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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #800 on: November 27, 2019, 01:16:07 pm »
From Wikipedia:

Thyrsites atun (Euphrasén, 1791), the snoek, is a long, thin species of snake mackerel found in the seas of the Southern Hemisphere...

... It is currently the only known member of its genus.[2] It is also known in Australasia as barracouta though it is not closely related to the barracuda.

It is found near continental shelves or around islands and feeds on crustaceans, cephalopods and small fish like anchovy and pilchard. This species will form schools near the bottom or midwater; sometimes even near the surface at night. It prefers sea water temperature between 13 and 18 °C (55 and 64 °F).

It is found off the coast of Namibia and the coast of the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa, western and southern Australian waters especially Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, and New Zealand. It was originally called the "zeesnoek" (Sea Snoek) by Dutch colonists who arrived in the Cape in 1652. It is said to have reminded them of the freshwater pike (or snoek) they found at home in the Netherlands. The snoek is widely distributed in the colder waters in the Southern Hemisphere. It is found from Moçâmedes in Angola to Mossel Bay in South Africa, off Tristan da Cunha in the mid southern Atlantic and off Western Australia, where it is called the barracouta, off Chile and Argentina (where it is called the sierra).[1] Bluish-black on top with a silver belly, the snoek grows to over a metre in length. Contains an anticoagulant in its bite.


So one can have a snoek braai (or barracouta barbie) in Oz or NZ.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #801 on: November 27, 2019, 09:14:53 pm »
ugh! Skipper canned the trip for today due to high winds at the cook straits...now we wait for a new date  :sip:

Sometimes the snoek here is from NZ. Do you get it there?

yip, you do! But not as sought after as it is in SA, which is weird as here people smoke about anything and everything and a smoke snoek is just  :drif:
 
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #802 on: November 28, 2019, 02:30:26 am »
Thanks for that info Silvrav, so it seems that yuou guys pay just as dearly for fish over there as we do over here  :(
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #803 on: December 09, 2019, 08:37:32 pm »
Thanks for that info Silvrav, so it seems that yuou guys pay just as dearly for fish over there as we do over here  :(

Indeed ;( and therefore more the reason to get a boat to go catch fish - :deal:
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #804 on: December 09, 2019, 08:54:27 pm »
White island, just of the coast of NZ has a 700m tall active andesite stratovolcano. This volcano erupted yesterday 14h11 NZ time.

As of this morning, there are 5 confirmed deaths, 8 still missing and about 25 in hospital being treated.

It's a heavy tourist destination and luckily most of the morning tours finished just before it happened. Tour operator boats and helicopters were first responders and got most of the people of the island and flew the injured back to the mainland.

Police and the military were dispatched late last night to start searching efforts for the missing people. From the 5 confirmed deaths, 1 is a local tour guide and the other 4 are tourists.
Ovation of the sea, a mega cruise ship anchor in Tauranga has also offered its assistance as some of the injured and dead are from the cruise ship.

Hopes and prayers are with the families and loved ones that have been effected.
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #805 on: December 10, 2019, 03:04:56 am »
Terrible tradgedy  :'(
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #806 on: December 10, 2019, 06:12:09 am »
Sad news. RIP tourists.

I may be overly cautious, but I don't go walk about on active volcanoes....
Perhaps the NZ PM should ban that activity too?
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #807 on: December 11, 2019, 08:41:38 pm »
Update of this morning is that 6 is now confirmed dead with 8 still missing  :'(

Australians that have been stabilized is being flown back to Aus for further treatment is a special medivac military plane.

Worksafe is now conducting their own investigations and issued a statement that they will issue the maximum fine ($1.5mil) if any operator has been found to have breached the health and safety standards.
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #808 on: December 16, 2019, 03:06:32 am »
We now have 15 confirmed dead and 2 people are still missing  :'( They have scoured the island and now have extended the search to the ocean.

There will be a minute of silence at 14h11 today in memory of the deceased.

In other news, we did a bit of fishing over the weekend and @Slingervel joined as well  :thumleft: he is settling in nicely but still needs to adapt to NZ weather. While I was in a t-shirt, he arrived in a puffer jacket  :deal:
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No fish was caught unfortunately as the swells were hitting 1.5-2meters. It was was a nice morning out regardless and we did catch some star fish.

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We have also been having some good sunsets and it does make one miss a good african sunset
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We also had the endeavor replica vessel visiting wellington. The country was split in the middle of its feelings about the ship. The Endeavor was commanded by Lieutenant James Cook when he charted New Zealand and discovered the eastern coast of Australia. For some, it signals the birth/discovery of NZ and pride. For some, it signals the oppression and war the western world brought to the Maoris. Everywhere it was peaceful and no protests but some letters and blogs did make it to the front page of news agencies

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #809 on: January 13, 2020, 02:30:03 am »
I am back from holidays :) I will take some time to go through photos, but in short, we camped, we went fishing, we went deep sea fishing and braai'd and braai'd and braai'd some more  :thumleft:

Happy new year to all Wilddogs and may everyone have a great 2020!!
 

