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The Last Post is played at an Anzac Day ceremony, 25 April Anzac Day. Ceremonies like this are held in virtually every suburb and town in Australia and New Zealand on Anzac Day each year.

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.

George Arnold Hagley

George Arnold Hagley

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

I had an Uncle that never return from World War One, he was the only male in the family of Corbishleys, now the name in New Zealand is extinct.

Most Kiwis fighting during World War Two fought as part of 2 New Zealand Division.

My Father-in-law, George Arnold Hagley, Birth date 17 February 1894 fought in World War One, he was only 22 years old, so young, lucky he was a returned soldier, there are many stories which we will never forget.

HERE’S TO YOU DAD you will never be forgotten.

In Memory of George Arnold Hagley
BODY ON EMBARKATION New Zealand Rifle Brigade
EMBARKATION UNIT 3rd Battalion, B Company
EMBARKATION DATE 5 February 1916
PLACE OF EMBARKATION Wellington, New Zealand

Pohutukawa – New Zealand Christmas Tree Pantoum Poetry

Pohutukawa Tree – Version 2

Pohutukawa – New Zealand Christmas Tree Pantoum Poetry

Land of the long white cloud
Pohutukawa tree of beauty
Known as the Christmas tree
Tree of beauty strong and powerful

Pohutukawa tree of beauty
Survival along coastal land
Tree of beauty strong and powerful
Bright red color everywhere

Survival along coastal land
Joy to behold in hot weather
Bright red color everywhere
Spectacular coastal color

Joy to behold in hot weather
Pohutukawa, enjoying this year
Spectacular coastal color
Red as far as vision can see

Pohutukawa, enjoying this year
Known as the Christmas tree
Red as far as vision can see
Land of the long white cloud

The image above was taken on the 27 November 2017, with my iPhone, still learning to take nice photos.

The Pohutukawa trees are beautiful at the moment, “16 December”,  it would be nice for Christmas day if the weather stays fine.

The coming week the weather is for showers, as much as we need rain, I hope we don’t get too much as it will cause the flowers petals to fall, it would be nice to see them on Christmas day in full bloom, most likely the streets will be painted red from the petal fall.

How to write Pantoum Poetry.

All About Penguins

All About Penguins


Photo CreditA family of yellow-eyed penguin

On the 28 November I post about Flightless Birds in New Zealand, I said: I will have another article about Penguins”. Here it is.

Yellow-eyed Penguin

The yellow-eyed penguin is a penguin native to New Zealand.

Colonies on the Otago Peninsula are a popular tourist venue, where visitors may closely observe penguins from hides, trenches or tunnels.

They are a mid-sized penguin, measuring 62-79 cm (24-31 in) long. Weights vary through the year being greatest, 5.5 to 8 kg (12-18 lbs), just before molting and least, 3 to 6 kg (6.6 -13.2 lbs), after molting.

The males are larger than the females. They have a pale yellow head and paler yellow iris with black feather shafts. The chin and throat are brownish-black. There is a band of bright yellow running from its eyes around the back of the head.

The juvenile has a greyer head with no band and their eyes have a grey iris.

The yellow-eyed Penguin may be long-lived, with some individuals reaching 20 years of age. Males generally live longer than females, leading to a sex ratio of 2:1 around the age of 10-12 years.

Yellow-eyed Penguin

Photo Credit – On the shore of Enderby Island, Auckland Islands

These penguins usually nest in forest or scrub, among Native Flax (Phormium Tenax) and lupin (Lupinus arboreus), on slopes or gullies, or the shore itself, facing the sea. These areas are generally sited in small bays or on headland areas of larger bays. It is found in New Zealand, on the southeast coast of South Island, Foveaux Strait, and Stewart Island, Auckland, and Campbell Islands.It expanded its range from the subantarctic islands to the main islands of New Zealand after the extinction of the Waitaha Penguin several hundred years ago.

Around 90% of the yellow-eyed penguin’s diet is made up of fish.

The consensus view of New Zealand penguin workers is that it is preferable to use habitat rather than colony to refer to areas where yellow-eyed penguins nest. Nest sites are selected in August and normally two eggs are laid in September. The incubation duties (lasting 39–51 days) are shared by both parents who may spend several days on the nest at a time. For the first six weeks after hatching, the chicks are guarded during the day by one parent while the other is at sea feeding. The foraging adult returns at least daily to feed the chicks and relieve the partner.

