West Coast Northland, Kaikohe

77 days ago

Book

Ross from Kerikeri District

CANNIBALS, CROCODILES AND CASSOWARIES

A New Zealand Forest Ranger in the Jungles of Papua New Guinea

It is 1967 in Papua New Guinea.

Despite never having left New Zealand before, Ross takes to living and working in the jungle like he was born there, right down to learning Pidgin and eating bush… View more
CANNIBALS, CROCODILES AND CASSOWARIES

A New Zealand Forest Ranger in the Jungles of Papua New Guinea

It is 1967 in Papua New Guinea.

Despite never having left New Zealand before, Ross takes to living and working in the jungle like he was born there, right down to learning Pidgin and eating bush meat from some particularly suspicious sources.

From hair-raising experiments with stump-blasting to being caught in the arrow-fire of a tribal battle, Ross’s life is never dull. He has a tug-of-war with a reef shark over his dinner catch, witnesses (and photographs) a young men’s initiation ritual that few non-natives have ever seen, visits cannibals and head-hunters in their isolated villages, gets caught in storms at sea in an open boat, climbs to ancient rock-paintings and burial caves, experiences the mysterious power of native superstition, races against time to get death adder victims to hospital, witnesses more post-mortems than he cares to remember, gets arrested in PNG’s Eastern Highlands for photographing a chain gang at work (and talks his way free with photos intact), goes crocodile hunting with a barking dog for bait, seeks out the isolated tribe that suffers from the “laughing death” (kuru), encounters fascinating customs among isolated tribes, and collects the artefacts that formed the backbone of the National Museum of New Zealand’s PNG collection at that time.

When he encounters jungle bridges that have lost their decks, he drives his Holden across the stringers! When asked by the NZ National Museum’s Curator of Pacific Ethnology to procure or photograph a rare fertility figure that no-one in PNG is even prepared to talk about, Ross makes a secretive deal with a witchdoctor that results in him smuggling one out of a remote village wrapped in his spare shirt.

Price includes NZ postage

Price: $29.95

77 days ago

Latest book

Ross from Kerikeri District

An Accidental Bushman
The Making of a Forest Ranger

More great yarns from the author of Cannibals, Crocodiles and Cassowaries

Growing up in small town Taranaki, Ross wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. He just knew that he enjoyed hunting, hiking, trapping, fishing, and exploring … View more
An Accidental Bushman
The Making of a Forest Ranger

More great yarns from the author of Cannibals, Crocodiles and Cassowaries

Growing up in small town Taranaki, Ross wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. He just knew that he enjoyed hunting, hiking, trapping, fishing, and exploring the wilds of New Zealand. The outdoors was Ross’ element.

During his first year out of secondary school, a chance newspaper advertisement launched Ross upon a career that would take him through many adventures over four decades, through 42 countries, and innumerable close shaves.

In An Accidental Bushman (the prequel to Cannibals, Crocodiles and Cassowaries, published in 2019), Ross tells about how it all came to be—and about some of the incorrigible larrikins, precarious predicaments, and hair-raising exploits that shaped his training and early career as a Forest Ranger in New Zealand.

Ross has a way of telling a story that draws you into the moment and sweeps you along with the action. There are plenty of laughs (some at Ross’s expense) and enough scrapes and shenanigans to make you wonder how Ross ever survived to write the book!

An Accidental Bushman sometimes reads like a hilarious instruction book of what not to do, with many of Ross’s ill-fated adventures stemming from what simply seems like a good idea at the time—like his disastrous introduction to boating with no experience, no safety gear, and ultimately no working engine! Ross makes a habit of crashing vehicles, manufactures cyanide possum bait (and lives to tell the tale), gets seriously lost in the bush, spends a night in a haunted hut, gets marooned on an island amidst swirling floodwaters, contracts hypothermia, and survives some memorable culinary disasters. It’s clear that without his uncanny knack of always falling on his feet, Ross wouldn’t be with us to tell these stories today.

Ross also shares yarns of the colourful bunch of larrikins with whom he trained, worked, and socialised, regaling us with tales of interrupted trysts, foul revenge, forest fires, thieving wildlife, crippling hangovers, poaching, parties, and motorised mayhem.

The book includes some 60 photographs from Ross’s vast collection which richly illustrate his writing.

Settle in for another book of rip-roaring adventures that’s as hard to put down as the last one!

Price includes NZ postage.

Price: $29.95

77 days ago

Paint a woven plate

The Team from Resene ColorShop Kerikeri

Put your own spin on wall art by painting designs on woven plates. A quick, budget friendly way to add colour to your walls and so easy to repaint if you want to update the colours later.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how to create … View more
Put your own spin on wall art by painting designs on woven plates. A quick, budget friendly way to add colour to your walls and so easy to repaint if you want to update the colours later.

Make the most of this weekend with this easy step by step project idea from Resene. Find out how to create your own.

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84 days ago

Poll: Did you know old rice could make you sick?

