2016.

it’s not that it was a bad year, but i’m definitely happy to see the end of 2016. i definitely feel like this year saw me get out of a few ruts, which i’m very happy to be on the other side of. i’m in a better head space than this time a year ago, and i’m pumped to see what 2017 unfolds like.

2016 was the year i: learnt to drive on the right side of the road as i travelled north america with me ol’ pal Mel, reunited with my siblings in canada, was made redundant, found a new job, made new friends (a few babies included), said goodbye (or see you later) to old ones, trained for and ran a half marathon, rode a motorbike to work each day, had my childhood cat die (RIP Sumo), watched my parents sell their shop, resigned from my job, and to end the year perfectly, watched 2017 come in with a spectacular fireworks show in fiji.

a few highlights from the year below… part one at least, in some sort of chronological order 🙂

Rachel Walker, Auckland, New Zealand
began the year in the queenstown sunshine, taking a roady with my two faves

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swimming on new year’s day 2016
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lake pukaki, south island.
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lake tekapo.
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water as blue as blue can be.
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dad bought a scooter.
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so we burned round the streets of ashburton.
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views from the plane, at sunset.
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matarangi.
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first visit (but not last) to new chum’s beach.

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above new chum’s.

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finally went to opito bay, but it rained. but josh rode his horse blanket lol.
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went to chateau tongariro for the first time to photograph keira + elliot’s wedding.
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friends with babies make me happy.
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newlyweds in the tussocky volcanic landscape.

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said goodbye to all three of these flatmates in the first four months of the year.
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sundown swimming.
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being a caddy.
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went swimming (and almost drowned this day) at whangapoua.

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sunset runs round point chev with mel dawg.
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mama bear turned 60, and we went to akaroa to celebrate.

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and were even treated to some dolphins swimming alongside.
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went up the gondola in christchurch.

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flew to the hawke’s bay with these two to video a wedding.

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views up te mata peak.

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wedding reception venue views.

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ate korean bbq.
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farewelled this one.

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my little pal, samuel.
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watched boy and bear play.
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dressed up for the nines lol.

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had a helper whilst location scouting.
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celebrated this little guy turning one.

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went to maraetai for the first time.
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shot with my pal lyd.
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had a personal chauffeur for the day for a wedding in tairua.

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fush and chups and general k’nexing.

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documented these two get married in matakana.
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slept on a boat.

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muriwai gannet colony.
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went swimming before the rain came.
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flat outing.
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caught up with these fellow city slickers after work.
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went snorkelling at goat island. this was pre-kina spikes in josh’s hand haha.
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quick trip to raglan.
Rachel Walker, Auckland, New Zealand
taught samuel all about keyboard finger placement and the QWERTYUIOP logistics.

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fit in as much time with em before she left for spain.

 

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including picnicking at tawharanui on a monday.

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watched (but mainly listened) to jeremy teach himself piano this year. singing encouraged, he’s very good now.
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said goodbye to luke when he moved back to the bay in april.
Rachel Walker, Auckland, New Zealand
watched friends become great mums.
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photographed these two tie the knot.
Rachel Walker, Auckland, New Zealand
ate lots of pies this year, the best of which come from muzza’s.

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Rachel Walker, Auckland, New Zealand
watched these two lovebirds build a great relationship.
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cooked for pals.

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Rachel Walker, Auckland, New Zealand
went to the zoo with these two.

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climbed the pinnacles.

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steeper than you’d think.
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misty views from the top.
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well worth the hike!

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stayed at lorenzen bay in raglan with the cox-wright clan.
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and helped fran make theee best homemade laksa
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woke up like this, and was brought a tea in bed.
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we ate breakfast here.
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and then went for a morning stroll in the sunshine.

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Rachel Walker, Auckland, New Zealand
sipping on a raglan roast coffee with these two for company.

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had a farewell dinner for luke.
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got a bit dressed up for jonny + shuv’s wedding.

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reunited with the original roskill flatties, minus mike.
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ma + pa, and bec came for dinner.

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visited this one at her new home to celebrate her engagement.
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photographed a wedding here at castaways resort.
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inherited a piano, hamilton brand no less.
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went for post-work walks with this one while there was still daylight savings.
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and chased some sheep towards the sunset.
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photographed d+d with baby on board.
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ate dinner in moody candle lit ambience
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had bec come to stay.
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and swooned to matt corby’s soulful voice.
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sunset runs up mt albert.

part two to come, stay tuned.

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