After the chicks are six weeks of age, both parents go to sea to supply food to their rapidly growing offspring. Chicks usually fledge in mid-February and are totally independent of then from then on.

Chick fledge weights are generally between 5 and 6 kg.

First breeding occurs at three to four years of age and long-term partnerships are formed.


This species of penguin is endangered, with an estimated population of 4000. It is considered one of the world’s rarest penguin species. The main threats include habitat degradation and introduced predators. It may be the most ancient of all living penguins.

In August 2010, the yellow-eyed penguin was granted protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The Endangered Yellow Eyed Penguins of New Zealand

Little Blue Penguin

Little Blue Penguin

Photo Credit  – Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor), Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

The Little Penguin is the smallest species of penguin. The penguin, which usually grows to an average of 33 cm (13 in) in height and 43 cm (17 in) in length are found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand, with possible records from Chile. Apart from Little Penguins, they have several common names.

In Australia, they are also referred to as Fairy Penguins because of their tiny size.

In New Zealand, they are also called Little Blue Penguins, or just Blue Penguins, owing to their slate-blue plumage. Rough estimates (as new colonies continue to be discovered) of the world population are around 350,000 – 600,000 animals.

Little penguins preen their feathers to keep them waterproof. They do this by rubbing a tiny drop of oil onto every feather from a special gland above the tail.


Photo Credit  Little penguin (Eudyptula minor) family exiting burrow at night, Bruny Island

Little penguins mature at different ages. The female matures at 2 years old. The male, however, matures at 3 years old. Little penguins only remain faithful to their partner in breeding seasons and whilst hatching eggs. At other times of the year, they do tend to swap burrows. 

One or two white or lightly mottled brown eggs are laid with a rarer second (or even third) clutches following. Incubation takes up to 36 days. Chicks are brooded for 18–38 days and fledge after 7–8 weeks.

During the breeding and chick rearing seasons, little penguins will leave their nest at sunrise, forage for food throughout the day and return to their nests just after dusk. 

The species is not considered endangered, except for the White-Flippered subspecies found only on Banks Peninsula and nearby Motunau Island in New Zealand. Since the 1960s, the mainland population has declined by 60-70%; though there has been a small increase on Motunau Island.

But overall Little Penguin populations have been decreasing as well, with some colonies having been wiped out and other populations continuing to be at risk. The greatest threat to Little Penguin populations has been predation (including nest predation) from cats, dogs, foxes, large reptiles, and possibly ferrets and stoats.

Emperor Penguin

Emperor Penguin

Photo Credit – Adults and a juvenile on Snow Hill Island, Antarctica.

New Zealand Emperor Penguin (Lost at Sea)

Writing about “Happy Feet” a Penguin that made his way to Peka Peka Beach Kapiti, near Wellington New Zealand on the 20 June 2011.

Happy Feet became the focus of the world after it turned up on a beach some 2,500 miles from its home, only the second Emperor penguin known to have shown up in New Zealand.

It underwent endoscopic surgery in June to remove 6.6 pounds of sand from its stomach, survived operations at Wellington Zoo, and subsequently recuperated at the zoo, where a “penguin cam” allowed fans to observe its every move over the Internet.

Penguins normally eat snow to stay hydrated, but veterinarians believe Happy Feet, named after the main character in a popular animated film, became confused and ate sand instead.

Through a public campaign, the zoo has raised the $10,000 needed to cover the costs of housing Happy Feet. It also has raised about $8,000 toward the costs of returning him to the sub-Antarctic ocean south of New Zealand. That trip could cost up to $30,000.

4 September 2011 – News, Happy Feet, the emperor penguin who captured the hearts of New Zealanders and others around the world, has been released back into the Southern Ocean, off NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa.

Happy Feet was released at 10:30 am on 4 September, 49 miles north of Campbell Island, at a depth of 285 meters.

12 September 2011 – Where in the ocean is Happy Feet?

We may never know what happened to emperor penguin Happy Feet as his satellite transmitter has stopped transmitting. Sirtrack, who provided the transmitter, have confirmed that a signal has not been received since 9 September, NZ time. This lack of signal means that the transmitter has not broken the surface of the water since that time.

