New Zealand One more day in South Island


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Dame Kiri Jeanette Te Kanawa, ONZ, DBE, AC (born 6 March 1944, Gisborne, New Zealand) is a New Zealand soprano who has had a highly successful international opera career since 1968. Acclaimed as one of the most beloved sopranos in both the United States and Britain she possesses a warm full lyric soprano voice, singing a wide array of works in multiple languages from the 17th to the 20th centuries. She is particularly associated with the works of Mozart, Strauss, Verdi, Handel and Puccini.

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  • Thank you Mireille for your visit. I like very much this voice. Kiri Te Kanawa was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1982, invested as an Honorary Companion of the Order of Australia in 1990 and awarded the Order of New Zealand in the 1995 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She has also received honorary degrees from many universities in the UK as well as worldwide. She is also patron of Ringmer Community College, a school in the South-East of England.
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  • Wonderful views and wonderful voice, many thanks !
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  • Again I enjoyed this tour with you and your group -- Thank you Michaela.
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  • Kiwi is the nickname used internationally for people from New Zealand, as well as being a relatively common self-reference. The name derives from the kiwi, a flightless bird, which is native to, and the national symbol of, New Zealand. The usage is not offensive, being treated with pride and endearment as a uniquely recognizable term for the people of New Zealand.
  • History The first New Zealanders to be widely known as Kiwis were the military. The Regimental Signs for all New Zealand regiments feature the kiwi, including those that fought in the Second Boer War, then with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in World War I. Much of the interaction between regiments and locals was done under the respective Regimental Sign, and the kiwi came to mean first the men of regiments and then all New Zealanders. Due to the relative isolation of New Zealand, many troops stayed in Europe (particularly at Beacon Hill, near Bulford on the Salisbury Plain, where they carved a chalk kiwi into the hill in 1918) for months or years until transport home could be arranged. The Oxford English Dictionary gives the first use of the 'Kiwi' to mean 'New Zealander' in 1918, in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Chronicles. The nickname 'Kiwis' for New Zealand servicemen eventually became common usage in all war theatres
  • Following World War II the term was gradually attributed to all New Zealanders and today, throughout the world they are referred to as Kiwis, as well as often referring to themselves that way. Spelling of the word Kiwi, when used to describe the people, is often capitalized, and takes the plural form Kiwis. The bird's name is spelt with a lower-case k and, being a word of Māori origin, normally stays as kiwi when pluralized. Thus, two Kiwis refers to two people, whereas two kiwi refers to two birds. This linguistic nicety is well exemplified by the BNZ Save the Kiwi Conservation Trust, which uses the slogan "Kiwis saving kiwi".
  • New Zealand One more day in South Island

    1. 1. One day in South Island
    2. 3. Welcome to the land of Aotearoa The Maori call New Zealand, Aotearoa which means “The land of the long white cloud”. New Zealand is located in Oceania, in the South Pacific Ocean. The official languages in New Zealand are English and Maori. The Capital city of New Zealand is Wellington, located on the North Island.
    3. 4. Fiordland, New Zealand, 1.2 million hectares of pristine national heritage park. One of New Zealand’s premier travel destinations, it is home to a myriad of  natural gems, including coastal fiords, majestic Fiordland lakes, Milford Sound, Milford Track, Lakes Manapouri, Te Anau, Monowai, Hauroko and Poteriteri.
    4. 5. We are going from Queenstown to Milford Sound
    5. 15. Lake Gunn, a small lake between Lake Te Anau and Milford Sound, it lies close to the State Highway 94 (the Milford Sound Road)
    6. 16. The small tramping camp of Cascade Creek lies close to the lake's southern end.
    7. 17. The west branch of the Eglinton River flows through the lake. The lake was named after George Gunn, a run holder, who discovered the lake in 1861
    8. 18. The Eglinton Valley is well known for 'The Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain' and its wonderful views.
    9. 21. The Chasm is a spot along the Cleddau River where the watercourse disappears between a narrow chasm (as the name suggests). However, it's also a nature walk. You get to look down at mostly strangely shaped rocks and potholes resulting from the Cleddau River's forceful flow as it gets channeled into the dark and narrow abyss.
    10. 23. Milford road, Mitre Peak
    11. 26. The Chasm , a rather descriptive name for what this place looks like, is actually a typical karst feature called sinkhole or loosing stream.
    12. 27. It is a result of contact karst, which means karst located at the contact between soluble and insoluble rocks.
    13. 30. Here the Cleddau River crosses an almost invincible border. Underground the type of rock changes, and while the rocks uphill are unsoluble the water is flowing on top of the rocks in its riverbed.
    14. 31. As soon as it reaches the limestone, the water runs through narrow cracks in the rocks, starts to solute the rock along the crack, and form caves.
    15. 32. When the caves become bigger they will start to swallow the complete stream, at least most of the year
    16. 33. This is what happens here. The water is flowing into a cave with a roaring chasm.
    17. 41. Milford road, Mitre Peak
    18. 45. We leave Fiordland going to Christchurch
    19. 54. New Zealand has no native salmon or trout and all the salmonids were originally imported as ova. Although there is a very significant recreational trout fishery in New Zealand often sustained by hatchery output, farming of trout in New Zealand is illegal
    20. 55. Attempts have been made to farm the sockeye and Atlantic species in New Zealand but for various reasons these were unsuccessful such that only Chinook is now farmed.
    21. 56. Only Chinook salmon (also known as "Quinnat" or "King Salmon") are successfully farmed on a significant scale in New Zealand.
    22. 57. This is in contrast to the rest of the world where salmon aquaculture is focused on Atlantic salmon, except for some chinook salmon in Canada and Coho salmon in Chile. "King Salmon" is the name commonly used for chinook by the salmon farming industry and markets.
    23. 59. Omarama is a small township (population 231 at 2006 census) at the junction of State Highways 8 and 83, near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, in the Waitaki District, in the historic Province of Otago.
    24. 62. Geraldine is a town in the Canterbury region about 140 km south of Christchurch. Geraldine’s reputation as a home to gifted artists and artisans is growing all the time and many of these talented people, for example Austen Deans and John Badcock, have their work on sale in the town itself or from nearby studios.
    25. 63. Some of the creations come in edible form too – Geraldine’s cheesemaker, chocolatier and the internationally recognised Barker's fruit products all have outlets in the town. Also on display in a local shop is a recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry. It is at approximately half scale.
    26. 64. Christchurch airport
    27. 66. Text : Internet Pictures: Sanda Foişoreanu Doina Grigora ş Internet Arangement : Sanda Foişoreanu S ound : Kiri te Kanava Tahi Nei Taro Kino Po Ata Rau (Now Is The Hour)