Hello from New Zealand

bronwyncarlisle
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Bento-ing from: Dunedin › New Zealand
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Well, having volunteered to moderate this blog for the New Zealand/Australia time zone, I thought maybe I'd better actually introduce myself so you know who I am when I do terrible things to your entries. Just kidding. I'll try very hard not to.

I'm Bronwyn, I'm 52 years old, and I live in Dunedin, New Zealand. I work at the University of Otago's Biochemistry Dept, where I do a bunch of odd things, ranging from typesetting teaching materials, through web site maintenance and IT support, to illustrating journal articles and using molecular modelling & viewing software to help people with their research.

I live with four cats, and also have a grown up son and two small (and incredibly cute) granddaughters who live in Australia, so I visit them as often as I can.

I've been making bento-ish lunches for a few months, and have been subscribed to Maki's blog for a year or so now, but just registered last week so I could participate in the Five Week Challenge. I've been having trouble controlling my weight since I stopped smoking two years ago, so definitely come into the "using bento for weight control" classification. I very much enjoy reading Maki's blogs.

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Bronwyn

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millymiss
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Hello!

I live in NZ too! I'm in Wellington and have also been a lurker on Just Hungry and Just Bento for a while now. I'm hoping to join in with the challenge this week. My husband and I spend an insane amount of money on bought lunches, so bento'ing for me is about saving money and keeping healthy.

Its very cool to meet another NZ bento'er -there aren't that many of us it seems. I get so envious of all the cool bento accessories available overseas that never make it to NZ.

I promise not to be a troll during the NZ/Aussie time zone! haha.

Mel

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Hi. I see from the other topic that you have also discovered Honeythief from Chch!. That makes three of us at least. We need someone from Auckland now - they actually have shops up there which sell bento boxes and things.

maki
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Hi Bronwyn - great to have you on board! :)

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Honeythief
Bento-ing from: Christchurch › New Zealand
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Hi guys, yes as mentioned I am here in Christchurch! We actually have quite a good showing here on this board for such a little country with so few bento supplies :)

I'm 34 and live in Christchurch with my hubby and our three chickens (mmm, fresh eggs every day). I work in an office in the city centre, and it costs me a fortune to buy my lunch every day so I am making bento lunches in order to save some cash. These days I am making delicious meals from scraps of leftovers that would previously have gone in the bin, so it's definitely making a difference.

BTW, there is a lovely lady called Sue who sells some bento supplies on TradeMe; I think she goes by the name of flatfrog. I bought a really cute lunchbox and some rice moulds from her last week. I have no affiliation with her other than as a happy customer, but she might be able to help us acquire a few supplies!

Cheers,
Jenny/Honeythief

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

I was in Auckland at Xmas and found quite a few bento things in a couple of Japanese shops in Queen St. Mostly in the Japanese $3 shop, in which everything is $3.49 - they don't count GST in the $3. There is nicer stuff in "Made in Nippon" but much less of it.

I am going to Adelaide in April for my younger granddaughter's 1st birthday (yay, I get to make a birthday cake again), and will have a look around the shops there. I'm happy to take orders, so long as they're not too large - I always take more stuff over than I bring back.

dorayaki
Bento-ing from: Wellington › New Zealand
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

I went there over the holidays too! I'm from Wellington, I'm a stay at home mum (and part time student of Japanese at VUW) with three year old bento-loving twins and a bento-friendly husband. If you're making one, you may as well make three or four.

I have also bought a bento box from Flatfrog, but have found some of the things she sells (like the sushi roll makers) are cheaper in $3 Japan or even in Woolworths.

I'm hoping to make a nice big order from Jbox this year, I really want the Hello Kitty bento making set. My daughter is a big Kitty fan, we had Kitty and Shinkansen for their birthday cakes this year.

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

I have bought stuff from JBox, they're good - but the exchange rate is absolutely horrible at the present time. The yen has gone through the roof, and we now have the NZ rouble again. You might want to wait for a while. A good long while, the way things are going.

Does anyone know where you can get coloured wide elastic from? The one thing $3 Japan didn't seem to have was belts for the boxes.

Honeythief
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Dorayaki, I thought I recognised your username! Should have known I might bump into you on here :)

I've searched everywhere I can think of in Chch for things like sushi roll makers and cannot find them anywhere. I've never heard of $3 Japan and can't remember seeing a Woolworths anywhere here (but being fairly new to the city myself it's possible that I just don't know where to look). Anyway, I figured it was easier to just buy from TradeMe than spend any more time traipsing around the city looking for specific items that might not even exist here :)

Honeythief
Bento-ing from: Christchurch › New Zealand
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

There is a weird sort of remnants shop very near my workplace in Christchurch and they often have things like wide elastic. I need some myself for my newest box and I had planned to check there this week. If they have something pretty I'll report back here and see if anybody wants some posted to them.

A wide ribbon with an elastic gusset would also work, of course. My mum used to make hairbands like that for me and my sisters when we were little.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Sounds good, can't wait to hear back from you. I had thought of dyeing some white elastic, but it seems an awful waste. You can get fluoro colours of elastic at Spotlight, but I don't want fluoro! And I don't like going to Spotlight, they have interesting stuff but don't treat their staff very well as far as I can tell.

Honeythief
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

The shop didn't have any interesting elastic this time around. Just the standard black, white, and navy, and one that was white and navy with some red bits. But I'll keep an eye open - they get new stock all the time.

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Thanks heaps.
Where is the shop? I'm thinking of going up to Chch at the end of February for a weekend. Maybe.

The other thing I was thinking was a non-stretchy fabric strap with a velcro fastening. Could make straps out of matching material to furoshiki.

millymiss
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Whoa! I had not discovered flatfrog! You guys are awesome.

Yay for lots of NZers - proportionally high if you think about it.

RE bento belts - I make my own with black elastic and either sewing on it in coloured thread or embroidering. Lately I've just been using Lock'n'Load type boxes so haven't needed the belts so much.

I find the Asian Grocery Stores have good things like sushi mold and generally awesome lunchbox supplies for quite cheap. Never seen bento boxes though.

**Off to look at flatfrogs listings...***

dorayaki
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Re: Hello from New Zealand

Hey Jenny! Nice to share a forum with you again.

I got some belts from $3 Japan in December, there was a whole packet of them in two different sized. They weren't all that nice though. I think Maki has a post around somewhere about how to make them, they would look nicer. I also have one belt that came with my daughter's Hello Kitty bento box, but have lost the one that came with my son's Shinkansen one.

Here's a photo of my haul from $3 Japan at Christmas. I'm hoping to make a trip up there in the next few months, and will be happy to post things down if we don't find an Auckland member by then.
[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Novalee/Christmas051.jpg[/IMG]

kielz
Re: Hello from New Zealand

http://www.toowi.com/japanlife/index.html

This shop would be the best place for bento boxes and accessories - there is one in Mt Eden and one in Glenfield (Auckland), the $3 Japanese shop can be hit and miss with their product range but Japanese Lifestyle is awesome :)

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