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New Zealand freelancer. #wellington local. Food, wine, travel & other heritage and science stuff.
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The Huntress herself, wine maker and hunter Jannine Rickards. Lovely to catch up and hear her story for Wilderness magazine. When Jannine isn’t hunting a pig for tea or making her signature drop, she’s out hiking some of New Zealand’s Great Walks. This year, Stewart Island’s Great Walk is on the list. “What’ll I pack for the Rakiura Track? Wairarapa pinot. I always make room in the pack for good wine - none of that $7-a-bottle stuff.”
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#wine #nzwine #wairarapa #winewriter #wellingtonwinecountry #huntresswine #hiking #newzealand #greatwalks #pinotnoir #wilderness #vines #martinborough #foodwinetravel @wildernessmagnz
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The Huntress herself, wine maker and hunter Jannine Rickards. Lovely to catch up and hear her story for Wilderness magazine. When Jannine isn’t hunting a pig for tea or making her signature drop, she’s out hiking some of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Th

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Heritage protection call on a city wall. Wellington, New Zealand.
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#ihumatao #heritage #heritagepreservation #maoriculture #heritagewriter #citywalls #signup #wellington #newzealand
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Heritage protection call on a city wall. Wellington, New Zealand. . . . #ihumatao #heritage #heritagepreservation #maoriculture #heritagewriter #citywalls #signup #wellington #newzealand

Wellington, New Zealand
A wee memento from Kapowairua, Far North. Wild, wandering mares (& their babies) of Te Hapua.
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#mares #horsesofinstagram #kapowairua #spiritsbay #newzealandlife #newzealand #nags #ponies #wildhorses #traveldiary
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A wee memento from Kapowairua, Far North. Wild, wandering mares (& their babies) of Te Hapua. . . . #mares #horsesofinstagram #kapowairua #spiritsbay #newzealandlife #newzealand #nags #ponies #wildhorses #traveldiary

Spirits Bay
And that’s a wrap - a fantastic working week in the north. Thanks to Ngāti Kuta and Patu Keha kaumatua Matu Clendon for sharing his story as kaitiaki of an archaeological dig at Mangahawea Bay in the Bay of Islands.
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#onassignment #heritagewriter #bayofislands #maoriculture #newzealand #mangahaweabay #writersdiary #kaumatua #thatsawrap @heritage_nz
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And that’s a wrap - a fantastic working week in the north. Thanks to Ngāti Kuta and Patu Keha kaumatua Matu Clendon for sharing his story as kaitiaki of an archaeological dig at Mangahawea Bay in the Bay of Islands. . . . . #onassignment #heritagewri

Kerikeri, New Zealand
Made it to Te Rerenga Wairua at the top of the North Island, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, the Te Araroa walk begins and where the spirits of the dead are said to join the underworld.
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#ngatikuri #capereinga #northland #travel #nzmustdos #newzealand #maoriculture #aotearoa #ourheritage #onassignment #spirits #underworld
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Made it to Te Rerenga Wairua at the top of the North Island, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, the Te Araroa walk begins and where the spirits of the dead are said to join the underworld. . . . . #ngatikuri #capereinga #northland #travel

Cape Reinga
Sundown at last night’s camp, Tapotupotu Bay (where the pungent smell of manuka pollen filled the night, together with heaps of mozzies, a healthy crew of camper-curious wasps, the clickity click of cicadas and, eventually, as night wore on, the roar of 1 x sleeping RJ Winbill). This morning it’s Bright Eyes on full bore from the house truck with the red velveteen couch. Life in the north is good.
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#northland #pinksky #farnorth #tapotupotu #camplife #sunset #newzealand #onassignment #travel #traveldiary
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Sundown at last night’s camp, Tapotupotu Bay (where the pungent smell of manuka pollen filled the night, together with heaps of mozzies, a healthy crew of camper-curious wasps, the clickity click of cicadas and, eventually, as night wore on, the roar

