On the 1835 Declaration of Independence

With Waitangi Day on 6 February, some attention will focus on the status and relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi in modern times, and on whether it is the founding document of our country. Some claim that the 1835 Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand is a better model for relations between Māori and other New Zealanders. John Bishop uncovered some widely differing viewpoints when he travelled to Northland recently. View as PDF
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Lord of the forest stands tall

Walking in Waipoua Forest, in Northland, New Zealand we come across Tane Mahuta. We are standing at the base of Tane Mahuta, 16.41m around, 51.2m tall, carbon dated at around 3000 years old. He’s still alive and growing, although slowly. Lord of the forest stands tall
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Buy carefully on London Food Tours

Food tours are enormously popular in many major cities around the world, and often in areas with unique cuisines. London presents a special challenge as Europeans generally look down upon English cooking as stodgy, provincial and unimaginative. John Bishop found there is plenty to be delighted about as he took three food tours around London, with some history and culture thrown in. View article as PDF
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Continental river cruise

There are few things better in life than quietly drifting down two of Europe’s best-known rivers in comfortable surroundings, well fed, with plentiful supplies of wine and other drinks, rising each day to a new town and a new experience. View as PDF
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Low lights of Louisiana

Baton Rouge, the capital of the state of Louisiana, presents a medley of experiences for visitors, both in the city itself and as a jumping off point for the state’s many natural attractions, including swamps, alligators, fine historical houses, and special French flavour not found elsewhere. View as PDF
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Nice and greasy

The workingman’s cafe has a long and respectable tradition in England, selling an unfashionable cuisine: the fry up. John Bishop visits three of London’s finest Nice and greasy
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Civil Rights still centre stage

The last stop on a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis has the visitor looking through a large glass window into a motel room, No.306, where the bed clothes are neatly folded back, a cup and saucer are on the bedside table. view as PDF
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New Orleans Good Times and Better Times

New Orleans is one of those places that everyone wants to go to, based largely on its reputation as a fun, party town with jazz, blues, southern food, and a laidback vibe associated with its tagline of The Big Easy. Just about everything you have heard about New Orleans is, or has been, true at some point. New Orleans Good Times and Better Times
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