails, there are routes for every ability level. This is a network map:

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Before you pack your backpack, put on your hiking shoes, and hit the road, see the following tips we made for you.

Where can I find inspiration?

Swiss Mobility offers a comprehensive increment index based on location, theme, and level of fitness needed. Swiss Tourism narrowed it down to ’32 most enjoyable climbs”. Other outstanding resources are the Swiss Hiking Path Federation and the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC). The user-created site Hikr.org is constantly updated with the latest tips in several languages. The Federal Topographic Office sells a detailed collection of printed maps.

How do I know if it’s the easy or difficult route?

Signposting is consistent throughout Switzerland (and Liechtenstein) thanks to the efforts of hiking enthusiasts in the 1930s.

Paths that require little effort are indicated by yellow signs or arrows, often displaying figures with backpacks and sticks. Signs that indicate height, intersection and distance are also yellow, and can mark various types of tracks. This provides an estimated time needed to reach the closest point, including the train station and bus stop.

64% of the lines are yellow, or easy. © Keystone / Christian Beutler

Red and white signs, often painted on rocks, mark the road where pedestrians can expect steep and narrow passages. “Users must be sure and free of vertigo, and in good physical condition, and be aware of the dangers of mountains,” noted the hiking federation.

Mountain hiking trails account for 35% of the network. Keystone / Alessandro Della Bella

Mountain trails are indicated by blue and white signs. It often crosses snow fields and glaciers, and may require climbing with rope, pickaxes, and crampons. When glaciers melt, this path becomes more challenging.

Only 1% of the alpine-style track. Keystone / Arno Balzarini

In winter, snow converts many basic yellow trails into seasonal winter hiking trails. This is indicated by Pink signs. No special equipment is needed except decent winter boots with a tread to handle the ice bits.

Sometimes this path crosses ski trails and sledges. Schweizer Wanderwege

Where can I check the weather?

Always check the weather before leaving, because rainfall can be translated into slippery rocks. The national weather service, MeteoSwiss, provides detailed forecasts including hazard warnings, such as strong winds or avalanches. If possible, find out if your destination is shrouded in mist by looking at webcam feeds from the nearest cable car or hut.

Who maintains all these hiking trails?

In a unique law throughout the world, Article 88 of the Swiss constitution requires that Swiss footpaths and hiking trails are maintained in good and safe conditions. Maintenance work is assigned at the cantonal and municipal level. Around 1,500 volunteers and helpers carry out tasks such as cutting branches, correcting steps and adjusting signs.

A city worker paints a marker in Val Lumnezia Keystone / Gian Ehrenzeller

How much does hiking cost, and who pays?

Apart from shortcuts such as cable cars and occasional hiking cottage breaks, this national sport is free for all pedestrians. The money to maintain the network comes from cantons and donations. Total annual investment is around CHF53 million ($ 53.4 million). According to the climbing federation, this includes operational maintenance, repair and signing of the network and other costs. Also, SAC invests several hundred thousand francs per year to maintain and increase access to its hut.

How safe is hiking in Switzerland?

It is important to make sure you are on the right track. But no matter how experienced or careful you are, there is always an element of risk. Every year, around 20,000 pedestrians crash in Switzerland; several dozen died. Last summer, four people fell to their deaths and a landslide killed one pedestrian and several others were stranded in the Bernese Alps.

“Dangerous and often difficult to pass channels and canyons appear in layers between recoiled glaciers and moraine or rock,” Hans-Rudolf Keusen, a geologist who serves as co-president of SAC huts and infrastructure huts, recently told SAC infrastructure. Swiss public television, SRF.

Local authorities generally block the path as soon as they find out the problem. Pedestrians can always check with a hiking federation or SAC for advice.

It is also important to keep the herd with the calf, because the mother is very protective. However, in the agricultural zone you can find an electric fence even if no cattle are visible.


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