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #810 on: January 13, 2020, 02:41:24 am »
I am back from holidays :) I will take some time to go through photos, but in short, we camped, we went fishing, we went deep sea fishing and braai'd and braai'd and braai'd some more  :thumleft:

Happy new year to all Wilddogs and may everyone have a great 2020!!

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #811 on: January 13, 2020, 06:36:21 am »
We don't believe you. :pot:
Bring on those pics! :sip: :lol8:
Sounds like you had the right type of holiday!
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #812 on: January 14, 2020, 12:00:22 am »
Just before my holidays, I had one last business trip to make. It was back to Ohakune and I stayed in a heritage hotel - the Kings bar and lodge. They were undergoing renovations. There were some photos of Ohakune in the restaurant and I did some more research. Ohakune use to be a central location for the lumber industry back in the hay day. The trucks met at Ohakune to offload the lumber onto the trains that took it back to main centers for distribution.

And as I was leaving town I just had to get some more shots of mount Ruapehu.

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #813 on: January 14, 2020, 12:09:56 am »
Then the first order of business on my first Saturday off was some fishing. We went to Whitireia Park which is only about 10km north of wellington. The weather was great, the beach areas were full and people were out and about. I managed my first decent fish from the coast, a Kahawai, and Roan managed a small snapper. It wasn't a keeper so it went back to be caught when he/she is older.

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #814 on: January 14, 2020, 12:22:22 am »
on the 22nd of December, we were off to Waiohine park for a bit of camping next to the Waiohine river. We were 4 families all tented up and ready to go.
We originally planned for 4 nights and 5 days but after night one and non-stop raining, with some more rain predicted we all made the call to pack up the next day when the rain gives us a gap.

Although a "fail" it was a good test to see what else we were still needing.  :thumleft:

The park does have some stunning hiking trails, rivers, and bridges etc. There is even cabins every 8 to 10km where hikers can backpack in for the night if the weather turns for the worst and their tents won't work.

At about 21h00 when we went to the bathroom (there were 2 fancy long drops in a small building) there was a lady hiker taking occupation in one of the bathrooms. She just got there from her hike and was sopping wet. Clothes hung out to dry and she was busy making supper with her little gas butane stove. She asked us how the weather is looking for the next 3 days as she wanted to hike through to Featherstone if possible. She has been hiking new Zealand for the last 10months with her gear and is originally from Ireland.  I guess she is about 19, women alone and only hiking. Much respect.

We said our goodbyes and told her she must feel free to let us know if she needs anything as we just around the corner.

On our depart, my lovely vehicle decided that the battery requirement for starting is not sufficient  :dousing: No cellphone signal and no jumper cables (they in my other car  ::) ) the group decided they will leave and go into town to buy some. We asked around the campsite if anyone had some jumper cables but no one had any.  5mins later and an old Maori gentleman pulls up in his car and said he has a way.  He proceeds to disconnect his battery, turns it upside down and places it terminal to terminal with my battery and I can start my car. He replaces his battery, says goodbye and drives off  :thumleft:

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #815 on: January 14, 2020, 12:33:26 am »
On returning home, we had to put out everything, including pitching the tent again to dry out.

The next day is Christmas and probably the first Christmas Gabe will remember.  He is into PJ masks at the moment and got a PJ masks bicycle helmet (for the bike he will be getting for his bday in march) and a PJ masks wristwatch with some alarm, songs etc.

The remainder of the week was spent close to the ocean and or on the ocean  >:D

We received an invite from a fellow South African to join him on his boat for a morning of fishing. The morning started out slow but soon spotted baitfish and birds flocking. We chased after the school and within about an hour managed about 6 BIG kahawais! Happy'ish with our catch (no snapper or kingfish) we proceeded home. Douw, our friendly skipper said he still has plenty of Kahawei and don't need any. So Roan and I took 3 each.

I decided to fillet 2 of them and keep one mostly intact (less guts, head, and scales). Now according to the locals, kahawai is seen as a pest and to them don't really taste good, but now I can argue that fact. I prepared it well and it tastes great!

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #816 on: January 14, 2020, 12:36:59 am »
New years we planned to originally go to the harbor for the firework display but then realized we have our little pug to worry about. So we entered the new year with a braai at friends and lilly, our pug came with so that we could ensure she would be ok from the fireworks.

The rest of the time was spent around the house doing some gardening, cleaning and then, of course, some more biltong  :thumleft:

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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #817 on: January 14, 2020, 12:38:47 am »
Let us not forget Australia though :( our hearts and prayers are with them and although it's raining, some areas have been devastated.

NZ last week send helicopters to go and assist with all the fires and where ever possible.

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« Reply #818 on: January 14, 2020, 06:37:35 am »
Cool - thanks for posting - nice pics and some good fishing  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in New Zealand - The move has been made...
« Reply #819 on: January 14, 2020, 10:09:02 am »
What meat you using for the Biltong?
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