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Kiwiosities: Spanish names

Excerpts from Kiwiosities, a book by Gordon Ell on the traditions and folklore of New Zealand.

Spanish names

In Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, a number of Spanish place names recall the visit of the  explorer Malaspina, more than 200 years ago.

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Conformity tokens

Being considerate and friendly to people who serve us, and to strangers, taking our turn, being honest in our relationships; these are but the beginning of a long list of behaviours that we value in our communities. There’s nothing wrong with conformity, until it becomes inhibiting.

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RIP Local news

We miss our weekly rag. Just when it seemed to be doing the job of our daily papers (there’s only the NZ Herald now) ours, like other print media died.

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August miscellany

Deep in the heart of Mt Roskill and about 100 metres from the gates of Dominion Road School, where we Standard Two kids used to pick up milk crates for every class, the Labour Party held its campaign launch for local MP Michael Wood. Nothing unusual about that – the elections will be upon us in September.

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