The transmitter had been working as expected up until its last transmission, so there are two possibilities: either the transmitter has fallen off or a predator has prevented Happy Feet from surfacing.

Emperor penguins are the largest penguin species and can weigh up to 66 pounds. The adults may grow up to a height of 1.1 meters and weight more than 35 kgs.

As a matter of interest – The last sighting of an Emperor penguin in New Zealand took place in 1967.

Happy Feet – the lost Emperor Penguin

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 30 – Women Who Made History In New Zealand

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 30 – Women Who Made History In New Zealand

#NanoPoblano 2017


Kate Sheppard – photographed in 1905

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One of the most important women in New Zealand History was Kate Sheppard who achieved the rights for women to vote in 1893, where a partition was signed by 31,000 people which was a great achievement in those early years of New Zealand’s developments for the future of women.

Kate was born in Liverpool England

Katherine Wilson “Kate” Sheppard (10 March 1847–13 July 1934) was the most prominent member of New Zealand Women’s Suffrage also the country’s most famous suffragette.

New Zealand was the first self-governing country to grant women the right to vote in 1893 when all women over the age of 21 were permitted to vote in parliamentary elections.

Kate Sheppard ten dollar note

Kate Sheppard on the New Zealand Ten-dollar note.

How New Zealand Women achieved the vote

A short video describing how New Zealand Women achieved the vote in 1893. Created for the St Pauls Collegiate School History Department Wiki.

Women win the Vote – NZ 1893

1919 Women Eligible for Parliament

In 1919 women won the right to be elected to the House of Representatives. The law was changed late in 1919, and with only three weeks notice, three women stood for Parliament in 1919.

They were Ellen Melville in Grey Lynn, Rosetta Baume in Parnell, and Mrs. Aileen Cooke in Thames NZ. Ellen Melville stood for the Reform Party and came second. She stood for Parliament several more times, but while generally polling well she never won a seat.

  • Ellen Melville stood for the Reform Party and came second. She stood for Parliament several more times, but while generally polling well she never won a seat. NB: In 1913, Ellen Melville became the first woman to be elected to a municipal authority in New Zealand, gaining a seat on the Auckland City Council.
  • Rosetta Lulah Baume (1871–22 February 1934) was a New Zealand teacher, feminist and community leader.From 1918 to 1920 she was a vice president of the revived National Council of Women of New Zealand and in 1919 she was a founder and committee member of the Auckland Women’s Club.
  • Born Alleen Anna Maria Douglas (later Garmson, Wrack, Cooke), she died in Auckland on the 30th May 1951. Cooke was the first lady to contest Thames Electoral seat 1919

1933 First Women in Parliament

Elizabeth McCombs

Elizabeth McCombs ca. 1933. Photo Credit 

Elizabeth Reid McCombs

Among the causes, she promoted where, equal pay for women, which still has not been achieved

Increasingly poor health made it difficult for McCombs to participate fully in politics. She died in Christchurch on 7 June 1935 aged 61, less than two years after entering parliament.

In her Lyttelton electorate, she was succeeded by her son Terry McCombs

Terry McCombs, who was the Minister of Education in the First Labour Government from 1947 to 1949. Terry McCombs held the Lyttelton seat until 1951, concluding a 38-year family hold on the seat.

She had Four children (two were adopted)

1947 First Woman Cabinet Member – Mabel Howard


Photo Credit  Mabel Howard

Mabel Bowden Howard (18 April 1894 – 23 June 1972) She never married, had no children. Died at the age of 78 years old.

  • In 1933, at the age of 39, she became the first woman to become secretary of a predominantly male union in New Zealand.
  • In 1943, Mabel Howard was elected Member of Parliament for Christchurch East at a by-election, becoming the fifth female MP.
  • She won the new electorate of Sydenham in 1946 and held this seat until her retirement in 1969.
  • Only four years after entering Parliament in April 1947, she was appointed the minister of health and Minister in charge of Child Welfare, becoming the first woman to serve as a Cabinet minister in a Commonwealth country outside of Britain.

Interesting Fact (Which I remember well)

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The photo above tells it all – She was remembered for waving two large pairs of bloomers in parliament in 1954 in support of her successful campaign to have clothing sizes standardized.

First Women Government General of New Zealand – Dame Catherine Tizard

Dame Catherine Anne Tizard (née Maclean; born 4 April 1931) was Mayor of Auckland City and the16th Governor-General of New Zealand, the first woman to hold either office.

