Category Archives: Events

The fire

It started on Tuesday about 18km away from some sparks caused by a disc-harrow hitting a stone. Out of control within minutes and that’s still the situation. 2500 people evacuated, only one property lost due to the sparsely populated nature … Continue reading

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Car. Power pole.

Folk night. Moutere Inn, oldest pub in New Zealand, with Cousin Shirl and Tony*. Somewhere along the Appleby Highway, there’s an altercation between a vehicle and critical infrastructure – the title is the entirety of a Mapua fire brigade incident … Continue reading

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“3 bucks a bite”….

said a guy at Neudorf Vineyards. “Tastes bloody good but, aye” True that. Boxing Day and Judy (mum) and Rosie Finn (daughter) give the staff a day off, man .. er.. person the tasting room, get Viva la Vaca in … Continue reading

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Meri Kirihimete!

We have a tradition. Two things: One. Christmas Eve is the primary Christmas celebration in Germany. Family gets together, big meal, open pressies, go to church Two. Ms NTNDP’s folks used to be dairy farmers. Cattle need milking late in … Continue reading

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Lead, kindly light…..

For someone who’s not really into Christmas crap, I find these quite tasteful.. Also cheap. Oh. They weren’t cheap? No surprises there…

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X marks the spot…

The Met Service tells us that we’re experiencing ” a period of highly impactful severe weather” Ex-cyclone Gita. 140 km/h winds. Heaps of rain. Now, where did that roof go….?

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Making tracks….

In more senses than one…. We’ve had 80ml of rain just this week and close to 250ml so far this month. To say it’s a tad soggy underfoot wouldn’t be an exaggeration. The cases of trench-foot in the region are … Continue reading

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