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Cracker: On the Weekend: Rotoroa Island

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  • Hans Versluys,

    As one of the smug Waiheke dwellers, I can endorse the assessment of our island's micro-climate. We don't grow the best wine in the country without it. Weather bomb-schmeather bomb. Good to hear you had a swell time on Rotoroa. Oh, and if you had ever run out of booze, take a lead from the former inmates in 1914 in this delightful newspaper report: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=EP19141031.2.133

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 29 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    I love papers past!!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1128 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hans Versluys,

    We don't grow the best wine in the country

    Marlborough and other regions would agree

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16478 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    Meh. I give Waiheke third place, after Otago and Martinborough - but my mate does a good job at Man 'O War, has to be said.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1128 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Damian Christie,

    Meh. I give Waiheke third place, after Otago and Martinborough - but my mate does a good job at Man 'O War, has to be said.

    And I can report that their newish tasting pavilion right on the bay is a very pleasant place to spend an hour or two.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18707 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Thanks for mentioning Papers past, never knew it existed, wonderful!

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 852 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jos,

    Thanks for mentioning Papers past, never knew it existed, wonderful!

    Wow! Don’t know if link will work, but this page with snippets of Te Kooti updates from 1889 is absolutely fascinating. On the right side of the page.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2119 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin,

    Great post. I was listening to RNZ's Spectrum program, which went to Rotorua Island, so it is nice to put some images to the audio

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 879 posts Report Reply

  • Damian Christie,

    @Ben - yes it's become very trendy with the liberal media of late it seems - I saw a magazine article the other day somewhere too. Note the correct spelling if you plan on going there though, lest you end up in a thermal wonderland :)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1128 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Austin, in reply to Damian Christie,

    The liberal media certainly have a lot to answer for, promoting recreational usage of what was once a fine curative island.

    Sadly I shall have to pine from afar for both Rotoroa and the other one

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 879 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    If it weren't for Papers Past, I may never have discovered the real scandal in the family.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    a batch o inferior glaze :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16478 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark, in reply to Sacha,

    Oh no, it was far more salacious than that. My great great grandfather was a bigamist. Gasp!

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • paynter, in reply to Damian Christie,

    I love papers past!!

    You're welcome.

    Coming soon: more Auckland papers, and a range of smaller titles listed here.

    Jackie: I think Bigamy must have been our National Crime, in the early colonial days. (Later, I guess, it was the misappropriation of land. Now?)

    Papers Past can of course give you guidance on Vine Culture for Wine Making in New Zealand, with excellent advice on the varieties of grape.

    But watch out for the Vine Louse.

    Since Nov 2006 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Remember the punishment for bigamy is very harsh - two mothers-in-law!

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 840 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Telfar Barnard, in reply to Jeremy Andrew,

    Remember the punishment for bigamy is very harsh - two mothers-in-law!

    Hilarious. Or might be, if I was male and born about 50 years earlier. My mother-in-law is awesome, and I'd very happily have two people like her in my life.

    I realise this comment puts me in danger of proving the old joke about how many feminists it takes to change a lightbulb (answer: a deadpan "That's not funny.") but that's a risk I'm prepared to take.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 323 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I don't like weddings, especially if they're my own but I've been to a couple. I consider that Big o' me.
    /grabs morning coat and top hat.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4665 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    take my husband, please

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16478 posts Report Reply

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