Dame Catherine Tizard

First Women Chief District Court Judge of New Zealand – Silvia Cartwright.

Silvia Cartwright

Silvia Cartwright. Photo Credit 

Dame Silvia Rose Cartwright born 7 November 1943.

In 1989, she became the first female Chief District Court Judge, and in 1993 she was the first woman to be appointed to the High Court.

She was the eighteenth Government General of New Zealand that was in office from 4 April 2001 – 4 August 2006

Governor General Dame Silvia Cartwright

Jenny Shipley – First Female Prime Minister of New Zealand


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Dame Jenny Shipley, (born 4 February 1952).

Jenny Shipley Joined the National Party in 1975.

She successfully stood for the party in the Ashburton electorate in the 1987 election.

Entering parliament at the age of 35.

In 1997, the then-current Prime Minister Jim Bolger lost the support of the National Party and was replaced by Jenny Shipley, making her the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand

Dane Jenny Shipley served as the 36 Prime Minister of New Zealand from December 1997 to December 1999.

She was the first woman to hold office, also the only woman to serve as Parliamentary leader of the National Party of New Zealand.

Represented the Ashburton electorate until her retirement from politics in 2002, though it was renamed Rakaia in 1990.

In the 1999 election, the Labour Party led by Helen Clark defeated the National Party.

Jenny Shipley continued to lead the National Party until October 2001.

She suffered a heart attack in 2000.

She retired from Parliament in 2002.

Jenny Shipley accepted a damehood on 14 August 2009

Since 2009, Shipley has chaired the Genesis Power Board.

She is also a member of the Club de Madrid, a group of more than 80 former Presidents and Prime Ministers of democratic states, which works to strengthen democratic leadership and governance worldwide.

Shipley chairs Global Women NZ and gives her time to a number of causes. She is Patron of Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and the NZ Heart Foundations “Go Red for Women”.

Helen Clark – Longest Serving Female Prime Minister

Helen Clark

Helen Clark in 2010. Photo Credit 

Right Honorable Helen Clark, born 26 February 1950.

In 1981 she was elected to Parliament for the safe Labour seat of Mount Albert, a position she held until her resignation in 2009.

In 1987, Clark became a Cabinet Minister in the Fourth Labour Government, led by David Lange (1984–1989), Geoffrey Palmer (1989–1990) and Mike Moore (1990), first as Minister of Housing and as Minister of Conservation, then as Minister of Health and later as Deputy Prime Minister.

In 1989 Helen Clark became the first female Deputy Prime Minister, she held the position for a year.

In 1999, Helen Clark became the second Female Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the first woman to gain the position at an election, as the Prime Minister, leader of the Labour Party of New Zealand.

Helen Clark was the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008. She was the first woman elected, at a general election, as the Prime Minister, and was the fifth longest-serving person to hold that office.

She has been Administrator of the United Nations Development Program UNDP, the third-highest UN position, since 17 April 2009

Helen Clark first gained election to the New Zealand House of Representatives in the 1981 general election as one of four women who entered Parliament on that occasion.

In winning the Mount Albert electorate in Auckland, she became the second woman elected to represent an Auckland electorate, and the seventeenth woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament.

Labour government was defeated in the 2008 election.

She resigned from Parliament in April 2009 from her Mount Albert electorate and was replaced by David Shearer, as the Labour Party leader, to take up the post of Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is the first woman to lead the organization.

UNDP operates in 177 countries, working with nations on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

Forbes magazine ranked her 20th most powerful woman in the world in 2006 and 50th in 2012. In 2014, she rose to the 23rd position

Helen Clark on Women’s Political Empowerment

Celebrating New Zealand Women – Everywoman Conference 2011 – Our Place

C3 Everywoman Conference 2011 made a tribute to honour the pioneering History Makers and modern day women who with their passion, creativity, determination, and intellect have made a difference in our world.

Now Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017) is Jacinda  Ardern 


Photo Credit   Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand 2017

I haven’t studied this new young lady, if you are interested here is a link.

Special thanks to all the women who have contributed to making New Zealand history That I haven’t written about.

God Defend New Zealand – (with lyrics)

A final quote for NanoPoblano 2017 Day 30.

