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Q is for Queenstown

Queenstown is a tourist destination in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s the place where adventure awaits, and from here you can go jet boating on the Shotover River, skiing during the winter, fishing, do helicopter rides, go bungy jumping, ride on the Skyline...

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P is for Pavlova

Here is a recipe for a very traditional New Zealand dessert. Pavlova is especially popular at Christmas time and our family celebrations always include a pavlova for dessert. Picture a huge meringue that has a soft marshmallow like texture in the center and a crisp...

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O is for One Night of Misbehavior

Titles are hard things to pin down—at least I find them difficult, and I can ponder and panic about finding the perfect title for a book for weeks. Titles also don’t begin with an O, but bear with me. Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale. I guess it’s the romantic in...

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N is for New Zealand

Although I enjoy traveling and exploring the world, New Zealand is my home country. Here are some facts about New Zealand: 1. We are an island country – North Island, South Island and Stewart Island – in the south western Pacific Ocean. 2. Our capital is Wellington....

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M is for Middlemarch

Middlemarch is a small country town in the South Island of New Zealand. A few years ago I happened to catch a special interest story on our local news. The town of Middlemarch had a shortage of women of marriageable age. In order to attract more women, the town...

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L is for Lorde

Any music lover out there has probably heard of Lorde, the young New Zealand singer who is doing phenomenally well on the world stage. Since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently visiting New Zealand, my choice of which of Lorde’s songs to feature was easy....

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K is for Kiwi

The kiwi is New Zealand’s national bird. In fact, the New Zealand people are also known as kiwis. Here are some facts about the kiwi: 1. The kiwi is a flightless bird. 2. Kiwis live in pairs and mate for life. 3. They are mostly nocturnal and live in burrows. 4. They...

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J is for Jaffas

A jaffa is a sweet with an orange flavored outer covering and a chocolate center. They are round in shape, and you’ll often hear jaffas rolling on the floor, especially in the movies. Their round shape makes them escape easily! They’re an Australian and New Zealand...

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I is for Idols

New Zealand might be a small country, but our people think big. We’re high achievers because we don’t believe in the words, “I can’t.” At least that’s my theory. Today, I’m going to mention two great New Zealanders. Katherine Wilson Shepherd, known as Kate, was born...

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