Kia tau ngā manaakitanga a te mea ngaro
ki runga ki tēnā, ki tēnā o tātou
Kia mahea te hua mākihikihi
kia toi te kupu, toi te mana, toi te aroha, toi te Reo Māori
kia tūturu, ka whakamaua kia tīna! Tīna!
Hui e, Tāiki e!
Let the strength and life force of our ancestors
Be with each and every one of us
Freeing our path from obstruction
So that our words, spiritual power, love, and language are upheld;
Permanently fixed, established and understood!
Many of you already know I live in New Zealand. What some don’t know is that I returned to the Uk for family and it was a disaster. Now I’m back in New Zealand and I couldn’t be happier. It is like the dark cloak had fallen off and I’m happy once more. The question is WHY am I she happier. Well in this post I’ll try and explain about everything that is New Zealand.
NEW ZEALAND – AOTEAROA
Aotearoa is a fresh young country, it is vibrant, beautiful with a mixture of cultures. Today we have (Prime Minister statement) 162 different languages within Aotearoa. Imagine the cultural hub, the heritage, and diversity this has given Aotearoa. It is an amazing country to live in.
Our official languages are English, Te Reo Maori, and Sign Language. All which are used on a daily basis somewhere in Aotearoa depending on the needs of the people where you live. The two places I’ve lived within Aotearoa are Palmerston North, which is a vibrant long city which started off as a SWAMP. It was drained and the city was born. It lies on a fault line giving the place some scary earthquakes and small tremors, once again depending on where the earthquake or tremor originated and how deep it was.
We also lived in Rotorua which is situated in a crater lake (crazy kiwi’s) which though silent they are still mildly active producing hot water, warm earth, and hot mud pools, many of which you can see and visit for free. I have many photos with steam rising from the earth. This town surrounds the lake which has Mokoia Island in the middle. This island has a rich history of romance between Hinemoa and Tutanekei. Here is a LINK telling the story of their romance.
Palmy – as the locals call it now has a population of 87,300 (last census) It is a diverse, busy vibrant place, and has some wonderful parks. In the central city, we have ‘The Square’ which though it has had problems in the past with people being attacked, is now an attractive area with walks, trees, memorials along with a pond, bridge, and ducks. I love the ducks, my kids used to love chasing them. It is lovely with its clock tower in the centre and seating for those who wish to read or eat. Many concerts and activities are also held on ‘The Square’.
We also have the Victoria Esplanade which is another part and is huge. Rose Gardens where many marriages take place, an amazing Children’s Playground for different ages. Hockey Fields, and Miniature Train and plenty of walks along with a huge field where families can gather and play games like cricket and rugby. Just along the road is the Swimming Pool. This has indoor and outdoor pools, A diving pool, areas for children and families, facilities where you can cook and share a picnic. There are even areas for adults and a huge big waterslide.
A multi-cultural experience nobody should miss. It has a population of 72,200 with about 52% who are Maori. It is a huge tourist spot with many amazing places to visit and explore. Some for FREE. Kuirau Park is wonderful. It has hot mud and water pools. Everyone is advised to stay on the paths due to the unexpected and to stay safe. The smell is obnoxious at first due to the Sulphur which fills the are. (a bit like areas of Yellowstone Park) There are steam vents as well. One of the pools you can walk across on a bridge. Something I’ve yet to do.
You can walk the lakefront, in some areas the sand is warm, dig your feet to deep and it is hot and can burn your skin. A nice place to cook and egg. The most popular parts of the Lake Front have pathways to keep you safe and they extend to Sulphur Point which is behind the old Bath House (now a Museum sadly shut due to the earthquake in Kaikoura 3 years ago) It is here the lake water is a milky colour and the place is also a bird sanctuary. Once again there are gardens to roam with Bowling Greens and further walks. Some of the places to visit if you come to Rotorua are:
Redwood Forest, Buried Village, Lake Tarawera, Blue Lake, Whakarewarewa Village, Te Puia, Government Gardens, Rainbow Springs, Paradise Valley Springs (Zoo) and the Agradome. There are many more
Here is a LINK for you all to see what else is on offer.
As for the rest of New Zealand. It is stunning in its beauty. The Malborough Sounds are majestic. This is why movies are made here. Do you know which ones?
Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Last Samurai, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to name a few. Can you name any others?
To me personally, New Zealand is a younger version of Wales which is a bit more rugged with age. It still has a beauty I love, especially when you go out to the mountains. Thankfully there are no volcanos and few quakes – if any.
New Zealand moves at a slower pace, even when it’s busy. It is an expensive place to live and has recently lost its innocence with a terror attack from an Australian extremist. This has sadly caused massive changes in our country with ANZAC celebrations cancelled or drawn together due to security. Gun law changes and a change in attitude. Some good and some bad. All of us hope the positive will outway the negative as everyone pulls together to help fellow humans because this is what we are…First and foremost. HUMAN.
TRIBUTE TO OUR ANZAC FORCES – ROTORUA
He hōnore, he korōria ki te Atua
He maungārongo ki te whenua
He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa
Hangā e te Atua he ngākau hou
Ki roto, ki tēnā, ki tēnā o mātou
Whakatōngia to wairua tapu
Hei awhina, hei tohutohu i a mātou
Hei ako hoki i ngā mahi mō tēnei rā
END OF PART ONE