Kapowairua
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Today’s office. Kapowairua (Spirits Bay). Far North, Te Hiku o te Ika (the Tail of the Fish). Resting place of Ngāti Kuri kuia Saana Murray.
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#onassignment #farnorth #kapowairua #spiritsbay #aotearoa #newzealand #ngatikuri #sciencewriting #sciencejournalism #bioheritagenz
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Today’s office. Kapowairua (Spirits Bay). Far North, Te Hiku o te Ika (the Tail of the Fish). Resting place of Ngāti Kuri kuia Saana Murray. . . . #onassignment #farnorth #kapowairua #spiritsbay #aotearoa #newzealand #ngatikuri #sciencewriting #scien

Kapowairua
Ngā Tapuwae o te Mangai, Te Kao. Far North, New Zealand. A Ratana church, featuring two domed towers (Arepa and Omeka, alpha and omega). Rātana is a branch of Māori Christianity formed in 1925 by Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana, known as ‘the mouthpiece of God’. The church’s name translates as 'the sacred steps of the mouthpiece'.
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#church #rātana #northland #christianity #Pacificculture #Māoriheritage #heritage #nzarchitecture #NewZealand #travel #onassignment #heritagewriter #enroute #chapel #temple
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Ngā Tapuwae o te Mangai, Te Kao. Far North, New Zealand. A Ratana church, featuring two domed towers (Arepa and Omeka, alpha and omega). Rātana is a branch of Māori Christianity formed in 1925 by Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana, known as ‘the mouthpiece of

Te Kao, New Zealand
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Start of the week, Karikari Peninsula, Far North. New Zealand. Today we head further north. Tomorrow I’ll interview Ngāti Kuri’s Sheridan Waitai for e-tangata magazine about the many reasons the north of New Zealand is a special place.
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#monday #onassignment #karikari #camplife #sunup #farnorth #coast #nzsummer #nzmustdo #travelnz #newzealand #travel #writerslife
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Start of the week, Karikari Peninsula, Far North. New Zealand. Today we head further north. Tomorrow I’ll interview Ngāti Kuri’s Sheridan Waitai for e-tangata magazine about the many reasons the north of New Zealand is a special place. . . . #monday

Matai Bay New Zealand
Probably the friendliest shag you’ll meet. Mangonui Fish  Shop, Far North.
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#shag #shaggy #shagadelic #farnorth #mangonui #newzealand #birdland #fishshop #traveldiary #writerslife #feet
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Probably the friendliest shag you’ll meet. Mangonui Fish Shop, Far North. . . . #shag #shaggy #shagadelic #farnorth #mangonui #newzealand #birdland #fishshop #traveldiary #writerslife #feet

Mangonui
This morning’s interviewees, Raewyn & Hugh Rihari, kaitiaki of Rangihoua Heritage Park in the Bay of Islands. Hugh, Ngati Torehina kaumatua, is a descendant of chiefs Ruatara and Te Pahi who welcomed the Marsden missionaries to Rangihoua (Oihi or Hohi Mission Station) more than 200 years ago. “There was one reason my people took them in ...trade. And care for them we did too.”
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#onassignment #nzheritage #rangihoua #rihari #northland #firstEuropeansettlement #portraits #newzealand #gems #nzstories #marsden #hohimission #missionaryhistory #firstcontact #history #maoriculture #heritagewriter #travel #heritagetravel
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This morning’s interviewees, Raewyn & Hugh Rihari, kaitiaki of Rangihoua Heritage Park in the Bay of Islands. Hugh, Ngati Torehina kaumatua, is a descendant of chiefs Ruatara and Te Pahi who welcomed the Marsden missionaries to Rangihoua (Oihi or Hoh

Kerikeri, New Zealand
Back in the north for a week of travelling and interviewing. First stop Paroa Bay, near Russell. Thanks to @rachiwakefield and @tohoracoffeeco we’ve found the best overnight camp.
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#paroabay #traveldiary #onassignment #newzealand #northland #sundown #campervan #camperlife #dusk #nzsummer #winery
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Back in the north for a week of travelling and interviewing. First stop Paroa Bay, near Russell. Thanks to @rachiwakefield and @tohoracoffeeco we’ve found the best overnight camp. . . . #paroabay #traveldiary #onassignment #newzealand #northland #sun

