Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rhino River Lodge by Meru National Park 27 Nov 2010

27 Nov 2010
Can it really be Saturday? Another early start after a cuppa on a
tray, off we went into the park with Raphael and Joel about five hours
– wow.. highlights were hippos – two out of the water – and one hippo
and croc as we breakfasted by picnic. Oh we came across a lost lion
cub and told the park people about it. It was skinny. I’d have left it
alone: ‘survival of the fittest’.

Yes I have had enough driving for a while but am full of thoughts and
tunes and in some ways have the emotions of my younger self - so many
landscapes, scenes, people, animals in the last few days. Carolyn is a
peachy companion, so cheerful and responsive, smiley and genuinely
charming. She’s a bit quieter today. We had a swim and lunch and I’m
enjoying the pool and waterfall below me, sunlight through the palms
and other trees, the sound of Kindani river and crickets.
The highlight of the day was still to come; at 4pm we set off in
picnic mood with Joel and Raphael, out of the compound and through
some km of shambas on an unbelievable little track, horrendous deep
stream crossing, black cotton soil, fortunately much drier now. Round
and round, up and down past lots of corn and beans and trees and huts
and people. Most stared, but smiled and waved as soon as we did. It
was incredibly picturesque. Raphael had to stay with the vehicle 1hr
45min while we went at a slow and pleasant pace walking up the hill
and round the curving rim. We had water and cashews at the top – there
was beer in Joel’s bag but we didn’t think it wise on a very bumpy
non-track, all lava with grass and ?beans? growing wild.  Joel said
the community had burned the hill to stop the Boran invading with
their cattle, as they do when it gets dry in the north. The view was
superb. The hill is Kilimakaero, means White Hill in Meru, and he says
it’s sacred. Joel, b. 1974, has three children, 13 down to 3, and they
live in Nyahururu so he only sees them when on leave. He’s been with
Andrea Maggi for some years and moved with him to Rhino River Lodge
when it opened ~ a year ago. The evening shadows made the landscape
glow and then we heard drums way below (practising for church next
day?)! Range upon range of hills away to the west, open all the way
around. This outing was a highlight for both of us. Back to the lodge
for wine and chat with the two German women, dinner and a quiet night.
28 November, Sunday

A swim first thing – ten lengths, shower, lovely tea, and pack, then
cooked breakfast and off at 0930 – with a passenger Christine and her
toddler Prudence who is to get ears seen to in Nairobi. Gorgeous
child, dimpled, smiley, no complaints all the way – home 4.30pm – last
hour or two particularly horrid traffic. One thing atrocious road
behaviour at 50kph, another level of scariness on dual carriageway at
100kph. The first half of the day was again most picturesque with
people in their Sunday frocks and sometimes we heard blaring from the
zillions of churches. Up and down – good quality road – I asked so
many questions - discussed religion, Mugabe, house deposits and
mortgages, domestic violence (not acceptable here now either). I
persuaded Christine to sing a couple of times, Raphael too. CA slept a
lot of the way. Great to get home to welcome from Maggie, tea, shower
and Musa (home last night from the Hajj). Dog peed on our luggage left
at the door!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Safari from Samburu to Sweetwaters (Ol Pejeta) 25/26 Nov 2010 with Carolyn

