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Old Feb 19 2008, 04:04 PM   #1
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Thank you for answering these questions.

1) What movies where fikmed there?

2) what are the schools like?

3) what type of goverment do you have?

4) what side of the road do you drive on?

5) what is a typical day like?

6) what native animal do you like best?

7) what gems are a native?

8) how does your culture differ from the U.S.A.?

9) What native food would you sugest trying?

10) what is a must see for visitors?
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Old Feb 19 2008, 05:08 PM   #2
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Don't take these answers too seriously yet
I've got about two minutes to fill in!!!

1) What movies where fikmed there? Apart from Lord of the Rings?

2) what are the schools like?

3) what type of goverment do you have?

4) what side of the road do you drive on? Left Of course!

5) what is a typical day like?

6) what native animal do you like best? Giant Weta

7) what gems are a native? Greenstone

8) how does your culture differ from the U.S.A.?

9) What native food would you sugest trying? huhu bugs

10) what is a must see for visitors? ME !!
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1) What movies where fikmed there?
The Piano, Once were Warriors, and, I believe, both Sione's Wedding and An Angel at my Table.

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I lovee Lemon & Paeroa, which is lemon juice and carbonated mineral water from Paeroa.
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1) What movies where filmed there?


The Chronicles of Narnia
Whale Rider
The Piano (in which an 11 yr old Anna Pacquin won an Oscar for best supporting actress)
Goodbye Pork Pie
Sleeping Dogs
Utu
The Quiet Earth
Once Were Warriors
The Last Samurai
The World’s Fastest Indian

Peter Jackson Movies:
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
King Kong

Low Budget Splatter:
Bad Taste
Meet the Feebles
Braindead

Arthouse:
Heavenly Creatures
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10) what is a must see for visitors

Fly into Auckland and head north to visit RUSSELL and the WAITANGI TREATY HOUSE
CULTURE & HERITAGE
As one of the earliest settlements in New Zealand, Russell and the surrounding areas have a rich and colourful history. Captain Cook's visit in 1769 put the Bay of Islands on the European map. As a harbour it was described as "a most noble anchorage" and it was little wonder that whalers and traders regularly stopped at the port of Kororareka for fresh water and supplies. Missionaries (Anglican and Catholic) followed in the 1820s and 30s and much of this history remains today.

http://www.waitangi.net.nz/

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, overlooking the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand's pre-eminent historic site. It is a place of belonging and enjoyment that is central to the life of the nation and special to all New Zealanders...
It was here on February 6th, 1840, that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori and the British Crown

South again, through Auckland, walk through the city centre to the water front and admire and harbour bridge and all the activities associated with the water front

The America’s Cup regatta was based in Auckland, and the cup left America for the first time when NZ won it

The America’s Cup is the most prestigious regatta in the sport of sailing, and the oldest active trophy in international sport, predating the Modern Olympics by 45 years. The sport attracts top sailors and yacht designers because of its long history and prestige as the “Holy Grail” of yachting

Travel to TAUPO AND ROTORUA and visit the thermal areas

Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools is the Living Maori village of Whakarewarewa situated in Rotorua, the heart of the North Island.

http://www.whakarewarewa.com/

Visit Napier, the art deco capital of the world

The buildings of Hawke’s Bay have become an attraction in their own right, ever since the region’s twin cities were decimated in 1931 and rebuilding began.

in 1931 a massive earthquake struck Hawke’s Bay, devastating central Napier and causing spread damage in Hastings and beyond.

In the depths of the great Depression, Napier was rebuilt in two years in the style of the thirties and now has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco architecture anywhere in the world. Hastings was also damaged severely in the earthquake and has its own unique concentration of Spanish Mission and Art Deco.

Today, Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture symbolise the region’s ability to overcome disaster. Locals and visitors alike celebrate the success by revelling in the architecture heritage of Hawke’s Bay. There are guided and self guided walking tours, on-going museum exhibitions and annual celebrations.

Travel through rich farming country to Wellington and visit the national museum:

http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/TePapa/English/


Take a ferry from Wellington to Picton through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds

http://www.flickr.com/photos/case/sets/1202237/

In the South Island, you can visit a coal mine, a glacier, sail a 100 year old steam ferry on the lake at Queenstown, bungy jump. You can go out in a boat or a small plane and watch whales, visit the farm from where the first frozen meat was sent from NZ to UK in 1872.

My favourite is a lovely café and gift shop overlooking a beach

http://www.newzealandnz.co.nz/destinations/moeraki.html

The Moeraki Boulders are huge spherical stones that are scattered over the sandy beaches, but they are not like ordinary round boulders that have been shaped by rivers and pounding seas. These boulders are classed as septarian concretions, and were formed in ancient sea floor sediments. They were created by a process similar to the formation of oyster pearls, where layers of material cover a central nucleus or core. For the oyster, this core is an irritating grain of sand. For the boulders, it was a fossil shell, bone fragment, or piece of wood. Lime minerals in the sea accumulated on the core over time, and the concretion grew into perfectly spherical shapes up to three metres in diameter.

