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Old Jun 15th 2009, 10:31 am
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Originally Posted by Genesis View Post
There is a dolphin up on the east coast (hawkes bay way) who swims and plays daily with sightseers. Which is nice. He's there every day.
Moko- http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/...mahia-dolphin/

There have been a few such friendly dolphins over NZ recent history and the sad thing is they tend to die in the end. Moko has become a wee legend in HB and I must admit as a rural TA I **LOVED** reading kids' stories on mon morning about swimming with her- little bare foot kids living in sheds in the middle of nowhere, living a life that by UK standards would be considered 'poor' and yet spending their weekends swimming with dolphins and diving for crayfish and paua for supper.

There, that's something AMAZING about NZ- the lifestyle forces you to change your perspective and redefine 'wealth'. Those that don't never quite 'get' the Kiwi thing and either leave or stay unhappy.
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Old Jun 15th 2009, 10:36 am
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you're right about redefining wealth...I thought I'd die without the convenience of M&S and the like. Without a million stores selling some must have bit of tat.
Being in NZ makes you realise that doesn't matter.
I can live without ikea but I could n't live with out beaches and moutains and bush and family
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You can employ a minor to serve in a restaurant bar !!! If you want to you can buy your child as much alcohol as you like in a bar and if you don't have any food available you cannot legaly serve booze in a bar......

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Old Jun 15th 2009, 12:21 pm
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NZ coastal waters contain 50% of ALL the world's whales, dolphins and porpoises.
Is that a fact? Because I find that quite hard to believe! Whales are most certainly migratory and travel a long way between feeding and breeding grounds and some pass by here on the way to Antartica, I don't think too many of them actually stay. We only get a few types through here too, there are heaps more over the other side of the pacific, Central America, Mexico, Baja California.
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Old Jun 15th 2009, 8:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Bo-Jangles View Post
Is that a fact? Because I find that quite hard to believe! Whales are most certainly migratory and travel a long way between feeding and breeding grounds and some pass by here on the way to Antartica, I don't think too many of them actually stay. We only get a few types through here too, there are heaps more over the other side of the pacific, Central America, Mexico, Baja California.
I googled it...apparently so! Or was it a wind up! Not really a wind up subject so it may be true. One of our stats that's good news for a change aye?
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There's 80 million possums
79,999,998 After last night at our house
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Old Jun 15th 2009, 9:34 pm
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79,999,998 After last night at our house
shame their not edible!
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You can employ a minor to serve in a restaurant bar !!! If you want to you can buy your child as much alcohol as you like in a bar and if you don't have any food available you cannot legaly serve booze in a bar......
the buying your child booze is also legal in the uk (scottish license though not sure about english) from age of 5 kids are allowed to drink certain kinds of alcahol aslong as parents give permission... this was a question that came up in my licencing exam
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the buying your child booze is also legal in the uk (scottish license though not sure about english) from age of 5 kids are allowed to drink certain kinds of alcahol aslong as parents give permission... this was a question that came up in my licencing exam
Only in Scotland. In England you can buy beer, wine or perry for a 16 or 17 year old with food but not younger. Although you can let your kid have alcohol at home once over 5......
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shame their not edible!
But they are! There has been talk about marketing possum meat to the Chinese, I don't know how far this has been taken, not far enough if we still have 80,000,000 obviously. I don't think they will be successfully marketed to the local population here though! They've never managed to sell us rabbit meat, not with any real success anyway and rabbits are/were a huge problem.
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Old Jun 16th 2009, 7:57 am
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But they are! There has been talk about marketing possum meat to the Chinese, I don't know how far this has been taken, not far enough if we still have 80,000,000 obviously. I don't think they will be successfully marketed to the local population here though! They've never managed to sell us rabbit meat, not with any real success anyway and rabbits are/were a huge problem.
I saw my dog swallow a possum whole (admittedly it had been dead for several weeks so was somewhat pre-digested), so it must be palatable on some level. Maybe you could process them into dog food using some sort of mulching machine?
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Sorry I've got to ask, what size dog was that?!!
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Sorry I've got to ask, what size dog was that?!!
Never mind what size - it must have been sick surely? Dead for a couple of weeks?!
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But they are! There has been talk about marketing possum meat to the Chinese, I don't know how far this has been taken, not far enough if we still have 80,000,000 obviously. I don't think they will be successfully marketed to the local population here though! They've never managed to sell us rabbit meat, not with any real success anyway and rabbits are/were a huge problem.

Have you tried the meat? I usually say if you can curry it, it's good eating
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Oh no I don't think I could, nor could I eat any meat I haven't grown up with, no dogs, cats, snakes, monkey etc. I'm just too long in the tooth for those sorts of new experiences. We are off to Hong Kong next week so will have to make sure I read the menus carefully!!

Currying meat does work wonders so I am told.....

People do eat it in Nz though, however I think you need to have quite a long beard and wear shorts pants all year round, drive a ute, live in the bush etc
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