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Mono beats out new lines

first_imgMono Equipment has recently added a number of new products to its range.The multi-purpose Promag Starcrem Evolution Machine can be used to produce numerous products such as custard creams to fill pop-overs and cakes, fruit preserves or coloured icing. The OTT Swiss Freezer Masterchef is also available. It features a new beater motor with adjustable velocity, which can store programmes for the production of products such as gelato ice cream, meringue and yoghurt.[http://www.monoequip.com]last_img read more

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Game of Thrones Star Conleth Hill on His Leap to London’s Virginia Woolf

first_img Conleth Hill may be best known as the manipulative eunuch Lord Varys on the international TV hit Game of Thrones, but the gifted Northern Irish actor has two Olivier Awards and a 2001 Tony nomination (for the two-hander Stones in His Pockets) to his name—not to mention additional stage credits that include playing Macbeth opposite Frances McDormand at California’s Berkeley Rep last year. Hill is back on the West End for the first time in four years as George opposite Imelda Staunton’s Martha in Edward Albee’s modern classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, now previewing at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Broadway.com caught up with the reflective, articulate Hill during a break in rehearsals to talk about playing half of an iconic, warring theatrical couple and why he can’t reveal much about what awaits in Westeros.George is one of the most famous roles in the American theatrical repertoire. Have you had much exposure to these plays?I did Willie Oban in O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, back in 1989, and I’m a great fan of American literature: Williams and Albee and many others, as well. I don’t know that I would have thought of George necessarily as a part for me, but I’m not very good at circling things. I assume it was Imelda who suggested me.What do you think of the comment Mr. Albee once made to me that George’s function in the play is “to come under Martha”? That’s a great observation, and I think that’s what we’re finding. George seems to just dissipate whatever kind of crazy energy Martha has by undercutting it. The thing about George, too, is that he’s a survivor. There is so much he does put up with, but the crux of this particular evening is that he can’t put up with her betrayal of a certain subject that you’ll know if you know the play; she just has to stop.Doesn’t it seem as if the stakes are especially high for George and Martha on this particular night, when they host the younger couple, Nick and Honey (played by Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots)? There is something different about this night, definitely. I think George and Martha enjoy playing their games, but suddenly he’s not playing in the way that he ordinarily does. He stands up to her maybe more than he would have done before—not necessarily physically, but certainly intellectually.Is it challenging knowing how many notable Georges have come before, including Richard Burton in the 1966 film and recent Tony winners Bill Irwin and Tracy Letts? That hasn’t come up. Our approach to the text has been “just do it.” There has never been a term of reference to some other person who played it before, ever. If you were worried about predecessors, you would never leave the house. If people are going to make comparisons, there’s nothing you can do about it, so you might as well get on with it.Did you revisit the movie?I’ve actually never seen it, though I had met [director] Mike Nichols in New York. I just wasn’t tempted to watch it, especially now. The movie had the most powerful showbiz couple at the time [Burton and Elizabeth Taylor] playing the roles, and that’s not what we’re doing. Our task is to start at the beginning [of the text] and just go through it. It’s been hard work and pretty relentless, but I have to say I’ve been loving it.Did you have anything to do with Mr. Albee before he died this past September at age 88?The story was that he could say yay or nay to our casting, so he did approve us. He died a couple of days after we’d been told we had the roles.What’s it been like working with Imelda Staunton, who is returning to the stage for the first time since Gypsy?Just fantastic—it’s both an education and a pleasure. Imelda and I had worked together on a play for the BBC called That Day We Sang and thought, “We must look for a play we could do together.” Some while later I got the call asking whether I would play George opposite Imelda’s Martha.Is it more difficult to return to the theater given your fame as a result of Game of Thrones?It is harder because it’s more time-consuming and it’s usually away from home [in Northern Ireland]. So, yeah, definitely it gets harder the older you get. But I’m still enjoying it; I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t.Speaking of Game of Thrones, did you anticipate the show’s worldwide success? No, not at all. I wasn’t really sure what would happen. But what quickly became clear is that the production quality is second to none and all the departments work so brilliantly together. Very rarely do we get a rewrite or a change.Can you tell us anything about what the series has in store?We’ve got one more series left to shoot, and the second-to-last series hasn’t gone out yet, so I can’t really say anything—and I don’t want to spoil anything either. What I can say is that it has been one of the most fantastic experiences of my life, the whole thing, and the fact that it is made where I live makes me so proud. As long as the show is around, I am going to be there. Conleth Hill (Photo: Charlie Gray) View Commentscenter_img Londonlast_img read more

