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… and on to Australia

It has been The Legal Genealogist‘s great privilege to be in New Zealand, to speak as one of many participants in the New Zealand Society of Genealogists’ conference celebrating its 50th anniversary year, and then to spend some time sightseeing in this beautiful country.

The last tour day began at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, often considered the birthplace of modern New Zealand, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the British government and the Maori chieftains (well, okay, so, some of them…). It’s a beautiful location overlooking the Bay of Islands.

The site is where you can see one of the largest existing Maori war canoes.

And see why this little bird is called a fantail…

And that New Zealand also has pigeons, though its pigeon is many times the size you’ll see on a US city street…

Then it was on to Whangerei and its kiwi sanctuary and waterfall…

And finally it was time to bring the curtain down on the New Zealand part of this trip.

Next: on to Australia!

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