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  1. CALIFORNIA BURRITO   While moving from Papatoetoe, Auckland up to Whangarei, i had to try eating at this very small Mexican food outlet or hole in the wall restaurant located near Commerce Street in Auckland City. I had heard about it from a young man while riding a bus who mentioned it to me. Unfortunately, NZ does not seem to have many Mexican food restaurants, so this is the only one that i know about for now. Unfortunately, i did not take any pictures of this place and the large burrito which ordered. If i remember correctly the owners of the 'California Burrito' are actually from the country of Chile, not Mexico. But anyway the burrito they made for me (I think a steak burrito) was very good/large and cost around $14.95 NZD. This might be a good franchise business opportunity in other areas of NZ, like Whangarei. For deliveries call: 0 800 287-7486.

    ►Back in 1992 in small storefront in the West Village of Manhattan (NYC) a Cal/Mex phenomenon was born. The Original California Burrito Company quickly grew from its humble beginnings to become one of the most recognizable food brands in NYC. Through its multiple store locations thousands of hungry New Yorkers were served the freshest Cal/Mex Burritos, Quesadillas, Salads and Tacos on a daily basis. Fast forward 19 years and the first Original California Burrito Company opened in Auckland, New Zealand. An instant success, the brand became a staple for young Aucklanders and Mexican food fans alike. On year one, we now have stores in Commerce Street, Queen Street, Albany, K-Road, Newmarket, Hamilton, Manukau and the first store Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia. Now we are ready to offer this excellent franchise opportunity to a select number of New Zealanders to recreate that success for themselves.◄
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  2. AUCKLAND TRANSPORT BLOG   This blog is updated regularly and contains a lot of information about getting around New Zealand streets. Lots of pictures and subject matter included regarding traveling around the cities of New Zealand. I am including this blog here because it contains a lot of information about New Zealand even if a person may not understand a lot of what's being discussed. ►Auckland Transport Blog is hosted by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) an Auckland based transport advocacy group. The blog was first established in 2008 to provide commentary and encourage intelligent debate about transport issues, with a particular focus on Auckland. The blog is operated by a number of bloggers (see contacts page). While the blog is hosted by the CBT and some authors are members of the CBT, the opinions expressed in posts are solely the opinions of the individuals writing and not the opinions of either the CBT or of the employers of the authors. This blog is also not associated in any way with Auckland Transport. All content hosted by Auckland Transport Blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Auckland Transport Blog receives approximately 100,000 monthly views, has over 2,000 blog posts and more than 36,000 comments.◄
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  3. NZ ROUNDABOUTS   In NZ there is an extentive use of the traffic control item called a: Traffic Circle or better named "Roundabout". If you are unfamiliar with this intersection set-up, you should make an effort to learn about it and at least get a general idea of how it works, otherwise, you will be confused like i am. Roundabouts can be used by either right or left lane driven traffic lanes. In NZ we drive on the left side of the road. Before moving to NZ i was totally unaware of the existence of this traffic control device and it was very confusing to me as to how to navigate through one of these roundabout intersections. Picture on the right is of a typical roundabout located in the Auckland area of NZ. Click on the picture to load a larger picture. Notice i have circled the white arrows in a red circle the direction of travel of a vehicle traveling in the left lane. The arrows show the directions to travel to properly use the roundabout. Don't get confused like me - it is dangerous. That's why i do not drive in NZ, i get too confused after driving for about 50 years on the right side of the road in the US. Anyway, countries use the Modern Roundabout traffic control structure because it actually is safer than a 4-way stop and keeps traffic flowing smoothly without the complete stop which a 4-way stop requires.

    ►A "modern roundabout" is a type of circular junction that was developed by the United Kingdom Transport Research Laboratory in the mid-twentieth century, in which road traffic must travel in one direction around a central island and priority is given to the circulating flow. Signs usually direct traffic entering the circle to slow down and to yield the right of way. The center of a modern roundabout provides a visual barrier across the intersection to the drivers entering it. This functions to assist the drivers into focusing only on the traffic coming toward them in the path of the circle (right in clockwise flow of traffic, and left in anti-clockwise flow). This significantly reduces the conflicts of concern encountered at conventional intersections.◄
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  4. FOUR SQUARE   In the US these type of stores have mostly been eliminated by the big box stores (Walmart, Costco, etc.). At one time they were referred to as "Mom & Pop" stores because they were usually owned by a married couple who used them as their income source.

    ►Welcome! A visit to one of our stores is a "Must Do". We're the trusted "Kiwi" grocery retailer providing New Zealand communities with a service that is second to none. With over 280 stores across the country, we can keep you stocked up with a range of groceries, fresh produce, meat, chilled beer and wines and a friendly smile! So whether you're keeping it local, or on tour, we're here to make it easy for you. Become a local, and shop where all Kiwi's love to shop. Always welcome. Always local. Always Four Square. Our Four Square stores offer a wide variety of services. In addition to providing the kiwi grocery essentials, many of our stores also offer additional services to cater to their local area. These services vary but can include Lotto, fresh produce and meat, coffee and food to go, in-store bakery, fuel, postal services, ATM machines, dry cleaning drop-off, fish bait and fishing equipment, photocopying and faxing services and even home deliveries. To find out more about the services specific to your local store, please view the store profile page or contact the store directly.◄
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  5. KEEP CUP   This is being sold in New Zealand, it is actually a product of Australia and sold in many different countries. The cup is specifically designed to be used in place of the paper cups used with those coffee making machines they use in coffee shop businessess like starbucks, and others. The idea is too help save trees and the environment from paper cup litter, i believe.
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    ►Keepcup is the first barista standard reusable cup. They are barista standard because they replicate standard takeaway sizes and fit under the group heads of most espresso machines. When espresso based coffee is made in your KeepCup the crema remains intact and the portioning of milk to coffee will be correct. Many small acts can make a phenomenal difference. KeepCups are made from plastic so they are lightweight, easy to carry and have low embodied energy in manufacture. They are BPA free and non-toxic. KeepCups are dishwasher safe, microwaveable and splash proof. KeepCups fit into most car cup holders and many bicycle bottle holders. KeepCup compared to a disposable paper cup (including coffee) reduces global warming by 36-47%.◄
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