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Kia ora and thank you

Opinion Piece

Dear Gisbornites, Kia ora!As I now recover from five exciting, exhilarating days among you for the Tuia 250 ki Turanga events, I wish to thank so many people for their hospitality and kindness — too many of you to mention by name and organisation, the Herald editor tells me. That includes all of you who shouted me, a struggling freelance journo/artist, a glass of excellent Gisborne pinot gris!I was most impressed with all services while in Gisborne, a city that combines the good qualities of Los Angeles, Berlin and Paris. I fully expected a bateau mouch (open excursion boat) to glide by under the bridges over the Turanganui River.I look forward eagerly to my next visit. Thank youRichard de Pomare ChrispCoromandel