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 has been coming to Taranaki since 1994 to scan pregnant sheep for farmers.

He says he never planned to spend quarter of a century flying between the two countries.

"It was actually going to be just a one-off job. I saw an advert in a farming paper back in Wales. It was Eltham vets asking for someone to come over to show their vets how

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