25 Nov Thursday
A very early walk for me, followed by a very young, very short person
in big boots, a security lad, on a circuit back to the concrete path
– how embarrassing for me in my nightie with a wrap. Early swim,
breakfast and we left at 0900, we did a meander out to Archer’s Post –
had company of a sweet-faced fellow in ranger uniform, heading home to
Meru – he was to hand in his uniform at Archer’s Post. Raphael said ‘
I think that is a good man’.
I picked up a couple of quartz pebbles from the road. Sigh!
Enjoyable drive on great tarseal to Timau where it’s back to potholes.
We saw the mountain as we hit the highest point. Just love those green
acres stretching into the distance. But soon back to shambas and
townships and into Nanyuki; we were anxious to get Kshs for park fees
and to buy water. Raphael went to fill up while we had a latte and I
talked to a man from Lewa Downs, recently made famous as where Prince
William and Kate Middleton just got engaged. He described himself as a
3rd generation Kenyan but sounded South African to my ears. He had not
heard of Rhino River Camp in Meru NP.
Straight after Nanyuki at Equator sign turn west to Ol Pejeta
Conservancy and “Sweetwaters’ which is a Serena lodge. Animals
everywhere, huge plain - warthog, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, antelope,
and rhino. We drove and drove…….. stopped at Morani rhino place for
late picnic lunch with superb starlings and a guide to see Baraka a
blind black rhino. Lovely bones of all the big animals, also horn and
dung examples, and exposee of community interaction. They have cattle
grazing integrated with wildlife, and also support individual youth.
Next stop was the chimp sanctuary – 41 – every one rescued from
captivity – and from all over, eg Sudan, Rwanda, etc. Each story told
individually. Two lots kept separate and contraception practised. We
mixed with a huge mob of gorgeous schoolchildren and a big truck with
American ‘volunteers’. Exhausted arriving at Sweetwaters but thrilled
with its appearance. Lovely open public rooms, lawns smooth, long
semi-circle of permanent tents – ours was no 16. Animals already at
waterhole but - ‘we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet’! Carolyn and I had a beer
and a sit down – it was quite chilly. As we wandered toward the lodge
we saw seats to observe the waterhole and boy was it technicolour
super! Zebra, buffalo, a rhino, waterbuck, and birds catching lit-up
insects. Our own dinner was another spectacular treat – every style
you could think of . We didn’t even get to the choose-your-own-stirfry
queue there was so much else.

26 November Friday.
Carolyn had a game drive on her own with Raphael. They saw cheetah and
hippo. I had a long lie until 0730, met her at breakfast, another
fantastical spread. Altogether we are delighted with Sweetwaters.
Back through Nanyuki – by the way the road into Ol Pejeta is
excruciating; the ditch is sometimes smoother. It’s all farmed, fenced
off into small blocks. Back over the shoulder of the mountain to the
turnoff for Meru. CA bought a batik of antelope. Very picturesque
shamba country, many hills, all green and lush. Busy busy busy,. Some
townships had gatherings of men; Raphael said they were waiting to
sell qat (or khat, = miraa) a leaf chewed particularly by the Somalis.
It rained a bit and became heavy as we entered the park. There were
100s of people heading on foot towards some marquees. President Kibaki
was due to arrive to open an extension of rhino sanctuary + declare
the area free of rinderpest.
Well we got into the park and it was a mudhole! Black cotton soil. We
went sideways straight away but that was the only time..driver only
used 4wd when absolutely necessary, saving fuel. He’s extremely good
and never put a foot wrong. It was a long drive though. We stopped for
a picnic lunch along the very high long fence between the rhino
sanctuary and the outside world. It’s all bushes so we didn’t see
anything much, just the muddy tracks.. We got a bit of a shock to see
our camp, it’s in deep shade by a stream. Tented bandas – lovely but
seemed dark and closed-in. One very large bed which they changed for
two almost double-sized beds. Carolyn was keen to get the nets down!
Andrea Maggi is the owner, he is from Italy and has been many years in
Meru Park – this camp is just a year old. So we had a cuppa and –
blimey – climbed in the truck for a game drive;…. taking Joel the
camp’s guide.- another splendid young chap. Saw ~ 8 rhino incl a pair
spattered with egret dung – ('white rhino' :~)) the animals here are
relatively shy to vehicles. Only other guests, two German ladies one
owns a Nairobi restaurant Rustique, the other her schoolfriend whom
she tracked down on GPS.  Andrea chatted to us over dinner.. Slept
well until 0300.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Kenya diary - a year ago today 24 Nov 2010