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First Woman Becomes President of Brazilian Oil Giant Petrobras

first_imgBy Dialogo February 15, 2012 Maria das Graças Foster, a 58-year-old chemical engineer, became president of state-owned oil giant Petrobras on February 13 and promised continuity in the management of the company, which is planning investments worth almost 225 billion dollars between now and 2015. “It moves me a great deal to be the first woman in the world to lead an oil company of this size. It’s a big challenge, a big responsibility. I feel prepared,” Foster said upon taking the post, in the presence of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Foster, who began to work at Petrobras as a new graduate in 1978 and was serving as its director of gas and energy until February 12, specified that she wants to “provide continuity” to the management of her predecessor, José Sergio Gabrielli. “We have goals; we know where we want to get to,” she stated. The new president of Petrobras highlighted at a press conference that the five-year plan for 224.7 billion dollars of investments in oil and gas “is being maintained,” although she clarified that “there is no expectation that the investments will be increased.” She is also maintaining the firm’s objective of producing 6 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOE/d) by 2020 (compared to 2.02 million BOE/d in 2011). “I’m here as the first female president of Brazil to see the first woman in the world become the head of an oil company. I congratulate a 30-year employee of Petrobras for her tireless work,” Dilma Rousseff said. “With Graças, Petrobras will be in good hands. She will know how to provide continuity and expand Petrobras’s conquests,” she stated. Rousseff recalled that Petrobras has a presence in 28 countries, that the firm’s profits have increased fourfold in the last ten years, and that investment in research has increased 360 percent. “Count on me, Graças Foster,” the president concluded. Foster will seek to turn around disappointing financial results: in the fourth quarter of 2011, Petrobras recorded net profits of 2.95 billion dollars, half what it earned in the same quarter of 2010.last_img read more

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McConalogue urges government to find solution to save Parentstop

first_imgA long-term solution to ensure the survival of the vital supports and services provided by Parentstop, must be found by the government as a matter of urgency, according to Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal, Charlie McConalogue.Speaking ahead of a planned meeting tomorrow, the Donegal TD said it is vital that funding can be found as a matter of urgency to ensure the continuation of the free and confidential support service for parents.He said: “Parentstop has offices in Letterkenny, Carndonagh, Downings and Donegal Town and has supported hundreds of families across the county. “There was a great deal of shock when they announced that they will have to close at the end of the year due to lack of funding and it is important that a solution can be found to prevent this happening”.The Fianna Fáil TD said there is a unanimous agreement across Donegal on the importance of the service and insisted the government must step up to the plate now and help save it.H said: “I know there is an important meeting planned tomorrow and that will give the government the perfect opportunity to show its real commitment to saving Parentstop and keeping it operational in Donegal.“At this stage, there is no time for more lip-service from the government. This meeting will provide them with a perfect opportunity to show they are behind the service. “They need to find the relatively small amount of funding necessary to keep Parentstop going, not just in the short-term, but as an ongoing resource for the county.” McConalogue urges government to find solution to save Parentstop was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConaloguefianna failParentstoplast_img read more

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Why the Giants sent Tyler Beede to the minors after the best start of his career

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Tyler Beede tossed seven brilliant innings in a dominant victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday and was rewarded with a trip back to the minor leagues.Yes, after the best start of Beede’s young career, he’ll spend the All-Star break in the minor leagues.The Giants announced the decision to option Beede on Wednesday, but the Giants discussed the transaction with him prior to his second career win.It was initially unclear if Beede would start Tuesday’s game after his …last_img read more

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Derek Carr’s brother blames Josh Jacobs for fumbled toss

first_imgThe Carr family sticks together.Darren Carr, the brother of Raiders QB Derek Carr and head football coach of Bakersfield Christian High, protected Derek’s good name Sunday with a quick tweet after an Oakland turnover.Early in the third quarter of the Raiders’ game in London against the Bears, Derek Carr threw a toss right past running back Josh Jacobs. The Bears eventually recovered the fumble and scored on the ensuing possession.Khalil Mack recovers the fumble vs his former team!#CHIvsOAK …last_img read more

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Bell named Ohio Pork Council Director of Membership Outreach

