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Travel & Outdoor
NZ Today

NZ Today No 84 Feb-Mar 19

NZ TODAY is unique in New Zealand. It features real stories, captured off the beaten track, set in amazing locations, coupled with human elements stories, supported by incredible photographs that capture the real spirit & core elements of the writers’ experiences at the time.

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In this issue

4 min.
sultry summer days

Soaring summer temperatures are blowing record books out of the water here in New Zealand, but as I watch the news today Queensland is under flood and the Midwestern and Northeastern states of America are being frozen solid. Climate change is really making a significant showing year on year, now with ice sheets breaking off at both the north and south poles, while water temperatures are rising to record-breaking levels. Floods and droughts, freezing temperatures, rising sea levels are beginning to affect islands and coastlines of countries all around the world. But still the world’s biggest power players won’t take any real steps to combat the causes behind climate change, or are still in denial that we as a species have contributed to and accelerated natural changes that possibly wouldn’t…

5 min.
the country’s oldest agricultural show

Bay of Islands Waimate North -35.322536, 173.874463 How times have changed! What was once the A&P (Agricultural and Pastoral) show has now become the Bay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial show, and this year for the first time there were no cattle events. Fear of spreading Mycoplasma bovis infection led to that category being cancelled. Instead of the traditional ‘calf club’, children were asked to bring along their pet lambs, these being guided or tugged around small arenas by dedicated young owners who were generally up to the task of managing their boisterous charges. Puppies, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and poultry, including a hen that was mothering adorable tiny ducklings were all present, while riders put their horses through their paces in the large arenas. One of the more popular events was a remarkable…

4 min.
one night with you

Far North Taupo Bay -34.992059, 173.708881 Close your eyes when he croons Dean Martin and you’d swear it was Dino himself asking the man behind the bar for the juke box. And although he also sings Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash, Andy Stankovich’s main claim to fame lies in keeping Elvis Presley’s music alive. Since the days when he began singing the king’s music at RSAs and Cossie (Cosmopolitan) Clubs for fundraising events, Andy has delighted audiences throughout New Zealand, Australia and as far away as the United States with his renditions of Elvis’ songs. But the man who first remembers singing Elvis music as a young child and has never, ever had voice training stresses that he is not an Elvis impersonator or even a tribute singer. “I’m me!” he says emphatically. “The…

8 min.
garden discoveries unearth memories

I’ve always had an interest in history and recently decided to delve into my own background. All I knew was that my great-greatgrandparents lived in the Whangaroa area and their graves were somewhere near the harbour. Missionary James Shepherd arrived in New Zealand in 1818 to be joined by his wife Harriet some years later. After a time, they set up a mission station on the shores of the Whangaroa Harbour. James died in 1882, predeceased by Harriet in 1876. Their graves are marked by a headstone beneath a massive Norfolk pine that can be seen from the harbour if you know where to look. Nearby, a stone cairn erected by family beside a huge spreading magnolia tree marks the site of the old homestead, and it’s a weird feeling…

7 min.
let’s take the scenic route

Hawkes Bay Wairarapa -39.995394, 176.555417 I ticked that off my list last summer, as my wife and I meandered back to Martinborough after spending a weekend in Napier. Months earlier I had taken a road map of New Zealand and had gone over it with a felt pen tracing out all the roads I had travelled. Of course, the major highways had been traversed, as well as almost all of what we used to call the provincial highways, and a good many others as well. In the South Island, the map was covered with black ink – Picton to Invercargill, in to Mount Cook, over the Lewis and Arthur’s Passes, though the Catlins, from Nelson to Collingwood, up and over the Skippers, the ‘pig route’ in from Palmerston to Central Otago, and back down the…

3 min.
looking for some extras to add to your wairarapa experience? check out some of these top local attractions

Fell Engine Museum The Fell Locomotive Museum houses H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world, and Fell brake-van F210. H199 is one of six engines designed for use on New Zealand’s famous Remutaka Incline, a three-mile (4.8km) railway that used to operate between the settlements of Cross Creek and Summit in the South Wairarapa. Built in Bristol, England, in 1875, H199 has been fully restored and its story was recently brought to life in Joy Cowley’s children’s picture book Hero of the Hill. In addition to seeing H199, visitors can learn more about the interesting stories linked with the Railway and the Featherston Military Camp. The Museum is on the corner of SH2 and Lyon Street in the centre of Featherston. wairarapanz.com/featherston Aratoi: Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, and…