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” 

― Franz Kafkapepper2017

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 28 – Flightless Birds in New Zealand

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 28 – Flightless Birds in New Zealand

#NanoPoblano 2017


N.Z. Flightless Birds

Native New Zealand flightless birds that are not extinct include:

Kiwi (several species) Brown Kiwi,

Kakapo – flightless parrot



Penguins (several species) I will have another article about Penguins, will post soon.

Auckland island teal

New Zealand has more species of flightless birds than any other country.

One reason is that until the arrival of humans roughly a thousand years ago, there were no large land predators.

Why the kiwi is only found in certain parts of New Zealand is destruction of forests, which sad to say is still happening, bringing in the farm aspects like dairying, which tells on flightless birds because they have nowhere to go for shelter from their predators, like rodents, cats, dogs especially rats, which are found everywhere.

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Kiwi – The Bird is Flightless and found only in New Zealand.

In the thick bush where I lived in Okoki in Taranaki, New Zealand, I’m very lucky to hear the kiwi calling out at dusk and have even heard them in the early morning.

The North Island Brown Kiwi is a species of kiwi that is widespread in the northern two-thirds of the North Island of New Zealand, with about 35,000 remaining, it is the most common kiwi.

Females stand about 40 cm (16 in) high and weigh about 2.8 kg (6.2 lb) the males about 2.2 kg (4.9 lb).

The plumage is streaky red-brown and spiky.

The kiwi, have 2-3 clutches a year with 2 eggs in each clutch.

The efforts of egg production for the female and incubation for the male cause kiwis to lose about a fifth of their body weight during each breeding attempt.

Chicks are fully feathered at hatching and leave the nest and can fend for themselves within 1 week.

94% of chicks die, before breeding in areas where mammalian pest control is not carried out, namely stoats, dogs, ferrets, and cats, are the number one threat to a kiwi.

Nationwide studies show that on average only 5 percent of kiwi chicks survive to adulthood.

I get quite excited when walking along the bush-clad Urenui river when I came across places where I see the Kiwis have been feeding, one of the signs is the ice cream cone holes, where they have been funneling their beaks in the ground for worms and insects.

Being a flightless bird, it skulks about at night, probing and scraping, for food on the leafy forest floor, it would be so nice to stumble across one during the day.

The Brown Kiwi spends the day fast asleep, concealed in a spot among undergrowth or logs.

In the area where we live, there are some 100 or more wooden stoat boxes set to help eradicate the pests, but it has to be an on-going project, to protect the kiwi’s, which is done well by the East Taranaki Environment Trust.

We also did not have cats or dogs, (as much as I would love a cat) so protecting the kiwis living in the area, if pig or goat shooters are around they should have their dogs trained to not touch kiwis, a requirement by DOC (Department of Conservation) before a license is granted to hunt.

Kiwis: Saving The World’s Cutest Endangered Birds

A fact about Kiwis

After the female kiwi lays her eggs, her mate incubates them for eleven weeks, about 80 days – the longest known incubation period of any bird.


Kakapo Chicks Day Out – Arrowtown, New Zealand

The above Video is about three precious Kakapo Chicks, which were taken to Arrowtown NZ in May 2014 for a one-off public viewing, you can see by those smiling face how the public enjoyed it.

The Kakapo night parrot, also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless nocturnal parrot endemic to New Zealand.

It was once common all over New Zealand. It has wings, but its body is too heavy to allow it to fly, although it can glide for short distances.

The kakapo is the only species of flightless parrot in the world.

It has finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc of sensory, vibrissa-like feathers, a large grey beak, short legs, large feet, and wings and a tail of relatively short length.

The beak of the Kakapo is adapted for grinding food finely.

For this reason, the Kakapo has a very small gizzard compared to other birds of their size.

It generally eats native plants, seeds, fruits, pollens and even the sapwood of trees.

A study in 1984 identified 25 plant species as Kakapo food.

It is particularly fond of the fruit of the Rimu tree and will feed on it exclusively during seasons when it is abundant.

The Kakapo is now an endangered species, it is critically endangered.

During the 2008–2009 summer breeding season, the total population of kakapo rose to over 100 for the first time since monitoring began, reaching 154 by 2016, with 116 adults.

Twenty-two of the 34 chicks had to be hand-reared because of a shortage of food on Codfish Island


Photo CreditA year-old kakapo on Codfish Island.

