Something about birds of New Zealand

Pūkeko is the common name, derived from the Māori language, for the Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) of New Zealand. The subspecies occurring there is Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus, which is also found elsewhere in Australasia, including, in eastern Indonesia, the MollucasAru and Kai Islands, as well as in Papua New Guinea and Australia.

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The Bird of the Year poll has now opened so please cast your vote for your favourite native bird.

Previous winners include the tui (2005), fantail (2006), grey warbler (2007), kakapo (2008), kiwi (2009), kakariki (2010) and pukeko (2011).

Polling for Bird of the Year – – closes on October 10 at 9am.

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Story Challenge: Letter K


Making a kaleidoscope you need

4 photos looking to the one side

4 photos looking to the other side.

To cut the photos you need a template to cut each photo on the same place

And whala , stick them on and you have a


The next one is of my son taken at his graduation in Kindergarten.

kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off of the mirrors. Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster,[1] “kaleidoscope” is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), “beautiful, beauty”,[2] εἶδος(eidos), “that which is seen: form, shape”[3] and σκοπέω (skopeō), “to look to, to examine”,[4] hence “observer of beautiful forms.”

This is where you can find more information on story-challenge using letters of the alphabet.