Colim McCahon was apainter who emerged in New Zealand with a new and distinctive style. Many of his works challenged the norms of what was and wasn't art. Some contained a strong religious theme. This is his painting 'A question of faith'.
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The Kauri tree is a native of New Zealand. It is one of the largest trees (by volume) in existence. There are very few left as widespread logging in the 19th century depleted most stands. The largest remaining tree is Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) in the Waipoua Forest in Northland. This picture is of "Te Matua Ngahere" (Father of the Forest) is the second largest but probably the oldest of the remaining Kauri trees and is estimated to exceed 2000 years.
Tui are a native bird of New Zealand. They are distinctive for their dark colouring, often dark brown to black, almost iradescent. At their throat they carry a tuft of white feathers, leading them to be called the 'parson' bird by early settlers. Also distinctive is their call which is produced by a having 2 voice boxes. Tui can be trained to mimic humans and annoyingly even a telephone ringing.
Sheep shearing developed as a seasonal enterprise. Because sheep were extremely plentiful there was always plenty of work. Shearers were hard working and dedicated to their craft and to the welfare of their sheep. Because of the large 'gang' that was employed to shear the sheep, it became a trade often dominated by Maori kin groups (whanau). The annual 'Golden Shears' tournament attracted huge crowds and was mainstay of rural events in the 20th century
The Kelburn Cable Car ride is a Wellington Institution. It is symbolic of Wellington as it leads from the old Lambton Quay area up through the Botanic Gardens and Victoria University ending in Kelburn.
Corriedale sheep were the first breed of sheep developed in New Zealand. The ability to refrigerate meat saw a massive development in Sheep farming after 1882. At times there were as many as 20 sheep for every New Zealander. This meant that many people depended upon sheep or affiliated industries for their living. Today this has fallen to about 5 per person.
Nga[More than Tama[Male] Toa[Warrior] Nga Tama Toa ready to die for there land and there woman a hereditary culturally cultivated philosophy to ensure the procreation and survival of species for the People Maori.
The Kiwi is a native of New Zealand. It is nocturnal. It is flightless. It has whiskers to help it in the dark. Its nostrils are at the end of its beak. It is the national symbol of New Zealand and appears everywhere even on stamps.