24 Nov Wed. at Sopa Lodge in Samburu.
Up early with a concrete walk to end of bandas, reflecting on the
value of going to a National Park, where you can’t get out of a
vehicle or walk on the red earth! Mt Kenya was clear, if distant.
Early morning so gorgeous. We had a three-hour game drive and saw not
much – warthogs, dikdiks, a lone buffalo.  Carolyn kept the enthusiasm
up – she does it brilliantly. She’s really a splendid traveller. We
stopped at Samburu Lodge by the river – this is the place I remember
so well – crocodiles still lying close by on the bank waiting to be
fed in the evening. I gazed into the soul of the nearest one, his
clear green eye looked back. I said Hello from his cousin the tuatara
Henry in Invercargill.
So------ swimming pol – brrr after hot skin – delicious. Not too many
observers, just as well. I tried out the sun-lounge under the shade of
the intriguing Calotropis procera or French cotton tree – it has huge
leaves, huge gourd-like ball, small flower umbel, is not endemic.
Carolyn defied my advice again and sunbathed in full sun! We had a
very good lunch and sat quietly, a shower passing away in the west,
and I can smell a good smell of African earth. There are dikdiks
everywhere, all the animals are completely unfazed by humans and
Our evening drive was memorable for finding a leopard posing in a dead
tree: small leopard, small tree, and the sunset feeling as we stood in
the open back quietly winding home up the hill to Sopa, in no hurry.
Silhouette of acacia with weaver nests hanging. Timeless! 

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Diary: start of first safari with Carolyn a year ago today.

23 Nov 2010 Tuesday
A great start, with driver at Maggie's by 0620, we drove and drove
and drove it seemed endlessly, through people and cars en route to
work. I asked to stop at Thika Falls, the Blue Posts hotel, we had a
coffee and walk – two falls, one changed by cement, the other natural,
water a thick red pool.


Next stop was at a curio place, then Naro Moru
River Lodge which looks wonderful. Blue petals on grass, a conference
on ‘Child Protection’ burbling stream,. And ??? my memories of several
stays there. Pronounce it quickly: ‘Naro Moru River Lodge’!

Next stop Trout Tree, a trout farm with restaurant. Fortunately too
early for lunch, we had a cold beer. I didn’t like it that much, tho'
Carolyn did.. Past the equator sign (I bought a blue kikoi from a girl
with desperation in her eyes). On to Nanyuki, my choice Sportsman’s
Arms, Raphael said it was, yes, the main place in town. It wasn’t very
good! We were very happy though and had another beer.

Our last stop was another curio shop, donation for toilet and CA
bought two necklaces. Long trail (road very good from about Timau) to
Isiolo then Archer’s Post and into park at last. They took my money
usd240 and gave it back! Said no receipt book. Almost at once we saw
gerenuk! And one performed, vertical on hind legs. Oryx, Grevy’s
zebra, reticulated giraffes crossed the road. Elephant! Lots. In
water, and walking between two trucks, including a very young baby,
ignoring us absolutely. Impala, Grant’s gazelle, lilac breasted
roller, vulturine guinea fowl, helmeted guines fowl, African ----- and
small hornbill and finally two lions romping with a warthog carcass.
Not close.

Very tired by arrival at Sopa Lodge but good shower and buffet dinner
after two good wines – they said no insects so we sat outdoors – it
was splendid. I have to admit it is a relief to get away from the
pressure of humanity. The slopes of Timau in one part still look the
same – wonderful large spreads of crops. Green and healthy. Mountain
was clouded. Timau township pretty bad.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

awful subject -- needs your consideration

my comment is 'It's not only third world that needs new solutions to
human waste - it's a horrible waste of the world's fresh water to be
flushing our lovely white western toilets a zillion times a day.'

