November 28th, 2007

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Today, Tats is Bored At Work

And, to save myself from writing ranty letters to the Editor (which editor? ANY editor in a storm, I say).. um, anyway, to avoid that which may just place me securely within cantankerous middle age, I've been working on Kiwiburn stuff.

You would be amazed what Regional Authorities require before you can bung on a festival. I mean, it's not like we're doing anything out of the ordinary! *hides 50-foot flame cannon, naked men in bondage, 4000W sound system and homebrewed absinthe behind back*

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Yerp, so I'm feeling pretty chuffed with this. I fully expect there will be more hoops to jump through, some narrowly averted disasters, and probably we'll skate close to a total fire ban (which was 2 days off last year, when it rained and saved the day), but it's good to know the bulk of the boring stuff is done with, and I can get on with organising my art and the theme camp I'm involved in.

Speaking of which, there was a sighting of the rare Pink Moa last night. Next time, I'll have my camera ready..
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Ye of little faith

So while you've all been no doubt relaxing, enjoying a quiet evening at home, or being at work if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, I've been intrepid.

I've been searching for the Pink Moa. Now, the Pink Moa is a rare and shy creature that usually only comes out at night. There are even rumours that it's extinct - but an exciting find in 1993 stirred up interest and encouraged those of us who'd like to believe there are still a few alive. There's been one sighting since, at Whakamaru last year.

I'd heard that Pink Moas might be moving into our area, so I went looking. And I found one.

Check this out:



"Yeah yeah," I hear you say, "Same old blurry shot that could be anything, why are the pictures of rare and maybe mythological creatures always so vague?"

I agree. So I continued my search after dark. It's believed that the Pink Moa is nocturnal and therefore more likely to be spotted after dark, so off I went, camera in hand..

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Also, in my research towards finding the elusive Pink Moa, I found this. It tells the story of the first photo on this post, and is quite a good read. I've read lots of these 'moa sighting' pages in my studies. And if there's one thing I'd like to share with the people from overseas who come here..

It's in the South Island. Not on it. IN. As in, in. Not on. IN. Got that? Cool, thanks. Now please tell all your friends.