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Listing Updates and Upcoming New Info!

Hello again family historians and blog readers, It’s hard to believe we’re in the second half of 2012 already. Hunting Kiwis has now been going for nearly 2 years (October 2010) and boy does my camera know it, with almost 2,000 headstones photographed and recorded. Eleven cemeteries have been completed and six are in progress. … Continue reading

Farewell to summer, FAQs and lone burials in Oz

Dear Readers, What a wash-out our New Zealand summer was – at least here in Canterbury. Let’s hope for some better autumn weather so I can get back out in the cemeteries and continue photographing the gravestones without my camera going rusty! There’s more work to do at Yaldhurst cemetery and the completion of South … Continue reading

New Listing – Cust/West Eyreton Cemetery

Dear Readers, The work at both Cust cemeteries has now been completed. Cust’s Anglican Cemetery (Tippings Road) was finished last year and the listings can be found here. The Cust/West Eyreton Cemetery, the larger of the two, has now been fully photographed and listings are being added daily. Thanks to my parents and husband for … Continue reading

New Year, New Look

Happy New Year to all my subscribers! Hunting Kiwis has had 21,683 visits since launcing in October 2010 and we are now seeing around 2,000 visits each month. We’re happy so many have had the opportunity to see their ancestors’ final resting place and many of you have requested photographs in return for generous donations … Continue reading

Earthquake damage at Greendale Cemetery

I returned to Greendale Cemetery last week having not visited since a month after the 7.1 earthquake centered close to the cemetery. I was unable to enter the cemetery at that time due to Council restrictions as much fallen masonry was strewn around. Most stones have now been laid flat, or at the very least … Continue reading

Darfield Roman Catholic cemetery listing updated

It won’t be long before the Roman Catholic cemetery belonging to St Joseph’s Church will be complete. I almost finished it on the Queen’s birthday weekend but my poor old camera is starting to show the strain of so much cemetery work and it decided to shut down. It’s working again now but I think … Continue reading

First look at damage in Ellesmere Public Cemetery

Prompted by an enquiry from a blog reader about the condition of his ancestors’ headstone in Ellesmere Public Cemetery, I decided to find out the extent of the damage at that site. A friend, who lives near the cemetery, kindly offered to pop in for me to locate the the headstone, and to ascertain the … Continue reading

New cemetery added – Hanmer Springs

What does a taphophile do on a birthday trip to Hanmer Springs? Yes, that’s right, she finds the local cemetery and spends a few hours recording it! How could I resist? A lovely Autumn day, time on my hands and an understanding husband armed with Sudoku on his phone meant I was able record 75% … Continue reading

Press coverage for Hunting Kiwis

Did you spot Hunting Kiwis in The Press weekend edition this week?¬† No? Shame, it was a great write up! I hope to be able to upload a digitized¬† image of the article soon. We have had some generous donations, so thank you all for your support. Oh, and we’ve started up a Facebook Page, … Continue reading

New cemetery added – South Malvern Cemetery, Glentunnel

That’s right, another cemetery has been added! This time it’s the gorgeous wee rural cemetery located on the outskirts of Glentunnel in the Selwyn District of Canterbury. It may be small, but this cemetery is packed with interesting old gravestones. If you ever find yourself in Glentunnel, be sure to check out the museum, it’s … Continue reading

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