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A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby Ernie Coffman » Dec 6, 2012 11:10 am

Here's an article on a new cave system found on the South Island of New Zealand, that is blowing the Kiwi's away. :clap: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news ... stone-cave
Jansen will probably want to go back home, rather than moving off to South Carolina, 'eh? :shrug:
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Re: A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby NZcaver » Dec 6, 2012 3:29 pm

I'm back in NZ right now, Ernie. :shhh: Not in the same area though. My current location is shown under my avatar ---> :waving:
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Re: A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby Phil Winkler » Dec 6, 2012 3:38 pm

How far is Auckland from Nelson? Are they on the same island? Google hear I come. I have a friend in New Zealand, too. She's in Owhango. She was an exchange student over here in 1964. Whoops..you're a thte other end of the north island. A fair distance, I'd say.
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Re: A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby NZcaver » Dec 6, 2012 3:49 pm

Yep. Maybe an hour or two flying time, otherwise a day or so drive with a ferry ride.
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Re: A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby Ernie Coffman » Dec 6, 2012 5:03 pm

You guys are the most traveling people, I do believe I know of. Saw your SC change on the membership, so that's why I mentioned that state. But...you're home for the holidays, I guess. Auckland is interesting and I always think of the kid that got on the airplane that got confused, somehow or other, since he indicated he was going to "Oakland," but the Kiwi stewardess, I guess, picked that up as "Auckland," which is easy to do. When I was there, we were invited to try some neat wine that was called something like "Purple Death," which my wife said, "It was!" <grin> Have a good one and enjoy home.
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Re: A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby NZcaver » Dec 6, 2012 10:53 pm

SC is only my paper address, and yes I'm just visiting the old country for a couple of months.

Americans in general seem incapable of pronouncing Auckland ("ork-land") so instead it comes out like Oakland.

I have an old open bottle of Purple Death here somewhere. I have no intention of finishing it personally, but I don't think US Customs will let me bring it back for you...
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Re: A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby Ernie Coffman » Dec 6, 2012 11:42 pm

Interesting, interesting! On all of what you wrote, NZ. I chuckled when you wrote "visiting the old country" for it's one of the younger countries, unless you think it fits in with the European countries. Ha! Have a great time, anyway about it. Get in some of that great caving there, so you can brag about it on CaveChat. <grin>
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Re: A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby Squirrel Girl » Dec 8, 2012 12:12 am

I always thought it was "awk" land. Which, with my decidedly American accent doesn't sound too different than:

http://www.forvo.com/word/auckland/

Which is perhaps more like ahk land.
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Re: A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby NZcaver » Dec 8, 2012 12:49 am

Squirrel Girl wrote:I always thought it was "awk" land.

Close enough. Ork and awk are the same pronunciation to a New Zealander. Just like pawn and porn, but that's a whole other story...
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Re: A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby Squirrel Girl » Dec 8, 2012 7:33 am

NZcaver wrote:
Squirrel Girl wrote:I always thought it was "awk" land.

Close enough. Ork and awk are the same pronunciation to a New Zealander. Just like pawn and porn, but that's a whole other story...


Try asking an Irishman the difference between "three" and "tree." He'll pronounce them exactly the same: "tree."
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Re: A new cave system found in New Zealand

Postby KENTO » Dec 17, 2012 8:30 pm

I'm having an "ork"ward time following :laughing: all of this.
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