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New Zealanders are mighty proud of Tiritiri. They should be. Through the dedication and toil of volunteers, the tiny island has become a thriving wildlife sanctuary for native and endangered birds. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise for getting up close and personal with birds like the sweet little fantail and the cheeky, light-beaked takahe. Tiritiri Island sits in […]

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Kia ora New Zealanders have a particularly irreverent sense of humor. When people take themselves too seriously, Kiwis love nothing more than “taking the Mickey”—making fun of someone, in a (usually) gentle way. Kiwis are also the first to make fun of themselves, and they love making up words to make the language just that […]

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Earthquake! Christchurch, New Zealand No place in New Zealand was less likely to be struck down by an earthquake than the garden city of Christchurch. And, yet, stuck down it was. On February 22, 2011, a quake that measured 6.3 on the Richter scale collapsed buildings, turned the soil into liquid, and took the lives […]

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