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Hunting the jack

Every Saturday in cities and suburbs, small towns and remote country districts, greens are mowed and rolled, mats put out, coins tossed, bowls delivered, scores kept, tea made. Enjoyed in New Zealand by 91,000 players, bowls ranks in popularity ahead of rugby or cricket and is capturing a new generation.

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ISSUE 094

Nov - Dec 2008

Mackenzie Country

Rabbits

Bowls

Otaki

Dolphin

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A virus to cure a plague

It looks endearing but the rabbit’s voracious appetite means that, in some parts of the country, it is more destructive than any other intro­duced pest. Its resistance to environmental stress and its remarkable reproductive capacity makes it almost impossible to control.

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Pukeko whisperer

You may have seen the ad featuring the pukeko stealing a peg, a shoelace from a shoe, paper from a waste basket, all of which it packs off to furnish its beachside nest. There’s also the one with the pair of pukeko chicks, so young they haven’t yet grown into their own feet, teetering after their mother into a house where the resi­dents have left a light on.

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The fight for Otaki

Both Darren Hughes and Nathan Guy were destined for a political career from a young age, one by family tradition, one by precocious ambition. They go head to head for a second time in Otaki, the closest-fought electorate in the last election and a revealing snapshot of the national outcome.

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