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Thursday, July 28, 2011


Peter came home the other morning after doing some shopping and coaxed me outside onto the driveway. Sitting in the Kowhai tree (Sophora) that he has just driven the car under is a Kereru (Wood Pigeon) eating the new shoots. It is within easy reach. I rush in and get my camera and begin taking numerous shots. Moving up to it and standing below the tree, the Kereru; nonplussed continued to eat. On this occassion he stays for at least 20 minutes. It is such a thrill to see it so close to the house with its gorgeous big white belly and green red, plumage. It has returned several times since. When our neighbour's Loquat tree is in fruit, in the summer, this is another delicacy that entices the birds to visit.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Several teams who will play in the Rugby World Cup in September/October of this year will be staying in Gulf Harbour and practicing at the Silverdale Rugby Club grounds. The three teams that are involved are Japan, Samoa and Namibia. We at Okoromai Bay Bed and Breakfast in Gulf Harbour welcome supporters of the visiting teams. Book now as our rates are the same as always.
In the pool matches Japan versus France on 10 September, Namibia versus South Africa on 22 September and Samoa versus South Africa on 30 September. These games will be played at North Harbour Stadium.
On Tuesday the 26 July the Rugby World Cup Roadshow will be in Orewa The custom designed truck houses the Webb Ellis Cup and features interactive displays and videos of the history and the legends of the Cup. The local radio station and retailers and others will be involved in making this a fun time for all. For more information visit and