TaleTown.Org multimedia English short stories & retold tales about New Zealand or Kiwis, in, on, or of New Zealand, set in New Zealand, from New Zealand, mentioning New Zealand, or related in any way to NZ, New Zealand, or Kiwi people or culture
“Since the cost of replacing floor coverings in most of the separate areas was individually less than my policy excess, they declined to pay most of the replacement cost on the grounds that each individual event within my claim was uneconomical."
"Interestingly, the assessor had initially confirmed to me that the whole house would be covered and given me the go ahead to get it all replaced quickly to mitigate loss of rent while the house sat untenantable due to damages. The assessor later denied they had given me any verbal confirmations of cover.”
Recent New Zealand immigrant Rosh takes his family out dining at an Auckland restaurant.
Clean, cool, glamorous place to dine out. Carpet, chandeliers, flowers, fragrance, music, maidens, all around.
The family has an interesting experience
Bank: When she applied for the card, she agreed to and signed its Terms and Conditions.
Relative: Perhaps you could resend her a copy of those. Would you like her new mailing address?
Caring for car batteries is simple & easy.
Informative story with basic battery care tips.
Car care tips on when, where, why, what & how to do car maintenance.
Cooking Rosh style turns out to be an interesting culinary adventure for Rosh and Isha, much more exciting than the quiet candlelight dinner they had planned.
Words fished out unknown desires from the depths of his mind, when Rosh weaved words aloud into a funny poem for Isha.
Their kids jumped in, singing & banging...
"Can't she just email the bank," Hosh asked, "and just cut-up and throw your card away?"
"Some banks allow that," said Rosh, "but cards and card numbers are the property of the bank."
“They can act as judge, jury and executioner. Their heavy handed actions can ruin the lives of the very people that pay their premiums.”
“Ruined because of a slip. Ruined because an allegation was made. Or ruined because someone dared demand that their contract be respected.”
New Zealand surged ahead straight after the interval, with Ma’a Nonu gathering a loose ball and setting off on an arcing run.
“Lae ja Nonu (Take it away, Nonu)”, Rosh yelled at the TV, at the top of his lungs.
His shout scared the birds who were waiting on the deck outside, to get their morning feed.
“Unlike many other countries, insurers in New Zealand are almost free to insure or refuse to insure anyone they choose.”
“No Kiwi has a right to insurance, and the insurance industry is free to refuse your application or cancel your policy at its whim. It does not have to provide reasons or justification.”
"I oppose tax cuts," Isha was saying, "because they benefit the rich. The rich get a lot more money back than the ordinary taxpayers like me. That's not fair."
“You’re not the only one who feels that way," Rosh replied, "what you forget is that they’ve paid a lot more in the first place, so it is only fair that they get more of it back."
Rosh tries to follow the money to gauge where growing worldwide debt & money printing might lead us.
Was the wealth effect in NZ just a game of musical chairs?
Over a billion people in our world don't have access to fresh drinkable water.
Little Josh discusses global water crisis and solutions like funding, cutting water usage, reducing leakages, desalination, nanotechnology & sustainability etc.
“Even mathematically, tax cuts are not fair to the rich, just like they don’t benefit the poor much. They are skewed in favor of the middle class – the majority.”
“Perhaps the restaurant owners all over the world are afraid of being beaten up by the five men in the middle. Historically, it has been the working class that has usually caused all the trouble."
Rosh teaches his son how to fill air in a car tyre.
Informative story with basic car maintenance tips on when, where, what, why and how to do car care.
An imprisoned son sorts out his father’s problem while still in jail.
We are divided by the distance between our hearts, not by the distance between our bodies.
It's a dog's life when you continue to exceed everyone’s expectations except your boss's.
A dog gets abused and a fail review, despite spectacular performance...
Jesus is watching you. Moses knew that.
Hosh says that even the trees, animals and birds know that. Did you?
Funny parenting story with retold joke...
Concentration of Kiwi wealth in houses may be concerning, but it has helped NZ stand out as the best deliverer of prosperity in the world in the past decade.
Learning to drive a car is easy if you follow some basic rules.
Know the road code, use a safe car, maintain following distance, go slow, keep left & indicate...
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