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All that glistens....The Solomon Islands

When Spanish explorers came across this group of Pacific Islands, they discovered alluvial gold and thought they had found the source of the biblical King Solomon’s wealth.  327 more words


Destination Melanesia....

It seems the 136th largest country in the World, the Solomon Islands, is barely on the global radar (unless you are a diver).  I will definitely need to do some full on research whilst travelling to find out more about this nation. 56 more words


New Zealand, the return continued....

Oh wow, how Auckland has changed in the last six years.  Why did I leave it so long between visits?!

Due to hosting a flurry of major sporting event, including the Rugby World Cup in 2011, and the Cricket World Cup earlier this year, the city has invested in further developing the city.  184 more words

Australia / Pacific

New Zealand, the return....

It seems such a long time ago since I was living in Auckland, and sadly I have not returned since.  However this week I am returning after six years! 60 more words

Australia / Pacific

Dental plaque reveals key plant in prehistoric Easter Island diet

A University of Otago PhD student analysing dental calculus (hardened plaque) from ancient teeth is helping resolve the question of what plant foods Easter Islanders relied on before European contact. 433 more words


Epic pre-Columbian voyage suggested by genes, sweet potato's traded

Epic pre-Columbian voyage suggested by genes

Wooden canoes like this one from Easter Island may have brought Native Americans and Polynesians together.
Polynesians from Easter Island and natives of South America met and mingled long before Europeans voyaged the Pacific, according to a new genetic study of living Easter Islanders. 464 more words


14th century Polynesian settlement discovered

Evidence of early Polynesian settlement dating back to the early 1300s has been uncovered within a stone’s throw of central Whitianga, in a discovery of national significance. 422 more words