Something forgotten from some days ago was a very interesting meeting with a man in Manganuku.  On the morning after we arrived, we heard a vehicle pull up in the parking area where we were.  A man got out of a ute and proceeded to set up some device (he had is back to us so we could not see what it was).  And then he stood and watched the sky.  What we had not seen was the device he placed on the ground in front of him.  It was a flying platform. 

When we had figured this out Roy went over to have a closer look and to have a conversation with him about the device.  It turned out to be an H shaped frame with the long axis as the cross part of the H.  At each of the four ends was a vertically mounted propeller as in a helicopter.  On the front was mounted a camera, the same type as used by some sports such as skiing, skydiving etc, as head cameras.  The whole thing was controlled from a similar controller as that used for a model plane/helicopter. 

He was taking a video of the old bridge shown in photos in a past Blog.

To see the specific device being operated have a look at this link Ariel H frame.

The Maori name for the Gisborne region is Tairawhiti which means the coast where the sun shines across the water, and as we discovered it is very apt.  The weather has been unbelievably hot, with clear skies every day although we are promised some rain over the next few days.

 sunrise over gisborneSunrise over Gisborne

Gisborne was the first landing place of Captain James Cook in 1769 with various statues commemorating this event dotted around the city. 

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Young Nick spotting land            Captain Cook

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Stylised boat (Endeavour?) a dynamic sculpture where each of the wands moves in the wind

A Millennium wall has been built on the foreshore of Midway Beach  along Centennial Marine Drive.  As well as a dawn photo it records many citizens names both alive and dead.

millenium wall2millenium wall

Sunday afternoon and we took a ride out to Eastwoodland National Arboretum of New Zealand. This was started by another Mr Cook, in 1910 and is 35km inland from Gisborne, covers some ??????ha, has over 5000 trees and 25kms of walking tracks.  It was sold in 1965 to a Mr Williams who then began the process of establishing a public trust board.  Douglas Cook was also instrumental in the establishment of Pukeiti Gardens in New Plymouth. At Eastwoodland there is a huge variety of exotic and native trees, from America oaks, to Asiatic magnolias to prehistoric trees of Gondwanaland.   

We set off to wander one of the many tracks,  unfortunately we were just a few weeks too early to see the trees in their best autumnal colours.  However we did find a lemon tree sporting the largest lemons we have ever seen, just a little too large for a gin.

lemon  colour 

Lemon                                            Changing colours   

Autumn flowers;

flower 1 flower 2

Cyclamen                                       Crocus


Turkeys running wild

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Magnolia                                          Belladonna Lillies

pondwater lillies 

Pond                                             Water lillies

oaks Oaks around the carpark

These Oaks provided a little consternation on arrival.  We parked beneath them and as we got out of the car a wind gust came through.  We were bombarded with acorns from on high and the sound of them hitting the car roof was quite unnerving.  So we moved the car to another part of the car park much to the amusement of another couple who had just experienced the same thing some moments before and were watching expectantly as we parked.

Sunday evening and we had been invited out to dinner to Judy’s place, an old school friend of Roy’s sister Karel.  We had a lovely evening with Judy and her daughter and family, it was so nice to be so warmly greeted, especially as it was nearly 50 years since Judy and Roy had last seen each other! 

Out and about, we came across these………………

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A pond in a paddock which had completely dried up but had not lost the green algae that would normally be floating on the top 

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Grapevines wearing skirts of netting to protect the grapes from birds


And teasels, a subject of discussion with Mike and Bernadette some years ago.  Here is a photo of them just for you.


Ducks walking in the tidal mud of the river running through Gisborne

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“Read me a story granddad” the name of this statue in a street in the city centre.   An example of the increasing number of street art objects seen in New Zealand towns and cities.

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A Chinese cold storage ship at the front and a Korean vessel behind in Gisborne harbour.

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One of the more impressive Pohutukawa aerial root systems seen in our travels.

Monday and its time to head off from Gisborne, but first empty the waste tanks, fill up with fresh water, get a COF (Certificate of Fitness) for the van, fill up with fuel and purchase last minute supplies.  Oh and did we mention that the temperature has been getting well in the 30’s during the day and only dropping to early 20’s overnight? making it difficult to sleep at night.   


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