Russell, New Zealand
Te Rāwhiti marae, c1915. Bay of Islands. New Zealand. Te Rāwhiti marae is the ancestral marae of two major hapu of Te Rawhiti, Ngati Kuta and Patukeha.
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#maori #heritage #heritagewriter #newzealand #maraestyles #rawhiti #onassignment #tuia250encounters #historicplaces #nzarchitecture #northlandnz #ngatikuta #patukeha
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Te Rāwhiti marae, c1915. Bay of Islands. New Zealand. Te Rāwhiti marae is the ancestral marae of two major hapu of Te Rawhiti, Ngati Kuta and Patukeha. . . . . #maori #heritage #heritagewriter #newzealand #maraestyles #rawhiti #onassignment #tuia250e

Rawhiti, New Zealand
Today’s workplace, Te Rawhiti marae, Bay of Islands, where Heritage New Zealand archaeologist Dr James Robinson is presenting his findings from a significant excavation at nearby Mangahawea Bay. “We found evidence showing very, very early Māori settlement - your ancestors came here to settle. Just as your stories suggest, they were explorers; experienced, skilled navigators much like the people who were first on the moon.”
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#heritage #maoriculture #rawhiti #history #newzealandfinds #archaeologynz #archaeology #maraelife #sciencewriter #onassignment #bayofislands #voyagers #exploration #pacifichistory #wananga #northland
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Today’s workplace, Te Rawhiti marae, Bay of Islands, where Heritage New Zealand archaeologist Dr James Robinson is presenting his findings from a significant excavation at nearby Mangahawea Bay. “We found evidence showing very, very early Māori settl

Rawhiti, New Zealand
Perfect day for dipping our toes in the Ruamahanga river, the body of water that connects the Wairarapa Valley wine regions of Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton. This area reflects 1.3% of New Zealand’s wine production, but 2.8% of our vineyards. Located to the east of New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, the Wairarapa is home to typically small, family-owned and boutique producers.
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#nzwine #winestory #onassignment #wairarapa #raumahanga #wellingtonwinecountry #riverbed #riverviews #newzealandfinds #travel #foodwine
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Perfect day for dipping our toes in the Ruamahanga river, the body of water that connects the Wairarapa Valley wine regions of Martinborough, Gladstone and Masterton. This area reflects 1.3% of New Zealand’s wine production, but 2.8% of our vineyards

Martinborough
A fine day at the office - lost in the food and wine of the Wairarapa on a #foodiefriday. C’est Cheese in Featherston, followed by a stop off at The Martinborough Wine Merchants, then into Medici and The Wine Bank before a quick chinwag about natural wines with winemaker Lance Redgwell at Cambridge Road. Tonight we roll into Union Square. Jinkers.
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#wairarapa #onassignment #winecountry #cambridgeroad #naturalwine #foodtravel #winelove #newzealand #travelguide #ifwtwa
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A fine day at the office - lost in the food and wine of the Wairarapa on a #foodiefriday . C’est Cheese in Featherston, followed by a stop off at The Martinborough Wine Merchants, then into Medici and The Wine Bank before a quick chinwag about natural

Martinborough
Eyes of Fiji, Sri Siva Subramaniya Swamy Temple. Nadi.
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#fiji #travelgram #temple #hindugods #hindu #eyes #culturevulture
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Eyes of Fiji, Sri Siva Subramaniya Swamy Temple. Nadi. . . . . #fiji #travelgram #temple #hindugods #hindu #eyes #culturevulture

Nadi
There’s a long history of rail in Fiji. Rail moves cut sugar cane to crushing mills. In the old days there was a two horse-drawn street tramway and an underground mine system. Today tourists (and locals like this guy) ride makeshift electric bikes to travel the abandoned railway lines and explore local villages.
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#travelgram #heritageoffiji #fiji #rail #railheritage #abandonedplaces #touristtips #pacific #southpacfic #natadola #natadolafiji #villagelife
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There’s a long history of rail in Fiji. Rail moves cut sugar cane to crushing mills. In the old days there was a two horse-drawn street tramway and an underground mine system. Today tourists (and locals like this guy) ride makeshift electric bikes to

Natadola Loka Beach Fiji