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NZ Today No 82 Oct-Nov 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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invercargill to whangarei

Today is another sunny day in paradise – well I’m in Auckland, so by the end of today it will have rained two or three times as well as beamed sunshine down on us, but that seems to be standard up here! In our village of Martinborough we’ve had an amazing winter. I’ve actually watered our garden a few times to keep the winter veggies going, and last weekend planted out the first summer lettuce and tomato plants. I’ve even put some potatoes into bags to try them this year – actually digging and preparing a piece of the garden to put them in would be way too much work for me. I admit to not being that able or dedicated, and my Rock (Bruce) has no gardening interest at all,…

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Please send your feedback, letters and suggestions to robyn@nztoday.co.nz and win a magazine subscription mail Email Facebook Hi Robyn Your magazine is always a great read. A couple of articles I’d like to comment on in this latest issue (No. 80). The first is Allan Dick’s one about ‘Fairlie and More’. He said, “I wonder how many people outside South Canterbury have heard of Albury?” I have and it’s through the Fairlie Flier song by Keltic Mix that commemorated the passing of the Fairlie Branch Railway Line. It’s on You Tube and is a bit of a documentary-cum-geography lesson and now a history lesson as well. One verse says: Down the line at Albury, where shunting’s done no more, And at Mrs Gibson’s tavern there’s a welcome at the door, They tell of far off summers that…

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the eleventh hour

By the time an armistice between the Allied Forces and Germany was signed on November 11, 1918, more than 18,000 New Zealanders had died. During the four years leading up to that day, WWI – the ‘Great War’, the ‘war to end all wars’ – claimed lives and injured many thousands, physically, psychologically and in some cases, both. The devastating effects on their families lasted for generations. In a country whose burden was amplified by an influenza epidemic, those at home celebrated the end of the war. There was festivity, there were speeches, songs, bonfires, parades and church bells ringing, but according to the New Zealand Division official history, those fighting in France received the news of the armistice “generally in a matter-of-fact way, totally devoid of any demonstration of emotion.”…

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they had no say but also served

It was the donkey that did it. When I saw the image (provided by the National Army Museum) of that patient beast in its Red Cross headdress, exemplifying the way that a myriad animals joined military personnel in hell on earth for up to four long years, I wanted to pay a small tribute to them. Knowing what its effect would be, I didn’t even consider going to see the film War Horse a few years ago. Those I spoke to afterwards agreed it was a very emotional movie, but nevertheless it did much to highlight the contribution that horses made during World War One. Of the 10,000 horses sent overseas from New Zealand during that war, only four – Beauty, Bess, Dolly and Nigger – came home. Do the numbers;…

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the great war european memorial planned for our fallen

It’s difficult for us today to absorb the extent of the misery and heartache that was being experienced throughout the length and breadth of New Zealand 100 years ago, as “the guns fell silent” in Europe’s Great War with the signing of the Armistice in the Forest of Compiègne in the Picardy region of France, on November 11, 1918. While that meant an end to the fighting and killing, it wasn’t the official end of the war – that didn’t occur until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, which took effect on January 10, 1920. Almost 100 years on, New Zealand has no permanent or dedicated site in Europe to honour and preserve our legacy, no place to tell the many remarkable stories of bravery…

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the battle for le quesnoy

In the European Spring of 1918, Germany launched an all-out assault against Allied forces on the Western Front in a last-minute bid to win the war before the full manpower and resources of the United States could join the Allied cause against them. In the fighting the British 5th Army was destroyed, and for the first time gaps appeared in the Allied front east of Amiens. Five days into the battle, the New Zealand Division was moved in to plug a gap in the Allied lines on the Somme, and by April 5 had managed to halt the German onslaught. The desperate action by the New Zealand Division – by now one of the most formidable fighting divisions of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front – was to be…