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Memories of disaster
make way for progress
Natural wonder: The Pink and White Terraces,
birth place of New Zealand's tourism industry,
were destroyed 127 years ago last week.
Tourism, the life-blood of
Queenstown, had its humble
beginnings in the central North
Island district of Tarawera.
Situated 20km south of that
other tourist Mecca, Rotorua,
the area is dominated by native
bush, pristine lakes and
In 1870, Prince Alfred, the Duke
of Edinburgh, travelled to the
area accompanied by 200 of the
world's press to view one of the
natural wonders of the world,
the renowned Pink and White
The press duly reported back to
their readership in Britain and
Europe and the wealthy and
adventurous made plans to visit
the other side of the world.
Overnight, New Zealand had the
makings of a thriving tourism
industry that eventu-
ally spread to all
parts of the country.
Last Monday was the
127th anniversary of
the eruption of Mt
destroyed the Ter-
races and threatened
to end our short-lived
sortie into tourism.
More than 130 people
lost their lives in the
hundreds more were
displaced from their
were living there as teenagers at
the time and passed down their
recollections of that fateful night
to their descendants.
They relocated to nearby
Rotorua, to where the focus of
our tourism industry also
I suspect that a similar outcome
will take place in Christchurch.
People's recollections of the
devastating earthquake will be
preserved for posterity and the
city will eventually return to,
and even surpass, its former
And all of this is testimony to
the fact that human fortitude
will always prevail over the
forces of nature.
Peter Waaka is a business
coach, entertainer and long-time
Queenstown local who runs
tertiary courses through his
business school, the School of
Is public transport the
new way to meet
eligible single men?
A new romance may
have kicked off right
under my nose this
It was the world of bus
travel for me, while
the car was with the
heading home from
work to put the fire on
and settle in for the
A woman in her late 20s clambers
on, laden down with shopping bags.
She doesn't have enough money for
the fare and is about to hop off.
The next passenger, a friendly,
pleasant-looking man of similar age,
comes to the rescue with a shiny
She is grateful.
It leads to them sitting together and
They hop off the bus at the same stop
and walk down the road together.
Did he get the girl?
I'd love to know.
It could turn into a story to tell the
Walking into a cold
winter night isn't
quite as good as
walking off into the
sunset, but it's close.
Why do these things
never happen to me?
I've caught plenty of
buses in my day but
not once has it
resulted in a
Bus travel might not be the most
glamorous way to travel, but it's
environmentally and economically
I now see a new advantage -- the
chance to meet charming,
I'll be keeping my eyes peeled next
time the big yellow bus pulls up.
Winter Festival opens this week --
it might be a good time to be single.
Queenstown's Single Girl is
looking for true love. Advice and
potential candidates should be
emailed to email@example.com.
Falling boulders block highway
State Highway 8 between Cromwell
and Clyde reopened on Monday
morning after falling rocks up to a
metre in diameter forced its closure
at about 7pm on Sunday night.
New Zealand Transport Agency
Central Otago area manager John
Jarvis said heavy rain throughout
the weekend caused several rocks to
fall, mainly at the Clyde end of the
road through the Cromwell gorge.
No vehicles were hit by falling rocks.
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