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Day 5 - Muriwai To Raglan: Six Surf Lifeguards, One Dinosaur, Pūkeko And Windmills
 
 
 
A few weeks before we left, someone told me about some lifeguards that were doing a trip around New Zealand at the same time as us.

We happened to be passing through Auckland on the day they were starting their trip, so we decided to leave early so that we could go to their launch.

The lifeguards’ trip was similar to ours, except slightly more hardcore. Instead of driving around the coast in a Mercedes, they were circumnavigating New Zealand in little rubber boats.

I asked one of the Six Surf Lifeguards if he’d ever done anything like this before.

Nothing like this. Nothing of this magnitude. Like, it’s pretty big to be going for 40 days is huge. And some of the waters around New Zealand have got to be some of the most dangerous waters in the world. So yeah, it’s a small boat.
Jason Harvey
Six Surf Lifeguards

I also had a chat to the president of Surf Life Saving New Zealand about the trip.

It’s a hugely challenging and very punishing thing to do. The … most lifeguards in these boats save people between 3 and 4 minutes. So they’re very quick rescue machines. They’re not really designed for 40 days at sea. Rigid hulls, bone shaking … bone shattering really, you know, in big surf or in rough seas. They’re just boom, boom, boom, boom, you know, I mean very, very hard.
Bob Harvey
Surf Life Saving New Zealand

Ah, we’re here cause it’s the centenary. It’s a hundred years of life saving and that’s a pretty special occasion and we’re pretty excited to be part of it and we can’t wait to take the celebration to those communities where life saving really has had an impact over the last 100 years.
Ash Matuschka
Six Surf Lifeguards

It was 100 years this summer that two clubs, New Brighton in Christchurch and Lyall Bay in Wellington decided to put some reels on the beach and put up a couple of disks in those days, and patrol. A hundred years later we’ve saved I think around about 500,000 people.
Bob Harvey
Surf Life Saving New Zealand

According to the Lifeguards’ schedule, our paths were due to cross somewhere on the west coast of the South Island near Haast. So we said we’d look out for them on the water and follow their updates on Twitter.

Then we continued on our journey and got on the Southern Motorway to drive to Kirikiriroa or Hamilton. We drove past Mount Hobson, the huge mountain that we climbed on day 1.

Hamilton’s in the Waikato region and is the fourth largest city in New Zealand.

We had lunch at a place called Vegan Buffet. Then we had a bit of a walk around the city. I met a dinosaur. And we found come coffee.

Lunch At Vegan Buffet

I’d never seen a parking machine like this before. There were no tickets, just a number beside your parking space which you punch into the machine.

I saw in a brochure there was a free internet service in a certain part of Hamilton. So we tried it out, but it was so slow it was pretty much pointless.

I sent today’s postcard to Australia.
And I met a dinosaur.

Then we headed to a town near Hamilton called Raglan. We stopped on the way to hang out with some pūkeko and some ducks.

Pūkeko And Ducks
 
We also stopped at a Windfarm Viewing Area to view a wind farm. And to clean the windscreen so we didn’t have to film dead bugs and bird poo.
 
Beautiful.
 
We stayed with my Aunty and Uncle in Raglan and I saw some of my cousins who I hadn’t seen for aaaaages.
  
 
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Request:
Can anyone help out with the transcript for the karakia? (from 2:37 in video)
Here's my attempt:
Hei o nga rangi tenei ra matou.
E koro piku atu nei ki a koe.
Hei manaaki nei tenei tira.
E haere runga i te moana.
Kino mai nei e ratau.
E haere i runga i nga ngarunui nga ngaruraro.
Ki a manaaki nei a ratou.
Ki a hoki pai ai te whenua ki tenei o nga kainga.
No reira i o ngarangi manaaki nei e nga whanau.
E noho tata nei ki te wa kainga.
Ki na mai nei enei o nga tama.
E haere nei runga nga au o te moana.
Nga taniwha i tiaki.
Hei manaaki nei a ratou.
Tuturu whiti whakamaua kia tina! Tina!
Haumi e, hui e … taiki e!
If anyone could correct the mistakes and email me correct version - or leave a comment here - I'd really appreciate it.
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music
 
starting track
artist: Eric Elvendahl
 
track 1
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Dirt Rhodes
 
track 2
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Desert City
 
track 3
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Chee Zee Beach
 
track 4
artist: Kevin MacLeod
track: Nile's Blues
 
sounds
typewriter - Scott Bennett
camera - Richard Frohlich
 

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