Ranfurly Shield – New Zealands Log o’ Wood

Ranfurly Shield NZ

Ranfurly Shield – New Zealand’s Log o’ Wood

The Ranfurly Shield has come back to Taranaki again

Taranaki 55-43 Canterbury.

Ranfurly Shield triumph over Canterbury in Christchurch on Friday 6 October 2017. 

Not only did they come-from-behind at halftime, the win kick-starts their sixth Shield tenure, and first since 2012.

Taranaki Bulls arrived in New Plymouth this morning  7 October 2017 with the Ranfurly Shield, so happy.

This post is written with the spirit of sports in mind.

The Ranfurly Shield is regarded as the greatest prize in New Zealand provincial rugby, and yes I have that fever is in my blood as a rugby player supporter all my life

Ranfurly Shield was first played for in 1904.

Taranaki never had the shield for many years until, taking the shield off of Otago in September 1957 – 11-9 victory, that year I remember very clearly as a seventeen-year-old lass.

Rugby fever sure hit Taranaki that year.

I still remember that shield traveling from town to town in the Taranaki province, and the thrill I had as I touch that shield which spent some time in Newton Kings building in Eltham 1957, (my home town).

Roger Urbahn and Bill Cameron two Eltham lads were in the team that played for the shield in Taranaki.

Some of the players I remembered playing in 1957-58 were Peter Burke, Graham Mourie, Dave Loveridge and Ralph Carroll.

Taranaki held the shield for 13 successful defenses, we were proud of that shield, then Taranaki lost the shield to Southland in September 1959, after 2 years of Ranfurly shield fever in Taranaki.

The shield left us for about 5 years of not winning any challenges, then again in September 1963, Taranaki held it for another 15 successful defenses.

Taranaki has not had many successful challenges for that Log Of wood until August 2011, so now the Shield fever is back in Taranaki again.

The Shield holder at the end of each season is required to accept at least seven challenges for the following year

Peter Burke

This is a special occasion that Taranaki brought the shield back to Taranaki this weekend as Peter Burke, who both played for and coached the All Blacks, died peacefully on Monday 2 October 2017 at his home in New Plymouth in the care of his three daughters. He played many games for Taranaki in the 1950s

In the 1997 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Burke was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby.

The Taranaki rugby stalwart was 90. 

All About North Island Kokako NZ


Exciting News – About the Kokako (bird)

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The Kokako, is coming back to Taranaki, it makes me very happy.

It is nearly 20 years since we seen the Kokako in Taranaki NZ.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has agreed that the Kokako can be reintroduced in Taranaki.

They will be relocated in the Parininihi Forest a 2,000 hectare of land stretching from Whitecliffs near Urenui inland to Mount Messenger.

The birds to be released are descendants of Taranaki, the last Kokako which was named Tamonui, was captured by DOC in 1999 and relocated due to the threat posed by pests, such as rats, stoats and possums, and wild goats.

The North Island Kokako had only 400 pairs in 1999.

Today there are estimated about 1600 hundred pairs of Kokako in the North Island of New Zealand.

Facts about the Kokako

The Kokako has a blue-grey body with a blue wattle, juveniles have pink or lilac wattles.

They are a poor flier and seldom flies more than 100 meters.

The wings of this species are relatively short and rounded.

It prefers to hop and leap from branch to branch on its powerful gray legs.

It does not fly so much as glide and when seen exhibiting this behavior they will generally scramble up tall trees such as rimu and matai before gliding to others nearby.

They have a beautiful, clear, organ-like song. Its call can carry for kilometers. Breeding pairs sing together in a bell-like duet for up to an hour in the early morning.

Their diet consists of leaves, fern fronds, flowers, fruit, and invertebrates.

They laid two-three pinkish-grey eggs in cup nests up trees. Incubation is by the female alone for about 18 days. Both adults feed the nestlings.

Young fledge at 32-37 days old, and so nests are vulnerable to predation for about 7 weeks.

Fledged young usually remain in parents’ territory for a few months, up to a year, and continue to be fed by both parents.

ANZAC Day – 25 APRIL 2016

Anzac Day now promotes a sense of unity, perhaps more effectively than any other day on the national calendar.
It’s now 2017, Dad my thought’s are always with you, I miss you so.
You were one of the lucky ones to return, but the sight’s you endured as a 22-year-old, was never forgotten, as we remember the stories you told.

Ramblings of a Writer


Photo CreditEach year on ANZAC Day in Te Awamutu, New Zealand the graves of War Veterans are decorated.