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to welcome Melissa Bell to its staff as the Director of Membership Outreach, beginning May 29, 2018. In this new role, Bell will organize all OPC events and develop or maintain relationships with key investors, members and partners of the organization.“The Ohio Pork Council is excited to have Melissa join our team,” said Rich Deaton, President, Ohio Pork Council. “We know her experience, talents, and passion for agriculture will be a great addition to our organization.”Prior to joining OPC, Bell served in various roles within the agriculture industry. Most recently, Bell served as the Sponsorship Development Consultant at the Ohio FFA Foundation, and prior to that as the Executive Director for the Foundation. Formerly, Bell served as the Regional Supervisor and Organizational Director with Ohio Farm Bureau. Bell also worked as the Coordinator of Admissions for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.Bell received a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Organizational Communication from Otterbein University and a Master’s degree in Human and Community Resource Development from The Ohio State University. Currently, Bell is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Agricultural Education at The Ohio State University.Bell resides in Zanesville, with her husband Matt, on his family’s sixth generation family farm. She is the proud parent of four children, Brady and Reily, 15 year-old twins, Delaney, 11, and Baylor, 3.last_img read more

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Summertime, and the Living is Easy

first_imgYou may or may not be aware of this, but I have spent much of the last three years writing Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction, the first textbook on residential green building, with my friend and associate Abe Kruger. It was finally published in January, and as of February 4th, we were ranked as high as 192,000 on Amazon’s bestseller list!Check out our first review on Treehugger.com. There will be a full review of the book on GBA soon, but in the meantime, at my editor’s suggestion, I am going to recap some of the core concepts we cover in the book, including some of the awesome illustrations that accompany the text.Porches and patios and decks, oh my!Chapter 10, “Outdoor Living Spaces,” addresses the value of including porches, decks, and patios in homes. While the type of outdoor space and the amount of use they will get is very climate-specific, when they are properly designed and constructed, they can add value, save energy, and help occupants enjoy the outdoors.Now, I realize that designing and building outdoor spaces isn’t exactly brain surgery, but plenty of people don’t consider the implications of what type of structure they are building, how it will affect the interior space, and, most critically, how to attach it to the house to avoid structural problems. One major consideration with outdoor spaces is their effect on sunlight – consider using covered porches to keep out excess sun in warm climates and on west-facing windows, but avoid them in colder climates and on north-facing windows that let in even light that doesn’t overheat the house.Screened porches in climates with flying insects but moderate temperatures make great spots to relax – napping on a porch is one of my favorite pastimes.Avoiding dumb mistakesProbably the biggest issue with outdoor spaces is properly connecting them to the house in a way that doesn’t compromise the weather barrier. I have read too many stories about deck failures causing major injuries and death. Too many decks are just bolted to the house with no consideration of how to integrate them with the weather barrier to keep water out of the structure.Another challenge that many builders don’t pay enough attention to is properly sealing open porches above living space. In my humble opinion, they should probably be completely avoided, but sometimes you can’t — so when you do build one, make sure to do it right.Another issue with porches is making sure that there is a complete air seal where the roof connects to the house wall or roof. All too often there are big thermal bypasses that allow outside air to get into the wall or roof area, compromising the thermal envelope.The pros of outdoor living spaces outweigh the cons, but, like any part of a home, the work must be done properly to insure long-term durability and performance. It matters less what you do, and more that you do it properly.last_img read more

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Parental guidance: Playing for fun, dad unwittingly sets Krizziah on lane to greatness