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Whales in South Africa

Spring is stirring up the southern right whales in the Cape, they are
schooling in Hermanus area, showing off to each other and to us the
admirers, right close into shore. The scenery on that drive is
terrific, mountains down to the Ocean.

Yesterday on the western coast we saw bontebok, some bat-eared foxes,
many eland, a voracious swarm of hairy scary tiger-striped
caterpillars, and masses of wild flowers of all description, shape and

So far I have caught up with:- my very earliest playmate with whom I
started school at age four, a classmate from Fortrose Academy, two
friends from Edinburgh University.. and fittingly I get to meet a
classmate from Strathclyde Uni tomorrow.. 1967-8!! Some live here and
some are visiting, like me.

South Africa roads at least around the two biggest cities appear to be
fast and efficient. Beautiful surfaces, Eat yr heart out Kenya.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Sunshine in Johannesburg

Day One in JNB way above expectation. Sue is fantastic company. Two
lifetimes to compare, coming from similar background (we were at
Fortrose Academy together). We visited 'Norah's Preschool' which feeds
and loves 200 pre schoolers each day. Healthy beautiful faces, sunny
bright rooms, huge pots of rice and yummy stews for lunch, then they
rest top to toe, top to toe, but not before they sang to us and we
sang back, 'Flower of Scotland', I wonder what they thought! It runs
on the smell of an oily rag but looks really great.
BTW SO FAR, the traffic here though hectic is many degrees above
Nairobi's astonishing road behaviour!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

To Africa - just one more time!

13th Sept Invercargill - Christchurch - Johannesburg arrive 14th dead beat

18th Sept arrive Cape Town

28th Sept arrive Lusaka

4th Oct arrive Entebbe

15th Oct arrive Dar

18th Oct set off home from Dar

20th October stagger home to Invercargill

Pity I couldn't try the ferry up Lake Tanganyika ...........next trip??

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Magnus would have been 100 in October 2011. He wouldn't have liked a decrepit old age!


He is in this pic., greeting the Duchess of Gloucester at a Cromarty
Lifeboat launch, about 1960. The pic comes from cromartylive website
which has a wonderful library of photos.

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'All About Love' by Lisa Appignanesi; pub. 2011 Virago press

Recommending this new book subtitled 'Anatomy of an Unruly Emotion' -
scholarly yet very readable and pushes lots of buttons.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Heading home to the farm

Thanks to all the friends and family who helped me to see 
and do all the things I dreamed of and much more on my quick 
trip to Kenya and Britain. I think we did about 3000km in 
Kenya and 2500 in UK. Worth it for all the experiences and 
hellos. Now for 40 hours plus of patience - hoping ash 
clouds have dissipated from over Australia/New Zealand. 

Friday, April 22, 2011


She sang the songs of Jacques Brel in Wanaka at their Festival of Colour.
She is a master of dramatic expression! What a treat.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

a special week

What made it special? Some great one-on-one chats with ol' pals.. incl a NI
friend hardly seen since 1989... continued the conversation without a pause,
how cool is that? Love and appreciate my Southland friends too. Thanks!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Nine lively cyclists from Auckland

Good company last evening - stalwart cyclists on their way to Stewart Island
- some can boast of past high achievements in sport, eg former world champ
life-saver, former national mountain bike champ, former national triathlon
champ. Weather for them this a.m. was extreme! High winds, driving rain.
They joke: "Pain is just Fear leaving the body"!

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

1975 - Aswan - Margaret with three Czech mountaineers OTOKAR VOJTISEK, Jaroslav and Bernard. They had been in Ruwenzori, climbing. We had come overland from Juba with Finn Anderson of LWF, to Khartoum and thence by train to Lake Nasser and on to a brand new ferry.