New Zealand Food Safety

Just because it’s rice doesn’t mean it lasts longer than other food. Over time, cooked rice may grow bacteria that produces toxins, which can make you sick. So, make sure you cover, refrigerate and only keep for a day or two.

Don’t risk making your whānau sick. Eat any leftover food … View more
Just because it’s rice doesn’t mean it lasts longer than other food. Over time, cooked rice may grow bacteria that produces toxins, which can make you sick. So, make sure you cover, refrigerate and only keep for a day or two.

Don’t risk making your whānau sick. Eat any leftover food within two days. If in doubt, chuck it out.

Remember to Clean Cook Chill and check our easy food safety tips here.

The team at New Zealand Food Safety
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Did you know old rice could make you sick?
  • 86% Yes I’m always careful
    86% Complete
  • 14% No I thought rice doesn’t go bad
    14% Complete
2996 votes
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78 days ago

Sculpture

Haley from Kerikeri District

Female Figurine
This is an absolute eye catcher, in bold high gloss red. This lovely lady measures 345 x 600 x 510 and 6.5 kilos
If it's a statement piece you're after, this is it!
Delivery can be arranged to Kerikeri and surrounds by arrangement.
Still in the box, half the purchase … View more
Female Figurine
This is an absolute eye catcher, in bold high gloss red. This lovely lady measures 345 x 600 x 510 and 6.5 kilos
If it's a statement piece you're after, this is it!
Delivery can be arranged to Kerikeri and surrounds by arrangement.
Still in the box, half the purchase price.
Please "text", coverage is not always available and this will ensure I receive your message.

Price: $180

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78 days ago

Sculpture

Haley from Kerikeri District

Woman Figurine 740 x 340
Made from a form of resin, very heavy 13kgs. Looks convincingly like marble. Certainly won't be blowing away!
Not intended for outdoors, but I was going to get it coated in marine polyurethane, but just didn't get around to it.
It truely is gorgeous and quite the … View more
Woman Figurine 740 x 340
Made from a form of resin, very heavy 13kgs. Looks convincingly like marble. Certainly won't be blowing away!
Not intended for outdoors, but I was going to get it coated in marine polyurethane, but just didn't get around to it.
It truely is gorgeous and quite the statement.
Delivery can be arranged to Kerikeri and surrounds. This can be securely shipped at buyer's cost.
Still in its box, half the purchase price.
Please contact via "text", as I don't always have coverage and this will ensure I get your message.

Price: $180

79 days ago

MPI cocktail onion product recalled

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Delmaine Fine Foods Ltd has recalled a batch of its branded cocktail onions due to the possible presence of glass fragments.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has stated that there has been no reports of associated injury.

What you need to know:

- The product was sold at the following … View more
Delmaine Fine Foods Ltd has recalled a batch of its branded cocktail onions due to the possible presence of glass fragments.

The Ministry for Primary Industries has stated that there has been no reports of associated injury.

What you need to know:

- The product was sold at the following stores in Northland:
New World Kerikeri
New World Onerahi
Four Square Mangawhai

- The product was sold at the following stores in Auckland:
New World Albany
New World Browns Bay
New World Devonport
New World Green Bay
New World Hobsonville
New World Kumeu
New World Milford
New World Mt Roskill
New World New Lynn
New World Papakura
New World Pukekohe
New World Southmall
New World Waiuku
New World Warkworth
New World Whangaparaoa
Pak’n Save Albany
Pak’n Save Sylvia Park

Customers should return the product to their retailer for a full refund. Those with further questions are encouraged to contact Delmaine Fine Foods Ltd on 0800 33 56 24.

For more information about the recall, head through to the New Zealand Food Safety Website.

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79 days ago

Have you ever had a long wait for a coroner's report?

Denise Piper Reporter from Northern News

Grieving families are waiting up to five years to receive a coroner's report into how their loved one died - a delay that has been called a national scandal. New figures now show investigation times have ballooned and Northland is the worst impacted region. What do you think?
Have you ever … View more
Grieving families are waiting up to five years to receive a coroner's report into how their loved one died - a delay that has been called a national scandal. New figures now show investigation times have ballooned and Northland is the worst impacted region. What do you think?
Have you ever had a long wait?

80 days ago

Awanuiārangi Orientation Day 2021!

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Whangarei Campus Orientation

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi will be hosting an orientation day at our Whangarei Campus on Wednesday 24th February for our Te Tai Tokerau students.

This is an opportunity to visit our Northland campus, meet our staff and support services and your fellow … View more
Whangarei Campus Orientation

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi will be hosting an orientation day at our Whangarei Campus on Wednesday 24th February for our Te Tai Tokerau students.

This is an opportunity to visit our Northland campus, meet our staff and support services and your fellow students.

If you are still considering study options for 2021, we also welcome you to attend our orientation event.

Our campus is located at 12A Murdoch Crescent, Raumanga Heights, Whangarei. Nau mai, haere mai.