first_imgAteneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP Finals MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Taboras have gone a long way since the days when Junky was bringing young Krizziah Lyn to the bowling centers, unconsciously exposing her to the sport whenever he unwinds in the bowling alleys of Ever Gotesco Commonwealth.But the itch to knock down pins soon bit Krizziah, and one fateful afternoon, the then-14-year-old asked her father if she could give it a try.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“She told me she wanted to play,” recounted Junky, unbeknownst of the potential his daughter possessed. It didn’t take long, though, as the girl who was throwing balls for fun gave the elder Tabora a glimpse of what her future holds, scoring 243 points in their game.“As a bowling aficionado, it brings me great pride to see my child excel in the sport I love,” said Junky. That passion drove Krizziah to continuously hone her craft, earning her a ticket to her first Bowling World Cup in 2012 and finally, got her in the semifinals of the 2017 event, where she dispatched Rocio Restrepo of Colombia, 249-222. On the cusp of greatness, the younger Tabora found a familiar face as she faced regional rival Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman of Malaysia for all the marbles.But even before the title clash, Junky had a premonition of sorts with the way his daughter has performed this year. “We had a dinner and I told her that I felt we had a bit of a trend. She won bronze (in the women’s team of five) in SEA Games, and then silver (in the women’s team of four) in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Maybe, we can get gold this time because I can see that her practice runs have always been good,” he shared.Then, the pins started to fall as Krizziah confidently downed her frames against the equally motivated Malaysian foe.Though the match was tense at first, the 26-year-old Tabora gained a bit of a breathing room midway through the match as she scored strikes in frames five to nine, building a 167-133 cushion and prompting the Malaysian opponent to give her a low-five in an apparent admission of defeat as the crowd started to buzz with anticipation.Though the noise, Junky remained silent as she waited for his daughter to finish off the frames, waiting for the moment all the pins dropped before he celebrated.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next But fate works in mysterious ways, and with that, Junky found himself in an unfamiliar position, not as a player but among the crowd, as he and wife Thelma prayed for the heavens for their daughter fighting for flag and country at the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES On the 10th frame, Krizziah first had a spare before closing the match with another strike to end the game, 236-191 as her father jumped in jubilation with his arms spread out, celebrating her triumph in the crowd.“I was really waiting for that moment when the ball hit the bowling pins. It was only there when I felt I could celebrate,” said Junky, as his daughter gave the Philippines its first World Cup conquest after CJ Suarez’ victory in 2003 and become the eighth Filipino Bowling World Cup winner. Tabora also joined the ranks of legends Lita dela Rosa and Bong Coo to win the plum in the women’s division, a first for the country in 38 years.Junky would have to wait a full hour before Krizziah made it out of the lanes and into his arms, giving her a tight hug to cap off what was an amazing night for the Tabora family.Though the Tabora partiarch is well aware of what this Bowling World Cup victory means, not just for Krizziah but also for the whole bowling community, he’s just hopeful that this will open the floodgates for the public to reinvigorate its interest for the sport of bowling.“With the publicity given to her accomplishment, I’m wishing that bowling will once again rise here in the Philippines,” he said.But Junky is aware that for that to happen, the burden should not solely lie on the athletes reaching for the stars, but also for the powers-that-be to provide the support the sport needs to compete on a world-class level.“It’s hard to dream. We never thought that this will happen to Krizziah. Again, all we wanted was for her to enjoy. But if I have a wish to the Lord, I’m wishing that the bowling team can win gold in the Asian Games. It’s more appealing to the ear if it’s the Philippine team and not just the individual,” he said. “But for us to do that, we need to have better facilities and ample budget. If we get that, it won’t be too far-fetched that the Philippine team gains a good finish in those tournaments.”center_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Krizziah Lyn Tabora with her parents poses with her trophies which she won in winning the 53rd Qubica AMF Bowling Worldcup held in Hermosillo Mexico during an interview at Paeng Bowl in Eastwood City, Pasig on Sunday, November 19, 2017. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE“I never thought she would get to the level where she is right now. I only wanted her to enjoy the sport I loved,” the 62-year-old businessman said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

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Enjoy the luxury trail in New Zealand

