NZ things I should know about

Feijoa – Kay has just spent an hour at the bench scooping Feijoas to freeze, to make a Feijoa and Coconut Crumble for me. Thank you Kay, I look forward to that. Must remember to remind you to get it out of the freezer!

Kowhai – tree with yellow flowers, which are known to be the NZ national flower.

Tui is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand. It is one of the largest members of the diverse honeyeater family.
The name Tui is from the Maori language name tūī and is the species’ formal common name. The plural is simply ‘Tui’, following Māori usage. The English name, Parson Bird, has fallen into disuse but came about because at first glance the Tui appears completely black except for a small tuft of white feathers at its neck and a small white wing patch, causing it to resemble a parson in clerical attire.

On closer inspection it can be seen—and from the photo—that Tui have faded browner patches on the back and flanks, a multicoloured iridescent sheen that varies with the angle from which the light strikes them, and a dusting of small, white-shafted feathers on the back and sides of the neck that produce a lacy collar.

Wai – Maori for fresh water

iwi – Maori tribe

Ngaio – small NZ tree

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8 Responses to NZ things I should know about

  1. Leigh Hynes says:

    Things you will see:-
    Kaikoura – crayfish food – well known for crayfish (lobster) but equally well known now for whale watching.
    Taupo – cloak actually really should be Taupo Nui a Tia (the big cloak of Tia) refers to the shape of the lake
    Karaka, ake ake, horopito, kamahi, manuka, kanuka – all native shrubs
    Miro, rimu, kauri, titoki, pohutakawa, tawhai – all native trees
    Tui, pukeko, piwakawaka, kereru, kea, – all native birds
    hope this small list doesn’t frighten you off!!

    • Mo says:

      course not!! ….so long as you don’t expect me to remember these names. It will help when I take some photos – an image tells a thousand words!

      Love the Taupo explanation…. creates imagery you see…. the cloak will stick in my mind!

  2. Leigh Hynes says:

    Kei te moe au.

  3. Leigh Hynes says:

    Happy to hear that Kay is cooking for you. Don’t expect that from me, I am expecting you to cook one of your famous thai curries!

    • Mo says:

      No problem Thai green curry cooking especially for you Leigh, but can you get lemon grass and bird eye chillies?

  4. Leigh Hynes says:

    Not sure about the bird eye chillies but lemon grass okay!! Can we substitute other chillies?

  5. Maureen says:

    Sure thing Leigh, we can use red, green, hot, not so hot…. no problem! Coconut milk is a must though.

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