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... peoples in Canada are often objectified. Here, they are a celebrated part of a collective consciousness and it is a beautiful thing.
The North Island differs from the South Island in that the human presence is more evident in the north: clear-cutting and settlements. In the north, you see also how different cultures can co-exist and thrive both when apart and when together. On one of ...
... a challenge.
The names of, for example, towns and mountains, have spiritual or other significant meanings
- Aotearoa (New Zealand) – land of the long white cloud
- Hurimoana – overflowing ocean
- Maungatūroto – mountains standing up in lagoons
- Ōmanawanui – place of unswerving dedication
- Onetapu – sacred ...
... We head to South Head and Medlands Beach where we get off to start our walk. It's a lovely day, mostly overcast, with bursts of sunshine, and around 20 degrees.
It's a pretty busy track to walk, but still enjoyable, if quite reminiscent of the Queen Charlotte Track. We are of course closer to beaches, there are not many cicadas, and we notice some variants in vegetation, eg there are lots more beautiful rimu trees. Again we notice trapping ...
... 1840 when the Treaty of Waitanga was signed, but once the capital moved to Auckland it became something of a sleepy backwater. In the 1920s, American Western writer Zane Grey came to fish for marlin, and Russell is still a game fishing centre today. We saw the pretty Russell Church, claiming to the the oldest in NZ and also the Pompallier ...
... guide who was a descendent of one of the Maori Chiefs who originally signed the treaty. She told us plenty of interesting facts but she may have been a bit biased!
Still we were able to see the original house where Captain Busby lived prior to the signing of the treaty. All was harmony then with good relations between British and Maori. ( The only problems were the whalers with their drinking ...