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Fern spotting: the Duchess of Cambridge


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, charmed her New Zealand hosts earlier this year by wearing a jewelled fern-motif Jenny Packham dress to an occasion with the frond-less Prince William. 69 more words

Fern History And Culture


A garden with Maori-inspired earthworks at New Zealand’s Orongo Station.


Teach them we are all the same.

I Au pair for a 5 year old girl, and today when I picked her up from school we had a bit of time to spend before picking her brother up from play group, so we walked over to the park across the road. 527 more words

Waitangi Day

Much the same as has happened to indigenous people elsewhere, The Maori experienced unfairness in their coexistance with European explorers, missionaries, and settlers. The Maori chiefs rightfully were afraid of their territory being taken over by a European nation.  757 more words


Moeraki Boulders, Coastal Otago, New Zealand

Scattered along the beach at Moeraki are large, round rocks. These rock formations are technically calcite concretions that formed 65 million years ago. A concretion is a hard, compact mass of sedimentary rock formed by the precipitation of mineral cement within the spaces between the sediment grains. 216 more words

Shag Point, Coastal Otago, New Zealand

Shag Point is full of history. It was used by the Maori the hunt moas (large New Zealand, flightless birds that became extinct long ago).  Later, whalers discovered coal here in the 1830s and were mining for coal from the 1860s to 1970s. 49 more words