Dec. 7

December 7, 2012 – Day 13 – Wellington, NZ Two presentations today (Electricity Authority and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment), with a visit to Te Pepe and lunch sandwiched inbetween.  After the second talk I walked thr…

Dec. 6

December 6 – Day 12 – Thursday The day in brief.  Departed Taupo at 7:33, 3 minutes late.  Kitchen was clean!  Drove through Tongariro National Park, east of the mountains, but because of low clouds, saw nothing.  Brief rest stop in Waiouru, lu…

Dec. 5

December 5 – Day 11 – Wednesday No text yet; just the story in pictures.

Dec. 4

December 4 – Day 10 – Tuesday Did I mention at the outset that Air New Zealand styles itself as the Airline of Middle Earth, and has a flight safety video that features, among others, Peter Jackson?  You can view the video at http://www.nzherald.c…

Dec. 3

December 3 – Day 9 – Monday Our first stop today was the Ohaaki geothermal power plant.  The planning for the plant started in the 1960s, but because of the discovery of natural gas, it was  not developed at the time, and was not commissioned unt…