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Hey Team Chelmo. I spent Christmas 1994 in Wanaka! Wow very nice neighborhood you guys live in!


Thanks OshnDoc, I guess if you live in a place all your life you don't appreciate what you really have. I'm glad you like NZ so much, bit warmer than Antartica too :) Wanaka is a cool place, plenty to do if you want and absolutely nothing to do if that's what you prefer.

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The McDonalds fast food restaurants in New Zealand have a new kids happy meal - it's called

the Pasta Zoo Happy Meal. Available only in Australia and New Zealand , the meal includes 10 pasta pieces (filled with cheese and vegetables) with Zoo Goo (Italian pasta sauce), pair of small plastic tongs, a toy, and a milk drink with a 'Sipaah' flavored straw (chocolate or strawberry). It is aimed to be a healthier alternative to the current Cheeseburger or McNuggets Happy Meal. This was added to the menu on January 17, 2007.



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In the battle of the 'mites', Promite is the one you have missed off your list! [:ph34r:]


Promite is the registered brand name for a dark brown, salty food paste mainly used as a spread on sandwiches and toast similar to the better known Vegemite and Marmite. Promite was invented in the 1950s by Henry Lewis & Company and marketed under the Masterfoods brand. Henry Lewis & Company later became MasterFoods Australia and New Zealand, before being bought out by the privately owned Mars family's group of companies in 1967. .


Promite is made from vegetables and yeast extract, and is high in various B vitamins.


Promite has a sweeter taste, darker colour and a softer, more spreadable texture than Vegemite. [:)]

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The McDonalds KiwiBurger...


New Zealand's Kiwiburger was a local burger based on what are commonly called 'Jumbo burgers' from local fish and chip outlets. It featured a beef patty, tomato, beetroot and a fried egg. The Kiwiburger remained on the menu until 2004 when it was replaced with "The Boss' - which features 2 quarter pounder beef patties, but is without beetroot and egg. Due to popular demand, the Kiwiburger was returned to the McDonalds menu in May, 2007

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And here's one more McDonalds fact....


New Zealand was the second country in the world to introduce the McCafe to many of its restaurants. Dunedin's George Street restaurant was the first in the world to launch an Internet Mc Cafe, which offered internet usage in the restaurant with just over 20 computers, which has now become a large success for the restaurant and company.

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Moving on to Kentucky Fried Chicken...


The first Kentucky Fried Chicken opened in New Zealand in 1971.

It opened at Auckland’s Royal Oak

KFC has recently redesigned the New Zealand restaurants.

The New Zealand store design has been accepted as a new world wide standard for KFC.

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G'Day Guys & Gals :) Just thought I would throw a wee hint out as to when the next coin will go. It should be the secret posting number, and the hint is...


The number increased by "1" today :)


Your age!


Happy twenty-first! :ph34r:


I HOPE NOT... Cos' if it was I missed it!

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Hey Bunya have you heard I have a new girlfriend? Her name is BAAABRAAA B)


No wait, that doesn't work, I'm taking the micky out of Kiwi's :D:)


By the way Bro... you might want to check that map you posted earlier... and just check where the 'We are here' arrow was! Last time I looked, AshVegas was no where near Omarama!!!! :ph34r:


Oh, and your comments above probably amount to high treason!!! LOL :D


Does Chel know about the sheep thing!?? :D:D:)

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New Zealand has geysers also.


A thermal geyser starts to rise in one of the volcanic areas — which means almost anywhere — in Rotorua. Rotorua has the most energetic thermal activity in all of New Zealand and the geysers are caused by pressures from within the earth.



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The pool fills a 900-year-old crater which is about 60 metres across by 60 metres deep. The waters are tinted green with arsenic, sulphur and iron compounds. It's bubbling with carbon dioxide at about 74 degrees C and depositing orange antimony along with traces of gold, silver and mercury on its rim and the huge sinter terraces that drain it. It's my favourite thermal attraction in Rotorua.

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Moeraki Boulders


According to Maori legend, the Moeraki Boulders are Kai-hinaki (food baskets) that were washed ashore when a canoe was shipwrecked while searching for precious stones. Modern science is less sure about how the boulders were made. The current theory is that they started as lime crystals, which then attracted other minerals to form the spherical shape.

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Punakaiki blowhole


The Punakaiki coast can get very exciting at high tide with a heavy swell running. For millions of years, these limestone cliffs have been eroded by the Tasman Sea, producing amazing formations and blowholes. When conditions are right, ocean swells are forced through cracks and cavities in the rock – the only way out is up.

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Nice ones P of Sam!


AND WHOA DUDE! That resident XLE is awesome!!!! Someone here is gonna be really stoked about that one!!! ill try to come up with some fun facts tonight!...Great fun it is learning about the Land of the long white cloud!

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Here's what we know (I hope it doesn't duplicate something already said....if it does we're sorry.)


Some strange and interesting fact on New Zealand:


-No part of New Zealand is more than 128 km from the sea.


-French Pass, which separates d'Urville Island from the South Island coast, is the only place in the world where two different levels of ocean can be seen at once. This causes tremendously dangerous currents - sometimes the tide flows at up to 8 knots through the narrow Pass.


(edited for rules...1 fact/pic per post)

Edited by PengoFamily
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The New Zealand Monster... (dinosaur or shark... you decide)


In 1977 a Japanese fishing ship caught a large animal carcass in its trawl net near New Zealand. The remains of this creature were hauled on board and examined. The huge monster had been dead for about a month and had started to decompose. It was measured, 5 photos of it were shot by a zoologist, and flipper samples taken. For fear of contaminating their fresh supply of fish, the Japanese threw the monster back into the sea. It was 10 m long, weighed 4000 pounds (1814 kg). Its neck was 1.5 m long, its head 45 cm, and the 4 flippers were 1 m in length.


