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4/2/2012 Near the end of January, I got an email from Joe Conrad, the guy who was in charge of organising everything for the Kaupapa Waka (maintaining, celebrating and teaching the guiding principles of the Maori traditions) at Waitangi, to say that he had moved the location of Tent City to Haruru Falls. I missed… Read more »

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3/2/2012 During my research for the trip, I was trying to figure where I could stay during the Waitangi Day celebrations in Paihia. I asked Tamahou Temara, the Operations Manager of Toi Maori if he knew of anybody that I could stay with. He told me that some of the waka leaders would arrange for… Read more »

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2/2/2012 I was dozing away in bed this morning but at 7am, I was promptly woken up out of my reverie by quite a strong earthquake. It didn’t last for long actually but it was the strongest I’d felt so far. It felt like someone had the taken the house by it’s gables and shook… Read more »

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30/1/2012 The last few times I was in Kaikoura I did the Whalewatch and the Maori Tour and this time around, I just wanted to do a few short walks. Kaikoura is stunningly beautiful, with the rare opportunity of both mountains and sea coming together to create fantastic dusk and daytime scenery. On my way… Read more »

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29/1/2012 I was heading to Kaikoura for two days on my way north and even though the weather wasn’t great when I arrived, it was glorious the day after. It’s one of my favourite spots in New Zealand and I’ll always have a soft spot for it. Lesley drove me to the bus stop at… Read more »