In Remembrance Of those Special Soldiers – Never to be Forgotten.

25 April is ANZAC DAY where we remember all who fell and fought saving our future.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honor members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries.

I had uncles that never return from the war, in fact, it was the end of the Corbishley line in New Zealand as Charles was the only son, killed in action.

My Father-in-law fought in World War One, he was one…

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Lake Taupo New Zealand


Taupo has a population of 24,100 (June 2016)

Situated in the volcanic heart of the North Island, Lake Taupo region is home to New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake, fascinating geothermal areas, and the famous Huka Falls. A great lake for adventure.

Visitors come for the scenery and action-packed adventure, which are accompanied by a genuinely friendly local culture.
The lakeside community is alive with great places to eat, drink and party.

Trout fishing should be on your menu of things to do because this region is one of the last true wild trout fisheries in the world.
Local guides will soon get you hooked, and there are plenty of restaurants happy to cook your catch.

Lake Taupo’s geothermal attractions include geysers, steaming craters, boiling mud pools and some of the largest silica terraces in the world.


Photo Credit – Huka Falls
Other special experiences include the walk to Huka Falls.

You can have a game of golf at Wairakei, and kayaking to the Maori carvings at Mine Bay.

The story of the Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings in New Zealand.

Lake Taupo is Australasia’s largest lake.

Lake Taupo was created by a gigantic volcanic eruption in 181 AD.
At 616 square kilometers, it is as big as Singapore Island.
The lake’s attractive pumice sand beaches give it the appearance of an inland ocean.

An intriguing geothermal landscape.

Over thousands of years, volcanic action has created a landscape of simmering craters, boiling mud pools, fumaroles and steam vents. Maori mythology is richly interwoven with the geothermal features of the region.

I love going to Taupo, only one thing, winter, it is so cold, especially at night, if visiting allow for the cold, just my feelings it may not be cold to other visitors.

The photo at the top is one I took while traveling through.

New Zealand National Day – Waitangi Day

New Zealand National Day – Waitangi Day

6th of February 2017 a day for all New Zealand to remember our ancestors and what they achieved to make this country the best place to live in – It is a holiday.


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Credit for the Text Below – History of New Zealand

New Zealand was originally settled by Polynesians from Eastern Polynesia.

Genetic and archaeological evidence suggests that humans emigrated from Taiwan to Melanesia and then traveled east through to the Society Islands; after a pause of 70 to 265 years, a new wave of exploration led to the discovery and settlement of New Zealand.

The most current reliable evidence strongly indicates that initial settlement of New Zealand occurred around 1280 CE.

The descendants of these settlers became known as the Māori, forming a distinct culture of their own.

The separate settlement of the tiny Chatham Islands in the east of New Zealand about 1500 CE produced the Moriori people; linguistic evidence indicates that the Moriori were mainland Māori who ventured eastward.

If you would like to know more here is a link that’s on my Hubpage

Tanka poem about my beautiful country New Zealand

country of beauty

from the top to the bottom

thanks mother nature

the land of the long white cloud

its aotearoa

NanoPoblano 2016 – Day Fourteen – EarthQuakes hits New Zealand Again


NanoPoblano  2016 – Day Fourteen – EarthQuakes hits New Zealand Again

#NaBloPoMo – Day Fourteen of – Cheer Peppers NanoPoblano 30 Day Challenge

The Challenge today is my thoughts about the Earthquake in the early hours on the 14 November 2016 North Canterbury in the South Island New Zealand.

Every next sentence begins with the next letter of the alphabet.

After being woken up just after midnight by an earthquake 7.5 which lasted for 2 minutes on the 14 November 2016.

Before going back to sleep, I hoped no one was injured, as it was so powerful, thinking it was somewhere near Taranaki as we had had a strong earthquake the week before.

Courage and willpower will be needed by all the people involved, in places the mess is bad, which could take months before it is cleaned up.

Danger is still very real with the aftershocks, some of them very strong.

Everybody is still suffering from the memories of the Christchurch Earthquakes nearly six years ago.

Feelings for all those affected by this horror turn of events with mother nature.

Going to be an ongoing turn of, busy events for the civil defence.

High on my thoughts are the people stuck in Kaikoura, with the roads blocked by the damage from the earthquake.

I wonder what the outcome will be for all.

Just as I thought, more aftershocks some of the at 4.2

Kind of sad not being able to help all those stuck in the middle, the army is there helping now.

