Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rotorua Buildings


Good morning from a cloudy summer’s day here in Hastings.

 Cee Neuner has asked us for photos with buildings and trees.  They must be in the same photo.  So I found these photos from Rotorua.

First up is this museum with and interesting past.

The Bath House, which today houses Rotorua Museum of Art & History Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, was once a spa which offered therapeutic treatments. It is a monument to the New Zealand Government’s first major commitment to the tourist industry and is a readily recognised symbol of the city. The turn-of-the-century Government hoped to tempt wealthy northern hemisphere patrons to travel far from home to the “Great South Seas Spa”.

Water from nearby thermal springs was piped to private bathrooms and larger Aix-douche massage rooms. There were also a number of deep pools where chronic disorders were treated. The north wing accommodated male patients, while women were treated in the south wing.


The Bue Baths were first supplied with hot alkaline mineral water from nearby Oruawhata Cauldron and later from the “Chameleon Spring” after the water from the Oruawhata Spring ceased. This latter was attributed to the low level of Lake Rotorua . The Blue Bath facility had, in addition to the swimming pool, two other attractions – the “Electro-Galvanic Bath ” and the ” Sulphur Vapour Bath “. The wooden parts of the structure were demolished in 1932 but the concrete bath was retained, filled and used as a summer house for many years.

The complex closed as a swimming facility in 1982, the Minister of Tourism citing as causes the high cost of maintenance, falling patronage and the pending decision of the future control and management of the Government Gardens . Council (which assumed control of the Gardens in 1983 after years of negotiations with Central Government) considered various proposals over the ensuing years from private interests hoping to redevelop the complex for alternative recreation uses.

In a joint venture project with Blue Baths Ltd , a total renovation of the complex was finally completed late 1999, which has seen the reopening of one of the pools, the restoration of the tearooms and development of a courtyard.

Then there are the older buildings



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Buildings and Trees

Trees and Buildings: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge




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One Word Photo Challenge: Pataka – Maori Storehouse

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Good morning from another cloudy Hastings day.

 Jennifer Nichole Wells has some interesting words for this series of challenges.  This week it is appliances.  So it is time to be really creative.  I did a quick search of my archives and found no images of any appliances.  But then I found this Maori Storehouse from Rotorua – a Pataka

Pātaka (storehouses) were used to keep preserved food – fish, birds, kao (a kūmara preparation) – or seed safe from kiore (Pacific rats) in winter. Pātaka were entered through a trapdoor in the floor; the small opening at the front was a window.


Obviously prior to the European invasion of New Zealand there was no ice or any other way of keeping food cool or safe from predators.  So I would say that this is an early fridge.


One Word Photo Challenge: Appliance

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Travel Theme: Grey Travels around New Zealand

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Good morning from a grey and miserable Hastings day. We have snow on the ranges and the day is expected to be wet and cold.

 So it is appropriate that the Travel Theme this week hosted by Ailsa over at Where’s my backpack? is for our grey photos.  So today I am travelling around the North Island.  First stop is the mud pools at Wai-O-Tapu in Rotorua.  I think I spent hours there just trying to catch a good splash.

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Then we are off to Taloga Bay which has New Zealand’s longest wharf.  The two children running are mine.  It was very long and you can find out more about this


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Then we head up to Auckland where I found this grey New Zealand Navy frigate at the Devonport Navy Base.

Grey Stones in Hastings

Finally we head home for some grey stones down at then Ngaruroro River.

Travel theme: Grey


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Turquoise Waters & Serendipitous Trivia

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Good morning from a cool Hastings day.

I know it is Thursday for me, which is why I always say good morning and give some account of the weather, brief or otherwise.  We are the first biggish country to see the new day.  Which I find somewhat confusing at times.  I can’t quite get my head around this date line thingy where one side of it is Thursday, while if you step over it to the other side it is Wednesday.

Why am I talking about the date line?  Well I was watching the excellent programme QI and it was one of the questions that they were discussing.  If you don’t know what QI is about check it up online

This isn’t the episode I was referring to but it is really one programme that I really can laugh out loud.  It would have taken too long to find it.  But the trivia that they come up with appeals to me. I remember trivia before I remember what is important, such as appointments and birthdays.  I remember once playing the game Trivial  Pursuit with my uncle.  He was very knowledgeable about trivia so I met my match. When I worked the nightshift in the spinal rehab unit in Auckland we would play Trivial Pursuit all night to pass the time.  I got banned. I kept winning.  So I had met my match with my uncle.  He was also banned from playing with his family due his very long winning streak.  Well guess who won?  It wasn’t my uncle.  But my uncle then spat the dummy and sulked for the rest of the day. All over trivia.

