In Wales, you say hwyl fawr to bid someone goodbye.

In rural Taranaki, you throw them a party with more than 130 guests.

Welshman David Lloyd and his family were given a good old-fashioned Kiwi farewell this month, complete with laughter, gifts, and a few stories told over drinks, in a surprise party thrown in their honour.

The evening was full of plenty of laughs and shared memories.
The evening was full of plenty of laughs and shared memories.

The party was organised by the self-styled Mayor of Tarata, Bryan Hocken, assisted by Laura Werder and was to celebrate what Bryan called "25 years of coming back".

David is a self-employed sheep scanner, and

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