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On Mon­day, I had a late lunch on Wanaka’s lake­front and watched Go Jets staff prepare a group of eight Man­darin-speak­ing tourists for a kayak trip.

Each cou­ple cheered ‘‘woohoo’’ as they launched off the beach.

The shout of ex­cite­ment is recog­nis­able in any cul­ture.

Many dis­trict tourist op­er­a­tors use greet­ings and phrases in other lan­guages to be in­clu­sive and wel­com­ing.

But if all else fails, we still have a uni­ver­sal lan­guage.

Who doesn’t un­der­stand a whoop of joy, a smile, a meet­ing of eyes and minds when out en­joy­ing our beau­ti­ful place?

Like many Cen­tral Otago and Queen­stown Lakes work­ers, I feel a wee bit jeal­ous when I see our hol­i­day­mak­ers get­ting a fix of our famed life­style.

Even though I live here, I feel I can never get enough of it.

The pad­dlers lifted my heart and made me laugh and for that I thank them. The af­ter­noon in the of­fice went so much faster.

Mar­jorie Cook

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