Margaret settled in Nairobi, Bernard died in his own beloved mountains a few years later, Jaroslav is in Germany and Oto in Czech republic, travelling every year to Africa still - it's great to be in touch with you Oto!
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

4 C's 'conquered' the Routeburn Track.....

..No, The Routeburn Track 'allowed' us to pass through and over. Colin,
Christine, with Colin and Carolyn Campbell - yes two sticks each, needed
every step of the way.. it's not really a track, it's a boulder-strewn
stream bed with massive ups, downs and across shoulders of mountains. There
were dozens of people on the way, all cheerful as can be, remarkable
considering the full-on Fiordland rain. We had great company, excellent
tucker and comfy beds which kind of helped!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

two sticks each!

We had a three-hour tramp (Waipohatu Wilderness Track) to practise two poles
each for the Routeburn Track - helpful for older knees, especially on
downhill slopes! The Lions had been working there again so we could step
downwards gracefully to the waterfalls instead of mud-slithering. A
wonderful forest afternoon, enjoying the company of long time friends from

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

watch Uganda Election next week

How patient are the people of Uganda? Is their election result really a
foregone conclusion? There ARE alternative leaders eager to get the country
out of poverty. (but hey what do I know - it's the Ugandan people who must
stand strong - my thoughts go with them)

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Monday, January 31, 2011

'Bye January and hello Feb!

2011 has started off warmly in deep south NZ, with great summer days and a
major family reunion. Wonderful visitors in The Garden House, and to cap off
the month a beautiful wedding in Queenstown. In between we have had a bumper
grass harvest, concreted two more silage bunkers, made progress towards
further farming ventures, have Carolyn, Thomas, Dee and James within our
daily horizon.. feeling pretty happy with all that. Best wishes to all
friends on Facebook and elsewhere!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

I got into the sinky sand

All my NZ life I've avoided the quicksand on the beach below our farm - it's where a small river runs to sea.. well today I tried to cross the river at full tide and found myself up to the knees in deep sand - could pull myself out but proceeded on all fours very gingerly - no problem but I'm damn glad the earth didn't quake right then.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Colin's Farewell from Greenbush

Farewell from Greenbush

Greenbush reunion is over
They came from far and wide
All the people young and old have gone

In the garden of Greenbush
You could hear the sound of laughing
Stories of Greenbush were told
Cathy cut the Cake
Ann and Donald stood strong
All weekend long
Lachlan was our MC
He made the night
The only thing
He did not sing

That night the history
Of Greenbush was told
And of the two people
Who made Greenbush begin

Now from the garden
All the people
And the sound of laughing has gone
Now Greenbush waits
For the day when they all come again

You are all part of Greenbush
So please come back again


Colin McKenzie
McKenzie Reunion
January 2011

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Monday, January 10, 2011

My stone story for the McKenzie Cairn

Everybody is invited to contribute a stone for a family cairn, and to write
up a story around what the stone means to them.

Here is mine:

This small piece of quartz is from the gravel road leading out of Samburu
National Park towards the community of Archer's Post, in the northern part
of Kenya. I picked it up on November 25, 2010.

It is special to me because it commemorates a holiday which was magical in
so many ways. First, I was with our daughter Carolyn, who was the best companion one could
wish for. She was fun, lively, always charming to - and interested in -
everyone around her; she was enthusiastic about her first time in Africa and
all the animals - and like me, very taken with the people we met.

Second, I was returning to a place where I had been extremely happy in my
younger days, from 1973-5. So for those three weeks I did my best to be a
25-year-old again. Even on the plane from Dubai, I suddenly gave in to the
need to dance down the aisle 'I'm going to Kenya'. I sang aloud (ouch), I danced to the music in my head, I laughed a lot and
asked a lot of questions of people, oh and I told Carolyn some stories.

My former housemate from the early days, Margaret Butt, and her husband
Manny were our hosts in Nairobi. Manny was the city mortician when I first
knew him. He embalmed Jomo Kenyatta. He started an exhaust-manufacturing
business 'Silentflow', and is now slowing down towards retirement, but still
exactly the same Manny. They live in a palatial home on a lake to the north
side of Nairobi, with very noisy peacocks, dogs and geese.