 So what has it to do with this fun foto challenge by Cee over at Cee’s Photography.  Well these photos were taken at Rainbow Springs at Rotorua so I thought I might add some trivia to go with the photos. I got this information from:


Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) were first introduced to New Zealand in the early 1880s. They are descended mainly from Californian steelheads – rainbow trout that migrate to sea and spend most of their lives there. However, New Zealand rainbow trout do not migrate to sea.

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Rainbow trout are less widespread than brown trout. There has been virtually no natural dispersal.

Ova imported in 1883 by the Auckland Acclimatisation Society survived, and fry were released into local waterways. In 1892 the species was liberated in Lake Rotorua, and in 1897 in Lake Taupō.

Rainbow trout can tolerate higher water temperatures than brown trout: they are found in warmer waters such as the Kai Iwi lakes in Northland. They also occur in a few rivers.

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Rainbow trout may reach 750 millimetres and more than 10 kilograms in New Zealand. Fish of 600 millimetres and 2–3 kilograms are often caught, and fish weighing 4–5 kg are not uncommon.

Most rainbows tend to live for four or five years, although individuals up to 11 years old have been recorded.

Life cycle

  • Several hundred to several thousand eggs are laid in a small hole by the female and fertilised by the male.
  • After 1–3 months the eggs hatch into alevins (fry with yolk sacs attached). These live in the gravel, feeding from their yolk sac.
  • They then emerge as fry, about 25 millimetres long. By late summer they have reached 50–70 millimetres.
  • As juveniles and spawning adults they live in streams, where they are exposed to predators on the banks.
  • Adults usually run upstream from a lake to spawn in late winter and early spring, in headwater streams with gravel beds. Not all rainbow trout survive spawning.

Much of the central North Island winter fishing is centred on rainbow trout running upstream from Lake Taupō to spawn in tributaries such as the famed Tongariro River.

Boring isn’t it really.  Actually these photos were taken on my honeymoon with my soon to be ex-husband.  Now that is more interesting but I won’t kiss and tell.

This is also for Marilyn’s challenge over at SERENDIPITY.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teal or Turquoise





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Cee’s Fun Fotos: A Serendipitous Green Story

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Good morning from a warmer Hastings day.

I have had great news.  Both my children have done well in their first semesters at college.  My son Martin has got an A+ average for computer studies while my daughter Ruth got a B average for her Graphics and Design course.  My son even got a letter yesterday from the head of the computer studies department congratulating him on his scores.  Considering a year ago he wanted to drop out of school and go down to Christchurch to help with the rebuild.  What changed?  My husband threw us all out.  Martin was able to study without interruption and focus on getting his university entrance, our entry level exam for college/university.  On top of that he gained a scholarship to this college too.

It is a running joke with Martin that every time I went past his room I noticed he was playing computer games.  I would say something and he would say that he had finished his homework and was just having some down time.  The same thing happened this year.  Now I can’t say anything.  But I never really got annoyed as I trusted him.  He is a really responsible young man who is really focused on his future and wants to do well.  He was so shocked when he got his first assignment result – 100%.  I keep saying to him that he is in the right place if he is doing so well.  He is really enjoying it and does do a lot of research online too.  Not bad for someone who is dyslexic.

I am so proud of both of my children for going to college/university and following their dreams.  When Ruth was little she was constantly drawing.  On the walls too.  I never, ever caught her either.  It drove me nuts.  I was always buying paper for her after we came back to New Zealand and lots of colouring pencils and paints.  I was like that too as a child.  I took art through to our school certificate exams (15 years) where I got good marks for it.  My art teacher really wanted me to go to university to do a fine arts degree.  But it was not a option open to me.  I ended up going nursing.  Not a good choice in hindsight.

So I want to wish Ruth and Martin all the best for the next semester.  Follow your dreams.

I am now following my dream of photography and lately back into my painting.  Which brings me onto Cee’s Fun Foto challenge over at Cee’s Photography, which this week is to showcase our lime green or bright green photos.  Cee hosts three great challenges which really encourage me to work on improving my photos and also to look more around me and really appreciate what is there. So for me, it is a case of better late than never.

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Some bright green leaves last autumn.

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And some photos from a green Rotorua.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lime or Bright Green



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Lime Green/ Bright green

This is also for Marilyn’s Serendipitous Story over at  SERENDIPITY



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