Robbie had done a sterling job. A pile of similarly cut lengths of tree-fell lined the side walls of the generous open hearth inside Mid-Wairoa Hut. The flames licked hungrily towards the chimney opening, demonstrating well the self confessed pyromaniac’s fire lighting skills. ’One of the true pleasures’ he observed. Shaun and I nodded our agreement.

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