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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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.March 11, 2018 at 11:58 am #1671772
jennifer128355MemberMember since: January 13, 2018
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!March 11, 2018 at 8:48 pm #1671837
Jennifer, hahaha – just a tiny bit rough, was it?? lol lolMarch 11, 2018 at 9:38 pm #1671838
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.Once reconstruction got underway some shops were re-opened in a temporary business centre, dubbed Tin Town.
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.March 11, 2018 at 9:45 pm #1671842
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.March 12, 2018 at 10:20 pm #1671992
Festival and Trolley Derby Central Hawkes BayMarch 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm #1672140
A visitor on the Red-hot Cat Tails today in our garden – (Hope he/she says a pray for me 🙂 )
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Begonias in Townsend House, Christchurch Botanic GardensMarch 13, 2018 at 9:53 pm #1672143
kaiMemberMember since: January 4, 2008
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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