Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. They are divided amongst many Iwi (Tribes) many of which are linked together by marriage. Their language and culture are a strong part of the New Zealand identity.

- Maori Tribe - New Zealand - ta moko is a traditional marking (carving) or tattoo done by the Maori. - the skin is carved by chisels -

Buzzy Bee is a small pull along child's toy. It was produced in massive numbers in the 1950-80's. Made from wood with small springs for the antennae. When pulled along by the string it would click and the wings would rotate. It was a favourite with generations of New Zealand children and many grandparents still buy one for their mokopuna today. Unfortunately the toy is now manufactured overseas and some parts are now plastic.

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Whale Rider was a film made in 2002 and shot at the remote township of Whangara on the East Coast of the North Island. Based on the book by Witi Ihamaera it retold the myth of Paikea Apirana who was to lead the tribe but in the film this role was a girl, which her grandfather could not accept. It is resolved when several Whales beach themselves in front of the settlement.

Whale Rider, directed by NZer Niki Caro, based on the novel by prominent NZ Maori writer Wiki Ihimaera.

Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay were the first to climb Mt Everest in 1953. An Apiarist, Hillary was knighted almost immediately and spent much of the next 50 years working towards helping the Nepalese sherpas who had made him so famous.

Who really was first to climb Mount Everest?

Edmund Hillary et son sherpa Tensing Norgay atteignent le sommet de l'Everest pour la première fois, en // New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in

Colin Meads was a King Country farmer who played for the All Balcks for 14 years (1957-71). Often considered to be one of our greatest players, he was famous for his hard uncompromising play and his fierce determination to win. Part of an enormously successful 1960's team he epitomised the quiet determined Kiwi bloke.

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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.

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.

In New Zealand most people can be divided into those who love Vegemite and those who hate it. A by-product of the brewing industry it is made from yeast. Generally spread thinly over toast it is a breakfast meal, although it can also be used in soups to add flavour. Some people prefer the taste of Marmite which is a similar product, although many foreigners cannot see the appeal of either.

Vegemite is a dark brown Australian food paste made from yeast extract. It is a spread for sandwiches, toast, crumpets and cracker biscuits, and filling for pastries. It's similar to beef bouillon.


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