first_imgWonderfully weird wilderness, trekking, kayaking, being outdoors, adventure sports, wine country, juicy lamb, The Lord of the Rings landscape and of course, the ubiquitous sheep. When I was told that I’m going to New Zealand that’s what I imagined. And that’s exactly what I got with a couple of whale sightings and a day of swimming with 300 dusky dolphins thrown in. All this was exhilarating, exciting and expected. What surprised me, and delighted me, were the luxurious lodges and the fashionably styled boutique hotels. Who would’ve thought such pretty things would exist in exceedingly (albeit charmingly) casual NZ? Not I.But I’ll happily admit how utterly erroneous I was. I got into a water taxi in Picton, an adorable harbour town in the north-east corner of the South Island, fully prepared to be taken once again to the untamed outback to do the whole living in nature with bare essentials thing as is customary in NZ. Man, was I in for a treat! Bay of Many Coves, accessible only by boat or helicopter, is in the lap of nature but is far from basic. The couple who run this 5-star resort greeted me with saying, “Welcome to a place where there’s lots to do and nothing to do.” They were not wrong. Set deep in the woods of Marlborough Sounds (an adventurer’s paradise) the activities you can indulge in boggle the mind. Horse riding, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, scalloping, clay bird shooting, bird watching, excursions through the world-renowned coastal Queen Charlotte track of towering native forest and regenerating bush, trekking over ridges and into beautiful coves, motor yacht cruising, eco cruising… the list goes on and on.The cherry on top for someone like me who hates group and/or package anything, is that you can do it all in your own time, away from the crowds and with minimal hassle. The hotel will arrange it all for you and send you off happily with an expert guide and a gourmet picnic.After spending a vigorous day of discovering magical waterfalls and Alice in Wonderland like plants and insects, I felt virtuous enough to try the doing the nothing part. I lazed in the hot tub, soaked in the sun by the heated pool and pretended to read my book in between spa treatments. Then I guiltlessly polished a chilled bottle of organic Seresin sauvignon blanc from the local vineyard and ate a specially prepared steamed salmon with a lemon and shellfish foam on a cluster of white asparagus–it exploded like spring in my mouth.The next little gem of sumptuousness was to be found up on a tree. The Yber modern but romantically rustic rooms in Hapuku Lodge, 20 miles from the buzzing little seaside town of Kaikoura, are suspended 30 ft from the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove. The room is encased in 360 degrees of glass wall and the vista is unique. From one side you see the snow-capped mountains and green valley dotted with sheep and on the other you see the blue expanse of endless ocean. I had the most memorable exhibitionist shower gazing out into the vast open for all the world to see but of course being NZ there is not a soul to play voyeur. All this comes at a price and will set you back about NZ$ 700 per night but who said good things come cheap? If you do end up there, make sure you notice the bespoke wooden tables in all different shapes and sizes that have been funkily created from a single piece of log.En route my search for the next lush stop (this time perhaps a castle balanced on top of a rock), I made a tiny detour to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim. I have no great interest in flying machines but this particular one is chaired by filmmaker Peter Jackson. He is a World War I enthusiast who has the best personal collection of aircraft memorabilia from that period. Being an award-winning director of the most technically unflawed trilogy, he has cleverly got his special effects team to design and construct the displays which are so dramatic that they easily shock and awe. The museum is a real life hangar as well as a flying club, so many of the ancient aircrafts are not only the real deal but are in good flying condition. My favourite was seeing how ridiculously primitive and utterly dangerous some of the early flying contraptions were. To keep warm at the altitude the open craft was high enough to fly, they had to wear layers of sheep skin and fur, a lot of flyers froze to death before crashing! We’ve come a long way to have our flat beds in our individual egg like suites. The mind shudders at thought of doing Delhi-Auckland back then!On my way back home I needed one last luxury fix, so I checked straight into the wonderfully modish Hotel De Brett in the centre of Auckland. The building is supposedly iconic and has been ‘reinterpreted’ into a 25-room boutique hotel. The rooms are chic; white with an art deco-meets-new age minimalism that is quite arresting. Each room has been individually designed but they all have the thick, handwoven striped carpet custom made by Michelle Deery. The bathroom floor is heated and resembles Prem Chopra’s opulent den in the ’70s!There was a beautiful big mama singing the blues in the famous Housebar, as I sat in front of the roaring open fire, downing one too many of the aptly named cocktail Fallen Angel. This stylish haunt within the hotel has three adjoining rooms all providing an inimitable ambience so you can choose according your mood. As the crooner climaxed to crescendo, the cheer of the Kiwi merrymakers too travelled through the leafy courtyard, engulfing the elegant dining room and rising right up to the glass roof atrium. When I awoke I was nursing my head in the egg cabin 30,000 ft above solid ground. I waved goodbye to the enchanted land of richness and said a silent prayer of gratitude to all those daredevils who had bravely defied gravity in their crude machines so that today I could hop across the globe in, and to, luxury. Fact fileGetting there: Delhi/Mumbai-Singapore-Auckland on Singapore Airlines. Fare: Rs. 53,000 approximatelyWhen to go: October to April, though there is much to do through the year.Plus SaysStay:Bay of Many Coves, Marlborough Sounds; www.bayofmanycoves.co.nzHapuku Lodge, Kaikoura; www.hapukulodge.comHotel De Brett, Auckland; www.hoteldebrett.comEat: Must try the wines of New Zealand, especially from the Marlborough region. You must also try pavlova, a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer nna P?vlova.Shop: Check out the various arts and crafts markets in all the cities, where you can get Maori wood, bone and pounamu (jade) products.See / Do: Well, you can’t come to NZ and not try bungee jumping! But don’t forget there is much to do beyond it. For further information, log on to www.newzealand.comFYIAdventure in luxury: If you are the outdoorsy soul who cannot be happy without a bout of adventure, try something new. Flightseeing is a unique way to explore New Zealand’s many charms from the air. Hop aboard a small plane or a helicopter and get a bird’s eye view of some of the most stunning sights in the world. Log on to www.newzealand.comHot Deal Tree house deal: NZ$ 795 for two per night in a Tree House at Hapuku Lodge. Includes: bottle of champagne, dinner and breakfast.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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