Posted date : Nov 4, 2017.
Dear Bird Talk,
I have just returned from New Zealand where I spent a second winter in that country. Hence, I would like to start a Canadian chapter of CSA for those of us who go to New Zealand.
I hear many of my friends are selling their properties in Florida or cutting short their winters there due to the dollar exchange and the medical fees. Well, the exact opposite is true for New Zealand. In fact, the Canadian dollar is 20% higher there and doctors’ fees are normal.
New Zealand really welcomes Canadians and the tourist industry is tops. Now the air flight out of Vancouver via Air Canada and Air New Zealand is timed perfectly as you depart at 5:00 p.m., have dinner on board, watch a movie and arrive in Honolulu at 11:00 p.m. Then, you switch planes and fly during the night with a blanket to sleep and arrive in Auckland at 7:00 a.m.
Suspect (the) CSA would like to compare prices of a winter in NZ vs. U.S.A. and we have the figures.
Have you checked to see if there is a Canada Club in New Zealand? If there is, we’d be more than happy to profile it in an upcoming issue of CSA News. If any of our snowbirds are interested in learning more about wintering in New Zealand, drop us a line and we’ll forward your note to Mr. Rooney. (Ted Rooney is president of K-W Television Productions in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as being a columnist for the Waterloo Chronicle.)