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The White Heron or Kotuku

While the white heron is common in Australia and parts of Asia, we’re lucky to see them. They are considered rare in New Zealand. The Maori called them kotuku and their white feathers were highly sought for decoration. It is known as a graceful and beautiful bird and is featured on the New Zealand two-dollar coin. We have a resident kotuku in our area. He or she hangs out at the local pond where...

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Interview: Emily Gee

THIEF WITH NO SHADOW is New Zealander, Emily Gee's debut book. I caught up with Emily and asked about her recent release. 1. Tell us a little about yourself and your new release, THIEF WITH NO SHADOW. Me? Well, I've spent quite a bit of time studying--everything from...

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Back in the Eighteenth Century

Thirteen Things about Life and Sex in the Eighteenth Century 1. Coffee houses were places for men to meet, take refreshments and read newspapers, but even here they got into trouble with the opposite sex. Coffee-house owners were blamed for providing attractive...

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Advice for Aspiring Writers

Writing is hard work. Most people don't realize how difficult it is and the amount of dedication, determination and sheer sweat that goes into a completed manuscript. There's no easy way to become published, but here's a little advice for aspiring writers. 1. Read....

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