Word of the day


Gold –  a yellow malleable ductile metallic element that occurs chiefly free or in a few minerals, with the chemical element of atomic number 79; and is used especially in coins, jewellery, and dentures  and to guarantee the value of currencies; a monetary standard based on this metal; something likened to this metal in brightness, preciousness or superiority; a deep lustrous yellow or yellow-brown colour; a quantity of gold coins; money, wealth, riches; a medal awarded as the first prize in a competition; consisting of, like or pertaining to gold; indicating the fiftieth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary; (of a record, CD, or cassette) having sold a minimum of 500,000copies.

Word of the day


Gold– a precious yellow metallic element, highly malleable and ductile, and not subject to oxidation or corrosion; an alloy of this; a quantity of gold coins; a monetary standard based on this metal; money; wealth; riches; something that is precious, beautiful, brilliant or superior; deep lustrous yellow or yellow-brown color; fiftieth event in a series or anniversary;  the bull’s eye of a target, scoring nine points in archery; the ultimate goal, target or reward; medal for first place.

Gold in Otago ground and bottle


Oceana Gold reports promising finds of higher quality gold after test drilling  at its Macraes goldfield.

Mining and associated work by Oceana Gold  has revitalised the wee East Otago town of Palmerston (NB that’s just Palmerston, not to be confused with the slightly bigger settlement in the other island which requires a North in its name).

Further inland, a British honeymoon couple must have thought they’d found gold when they discovered a bottle of Gibbston Valley’s 2000 pinto noir at Gantley’s Restaurant in Queenstown because they paid $1000 for it.

Restaurant co-owner Brent Rands said yesterday the last bottle he sold was last year for $750 and with very few bottles remaining he increased the price to $1000 in January. “I thought, it’s getting so scarce now if it’s gonna go it’s gonna go …”

Let’s see, $1,000 for 750 mls equals . . .  a lot per litre.

Who was the first to discover gold in Otago? UPdated


If you’d asked me who was the first to discover gold in Otago I’d have said Gabriel Read whose name lives on in Gabriels Gully near Lawrence.

But I’d have been wrong.

The first workable goldfield was discovered by an Indian prospector, Edward Peters, three years before Read made his find.

I discovered this in this morning’s ODT because Governor General Hon Sir Anand Satyanand unveiled a plaque   in honour of Peters yesterday.

UPDATE: Didn’t Winston Peters reckon Maori orginiated from China? Maybe he also had Indian ancestors?

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