You can find out more about our programmes here.
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85 days ago

NZ's friendliest regions and towns

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi there,
Canterbury has been named the fifth most welcoming region in the world in the Booking.com Traveller Review Awards, while Oamaru, Hokitika and Invercargill have been named the most welcoming towns in NZ. They were followed by Cambridge, Picton, Lake Tekapo, Kerikeri, Palmerston North, … View more
Hi there,
Canterbury has been named the fifth most welcoming region in the world in the Booking.com Traveller Review Awards, while Oamaru, Hokitika and Invercargill have been named the most welcoming towns in NZ. They were followed by Cambridge, Picton, Lake Tekapo, Kerikeri, Palmerston North, Paihia and Twizel.
We'd be really keen to hear your thoughts on this based on your own travels around New Zealand. Do you think Canterbury is NZ's most welcoming region? And are these our most welcoming towns?
Where in NZ have you been made to feel particularly welcome on your travels?
As usual, please put 'NFP' in your comment if you don't want it to be included in an article. Cheers.

81 days ago

💖 Love Where You Live - February 1st to 28th 💖

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

Love is in the air this month! We’re not just talking about Valentine’s Day, we’re talking about this month’s national campaign.

Our theme for February is all about finding ways to show your home and community a little extra love and care. Whether it’s organising a street clean up, … View more
Love is in the air this month! We’re not just talking about Valentine’s Day, we’re talking about this month’s national campaign.

Our theme for February is all about finding ways to show your home and community a little extra love and care. Whether it’s organising a street clean up, helping a neighbour tidy up their property, collaborating on a mural, putting together a working bee, or installing a communal pātaka or library - there are countless ways to make our neighbourhoods more beautiful and enjoyable for everyone.

Share your tips, projects, photos and experiences with us by tagging us in your social media posts or emailing us at:

info@neighbourhoodsupport.co.nz

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February 2021 National Campaign.pdf Download View

83 days ago

Earlybird entries ending this Sunday night!

The Team from Round the Bays

Happy long weekend Auckland neighbours!
Are you joining us for Round the Bays 2021? If so make sure you grab your entry this weekend!

This is your last chance to save with our discounted Earlybird entries as prices will be increasing at midnight this Sunday 31 January.

Race to … View more
Happy long weekend Auckland neighbours!
Are you joining us for Round the Bays 2021? If so make sure you grab your entry this weekend!

This is your last chance to save with our discounted Earlybird entries as prices will be increasing at midnight this Sunday 31 January.

Race to www.roundthebays.co.nz... to register now 🙌

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84 days ago

Poll: Do you wash chicken before cooking?

New Zealand Food Safety

Washing chicken doesn’t remove bacteria, it just spreads it around. The best way to protect your whānau from getting sick is to wash your hands and kitchen tools after touching raw chicken, and make sure you cook chicken all the way through. Juices
should run clear and there shouldn’t be any … View more
Washing chicken doesn’t remove bacteria, it just spreads it around. The best way to protect your whānau from getting sick is to wash your hands and kitchen tools after touching raw chicken, and make sure you cook chicken all the way through. Juices
should run clear and there shouldn’t be any pink meat in the centre.

Remember to Clean Cook Chill and check our easy food safety tips here.

The team at New Zealand Food Safety.
Find out more

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Do you wash chicken before cooking?
  • 36% Yes I thought washing cleans it
    36% Complete
  • 64% No Chicken shouldn’t be washed
    64% Complete
125 votes
86 days ago

We Say, You Say: Peanut farms

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

Hi neighbours,

What do you think about Pic's peanut growing trial in Northland?

Northland is now home to a peanut growing initiative worth $91K in a partnership between Pic's Peanut Butter and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The project started in October on three Northland … View more
Hi neighbours,

What do you think about Pic's peanut growing trial in Northland?

Northland is now home to a peanut growing initiative worth $91K in a partnership between Pic's Peanut Butter and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The project started in October on three Northland kūmara farms, with the peanuts ready for harvest in the next 16 weeks. Founder of Pic's Peanut Butter Pic Picot says that he hopes to make their product 100 per cent New Zealand-made if the trial proves successful.

MPI investment programmes director Steve Peno said that a plan to expand into a full-scale production would boost the local economy and create job opportunities for the region.

"This project fits perfectly with our goal of funding projects that will make a positive and lasting difference," says Penno.

Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comments used in your local community paper.
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86 days ago

Fresh Garden Veg

Joanne from West Coast Northland

Fresh, Tasty, Spray free garden vegetables
4776 SH 12, Kaikohe
Wed & Fri 4.30 – 6pm
Tomatoes $4.50kg
Cucumber (Port Albert) $2 ea
Beetroot $5kg
Chives $3 bunch
Peruperu (karuputi) $7kg selling in 10kg lots … View more
Fresh, Tasty, Spray free garden vegetables
4776 SH 12, Kaikohe
Wed & Fri 4.30 – 6pm
Tomatoes $4.50kg
Cucumber (Port Albert) $2 ea
Beetroot $5kg
Chives $3 bunch
Peruperu (karuputi) $7kg selling in 10kg lots
Celery $2 for half
Thyme, Sorrel, Rhubarb, Basil
Limited amounts so first in first serve. Please bring own bags. Thank you

Negotiable

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