It is a treat for us to be invited to spend a weekend with friends at their holiday home in Pauanui. Time with Shirley and Warwick always runs out long before the topics of conversation. In the evenings the fire is lit, and we play card games or board games. This time it was Cranium, a game I find fun especially because of the hugely varied level of difficulty of the challenges and the interesting range of activities and knowledge required.
The sun shone long enough for us to drive around and admire (read that as envy) the mansions along the Pauanui Waterways and to take the board walk through the mangrove swamp. A confident little fantail flirted with us as we walked. The Maori name for fantail is piwakawaka. Iggy tells me the RNZAF Sioux helicopter replacement project was named Operation Piwakawaka. (Iggy has a remarkable skill at bringing any topic around to an aviation theme.) Likening a Sioux helicopter to a piwakawaka is imaginative. The helicopter flits around like a fantail and its sound “waka-waka” is just like the sound of the fantail’s Maori name.