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Announcing: Max Aidan Miro Wellington-Zealand

February 14th, 2012 Comments Off on Announcing: Max Aidan Miro Wellington-Zealand

The following email just got sent out to Will and Winona’s extensive Contacts lists: Will and Win are now the proud parents of their new son, Max Aidan Miro Wellington-Zealand. Max was born at 20:47 last night, at Wellington Hospital, weighing in at 3.1 kg.  Win is staying at Wellington Hospital for a few days […]

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Meeting The Wellingtons

December 28th, 2011 1 Comment

The newest addition to Wilhelmina Wellington’s family-only Boxing Day lunch is sitting there, stunned. For Chelsea, yesterday, the mum who raised her teased her for wearing shoes at the Christmas barbecue. Today, the  woman who gave birth to her, Karin Kapiti, is sitting beside her at an Edwardian rimu dining table, saying, “The entire arts […]

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Spring Forwards

November 21st, 2011 Comments Off on Spring Forwards

Wellington’s spring is having one of its inevitable wintry regressions. Winona, hustling to get ready for work on Monday morning, is diving into half-packed boxes and bags. Of course she needs to exhume a winter garment a week before she and Will move to Hataitai. Finally, she pulls it out, her beloved red trench coat. […]

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The Thirties House

October 12th, 2011 Comments Off on The Thirties House

Winona, at her sister Helena’s house to survey baby hand-me downs, looks around and sighs. She remembers when this house on a Hutt Valley hill was the archetypical Wellingtonians-in-their-thirties house. In these newly acquired abodes, the purchasers spent all the money on the mortgage, or the baby, or the mortgage and the baby. The house […]

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Less Drama?

September 21st, 2011 2 Comments

The retirement party for Walter Wellington is going okay, thinks Wazzer, taking a quick look in. Downstairs, it’s a pre-rugby zoo. Her friend Winona sneaks to her station. “Wazzer, darling! Have my bubbles? I’m not drinking right now!” Reluctantly, Wazzer takes the flute glass (she knows just how little those “bubbles” cost wholesale) and asks, […]

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The Diagnosis

September 8th, 2011 Comments Off on The Diagnosis

“Is it going okay? Being pregnant?” Wazzer eyes her friend Winona, curious for her to show signs of the state that Wazzer herself has carefully avoided all her life. Winona’s not showing anything but glowing happiness so far. “This time around, it’s marvellous. Will’s keeping the smoothies coming, and he’s not allowing me to lift […]

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A Ten-Year Plan

September 6th, 2011 Comments Off on A Ten-Year Plan

Will and Winona find themselves in a renter’s catch-22. Their landlord is hemming and hawing and dragging feet about fixing a problem. Inadvertently, he let drop that he was planning on renovating the flat, and maybe selling it – when they moved out. Will has been in a fever ever since. “So we could, maybe, […]

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Largeman’s Run

August 9th, 2011 2 Comments

If a broken-in cricket glove could speak, it would sound like Largeman, Winona’s old-school-Kiwi uber-boss at the Department of Stodge. He has a baritone that evokes the plummy newsreel voiceovers of yore, slightly muffled, rumbling with deep, slightly indistinct amusement. He understands why she’s moving on. She’ll do grandly in Marianne Swatch’s department. You go […]

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Special For Matariki

June 7th, 2011 1 Comment

Winona wraps up her talk for the women’s business group by trying to undo the misunderstanding about Wazzer.  “Just a little note – there was a mix up with some business cards – please note that Waz – I mean, Wha – um – Wai – ah – Miss Thompson is the Business Manager, not […]

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