Policing in New Zealand can be traced back to 1840 with the arrival from New South Wales, Australia of Lieutenant Governor William Hobson (RN) accompanied by six Constables (troopers). Policing in New South Wales had existed in various forms since the foundation of the colony in 1788. Initially it had been policed by Royal Marines (reluctantly on their part) but a cohesive Police Force as we would know it today did not come into existence until March 1862.
The mighty Whanganui river is the longest navigable river in the country. Photo credit: Take Two Photographers Ltd 2009.
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From Te Araroa you're now heading southwards and the road is mainly inland. To find the treasures, you'll have to venture a little further off the main track.
A native of Limavady, William Massey's portrait was recently unveiled ...
Ramelton's memorial to Dave Gallaher was recently unveiled by Sir Jerry Mateparae and IRFU President Philip Orr.
The Kiwi version of Melting Moments, Yoyos are delicious and well worth baking...
Back on the road again and heading towards Hicks Bay, a lovely detour along the country road that runs along side the beach.
Professor Sinclair Stockman runs the office for the NZ Consulate in Northern Ireland from his home in Belfast. Stepping up to the door, a formal NZ plaque indicates I have the right place and if I was in any doubt of his allegiances, the Rugby jerseys hanging pride of place behind his office desk quell any concerns...
Opotiki is where our road trip starts and ends. Head down the main street of town, opposite the library, the bakery will have all you need for a picnic later in the day
My favourite New Zealand road trip takes me off the tourist trail and along roads to beaches and beauty that most kiwis only see on a calendar.
I recently gave a paper at the 22nd annual New Zealand Studies Association at Franklin University, Lugano Switzerland. As the chef said at breakfast the first morning, "Why would people from New Zealand come here to have a conference on New Zealand?"
When New Zealand travel writer Venetia Sherson recently visited The Ballance House, she found the true meaning of the world 'Welcome'.
David tells us about bis attendance at his first every football match, a friendly between Northern Ireland and New Zealand, June 2017.