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Jan 2, 2014 - Happy New Year

Happy New Year New. Year's Eve. Up, breakfasted and off to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, five minutes away. The Grounds are where the Waitangi Treaty between Britain and the Maoris was signed, establishing certain rights and protections for the Maoris and which is considered to be New Zealand's founding document and the Treaty Ground the birthplace of New Zealand. The land overlooks the Bay of Islands and is a wonderful setting for the Maori Meeting House or Te Whare Runanga, built on traditional lines, opposite what is now called the Treaty...

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Jan 3, 2013 - Day 14: Land in the Chatham Islands

On the 3 of January, we arrived at the Chatham Islands. We were scheduled to land at Waitangi, but we landed to the north of Waitangi, in Port Hutt, because of large swells in the sea. After landing in the rain, we traveled by bus to the Tuku Reserve. Along the way in Waitangi, our bus broke down (bad alternator), and we had to wait an hour for new transportation to arrive. During the wait, we saw the Chatham Island Oyster catcher, the Chatham Island Shag and the Pitt Shag. Waitangi was a small town, but provided us an opportunity to go...

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Dec 21, 2012 - Waitangi

Today we drove from the Kauri Coast to Waitangi on the other side of the Northland peninsula. I thought by looking at the map that it would be a fairly short drive but I was wrong. It took us two hours to go the first 100 km. Sometimes we were travelling at only 25 kph. It was a narrow and windy road sometimes with single-lane bridges and up and over mountains. We picked up speed after we got out of the forest. The day was like most days. It began dark and gloomy and rainy and then was nice and sunny and partly cloudy by late morning....

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Nov 27, 2009 - Bay of Islands

Today we took a full days boat trip round the Bay of Islands, looking at islands and seeing what wildlife was around. The trip was also advertised as offering swimming with dolphins, which we weren't planning to do, but as there were young in the area it wasn't possible anyway. It was a lovely calm sunny day and the dolphins were out in force, as were the gulls, shearwater, gannets, shag and and other seabirds and even a blue penguin. A very relaxed seal was lying in the middle of the sea, basking with a flipper in the air to keep him warm...

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Nov 16, 2009 - Bay of Islands

“Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.” …Mark Twain I don’t mean to get into a religious debate here, but I’m going to presume that somehow most everyone I know owes his or her existence to Noah and his wife. What I’ve seen the past few weeks, listening to the Polynesians, and today, meeting and listening to some native Maoris, I’m convinced their ancestors were on a different boat, or maybe, they weren’t even affected by the flood in this part of the world and never needed an ark at all. When I think...

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May 5, 2009 - Waitangi

Nous avons visité le site où le traité de Waitangi fut signé entre les Maori et le représentant de la Reine d’Angleterre en 1840. Ce fut une journée intéressante qui nous a permis d’en apprendre un peu plus sur l’histoire de la Nouvelle-Zélande et la culture la culture Maori. Nous avons entre autre compris pourquoi tous les noms de villages se ressemblent… ils n’ont que 14 lettres dans leur alphabet !!

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