Pic of the Day


Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd in central South Island, a few hours south of Christchurch set on the edge of an azure aqua- coloured lake (caused by minerals from the Alps at the head of the lake). There is an observatory here (Mt John) because the skies are so clear. The open heavens above Lake Tekapo are now a Unesco World Heritage Site because of the air clarity. This means there are limits to street lighting etc in the area to preserve the distinctive night sky as a lens to the stars. Star gazing in NZ can be truly breath-taking and is more dramatic than this photo can show. On occasions the Southern Lights (the Australis Borealis) can be glimpsed as it dances across the atmosphere.

The world’s largest trout are caught in a clear-water canal here, which forms part of a large hydro scheme between Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki (the one with Mt Cook at its head), beneath salmon farms housed in the canal. Wild trout sit beneath the cages gorging themselves on the pellets that fall through.

There is also a pine wood island in the middle of the lake, which we’ve boated to and camped on. We love NZ. Just awesome and Lake Tekapo (which has awesome fishing and skiing) is a fav. holiday spot for us. Its much photographed bronze statue of a shepherding dog sits on the lake shore right of the church. The area was known for sheep rustling by Mackenzie, a Scottish immigrant and rogue, after whom the area is named.

About coNZervative

A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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