Having proved hard to breed in captivity, a large protected environment such as an island is its only chance for survival.

Has no male parental care, and is the only parrot to have a polygynous lek breeding system.

What is Lek-Breeding System?

lek is an aggregation of males that gather to engage in competitive displays that may entice visiting females who are surveying prospective partners for copulation.



Photo CreditOn Tiritiri Matangi Island

South Island Takahe, is a flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand and belonging to the rail family.

In the first half of the 20 century, the Takahe was thought to be extinct.

In 1948, a few of these large, blue and green birds were found in a valley in Fiordland in the South Island of New Zealand.

The species is still present in the location where it was rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains.

Small numbers have also been successfully translocated to four predator-free offshore islands, Tiritiri Matangi, Kapiti, Maud and Mana, where they can be viewed by the public.

Additionally, captive Takahe can be viewed at Te Anau and Mt Bruce wildlife centers.

Takahe at Tawharanui

In June 2006, a pair of Takahe were relocated to the Maungatautari Restoration Project.

A related species, the North Island Takahe is extinct and only known from skeletal remains.

The Takahe cannot be bred successfully in captivity.

In January 2011, a small number of Takahe were released in Zealandia, Wellington.

In total, there were 225 remaining birds.

The population stood at 263 at the beginning of 2013. In 2016 the population rose to 306 Takahe.

I have read that the Takahe cannot be bred successfully in captivity, at this point it seems there has been some success. Good News.

The North Island Takahe is extinct, it appears to have been larger than the South Island Takahe and, if it did survive until the 1890s, it would have been the largest rail in historic times.

Weka or Woodhen


Photo Credit – Weka Chicks

The Weka (also known as Maori hen or Woodhen) is a flightless bird species of the rail family.

It is endemic to New Zealand, where four subspecies are recognized.

Wekas usually lay eggs between August and January; both sexes help to incubate.

Wekas are predominantly rich brown mottled with black and grey; the brown shade varies from pale to dark depending on subspecies.

Wekas occupy areas such as forests, sub-alpine grassland, sand dunes, rocky shores and modified semi-urban environments.

They are omnivorous, with a diet comprising 30% animal foods and 70% plant foods.

Animal foods include earthworms, larvae, beetles, weta, ants, grass grubs, slugs, snails, insect eggs, slaters, frogs, spiders, rats, mice, and small birds.

Plant foods include leaves, grass, berries, and seeds.

Flightless bird in New Zealand – Weka

Wekas can raise up to four broods throughout the whole year.

On average, female Wekas lay three creamy or pinkish eggs blotched with brown and mauve. Both sexes incubate.

The chicks hatch after a month and are fed by both parents until fully grown between six and ten weeks

Wekas are unable to withstand the current pressures faced in both the North Island and South Island of New Zealand.

Predations are ferret cats, and dogs they are a threat to adult Wekas.

Stoats rats and ferrets are a threat to chicks and the eggs.

Auckland Teal Ducks

Auckland Teal

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In the photo above the Auckland Teal is in the front, with Brown Teal above.

Interesting fact about the Auckland Teal Duck – Most people think that ducks fly, but the Auckland Teal lost the power of flight because their wings are very small so flight is impossible.

The Auckland Teal or Auckland Islands Teal is a species of dabbling duck of the genus Anas that is endemic to the Auckland Islands south of New Zealand.

The species was once found throughout the Auckland Islands but is now restricted to the islands that lack introduced predators; Adams Island, Enderby Island, Disappointment Island and a few smaller islands.

The Auckland Teal is smaller and rarer than the Brown Teal of the main islands of New Zealand, a species with which it was once considered conspecific.

The plumage is all over brown with a hint of green on the neck and a conspicuous white eye-ring.

The female is slightly darker than the male.

The wings are very small and the species has, like the related Campbell Teal, lost the power of flight.

The Auckland Teal is mostly crepuscular to nocturnal, preferring to hide from predators New Zealand Falcons and skuas, (skuas is a flying seabird), during the day.

The species inhabits a variety of habitats with the islands, including tussock fields, megaherb, shrubland, and coastal waters.

It is carnivorous for the most part, feeding on marine invertebrates, insects, amphipods and other small Invertebrates.

Auckland Teal are territorial and seldom form flocks.


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.


Photo Credit

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