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Overseas experience

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Some midlife adults decide to go on an overseas experience (OE) – something more usually associated with young people. In 2008 Wellington couple Nigel and Shirley Williams moved to England, where they worked and went travelling. This is Nigel enjoying the Edinburgh skyline during a three-...

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Halal butcher

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Arabic word 'halal' refers to food which is acceptable under Islamic religious law. This small halal butcher in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill is receiving a delivery of meat slaughtered by the traditional Dhabiha method. Pork, alcoholic drinks and some other foods are ...

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Mt Ruapehu

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Mt Ruapehu has erupted many times over the last million years. A large crater lake near the summit is an ever-present hazard because renewed volcanic activity may cause lahars (volcanic mud flows) – the most recent occurred in March 2007. The wide plain ...

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Memorial to Te Hurinui Apanui

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Te Hurinui Apanui was a leading Ngāti Awa leader in the early 20th century. This memorial is in the centre of Whakatāne, in front of Pōhaturoa rock.

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Dairy country

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Overhead irrigation systems have enabled dairy farming to expand in Wairarapa. This is the Wairarapa basin near Martinborough, with the eastern uplands in the distance.

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Rainbow Mountain

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Sunlight and shadow dapple Rainbow Mountain (Maungakakaramea), near Waiotapu. The mountain is named after its vivid rock colours, produced by volcanic processes. The mountain has cooled in recent years, allowing vegetation to return to some of its slopes.

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Cobblestones Museum

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Equipment from Wairarapa’s first public hospital is on show in Cobblestones Museum in Greytown. The museum has a collection of early health-related artefacts, including this breathing apparatus.

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Valentino’s, Tūrangi

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In the 1960s and 1970s, skilled Italian tunnellers were hired to work on the Tongariro power project. Valentino’s restaurant in Tūrangi, the town built to house the workers, is one of the few reminders of the Italian presence in the district.

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Tauhara

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The volcanic peak of Tauhara, seen from Crown Park in Taupō, rises 700 metres above the surrounding terrain. From the summit of Tauhara, there is a view over the whole Volcanic Plateau.

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Volcanic soil, Desert Road

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The Desert Road, part of State Highway 1, crosses the outer slopes of the central volcanoes. Runoff has carved into volcanic ash and mudflows (lahars), creating many streams, and the highway loops into and out of the largest of these. These exposed soil ...

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Famous family

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This sculpture stands at the entrance to Martinborough’s Palliser Estate winery, one of the region’s largest. Palliser Estate’s managing director and co-founder is Richard Riddiford, a descendant of Daniel Riddiford, who established several sheep and ...

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Tablet machines

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These tablet machines were used to stop Fell engine trains from colliding on the single railway track over the Rimutaka Range. The line was divided into sections, each controlled by a tablet operator. When a train wanted to travel over a section, the ...

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Kaputerangi pā site

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Canoe traditions cannot just be dismissed as myth. Place names, for example, do presumably record historical events. One good example is this pā site, above Whakat...

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Ruawharo

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Ngāti Kahungunu trace descent from the Tākitimu canoe. Ruawharo, a senior tohunga on the canoe, settled at Te Māhia. This carving of him is at Kahungunu marae at Nūhaka.

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Tararua wind farm

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Wairarapa’s northern boundary is signalled by the Tararua wind farm, stretching more than 5 kilometres along the Tararua Range ridge line. It is the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere.

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Motutere motor camp

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Motutere motor camp is one of a number of campgrounds along the shores of Lake Taupō. The camps fill up in summer and over long weekends, but are deserted during the working week and in winter.

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Monument to modernism

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St Matthew’s Church in Masterton replaced a former church destroyed in the 1942 earthquake. Built in 1956, the church is a striking example of the modernist style. It has a separate 20-metre-high bell tower, housing a carillon with a range of two octaves...

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Golden Shears

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A pair of giant shears welcomes visitors to Masterton. The town is known as the home of the Golden Shears, a yearly international sheep shearing competition.

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Tinakori Hill

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In the 19th century, Tinakori Hill was cleared of native forest and converted to pasture. During the depression of the 1930s, the eastern side of the hill was planted in radiata pine and other exotic species to provide work for the unemployed. But in 2004, ...

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