Saturday, June 13, 2015


Due north of New Zealand, slightly too far for the hobbits to take a boat there, though not for the indigenes of the island to go the other way, which now most of them have; there are just two thousand left on the island, and twenty thousand overseas.

The island is independent, but exists in a "free association" with New Zealand (I am tempted to write Niue Zealand), which means that New Zealand provides large amounts of aid, and awards automatic New Zealand citizenship, whence the boatloads. Fishing and agriculture just about sustain the tiny population, though Hurricance Heta in 2004 didn't help. Coral reefs and whales bring tourists in small numbers.

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