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Walking Leaf - Found in South Asia through Southeast Asia to Australia' the family Phylliidae (often misspelled Phyllidae) contains the extant true leaf insects which include some of the most remarkable leaf mimics in the entire animal kingdom.
Maori used kiwi feathers chiefly for ceremonial cloaks (kahu-kiwi). Kahu-kiwi are usually named and are reserved for chiefs because they’re considered as taonga(treasures). They are said to carry the wairua(spirit) of the birds themselves. During significant events – incl. deaths, marriages –a kahu-kiwi is drawn over the shoulders as a symbol of chieftainship and high birth. Today, the tradition of kahu-kiwi is continued using feathers gathered from kiwi that die naturally or by predation.
The Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, #NewZealand were first explored in 1887 by local Maori Chief, Tane Tinorau, accompanied by an English surveyor, Fred Mace. Formed over 30 million years ago there are two levels to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves which are 16 metres apart - the glowworms are found exclusively in NZ and are around the size of an average mosquito. Some staff employed at the caves today, many of whom are local, are direct descendants of Chief Tane Tinorau and his wife Huti.
Keep kids busy on the flight with tray table toys!
The Peach Melba is a classic dessert, invented in 1892 or 1893 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel, London to honour the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba. It combines two popular summer fruits: peaches and raspberry sauce accompanying vanilla ice cream.
Brachychiton acerifolius – Flame Tree A compact pyramidal tree, 6-10mts high. Slow growing Australian native to New South Wales and Queensland. Leaves maple-like, mostly dropping before flowering in early summer. Flowers bell shaped vivid orange-red in terminal sprays. Best display occur in hot, dry seasons. Tree sometimes 20 years old before flowering
Wild Orange Glow is a collage created from pictures of wildflowers. The burnt orange colours represent the colours of an Australian summer.