Margaret and I had shared an adventure overland through Sudan, Egypt,
Greece, Lebanon, Turkey and Europe, in 1975. Our four Sundays in Nairobi
gave us much enjoyment as we reminisced about the trip.

Our safaris included Samburu - still my favourite - partly because of the
views as one drives north round the shoulder of Mt Kenya.. green stretches
of wheatlands towards the mountain, as vast desert starts to unfold ahead.
Then Samburu has the gerenuk, the Grevys zebra, reticulated giraffe, and
other special animals. The gerenuk is an antelope with a very long neck that
can stand vertically on its hind legs to browse. We stayed also at Ol Pejeta Conservancy which has a policy to integrate
wildlife with cattle production.. it has sanctuary places for white rhinos
and chimpanzees, neither indigenous. Sweetwaters Camp was an absolute
delight. Then back over the Timau road to Meru National Park and a camp in
the shade by a river. Black cotton soil after rain has to be seen to be
believed. We slithered for two days.

Four days at a large coastal resort south of Mombasa was followed by another
six days on safari, to Maasai Mara and Nakuru, and finally to a farm near
Njoro to see the Nightingales who have farmed there for 100+ years. Geoff
and Cathie have a keen interest in sustainability and ecology, Geoff having
built wildlife corridors across the farm and used no-till methods for his
rotation of about six crops. An elderly employee came up and shook me by the hand, asking in Swahili
'Where is your husband?' I could kid myself that he remembered Colin and me
visiting there on honeymoon in 1977, but more likely he was put up to it. I
had to tell him that Colin was at home working so that we could enjoy our
holiday in Kenya. Thank you Colin! Christine Jane Mckenzie 1 Jan 2011

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Dappled sun through the tree ferns

A true piece of NZ - it couldn't be anywhere else - the Waipohatu Wilderness
Track today - two waterfalls, some gigantic old rimu, mosses, young
seedlings everywhere. Colin went through like a klipspringer! Must write
those surgeons in Dunedin who did that amazing heart stuff last year.

This is the species list from Brian Rance: 45 ferns alone...

Waipohatu short walk - Plant species list

S Short track
L Long track
R Road/open areas

Asplenium bulbiferum hen & chicken fern S
Asplenium flaccidum hanging spleenwort S
Asplenium terrestre a spleenwort S
Blechnum chambersii a fern S
Blechnum colensoi a fern
Blechnum discolor crown fern S
Blechnum fluviatile a fern S
Blechnum membranaceum a fern S
Blechnum novae-zelandiae (=B. capense) kiokio S
Blechnum procerum hard fern S
Ctenopteris heterophylla a fern
Cyathea smithii soft tree fern S
Dicksonia fibrosa fibrous treefern
Dicksonia squarrosa hard treefern S
Grammitis billardierii a fern S
Histeopteris incisa water fern S
Hymenophyllum bivalve a filmy fern S
Hymenophyllum demissum a filmy fern S
Hymenophyllum dilatatum a filmy fern S
Hymenophyllum ferrugineum a filmy fern S
Hymenophyllum flabellatum a filmy fern S
Hymenophyllum multifidum a filmy fern S
Hymenophyllum rarum a filmy fern S
Hymenophyllum revolutum a filmy fern S L
Hymenophyllum sanguinolentum a filmy fern S
Hymenophyllum scabrum a filmy fern S
Hypolepis distans? a fern S
Leptolepia novae-zelandiae a fern S
Leptopteris hymenophylloides crape fern S
Leptopteris superba Prince of Wales fern S
Lycopodium scariosum a clubmoss S
Lycopodium varium a clubmoss
Lycopodium volubile a clubmoss S
Paesia scaberula pig fern
Phymatasorus diversifolius hounds tongue fern
Polystichum vestitum prickly shield fern
Pteridium esculentum bracken
Rumohra adiantiformis plastic fern S
Tmesipteris elongata? a chain fern S
Tmesipteris tannensis a chain fern S
Trichomannes venosum a filmy fern S

