We, the general public, the ordinary people of New Zealand, who love our money and rarely seem to have enough of it, spend, every year, come war or depression, come earthquakes or taxes, come, indeed, what bloody may, just over $100 million on - are you ready for this now? - feeding the birds.

These are not birds that we fatten up to kill and eat ourselves, thereby getting some return on our investment. They are wild birds, birds too small and bony to make good eating, birds that just take our money and fly.

Furthermore most of these birds

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