Auckland v Gisborne

Standalone artwork by Jordan Clark accompanying a writing piece by Miriama Manuel about Gizzy styles not seen in Auckland

Standalone artwork by Jordan Clark accompanying a writing piece by Miriama Manuel about Gizzy styles not seen in Auckland

by Jordan Clark, year 12, Campion College

I am going to explain how different life is in Auckland compared to Gisborne.

I can say right now that the styles in Gisborne are way different to Auckland. You will not see that many people going downtown wearing socks and jandals.

Then there is the good old Gizzy style of rocking red band gumboots in the middle of summer. I highly doubt that you would see people wearing gumboots on a really hot day in Auckland. This was one of my favourite styles that I actually miss — just like how hardly any people rock the bare-feet style.

In Auckland, some people have been seen in their pyjamas at the shops. But I have never done it because you will get looked at in a different way.

In Auckland, you have to dress to the max and can’t be seen to dress as a “hori”. Although I must say, I hardly ever see people wear labelled clothes in Auckland. I see labelled clothes more in Gisborne.

I have also noticed that in Auckland they call a snappy a ‘back-slam’. They don’t really have fancy names for all the different types of bombs. Some people in Auckland don’t even know what a manu is.

I never hear fireworks at the most random times here. In Gisborne, there is always that one person in the neighbourhood lighting up fireworks when it isn’t even the night for fireworks.

You don’t have to go to the cuzzy’s house for a free swim in Auckland. Just go to Pakuranga then you can have a swim for free, however you have to pay for the spa and you have to be over the age of 18. I loved the Olympic Pools because you don’t have be over the age of 18 to use the spa.

Auckland is so large that you have to leave at least 30 minutes before you want to go somewhere because you need to be able to find a park.

I don’t think that there is a $10 taxi number here in Auckland so you won’t have anyone here or on Facebook saying “do you have the $10 taxi number?”

Public transport is different too. The bus comes outside my house like almost every two hours. Also there’s the fact that the buses don’t stop till around midnight. In Gisborne, the last bus leaves from town at 5.30pm.

There are a lot of these things and styles I will miss. But they are years of memories that I will cherish and always remember from Gisborne.

I am going to explain how different life is in Auckland compared to Gisborne.

I can say right now that the styles in Gisborne are way different to Auckland. You will not see that many people going downtown wearing socks and jandals.

Then there is the good old Gizzy style of rocking red band gumboots in the middle of summer. I highly doubt that you would see people wearing gumboots on a really hot day in Auckland. This was one of my favourite styles that I actually miss — just like how hardly any people rock the bare-feet style.

In Auckland, some people have been seen in their pyjamas at the shops. But I have never done it because you will get looked at in a different way.

In Auckland, you have to dress to the max and can’t be seen to dress as a “hori”. Although I must say, I hardly ever see people wear labelled clothes in Auckland. I see labelled clothes more in Gisborne.

I have also noticed that in Auckland they call a snappy a ‘back-slam’. They don’t really have fancy names for all the different types of bombs. Some people in Auckland don’t even know what a manu is.

I never hear fireworks at the most random times here. In Gisborne, there is always that one person in the neighbourhood lighting up fireworks when it isn’t even the night for fireworks.

You don’t have to go to the cuzzy’s house for a free swim in Auckland. Just go to Pakuranga then you can have a swim for free, however you have to pay for the spa and you have to be over the age of 18. I loved the Olympic Pools because you don’t have be over the age of 18 to use the spa.

Auckland is so large that you have to leave at least 30 minutes before you want to go somewhere because you need to be able to find a park.

I don’t think that there is a $10 taxi number here in Auckland so you won’t have anyone here or on Facebook saying “do you have the $10 taxi number?”

Public transport is different too. The bus comes outside my house like almost every two hours. Also there’s the fact that the buses don’t stop till around midnight. In Gisborne, the last bus leaves from town at 5.30pm.

There are a lot of these things and styles I will miss. But they are years of memories that I will cherish and always remember from Gisborne.

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