The Māori Language
The Māori language is one of the official languages in New Zealand. It is spoken mostly by the indigenous people who are called Māori. The origin of the language traces back the Eastern Polynesian islands, where the Māori history can be traced back. In reality only some 30,000 people can speak the language fluently, but several words have made it into everyday use with all the people currently inhabiting New Zealand. The most famous expression would be the ubiquitous “Kia Ora” which can be translated as “hello, how are you”. Here’s a few more words and concepts to illustrate the rich vocabulary of the Māori people Awa = River Motu = Island Puke = Hill Wai = Water Whanga = Harbour Kia Ora = Hi Haere mai = Welcome Maunga = Mountain [AdSense-B] The Māori language represents a big part of the culture of New Zealand, yet many people fail to pronounce the words correctly. Despite many of the current inhabitants of New Zealand have ancestors from other countries, the people in general respect the language and the culture of the indigenous people. This is in stark contrast when compared for example against the neighboring Australia. It has been suggested that Australia was home to […]
Moving to New Zealand
New Zealand is a favourite destination for foreigners. The level of highly-skilled jobs available in the country makes it attractive to the recently graduated, and the nation is currently in an immigration drive. There is a shortage of various skills within New Zealand; construction workers, engineers, chefs, ICT professionals and many other skilled workers are being actively encouraged to migrate to the nation. But what should you know about the country before considering Moving to New Zealand? This article will provide a brief overview of the nation, giving need-to-know information on the country and its people. Auckland Far and away the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland has a booming population and was recently ranked third in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. The city has an elegant, metropolitan skyline and skilled jobs are plentiful in this area. Much of the city has a local, suburban feel that is not found in other major cities of the world. Auckland has many harbours that provide ideal boating conditions, and the bars and clubs provide a great deal of nighttime fun. There area huge variety of locations to choose from, with many bars situated along the waterfront, predominately in Auckland’s sleek Viaduct […]
Rotorua is a city on the North Island in New Zealand. The city is famous for being the cultural centre of the Maori people. The city has been built around a lake also known as Rotorua. The city is mostly on the southern side of the lake with some 57.000 citizens. The biggest industry in Rotorua is tourism and here are some of the well-known attractions. Tamaki Maori Village If you are unfamiliar with the Maori culture and history, the Tamaki village is an excellent place to visit. There are several activities, cultural shows and the highlight of the night is the Hangi dinner. This is typically an organized tour so book in advance with some of the operators around the area. Te Puia geysers and mud pools The scenery around Te Puia is very unusual and the geyser “shows” are nothing short of amazing. The geysers go off quite regularly, usually every hour. Te Puia also has a wealth of Maori culture information. Be sure to catch the Haka performance. Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest The trees in the Whakarewarewa forest are so tall that you might fall over trying to catch a glimpse of the top. The redwood forest is an amazing […]
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