WE know better! They’re dragons eggs
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They look like dragon eggs to me.
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All these years I thought Willow was shot there, at least in part. Oh well. I have vague memories of a movie I saw when I was a kid that was made in NZ. Something about some kids and some white ponies. Horse-mad as I was, it was the scenery that got all my attention. I thought it must be the most beautiful country on earth!
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5) What is a typical day like?

Depends where you live of course
However, let’s take a family of Mum, Dad and young kids living a few miles away from the business centre - which will closely follow my history

Dad leaves about 7.30 am to take a train ride to work. A trip of 20 – 30 minutes. Breakfast at home has been cereal, toast, fruit, fresh milk. Kids leave for school either on foot or cycle
Mum clears up house and then does whatever she does until 3.30, and home time from school. Nowadays, Mum is just as likely to work full time herself and have someone come in to look after the housework, and the kids are just as likely to go to an after school care programme from where parents collect them after work.
Mum will shop for fresh produce and prepare all meals herself. We very rarely bought meals prepared by someone else (pizza, ethnic, Subway etc)

This is VERY limited of course; it all depends on a person’s life style
But mainly – we buy fresh produce and prepare our own food at home
We do not travel huge distances to work/school (in the main)

One other thing you might find interesting: We do not keep cats confined indoors.
Our pets take their chances outside (with a cat door to the house of course) The idea of keeping a cat inside all the time is quite foreign to us
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9) What native food would you suggest trying?

Anything you’ve not seen before, and there’s nothing yucky like eyes or claws showing!
Each year, some areas hold a “wild food festival” The next one is 8 March!

http://www.wildfoods.co.nz/index.cfm...er-Information
I was going to list some of the more interesting offerings, but there’s too many

Fish is popular, especially shell fish, so much so that the gathering thereof is strictly limited.
Some tours include a visit to the bush where your Maori guides will gather roots, leaves and even insects, and cook you up a banquet with them.
They may even go hunting for wild pig or deer.
And if you’re eating “native”, as can be done on a tour, the Maori will turn on a “hangi” Food cooked for hours in a pit, with much ceremony
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6) What native animal do you like best?

http://www.doc.govt.nz/templates/def....aspx?id=32842

Many of New Zealand's native animals are found nowhere else in the world. Apart from bats and marine mammals (such as seals and dolphins), New Zealand has no native mammals! We do have lots of unique native fish, insects, birds, lizards and frogs.
We boast the world's only flightless parrot (the kakapo), and a bird with nostrils at the end of its beak (the kiwi), also flightless. Safe from predatory mammals, birds ran free on the ground and several species lost the use of their wings. A host of other animals have retained their ancient forms. Wingless crickets, known as weta, grew to take the place of mice in the food chain as they foraged on the forest floor, and a primitive frog bears live young.
Here’s a ref to native plants for you:

http://anntonnursery.co.nz/nativeplants.
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7) What Gems are native?

The most prized and distinctive New Zealand gemstone is pounamu, which includes the mineral species nephrite and bowenite. Also known as greenstone or New Zealand jade, it is tough, workable, and beautiful when polished. Māori have traditionally made pounamu weapons, tools and ornaments, and used the stone for trading.
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I don't mean to elbow in on Kibbie's space but I wonder about the vulnerability of the wildlife (especially the flightless birds) after people started moving in with dogs and cats and such. Have any native species been seriosly impacted by "civilization"?
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Please feel free to ask question. The reason I put this here instead of PMing is so others can learn & ask questions also. That way we can all learn together. If any one has questions about the U.S. I'll be happy to answer them.
Thank You Lilly for the information.
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I don't mean to elbow in on Kibbie's space but I wonder about the vulnerability of the wildlife (especially the flightless birds) after people started moving in with dogs and cats and such. Have any native species been seriosly impacted by "civilization"?
They certainly have
There is a special "kiwi recovery" programme operating to rear kiwi and release them into the bush when they are old enough. Several islands have been cleared of vermin, and other areas enclosed in high tech electric fencing so endangered species can live in the wild safely
And apart from the ones mentioned - possums are a particular menace. Cute and fluffy they may be, they are not welcome. Oh - and rabbits! You should see the farm land decimated by rabbits!
Last week a RAT was found on one of the "clear" islands. You should have seen the hoo-ha made to find it! A professional rat catcher brought in dozens of traps and it took about a week before this beast was caught.


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Your possums are cute & fuzzy? Ours are not.
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One of the biggest 'possums I have ever seen comes around just about every night. Cute and fluffy are not the words that come to mind when it bares its teeth and hisses at me.
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4) what side of the road do you drive on?