Like to think there will be a light at the end of the tunnel for everyone.

My thoughts are not enough, time to start sending love to all those poor people.

No power or sewage in some places piping has been completely broken.

Off to do some work and stop attaching the TV, updating the situation.

People are nowhere to be seen in Wellington, which has been hit badly by the earthquake also.

Quite a troubling time in New Zealand again.

Rockfall completely blocking roads.

Simply hard to believe that the South Island has been damaged again by earthquakes.

Trusting some people is hard, as looters have already been in an abandoned home and removed property.

Umbrellas needed in Taranaki it’s raining making the situation worse than it needs to feel.

Very  cold it supposed to be nearly summer, those winds wish they would go.

Weather not feeling like summer holidays only four weeks away from school breakup for 2016.

XXX’s for everyone.

You can believe by what you have been reading here I’m very upset with mother nature.

Zig-Zagging along the broken roads where the earthquake has hit will not get you through to your destination.

Pukekura Park – New Plymouth NZ

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Credit for photo This is the main lake at Pukekura, with Poet’s Bridge and Mount Taranaki in the background

This beautiful park is situated in the heart of New Plymouth, in Taranaki NZ

A tranquil paradise in an urban city covering 52 hectares (128 acres), lakeside forest and formal gardens.

It is one of the most popular Taranaki recreational venues, established in 1876.

Authentic clinker dories for hire on the boat lake, one as old as eighty years have safely and sedately ferried passengers around Pukekura’s water courses for many decades.

The park  contains stunning fernery and display houses and weekends in the park are traditionally family days, has great walkways, where you can spend many hours walking through the bush on a hot summers day.

Pukekura Park is a park for everyone with wonderful picnic areas, a teahouse on the Lake, which has been situated on the main lake since the 1930s.

Bowl of Brookland and the Brookland Zoo all within walking distance of the park.

Pukekura Sports ground, has for many years and continues to draw crowds to its terraces for competitive one day cricket matches and the regular provincial games.


Photo Credit – Waterfall at the Festival of Lights

Pukekura Park is also home to the nationally famous “Festival of the Lights”.

From mid-December to the beginning of February special lighting erected in a section of Pukekura Park is displayed during the night hours for your entertainment a great family outing.

As a world  renowned gem, Pukekura Park offers in season splashes of Azaleas and Rhododendrons among native flora and waterways.

Open daily, the Pukekura Park teahouse offers relaxed dining for the visitor.

A very popular venue for wedding photographers.

Want to know more about Pukekura Park?

Road Tunnels in Taranaki New Zealand

Whangamomona Tunnel

Above photo is the Whangamomona Tunnel.

Taranaki has about twenty-two tunnels dotted mostly on the back country roads, most of them have been chiseled out by pick and shovel through hills.

Some of these tunnels have been formed through papa clay ( I called in papa rock) it is very, hard rock until you get a lot of rain, then it becomes soft and crumbles.

  • Moki Tunnel – on SH 43 between Whangamomona and Taumarunui, approx 180 m long. is a single lane, uses wooden shoring, it is on the western end of the Tangarakau Gorge.

The Moki tunnel was the only one constructed of five tunnels that were originally suggested along the route to Stratford by surveyor Joshua Morgan in the early 1890’s prior to his death in the Tangarakau gorge in 1893.

The tunnel was constructed in 1935-1936 by the public works Department based in Stratford at the time.

It was originally built to about 5 meters high, to allow modern stock trucks and trailers to pass through, it was lowered two meters in 1985 by Colin Boyd of Inglewood Metal Supplier.

Uriti TunnelUruti Tunnel on Uruti Road, connecting the Pehu Valley with SH 3, which is not very far away from Okoki were I Live, it is the longest (at about 200 m) and least stable tunnel in Taranaki.

It took seven years to construct and was opened in 1923.

Signs at each end recommend not walking through it and stopping is prohibited.

It looks like a mine shaft with its inverted V-shaped top, has a wooden ceiling, and reinforcing planks along its walls.

The Uruti tunnel links the Uruti Valley with the main highway.

Uruti area is beautiful Country, in the 2003 film The Last Samurai was filmed in the Uruti Valley, with Mount Taranaki/Egmont standing in for Mount Fuji.

These are only a couple of road tunnels that I have photos of in Taranaki, will share more photos as I take them, it’s amazing the energy put into building these, real man- power, could you imagine doing that kind of work these days with no machinery, just bullocks and draught horses.