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Interislander, Sinclair Head, Te Rimurapa, Cook Strait, Raukawa, North Island Te Ika a Maui, New Zealand, Aotearoa, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Crossing New Zealand’s Cook Strait (Raukawa)

14 July 2012.

It’s a cold wet winter morning in mid-July, and I’m on New Zealand’s Interislander ferry from Wellington on the North Island to Picton on the South Island. With the seasonal weather, visibility and skies are limited with low-lying stratus cloud creating some showers, mist, and fog. Fortunately, light winds create only small chop on the water, sun rays occasionally break through the grey canopy, and some geographical features begin to appear.

We bid goodbye to the North Island with this sighting of Sinclair Head, known formerly as the Māori settlement Te Rimurapa (giant bull kelp). The trailhead is faintly visible at right leading to Te Kopahou (“bent or folded feather”), whose 485-metre (1591 feet) summit is buried in cloud in this picture. The end of the ridge running as a cliff down Rimurapa is known as Taumata Patiti Pa. The strip of land jutting out to the left and into the water is Tongue Point.

Cook Strait is named after England’s famous circumnavigator Captain James Cook, but the strait’s name in Maori is “Te Moana Raukawa” (also this). This latter name may be a shortened version of “rau-kawakawa” for the leaves (rau) of the kawakawa plant used to make makeshift visors to prevent voyagers crossing the strait from unintentionally seeing islands and rocks considered too sacred to view.


More

•   “The Land of Tara …,” by Elsdon Best (1919), courtesy of Wellington City Libraries
•   NZ History
•   Rimupara – Maori sites, Te Whanganui a Tara
•   Te Ara – Encyclopedia of New Zealand
•   “History of Māori of Nelson and Marlborough“, p. 41, Hilary Mitchell and Maui John Mitchell, Huia Publishers (2004)

The Māori names for the two largest islands of New Zealand (Aotearoa) are:
•   Te Ika a Māui (Maui’s fish) for the North Island, and
•   Te Wai Pounamu (waters of greenstone) for the South Island. An alternative name is Te Waka a Aoraki (Aoraki’s canoe).

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 14 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/40-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 33mm focal length (53mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9VC.

Treaty of Waitangi, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: New Zealand Treaty of Waitangi

In New Zealand, February 6 is a public national holiday known as Waitangi Day, marking the 1840 signing between the English and the Maori of the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi). This treaty became the founding document for present-day New Zealand. While Maoris and non-Maoris coexist in relatively good, peaceful, and cooperative terms, the language providing guidance from the Treaty of Waitangi and the “appropriate translation” remain contentious. What happens next will pave the way forward not only for the future of New Zealand, but also for native and non-native cooperation and relations for other nations in the south Pacific. The Archives New Zealand holds the “original” paper and parchment documents which make up the Treaty of Waitangi.

A second nation-wide referendum was held in 2016 on a choice between the existing national flag and a new version for the flag. With voter turnout at almost 68-percent and over 2.1 million votes cast, the people of New Zealand voted to retain the existing flag by a 57-to-43 margin. Other commonly seen flags for the country are described here.


I made composite photos above of the display representing the Treaty of Waitangi display at the national Te Papa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand on 13 October 2010. First appearing here, the present post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9od.

UN FAO International Mountain Day. International Mountain Day celebration 2015 in Chile/Brazil: photo by College João Paulo of Brazil and the University of Magallanes (UMAG).

December 11: International Mountain Day

Since 2003, December 11 is International Mountain Day as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Annually, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) observes the day:

… to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

•   Mountains cover almost one-quarter (22 percent) of the Earth’s surface.
•   Up to 80 percent of the world’s freshwater supply comes from mountains.
•   One in eight people (13 percent) around the world lives in the mountains.
•   Mountain tourism accounts for almost 20 percent of the worldwide tourism industry.

The following provides a glimpse to the mountain environments around the world and to the challenging conditions our ancestors would have faced and endured.

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Fraser River, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

World Rivers Day: an RTW selection

Above: Fraser River, east from Port Mann Bridge, between Coquitlam and Surrey, BC (HL).

The fourth Sunday in September is World Rivers Day. The University of Oxford’s Dictionaries defines ‘river‘ as:

“a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river.”

A river has always been water supply and demand: daily use and consumption; farming and agriculture; and where the waste goes, often back into the same supply. A river has always been about transport: trade and delivery of goods; shuttling people between places; and with people travelling, the exchange of language and culture. Throughout history, the establishment of towns and cities and the subsequent development of rivers have been about a mix of urban and rural elements, and about the relationship and interactions between people and their waterways.

Here are 41 rivers, above and from the ground, near and far, from around the world (RTW). Asterisks indicate UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  1. Alster, in Hamburg, Germany
  2. Boate, in Rapallo, Italy
  3. Cam, in Cambridge, England
  4. Capilano, in North Vancouver, BC, Canada
  5. Colorado, at Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, USA
  6. Courtenay, in Courtenay, BC, Canada
  7. Danube, in Regensburg*, Germany
  8. Elbe, in Magdeburg, Germany
  9. Elqui, between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile
  10. Fox, at Fox Glacier*, New Zealand
  11. Fraser, in Richmond, BC, Canada
  12. Gera, in Erfurt*, Germany
  13. Guadalquivir, in Seville, Spain
  14. Havel, in Potsdam, Germany
  15. Iguazu*, at the Argentina-Brazil border
  16. Ilz, in Passau, Germany
  17. Inn, in Innsbruck, Austria
  18. Isar, in Scharnitz, Austria
  19. Loisach, from Zugspitze, Germany
  20. Main, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  21. Mapocho, in Santiago, Chile
  22. Mississippi, in Minneapolis, MN, USA
  23. Moselle, in Koblenz*, Germany
  24. Neckar, in Heidelberg, Germany
  25. Neisse, on the Germany-Poland border
  26. Parramatta, in Sydney, Australia
  27. Potomac, in Washington, DC, USA
  28. Rhine, stretch* between Mainz and Koblenz, Germany
  29. Río de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  30. Sâone, in Lyon*, France
  31. Singapore, in Singapore
  32. Spree, in Berlin, Germany
  33. Swan, in Perth, Australia
  34. Tasman, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  35. Thames, in London, England
  36. Tiền, near Mỹ Tho, Vietnam
  37. Trave, in Lübeck*, Germany
  38. Vltava, in Prague*, Czech Republic
  39. Waiho, at Franz Josef Glacier*, New Zealand
  40. Wailoa Stream, Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii
  41. Waimakariri, in Canterbury, New Zealand
  42. Weser, in Höxter, Germany
  43. Yarra, in Melbourne, Australia

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Te Whanganui a Tara, Port Nicholson, Wellington Victoria, Mount Victoria, tangi te keo, Wellington, New Zealand, Aotearoa, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: New Zealand, new day, new year

Along with Kiribati, Tokelau, Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji, New Zealand is one of the first countries west of the international date line to witness sunrise and, on the first of January, to celebrate a brand new year. In the photo above, the day’s early light illuminates Wellington Harbour (Te Whanganui a Tara) and Lower Hutt in the distance, as a Bluebridge ferry begins its journey out of the harbour to cross Cook Strait for Picton on the South Island.

•   one Māori legend about Wellington harbour
•   click here for my Interislander ferry trip across Cook Strait
•   click here for a beaut of a sunrise over Wellington

I made the photo above on 12 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, EF-S 18-55 IS kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/640s, f/5.6, ISO200, 55mm (88mm full-frame equivalent) focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com at http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7vp.

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