Brinkley Resort

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43 Barkers Rd, Methven, New Zealand
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Wasps feeding on honeydew.Wasps feeding on honeydew.

This dunnock tried to impress me with his singing.This dunnock tried to impress me with his singing.

Mountain beech, black honeydew trunks.Mountain beech, black honeydew trunks.

The entrance to the mine has been restored.The entrance to the mine has been restored.

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My special friends (1): Fantails

by Kakapo2

I have often mentioned them as they are such enchanting birds, making you believe that they fly around you because they find you so nice and not the insects that fly around you. And I must say, they do not only enjoy the food that you make swirl up when walking around. I am sure they also enjoy the human company. And they are everywhere around in the Awa Awa Rata Reserve, and also at many other places in the forests of the wider Methven area.

The Latin name of the fantail is Phipidura fuliginosa.
The Maori name is Piwakawaka. Once I had a fantail in my garden who had lost his tail, either by a cat attack or going through moulting. As soon as I went to the garden the fantail arrived as if he had waited for me, sat down on a branch, and told me his story, and he stayed sitting there, and I spoke to him and he spoke to me, and so we spent several minutes every day chatting to each other. Other fantails in the garden have displayed the same behaviour.

The fantails also seem to enjoy you calling them. When I talk to them, or whistle, they always answer, even if they do not come close at the end. But most of them even fly rather long distances to check out who is talking to them.

Whereas I have regular fantail visitors in the garden nothing compares to the lots of fantails you might see or meet in the Mt. Somers area. The Alder Track in the Awa Awa Rata Reserve is fantastic, and my number two place in this region would be the low track of the Sharplin Falls walk at Woolshed Creek.

The lovely thing about the fantails is how they dance in the air and perform aerobatics. They are kind of restlessly moving, twisting and jerking on a perch, fanning their long tail feathers like a peacock. The small head is lovely, and the cutest thing is a kind of little white eyebrow.

Not all fantails have a brown upper body, ochre underparts, and white and black bands across the chest. Some fantails are totally black, called black-phase fantails. They make up 15 to 25 per cent of the South Island’s fantail population. This number seems a little high to me, regarding my birdwatching results. In the North Island they are extremely rare.

They do not only forage in the forest but also love to fly around or sit on the highest trees in open shrubland, in hedges, and river margins – everywhere where insects are found abundantly. It is a tough job for fantails to survive a cold winter. They stay long in their sleeping-trees until they fly out for searching food.

Flax (1) - The most important Plant for Maori

by Kakapo2


Flax is a plant you find a lot in New Zealand and especially in the Mt. Somers area. The mountain flax (Wharariki; Phormium cookianum) is smaller than the flax you find in tussock grasslands and gardens (Harakeke; Phormium tenax), thus dying leaves look a lot less messy than those of the biggies. Still you need a very sharp knife or machete to cut them. They need forever until they rot.

This quality makes flax a very good material for weaving. You will find all kinds of hard-wearing woven products, like bags and mats, made by Maori weavers, but also decorative items like flowers. For this purpose they use special flaxes that come in different colours and have been cultivated over centuries.

In fact, flax was the Maori’s most important fibre plant. In ancient times Maori made clothing, sandals, mats, baskets, ropes, fishing lines, and nets from flax. They bundled flower stalks and made floats and rafts of them. Flax nectar was used as a sweetener. Flax fibres were used in plasterboard, underfelt, carpets, and upholstery material. Finally flax extracts were and are still used in medicine. Today you find it in cosmetics (cleansers, creams, soaps), one of the manufacturers is Living Nature.

BTW New Zealand flax has nothing to to with European flax after which it is named…

Europeans named it flax because the fibres were similar to the real one. One NZ flax is a lily species, and it is unique to New Zealand.

The common flax (Harakeke) grows up to three metres high. Mountain flax (Wharariki) only reaches up to 1.5 metres, and often it is much smaller.

the Poplars

by pepples46

Lombardi Poplars...they greet you when driving towards Methven....taking the State Highway 1 from Christchurch to Ashburton, turn off shortly before the gasstation at your right...a long stretch takes you to Methven and the Poplars all the way with you
wonderful lush and fertile Countryside around 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch


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