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Ni Hao,I'm writing from home in New Zealand after 2-days of traveling from Altay in China.Well ... that was a peculiar experience. If you didn't already know, the race was cancelled, here's what happened.I traveled to China with the Avaya team, Joanna Williams, Chris Forne & Stu Lynch for the round of the AR World Series. We were chasing world ranking points, a team race in build up to the World Championships and of course an adventure, going to far away places, for exotic and different experiences. As it turned out, the experience will most likely be one of the most...

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Did you know New Zealand grown blackcurrants are renowned for their unusually high anthocyanin content? Anthocyanin’s are the compounds that give blackcurrants their deep purple colour and are an extremely strong antioxidant. That means they have a number of health benefits such as helping your muscles recover from exercise, reducing inflammation, enhancing immunity and improving performance during exercise. All of the blackcurrants we use in our Blackcurrant Chia Pudding are sourced from a single grower here in Tasman Bay. The grower we work with has focused on growing spray free fruit with super high anthocyanin levels and a great blackcurrant taste....

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So you’ve decided to do one of New Zealand’s great walks! You’ve booked your hut passes, sorted your transport and now you’re trying to figure out what you should eat. This handy guide will answer all your questions. First things first - you’re going to require more energy than usual. That means eating more food and planning out your meals in advance. What you want is a wide range of foods that provide different sources of energy and nutrients to keep you going. If carrying extra weight isn’t an issue you can take in some fresh food to make meals...

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Walking the Matiri Range from Thousand and Hundred Acre Plateaus to the Wangapeka had been on my list for years. This weekend the weather gods delivered (with a day of southerly to keep us honest) and we finally pulled off this fun route. It was an awesome mix of well-established trail, time wandering in the alpine zone, thick bush-bashing and negotiating countless little bluffs that don’t show up on a TOPO map. On Friday morning we left one car at the Wangapeka road end and then drove up the Matiri Valley. I flagged down a ute and asked the guys...

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Comedy musician Wilson Dixon (aka Jesse Griffin or vice versa) does a clever skit on the names of New Zealand’s main Islands, and how they came about. Strumming his guitar at a show in NZ… he says “you guys are pretty laid back, it’s reflected in the way you named your islands” ‘hey, what shall we call this island we’re on here’ “this one that’s kinda north of things?” ‘yeah’ “um, north island?” ‘that’s pretty good, what about that one that’s south of here?’ “going out on a limb here … how about the south island? ‘that’s good too’ “what...

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