When the ship got back, and the photos were developed, they puzzled scientists. No one could identify the animal. The flipper samples were analyzed and showed that the animal was similar to a fish, or reptile, but not to a mammal. Therefore it could not have been a whale or seal. Its neck was too long to be a fish. Some proposed that it was a shark, maybe a basking shark, but its neck had vertebrae, which is not present in fish or sharks. Slowly, the idea that it was a plesiosaur (a seagoing dinosaur, a marine reptile) grew, since no other animal was found to agree with the data, especially the 4 identical flippers and its large size. Japanese scientists have agreed that it is probably a plesiosaur.


The New Zealand monster was front-page news for weeks in Japan. 58 Japanese, South Korean and Russian ships were sent into the area to recover the animal, but it has not been found. If it exists, the Loch Ness monster is probably a plesiosaur as well.

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New Zealand World Records

Litter collection - The greatest number of volunteers collecting litter in one location on one day is 19,924 who helped clean up the city of Wellington in October 1991 as part of a Keep Wellington Beautiful campaign.


Steepest street — The steepest street in the world is Baldwin St, Dunedin, its maximum gradient 1 in 1.266.

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Were there ever dinosaurs living in New Zealand? Yes.


Considering it’s relatively small size New Zealand had a reasonable dinosaur representation. However it wasn’t until fairly recently, when amateur palaeontologist Joan Wiffen uncovered dinosaur bones in the Hawkes Bay, that scientists even knew that dinosaurs had roamed New Zealand. We now know that at least five types of dinosaurs were once found on the land in New Zealand:


- the carnivorous theropod which stood around 2m tall and weighed in at 400kgs

- the Ankylosaurus an armour plated monster weighing around 500kgs

- a sauropod called Diplodocus which was the largest of all New Zealand dinosaurs at around 10m tall

- the well known, flying pterosaur

- a herbivorous ornithopod


In addition, two marine species were relatively common around the New Zealand coastline:


- Plesiosaur

- Mosasaur

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Edmonds Cookbook — Sure to Sell

More copies of this book, published by the makers of Edmonds ‘Sure to Rise’ Baking Powder, have been sold than any other book in New Zealand. Few New Zealand children would leave home without buying or borrowing their mother’s copy of this kiwi culinary bible.

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L & P — National Soft Drink

L & P stands for Lemon and Paeroa, New Zealand’s most famous soft drink. It was invented in 1904 after its maker tasted some mineral water near the town of Paeroa, and mixed it with lemon to make a particularly refreshing drink. L & P was originally called Paeroa and Lemon, though the name was later reversed, and then shorted to L & P. This drink is still popular throughout New Zealand today.

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Visitors to New Zealand during summer will see New Zealand’s Christmas tree - the pohutukawa,

fringing northern beaches and clinging to seaside cliffs. The trees have masses of stunning crimson

flowers and have cultural significance for Maori.


At Spirits Bay in Northland, Cape Reinga (the far north of the North Island), an old pohutukawa

is said to be where spirits leave on their journey through the underworld after death. One in

Kawhia Harbour is said to be the tree the Tainui canoe tied up to after its voyage across the

Pacific 1000 years ago.




Te Waha O Rere Kohu Te Araroa An ancient Pohutukawa tree growing at Te Araroa,

with it's 22 trunks, said to be the biggest in New Zealand, and 600+ yrs old.

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The early Polynesian settlers called the country Aotearoa, meaning Land of the Long White Cloud. It is a name by which New Zealand is quite often known.




I wanna go to New Zealand!!!! Mark if I ship my self overnight air...will you sign for me??? :)

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The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand, is the only mainland breeding colony for any albatross species found in the southern hemisphere. The first Taiaroa-reared albatross chick flew in 1938 and this now protected nature reserve has grown into an established colony. The 500th royal chick hatched on 26th January 2007.

At a special function at Taiaroa Head on February 8 the Minister of Conservation, Chris Carter, announced that, unlike others in the colony, this one will have a name – Toroa – which is Maori for albatross.


Beneath this nature reserve lies the tunnels of Fort Taiaroa, established over 100 years ago to counter the anticipated threat of invasion from Tsarist Russia. Visitors here are very fortunate to be able to view the only working-order Armstrong Disappearing Gun (1886) of its type left in the world.



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The distance between New Zealand and the South Pole is 3,000 miles (45 degrees of latitude).

Christchurch, New Zealand is the point of exit and entry to the real world when coming and leaving

the south pole area. Flights from Christchurch to McMurdo Station take about 8 hours.

Also, the South Pole is in the same time zone as New Zealand.

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120 million chocolate bars are sold in New Zealand every year, 60 million of these are made by Cadbury.

Cadbury uses 33,000 litres of milk every day for chocolate production at its Dunedin plant.


New Zealanders chew through 150 million Pascall Jaybees every year


Cadbury Confectionery's Dunedin plant produces around 10,000 Crunchie bars per hour.


The Cadbury Chocolate Carnival will be held in Dunedin this year from July 7 to 13, 2007.

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Less than 100 posts to go until the next coin goes to a lucky person, then we move on to the "BONUS" coin :) It's first thing in the morning here so off to work soon, hopefully in just over 8 hours we will have our second winner with the Third winner sure not to be far behind!

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