Left! What else is there to say?
and we sit on the right hand side to drive.
If I were to be faced with a left hand drive car and having to drive on the right, I'd be a mess! My hands would be all over the place on the controls. I think this left or right drive is a major cause of accidents with visitors, in spite of the fact that all rental cars have large notices saying DRIVE ON THE LEFT.
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Left! What else is there to say?
and we sit on the right hand side to drive.
If I were to be faced with a left hand drive car and having to drive on the right, I'd be a mess! My hands would be all over the place on the controls. I think this left or right drive is a major cause of accidents with visitors, in spite of the fact that all rental cars have large notices saying DRIVE ON THE LEFT.
I'd say a fair few of those bad visitors would be Queenslanders. They're the worst drivers in Australia!
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Even though they're used to driving on the left? Or do they have road rules in the outbacks of Queensland?
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Or is it because nomally they're the only driver on the road?
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You're probably right there P'ter
oh - visitors are always amazed at the lack of traffic on our roads.
Even between the top tourist spots
Well - not complete lack of traffic! There's enough to keep the tourist places busy
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2) What are the schools like?
Formal education affects all people from under 5 years of age (for pre-schoolers) to 16 years (the school leaving age) and beyond into the tertiary sector. Formal education is compulsory for those aged 6 to 16.
A child can attend a public school for both boys and girls, or private (fee paying), or single sex school. Most schools have a uniform.. They have extensive playing fields and the lower level schools (years 1 – 5) could well have a swimming pool.
Schools provide a good all round education. Languages – the first year or two, a lot of maori language is used. From year 10 ,Japanese, French, German, depending on teachers, I suppose, and demand
Schools are usually split up into years 1 – 9, and there may be schools covering the intermediate years 10 – 11, then on to high school which we also might call college. I’ve never been sure of the difference. What you call college we call university.
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3) What type of government do you have?

As Australia, We have what, in technical terms, is called a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth is our sovereign, and her representative in New Zealand is the governor-general. We have a Prime Minister, who has been a woman for the last several years.
There are 121 elected members of parliament.. At one time, we had a woman in all the top “seats of Power” when the GG was also a woman.
. Each city is run by mayors, and councillors, elected by the citizens
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8) How does your culture differ from the U.S.A.?
Not a lot. Sporting, and artistic activities of all types are enthusiastically taken part in.
One thing you might see more of here than in US is the age of motor cars on the road. And the older cars have their enthusiastic clubs where owners get together to maintain and share their love of their car and keep it on the road and in good condition.
You wont see any guns in New Zealand – is that a cultural thing? All guns have to be registered and if a gun is used by police and someone is harmed, there’s a HUGE outcry and investigation. Our police are not usually armed.
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Here's a ref to a wildlife sanctuary near me

http://www.sanctuary.org.nz/


You'll be pleased to hear that after enlisting the aid of visitors to the park with nets and traps, the weasel was caught!
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Here school is 5 until about 18. At 18 you grauate from high school. The main differance between collage & university I think is size. I've never been real sure on the differance either.
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The America’s Cup regatta was based in Auckland, and the cup left America for the first time when NZ won it

The America’s Cup is the most prestigious regatta in the sport of sailing, and the oldest active trophy in international sport, predating the Modern Olympics by 45 years. The sport attracts top sailors and yacht designers because of its long history and prestige as the “Holy Grail” of yachting

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You're forgetting that Australia won the Cup in 1983. That was the first time that the US had ever lost in Cup history, and the Cup went to Perth.

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Many of New Zealand's native animals are found nowhere else in the world. Apart from bats and marine mammals (such as seals and dolphins), New Zealand has no native mammals! We do have lots of unique native fish, insects, birds, lizards and frogs.
We boast the world's only flightless parrot (the kakapo), and a bird with nostrils at the end of its beak (the kiwi), also flightless. Safe from predatory mammals, birds ran free on the ground and several species lost the use of their wings. A host of other animals have retained their ancient forms. Wingless crickets, known as weta, grew to take the place of mice in the food chain as they foraged on the forest floor, and a primitive frog bears live young.
Here’s a ref to native plants for you:

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Don't forget the tuatara, New Zealand's most famous reptile.
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Flinx - I did not know the Cup had been won away from the US in 1983.!!

I'm quite surprised, would have expected more to have been made of it when NZ was all puffed up with pride about taking it
Not like the Aussies to let us get away with that is it?
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I'm quite surprised, would have expected more to have been made of it when NZ was all puffed up with pride about taking it
Not like the Aussies to let us get away with that is it?
I think it was more of a case that we Aussies were glad that the US got beaten again.
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you got the one i was taking about lily
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Old Feb 27 2008, 05:57 PM   #36
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What Kibbie was talking about is that you named the movie she was thinking about.
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Kugai! Jax! Where were you when I was working out what to say!
and Kibble - which movie were you thinking about? A favourite?
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Uuuuuh, I haven't been back home for almost 5 years now! I'm sure your explanations were better than anything I could have put up!

Though I will say that Willow was filmed in NZ, at least in part. I own the DVD and happened to be watching the extras on there about 2 weeks ago.
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What is that maw???
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