Dacrydium cupressinum rimu/red pine S
Podocarpus hallii halls totara
Prumnopitys ferruginea miro S
Prumnopitys taxifolia matai/black pine

Trees & shrubs
Arisotelia serrata wineberry
Carpodetus serratus marbleleaf S
Coprosma aerolata a coprosma S
Coprosma colensoi a coprosma S
Coprosma foetidismia stinkwood S
Coprosma lucida glossy karamu S
Coprosma tayloriae (=C. sp. aff. parviflora) a coprosma
Coprosma propinqua mingimingi S
Coprosma rhamnoides a coprosma S
Coprosma rigida a coprosma S
Coprosma rotundifolia a coprosma S
Elaeocarpus hookerianus pokaka S
Fuchsia excorticata tree fuchsia S
Gaultheria antipoda false beech S
Griselinia littoralis broadleaf S
Hebe salicifolia koromiko
Leptospermum scoparium manuka
Melicytus lanceolatus narrow-leaved mahoe S
Myrsine australis red mapou
Neomrytus pedunculata rohutu S
Olearia ilicifolia mountain holly
Pennantia corymbosa kaikomako/ducksfoot S
Pittosporum eugenoides lemonwood S
Pittosporum tenuifolium black mapou S
Pseudopanax colensoi three finger S
Pseudopanax crassifolius lancewood
Pseudowintera colorata peppertree S
Raukaua edgerleyii (= Pseudopanax edgerleyii) a tree S
Raukaua simplex (= Pseudopanax simplex) haumukoroa S
Schefflera digitata pate/seven finger
*Ulex europaeus gorse
Weinmania racemosa kamahi S

Climbers & vines
Clematis paniculata white flowered clematis S
Metrosideros diffusa climbing rata S
Muehlenbeckia australis pouhuehue S
Parsonsia heterophila a native jasmine
Rubus australis a lawyer vine S
Rubus cissoides a lawyer vine S
*Rubus fruticosus blackberry

Acaena anserinifolia a biddibid S
Cardamine debilis agg. a bittercress S
Centella uniflora a herb
*Cirsium vulgare Scotch thistle
Gnaphalium limosum? a herb
Gonocarpus micranthus a herb
Hydrocotyle heteromera a pennywort S
Hydrocotyle novae-zelandiae var. Montana a pennywort
Lagenifera petiolata a daisy
Nertera depressa a creeping herb
Nertera setulosa a slender herb
Nertera villosa a creeping herb S
Ranunculus membranifolius a buttercup
*Senecio jacobaea ragwort
Senecio minimus fireweed
Stellaria parviflora a native chickweed S
Viola filicaulis a native violet

Microlaena avenacea bush rice grass S
Rytidosperma gracile a native grass

Carex dissita a sedge S
Carex flaviformis? a sedge
Carex geminata a sedge
Carex secta pedicelled sedge
Isolepis habra a slender sedge S
Uncinia ferruginea a hook grass S
Uncinia uncinata a hook grass
Uncinia sp. a hook grass S

Earina autumnalis Easter orchid
Earina mucronata bamboo orchid
Microtus unifolia onion orchid
Pterostylis montana? a hooded orchid S

Other monocots
Astelia fragrans bush lily
Cordyline australis cabbage tree
Juncus gregiflorus a native rush
Juncus planifolius a native rush
*Juncus procerus a giant rush
Phormium tenax lowland flax
Ripogonum scandens supplejack S

Brian Rance 14/7/1998, 10/2/2001, 22/7/2008

The waterfalls are Punehu and Pouriwai - more later.
Barack Obama's school in Hawaii was Punahou. Close (Maori and Hawaiian)!

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