Yesterday was not warm. You could safely say that winter has arrived in New Zealand, but they breed them tough down here. I’ve always been amazed at Kiwis’ uncanny knack of underdressing for the conditions. The cold either doesn’t bother them or they just bear it without the grimace. This group arrived on Mairangi Beach for a kayaking exercise. I would have expected them to dress in wetsuits at the very least, given the conditions. But no, the girls are as tough as the boys in Aotearoa. They went for a quick warm-up jog along the beach, then into the icy water with their kayaks they went. One of the girls overturned, but carried on regardless. You have to admire it.

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