Kia Ora (Welcome), I am very proud to be a
New Zealander and I am going to share
some of the reasons why in this page.
New Zealand has a population of 3,600,000 and approximately 60,000,000 sheep. The land area of New Zealand is 103,737 square miles (268,680 square kilometers), about the size of Colorado in USA, slightly larger than Victoria in Australia, less than half the size of Alberta in Canada. New Zealand is a long, thin country on a wide continental shelf, North and South Islands would be joined together, if the sea level was lower, as actually happened during the ice ages.
New Zealand lies at a complex junction between the Pacific Ocean Floor and Australia. These huge rock plates slowly grinding together cause spectacular land forms such as: volcanoes, parallel mountain chains, glaciers and river plains.
Long before Captain James Cook landed in New Zealand, on the magnificent ship 'Endeavour', there were many established settlements of the various Maori tribes. The Maoris arrived in New Zealand about a thousand years ago and called the country 'Aotearoa', which means 'Land of the Long White Cloud'; which applies to clouds over the mountain chains, or snow on the peaks, as observed from the sea as Maori canoes approched. New Zealand is made up of many nationalities and all cultures and traditions are a big part of New Zealand life today. Basic Maori language and culture is taught in the New Zealand schools.
|MAORI POI DANCERS - GREENSTONE TIKI - MAORI HAKA|
The beauty of New Zealand is breathtaking, as you will see by the photos. New Zealand is sometimes called the 'Adventure Capital' of the world. Anything you want to do you can do it here. If you cannot find it in New Zealand, then it is not worth doing. From Bungy Jumping to Tandem Skydiving to Sea Kayaking, Adventure Caving, Black and White Water Rafting, Horse Trekking, Jet Boating, Mountain Climbing, Glacier Walking, Nature Tours of Native Rainforests, you name it New Zealands got it!!!
|FOX GLACIER - MOUNT COOK|
New Zealanders are also very sporty and many Awards and Medals have been won by accomplished Athletes at International levels. Some popular winter sports are Rugby, Rugby League, Netball, Field Hockey, Basketball and Skiing. Some summer sports are, Lawn Bowls, Cricket, Racket Sports, Motor Racing, Horse Racing, Boating, Tramping and Walking, just to name a few.
|QUEENSTOWN - BROWN KIWI - LAKE OHAU|
Fishing is very popular, such things as Salmon, Trout, Tuna, Snapper, Kahawai, Whitebait and Crayfish. Hunting is also popular Deer, Wild Pigs, Goats, Wild Sheep, Thar, Chamois, Rabbits, Oppossums and Ducks. Hunting and fishing are both favourite pastimes and in some cases a career.
|AUCKLAND - CHRISTCHURCH (HAGLEY PARK)|
New Zealands Coat of Arms is displayed near the top of the page. The capital of New Zealand is Wellington, situated at the bottom of the North Island, just below Masterton in the Wairarapa where I was born. Nelson at the top of the South Island is New Zealands oldest city, with a population of 40,000, a photo of Nelson is just below. My family and I lived in Nelson before emigrating to Australia over twelve years ago (but New Zealand will always be my home). The national bird is the Kiwi, a photo of the Brown Kiwi can be seen above, it is a flightless nocturnal bird. The national Anthem is 'God Defend New Zealand', which you can hear playing now. The Mount Cook Lilly is the national flower. The Silver fern is a national symbol, which is on the background of this page, the fern is that of the Punga Fern, which is the largest Tree Fern in the world.
Lamb, Beef, Wine, Cheese and some Seafood, also Beer are high on New Zealands list of exports. Farming is a very big industry being mostly sheep, cattle and deer. New Zealand has four main television stations, TVNZ (being two channels), TV3, TV4 and SKY TV.
I hope this will create a picture for you of what a beautiful and thriving country New Zealand 'Aotearoa' really is.
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