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NZ Today No 80 June-July 18

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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volcanoes and 80th celebrations all round

Autumn winds are blowing across the country, a southerly is dumping snow down south and on the Desert Road, and the temperatures have dropped sharply as I write this. Our recent visit to White Island, my first walk in an active volcano crater, fired up my reading about volcanoes and earthquakes, so the recent Hawaii Kilauea eruption with its lava explosions and flows being broadcast daily on TV and online is even more fascinating. Wow - you can certainly see ‘live’ the mighty power of Mother Earth unleashing the uncontrollable forces that formed the planet we live on. I can’t believe that the whole island hasn’t been evacuated by this point (May 24) judging by the reports on poisonous air, and with over 22 fissures running wild as lava explodes out…

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nztoday is eighty

NZToday is 80 issues old, and on occasions such as this it’s usual to mutter – “Eighty! Really? How time has flown, who would ever have guessed?” Nobody really knows exactly how old NZToday is in terms of years because of infrequent publication in the early days, but 80 issues isn’t a bad achievement. Back in the late-’90s, I launched the New Zealand Driver’s Club as an offshoot of Driver magazine, offering roadside/breakdown assistance as a way of getting some muscle to fight issues that were eroding the freedoms of ordinary motorists such as ‘user pays’, which would have meant huge increases in things like road user charges and motor vehicle registration, as well as an earlier push for bigger and heavier trucks. AMI Insurance wanted to offer its clients a roadside assistance…

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mail Email Facebook DAVID HARBOURNE, 11 MAY 2018 What happens when you fall in love with a place after just three days? You quit your job, travel 20,000 kilometres, rent a house, meet everyone, see everything, go everywhere and write a book titled Penguins Under the Porch: A Yorkshireman’s Ode to Oamaru. I first visited New Zealand when my daughter was at Auckland University. We stumbled across Oamaru after dark and to be honest, the first impression wasn’t great. But in the light of a new day, we discovered the amazing Whitestone architecture, the harbour, Steampunk HQ and, of course, the penguin colony. Over the next three days we learned how Oamaru was built on a grand scale before defaulting on its loans in the 1890s, leaving the town and many of its leading figures…

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comic genius

As role models go, Mike King is right up there. The reluctant comedian, whose rise to fame was preceded by a bet with a barman and predicted by none other than Ben Elton, has now been in the public eye for more than two decades. King’s trajectory to the top has seen him appear in a diverse range of roles from stand-up comic and chat show host, to animal rights activist and documentarian. Among the more serious topics he’s tackled have been documentaries such as Von Tempsky’s Ghost, about the New Zealand Wars, and Swearing, which tested the now-proven hypothesis that swearing can be a sign of high IQ. I bloody love that notion! Along the way, award nominations for King’s stand-up comedy, his television work and, most recently for his…

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a secluded piece of paradise

Lake Brunner has become a very popular summer destination for many Kiwis, many of whom own holiday homes on the shores of the lake. I recently discovered a secluded piece of paradise tucked away on the south-western side of the lake, away from the busy boat traffic, jet skis and water skiers. Requiring little more than a gentle 2.5-hour walk round the lakeshore, through beautiful native bush, and sidling past a bird-rich wetland, it is just the ‘cup of tea’ to settle the soul. Moana, at the northern end of Lake Brunner, is a pretty busy place in the summer months. Holiday homes and baches abound, with many of the owners and occupants enjoying the myriad of recreational water sports on offer on the lake. Motor boats, jet skis, water ‘biscuits’…

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fairlie and more

SOUTH CANTERBURY FAIRLIE 44.0991° S, 170.8291° E Ever since my first visit to Fairlie 50 years ago, I’ve had a mental image of it being the last outpost of civilisation before the great expanse of the Mackenzie Country. It was where the spread of early European civilisation stopped quite abruptly and said, ‘Whoa, we’re not going there …’ Fairlie is set in a green and pleasant landscape, quite heavily wooded with English trees, and rolling pasture. On a quiet day with the sun in the sky and birds singing, you can almost hear “… and was Jerusalem founded here, in England’s green and pleasant land …”. But 15 or 20 minutes later, after passing through the tiny hamlets of Kimbell and Burkes Pass, you crest a rise at the curiously named Dog Kennel…