Tag Archives: Maori

The Mighty Kauri

30 Jun
Images by RJM

Kauri spirit

There are so many little details to share about my New Zealand adventure, and I don’t want to bore you with everything. (Besides, I hope these posts inspire you to see New Zealand for yourself!)

However, I must talk a little about the trees that were so important to the Maori peoples, not only for their own construction but also for their commence. I’ve already written about my first encounter with the magnificent Kauri, and the historical significance of these giants. Continue reading

Kiwi History Lesson

21 Jun Images by RJM

During our third day in Paihia we visited the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, listed as “one of the 101 Must Do’s for Kiwis” according to New Zealand’s Automobile Association.

Waitanti Treaty House, New Zealand Feb. 2013

It was here, on February 6, 1840, that the first 43 Maori chiefs, after much discussion, signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British crown (eventually over 500 would sign it). (Lonely Planet New Zealand, 16th edition, pg. 146) Continue reading

Hell Hole of the Pacific, or “Hey Sailor!”

27 May

Russell, formerly known as Kororareka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. It is situated in the Bay of Islands, in the far north of the North Island.

Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

When European and American ships began visiting New Zealand in the early 1800s, the indigenous Māori quickly recognized there were great advantages in trading with these strangers.  Continue reading

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