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    Dunedin Peninsula Sunrise – slideshow – click to enlarge
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    Marotere (Hen and Chicken Islands) – Scenic Reserve and Wildlife Refuge
    40 kilometres (25 mi) south-east of Whangarei

    These islands were named by Captain James Cook, who first sighted them in 1769

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    Hen and Chicken Islands

    Originally owned by the Māori Ngā Puhi iwi, they were sold to the New Zealand Government in 1883. The islands were made a scenic reserve in 1908 owing to the rarity of their flora and fauna, and became a wildlife refuge in 1953. Hen Island had actually passed from Māori hands a few years earlier, being bought by Thomas Outhwaite in 1872. It was bequeathed to the nation by his daughter Isa Outhwaite in 1927, and it too was named as a scenic reserve.

    The islands are noted for their bird life, with colonies of seabirds as well as forest birds which have become scarce or extinct on the mainland. The islands have been identified as an Important Bird Area, by BirdLife International because they are home to a breeding population of about 500 pairs of Pycroft’s petrels.

    The islands

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    Taranga (Hen Island)
    Hen Island, or Taranga lies separate from the rest of the chain, lying 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) to the southwest. It is also considerably larger than the Chicken Islands, or Marotiri, which comprise a chain of five small islands running north-west to south-east to the north of Hen Island.

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    Doc rangers Angela and Cody search for pests on Muriwhenua Island

    The chain consists of Wareware and Muriwhenua Islands (together forming North West Chicken), Mauitaha (West Chicken), Lady Alice Island (Big Chicken or Motu Muka), Whatupuke (Middle Chicken), and Coppermine Island (Eastern Chicken).

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    Mauitaha Island

    Prolific Marine Life
    Sail Rock is a landmark that stands proud of the sea, the high point to the southwest of Hen Island offering steep walls above and below the water. White common anemones are prolific and among them are Triplefins and Tiger shells. Schools of Blue Maomao, Sweep, Trevally and Silver Drummer abound. Kingfish are known to hunt here circling the huge rock. The walls drop to boulders at 20 metres and then gradually shelve to more than 30 metres.

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    Marine Life

    The Chicken Islands are more sheltered with kelp-covered boulders between 10 and 30 metres. The boulders hide Crayfish and there are schools of Goatfish, Blue Maomao, Trevally, Red Moki and Demoiselles. The South side offers gentle bays that provide breeding areas for Ray’s in the summer, whilst the North side provides panoramic views underwater.

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    Signpost in the Canadian township of Chicken showing Hen & Chicken Islands, NZ.

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    omg Vale, those photos bought (? lol) back the most terrible sea trip to The Poor Knights Islands.  Dropping off a couple of people on the way there for those experiments! Plus it was on Dec. 31st.  guess what! We were too ill that night to enjoy our plans in Whangarai!

    #1671837
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    Jennifer, hahaha – just a tiny bit rough, was it?? lol lol

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    Napier – Art Deco Town  (rebuild after the devastating 1931 earthquake)

    Fires after the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake meant that almost none of the buildings in the central business district of Napier could be used again. Before reconstruction could start, the remains of the older buildings had to be torn down and carted away.

    Napier after the 1931 earthquake
    Once reconstruction got underway some shops were re-opened in a temporary business centre, dubbed Tin Town.
    Tin Town, Napier

    New buildings soon appeared in Napier’s devastated central business district. Engineers devised stricter guidelines about construction, and architectural firms produced designs that were both simple and striking. The art deco style, with streamlined forms and geometric motifs, was not only fashionable, it was also much safer because there were few cornices and other elements that could fall off in an earthquake.

    Designed by Louis Hay, the National Tobacco Company building met the wishes of the client, Gerard Husheer, that the building be simple in form yet highly decorated. On either side of the doors, roses are featured in an unusual arrangement with raupō, the native bulrush. With gleaming brass banisters, ornate lamps and a marble foyer, this is one of Napier’s most elaborately detailed post-earthquake buildings.

    National Tobacco Company building

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    Napier cont. The Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Act 1931

    The earthquake showed up weaknesses in emergency management, as there was no national organisation or legal provision for emergency measures. The government had to hastily introduce legislation to give authority to the Hawke’s Bay Adjustment Court, which co-ordinated reconstruction in the region.

    The Hawke’s Bay Earthquake Act 1931

     

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    Festival and Trolley Derby Central Hawkes Bay

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    A visitor on the Red-hot Cat Tails today in our garden – (Hope he/she says a pray for me 🙂 )
    This is a slide show- the pictures will change automatically

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    Begonias in Townsend House, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

     

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    Awesome and colourful pics last few days Thanks so much Val Just so relaxing to read ,even tho have had busy few days  here managed a sneak peek tonight.

    .Love the flower ones and the trolleys we used to make them out of old wooden crates lol

     

    Of course the pink one is my fave  😎

     

    Beautiful memories to store and Napier and its art deco such an awesome place to visit and enjoy

     

    Thanks a million,,, catch up soon

     

    Here’s a Dunedin one for you,, and all on Gups

     

    Hi also to Supergold and Gabyone ,Bobbity, Manurere, Huiatahi ,Janda  Bryan  and All the others who enjoy this thread

     

     

    Cheers From Kai

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