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Transcript of New Zealand
Aotearoa ("land of the long white cloud")
English and Maori
two main islands, North and South Island and a number of smaller islands.
It was one of the last lands to be settled
Polynesians settled New Zealand in 1250-1300 and developed a distinctive Maori culture
NZ was first discovered by Europeans in 1642 when Dutch sailor Abel Tasman arrived. He left NZ after several of his crew were killed by Maoris, and it was not until 1769 that English Captain James Cook arrived and mapped the land.
Natives protested and in 1845 the Maori Wars began and lasted until 1872
Despite NZ has been culturally isolated from the rest of the world, since the 90's it is a modern, multicultural and consumer-oriented nation, as any other western country.
Kiwis are friendly & independent people. They love outdoor activities (hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, skying, surfing, etc.) and they are very proud of their healthy active way of life.
They are committed with ecology and since they are quite isolated from the rest of the countries Kiwis use to travel quite a lot, especially when they finish university.
Contemporary Kiwi food
combines its largely British heritage with a lively exploration of European, Asian and Pacific influences.
: endemic plants, animals and seafood. Nowadays introduced animals and vegetables are also cooked using Maori
Kiwifruit: comes from China
Marmite: Spread yeast
Kumara: sweet potato
Lamb, venison, mutton, vegetables, fish, seafood...
Take away fish & chips
Newzealanders are also known as
KIWIS, because of their endemic animal.
New Zealand is the
antipodes of Spain!
HAKA (Ha:'breath'+ Ka:'on fire')is not only a war cry since it is also performed for amusement, as a hearty welcome to distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals.
CLIMATE AND NATURAL FACTS
First climber Everest
New Zealand's climate is complex and varies from warm subtropical in the far north to cool temperate climates in the far south, with severe alpine conditions in the mountainous areas.
New Zealand is situated in the "Ring of Fire". As a result of the collisions of tectonic plates it has lots of earthquakes and volcanoes.
they are common but not usually severe. About 20,000 per year but only about 200 of them are strong enough to be felt. (in 2011 about 185 people died in the Christchurch earthquake)
it has about 12 active volcanoes, and three of them are in alert level 1.
Actor: Gladiator (2000)
Director: Lord of the rings
(2001, 2002, 2003)
Cup of (tea/coffee)
Take a look at
Bob's your uncle!
Rattle your dags
Up the duff
Great white shark
NZ became a British colony in 1840, after signing the Treaty of Waitingi with Maori
The cause was the usual tension between land-hungry settlers and the natives compounded by the British assumption that they had acquired full sovereignty over the Maori after the treaty, and the Maori conviction that their autonomy persisted
Maori vs Paheka
Main cities in terms of population:
The flag contains the British one and has four stars that represent the Southern Cross, a constellation.
New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy.
The head of the state is Queen Elisabeth II.
Her representant in New Zealand is Sir Jerry Mateparae, the Governor general.
John Key is the Prime Minister since 2008
NZ dollar, also known as kiwi dollar.
Some of the most popular reflect
British colonial heritage
Rugby & cricket
Other popular sports
Soccer, tennis, ski, surf, motorsport, golf
Skying, cycling, canoeing, etc.
Bungee jumping, zorbing
Olympic games + Commonwealth games