A few days back there was a massive earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. The place now looks very deserted. While Christchurch slowly started to rebuild & coming back to normal, most travellers from all over the world assumed that all of New Zealand was a disaster zone. The result was some more jolts to the country in the form of declining tourism which comprises around 10% of New Zealand’s economy.
If you ask me, I would say New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to. And I have very fond memories of the country.
Besides spectacular panoramic views and green countryside, it is the local tribe Maori which impressed me more. In my opinion, New Zealand is one of the very few countries which has succeeded in keeping the tribal culture alive.
Note:– I have participated in an initiative of a group of Kiwi travel bloggers under the banner of Blog4NZ (twitter: #blog4nz) which has encouraged bloggers worldwide to publish favourite stories of this vibrant country to encourage the world to visit. Tourism comprises around 10% of the New Zealand economy and so each visitor can help in a small way to help rebuild the South Island’s largest city and the impact on the country in general. Note that the Christchurch Airport continues to operate normally and is the perfect gateway to the South Island and its incredible natural beauty.
The first stop was Auckland and so the Auckland museum whose Maori name is Tamaki Paenga Hira could not have been missed out. The building and its exhibits represent the shared history of two peoples working together, fighting together, living side by side, and moving forward into the future. It is complemented with a vibrant and deeply respected Maori culture.
Maori people live throughout New Zealand, and you can see many are actively involved with keeping their culture and language alive as well as joining hands for the country’s development wherever required.
Maori culture is rich and varied; includes traditional and contemporary arts. Traditional arts such as carving, weaving, group performance and moko (tattoo) are practiced throughout the country to replicate the techniques used hundreds of years ago. Contemporary art includes trying and developing new techniques and forms for art, film, television, poetry, theatre, and hip-hop.
Just like wood carvers of Batad in Philippines, traditional carvers also help to keep Maori culture alive by creating intricate works that pay respect to the past.
Maori use these kind sea shells for making eyes of carved wooden statues .
There is so much to write about but I am running out of time, so Maori culture will be discussed some other time as well. 🙂
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