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Published: March 22nd 2009
team - Dan, me, Tasha, Sarah, Dave (otherone), Nicola, Thomas, Heidi, Chihiro and Gyusung.
MON - Dan's birthday today, gave him the card in the van in the morning once we dropped the new people off 😊 Back to the house, sorted stuff then left eventually by 10.45ish! Straight to Omana as easier than shopping then Hunua then Omana. Had lucnh - no veggie sarnies so I had a banana 😞 Then went to help school kids on the beach finding shells and animals. Me and Tasha got 2 girls to work with, they were pretty cool. Finished arouind 2 then chatted for a while with Mike - ranger from Tapapakanga from that week with Jenny, he remebered my name! yay! Papakura for shopping, sneakily bought Dan a cake, we got back to the van and he aksed if I'd got him one, I said no and he believed me!! Aww, bless him! Eventually got to the house by 5.30 and me and Tasha started cooking curry. Had it, ran to get the cake whilst Dan wa son the phone then brought it in. He was so surprised :D yay! Nice cake too 😊 Washed Tashas hair for her -
Dan's birthday cake
ankle still bad then bed...
TUES - Morning we stopped in Clevedon for TAsha to go to the doctor, had to then go to the hospital to get it x-rayed in Papakura, they think shes torn her ligaments. Got to Tapapakanga by midday, had lunch then went seed collecting in the bush 😊 Tahsa and Thomas - he's kanckered his knee in Aus - had to stay at the van, shame. Was great fun scrambling through and finding the trees 😊 Lawrence - ranger - let us off early so we could go and see the film set that was still up - last time we were here they were filming for a reality TV series of 2 Maori and 1 European family living as they would have here in the 1800s. Was pretty cool, we got to see the Pa and wander round it 😊 BAck to the house, Dan took my photos on his laptop, looked at loads of his diving photos, looks awesome! I want to learn to dive!! Had chips, dips and sahithead in the evening 😊
WEDS - Duder today, not baitlines!! Shock horror! Too many wasps nests 😞 We were raking out
Tasha, me, Dan, Dave, Gyusung
Buffalo gras form a Dotterel nesting site before lucnh, was pretty good work. Lucnh was fun, me, Tahsa and Dan messing aorund and chatting. Piss funny, I walked Tasha up to the van and whne i came back, a sheep got scared of me and turned and ran staright into a bench!! hahaha! Litterpicked the beach. Back at the house Dan showed us more pics of what he gets up to, looks fun, and his kids, theyre so cute!! Called mum and dad from the dam after food to say goodbye - flying home tomorrow. It was dark and raining, I was freezing and a strange man with 2 dogs walked past, scared me so much when they came back as the dog just ran out of the darkness and i didnt know what it ws!!! ahh! Got back in and Dan had made me icecream wiht nutella mmmm.
THURS - Putting gravel down on Massey track today in Hunua with ranger John. Was fun, good hard work 😊 Nice chatting and joking around wioth Sarah, Dave and Nicola 😊 They're lovely, went to school together and through uni then just decided to up and travel out here with
each other too, love them!! theyre so mcuh fun! Tasha and Dan turned up 2 hrs later - Tasha was determined to come up so hobbled, hopped up here. They had to leave early aswell to get back in time, we caught up with them after about 10mins! I walked with Dan and Tasha back to the falls. Hung out by the falls whilst Dan got a lift to get the van, photos, back to the house. Cooked with Tasha and Dan, pissed around, had alaugh 😊 Arm wrestled Dave, Tasha and Dan in the evning, haha i lost all of them! So bad!! :P
FRI - Last day ever volunteering with Dan 😞 boo!! Cleaned house and packed then off to Duder to rake the buffalo grass again, I litterpicked on the way to the site so when I got there I only had 10mins of the work then we went back again. Stopped in Omana for icecream and hot chips on th ebeach 😊 Got to see the new vol house in Mt Eden, is awesome!!! 2 floors, massive, decks up and downstairs! Wish I got to stay in it! nevermind. Saw Martin, he still hasn't apologised,
Last time in Clevedon
even though we have asked for an apology, Bruce has asked, Fiona has asked, I did in my feedback form >😞 Back to ACB, goodbyes to people and to Dan :*( boooo gutted to say goodbye to him. Checked into Kates room, guy at the desk said we could move rooms if we wanted as it was horrible, so we did! Chatted with Kate non-stop the whole evning! Went to Wagamamas then to Brooklyn for drinks with Tasha, Dave, Dave and Sarah. Me and Kate stayed out unitl about 3am again 😊 Great to see her again! Yet doesn't feel like she's been away for a month!
SAT - Woke at 10.50 by a text from Karl sayig he would be n by 11!!! Very fast shower then we went to Cima for brekki 😊 Great to be all of us together again :D weird to think its the last time we will ever be together in NZ, maybe until a few years when they come out and visit me and we need to go and visit our Kauri trees in 50yrs time so not quite the last time, but last time for a while... It's fantastic, karl's photos
are getting out there, they're in a book, a newspaper and from being in the newspapaer, another newspapaer has called him and asked to buy them!! check out his website www.kscphotography.webs.com also, my facebook profile pic is one of his. Went to Pacifika after breakfast. Festival in Western Springs from all the islands in the Pacific, was greta!! Met up with Dave, Tasha, Ceara and Chloe and wandered around. Me, Kate and Karl left by 4, said goodbye to karl (again) - hes off to Aus on tues - on the station then me and Kate went back into auckland. Got ready for the party (oh Jenny texted me yesterday saying the bird release was on this sunday, do i want to go and do i want to go to a party tonight so we can go straight there to Tawharanui - so i get to go to the release now anyway!! excellent, i was gutted when it was cancelled last weekend). Jenny arrived, I said goodbye to Kate (again) - shes off to Canada tomorrow and I won't be back in time to see her off. Onto the party 😊 I was the baby of the bunch, They were
all Uni mates doing masters, really good party, good food layout too lol Great people 😊 Got to sofasleep by about 3am.
SUN - Up at 6am!! argh! So early but we needed to meet up with Matt (ranger) to get a lift from Wenderholm to Tawharanui at 7.30. Dozed in his car and got there by 8.30ish. Helped set stuff up for the release, saw Alison :D told her of her friends ont he south island she said they'd already told her 😊 Talks and speeches then the Kakariki - Red Crowned Parakeet - were released, a flurry of red and green and they were gone! Awesome. Smoko, food was awesome! Had a kip on the grass with Jenny then helped clear up. Back to the house, relaxed, made lunch, took the mule up through the paddocks to drop off a ranger to check the possum lines. I love Tawh so much, the views are just stunning! Back to Wenderholm for Jenny's car, had a sleep on the beach then off to Hells Pizza on the way back, the smallest, cutest kitten ever was there with a little girl, she was evil!! Me and Jenny were desperate to
stroke it (i miss toffee and she misses her cat) and the girl gave us an evil grin and let everyone else stroke it but us!!! Nofair! Dropped at ACB then went to Minus5 bar (icebar in Auckland) with Dave, Tasha, Chloe and Ceara. Greta fun, expensive, but good 😊 Wrapped up warm and cozy in the coats and mittens they give you, licked the walls and had a dance 😊 Back to bed, found a note from Kate and her food under my towel 😊
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