New Zealand Milford Sound2


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Milford Sound was known to the Maori, who named it Piopiotahi - the single piopio, a now extinct bird. The name derives from a legend about the last endeavour of Maui-tikitiki-a-Taranga, the great Polynesian demi-god. Maui set off from Hawaiki accompanied by a piopio, in an attempt to gain immortality for mankind. To achieve his goal, he had to enter the womb of Hinenui-te-Po (the goddess of death), travel through her body and emerge from her mouth. After Maui’s failure and death, the piopio who had witnessed the tragedy, fled south to Milford Sound to mourn for the death of its mate

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New Zealand Milford Sound2

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  2. 2. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) is a fjord in the south west of New Zealands South Island,within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judgedthe worlds top travel destination in an international survey and is acclaimed as New Zealandsmost famous tourist destination. Milford Sound is named after Milford Haven in Wales.
  3. 3. Milford Sound was knownto the Maori, who namedit Piopiotahi - the singlepiopio, a now extinct bird.The name derives from alegend about the lastendeavour of Maui-tikitiki-a -Taranga, the greatPolynesian demi-god.Maui set off from Hawaikiaccompanied by apiopio, in an attempt togain immortality formankind.
  4. 4. To achieve his goal, he hadto enter the womb ofHinenui-te-Po (the goddessof death), travel through herbody and emerge from hermouth. After Maui’s failureand death, the piopio whohad witnessed the tragedy,fled south to Milford Soundto mourn for the death of itsmate
  5. 5. According to another Maori Legend,Piopiotahi was carved out byTu-te-raki-whanoa, an atua (godly figure)who was given the task of shaping theFiordland coast.Chanting a powerful karakia (prayer), hehacked at the towering rock walls with histoki (adze) called Te Hamo.
  6. 6. As he worked his way up the coast from south to north his hand improvedsteadily, and Milford Sound, his final work, was also his masterpiece
  7. 7. The goddess Hinenui-te-Po is held responsible for releasing sandflies into MilfordSound, to prevent human kind from lingering too long in such a beautiful place
  8. 8. Another native Māori legend wherein "the god Tu-te-raki-whanoa had just finished creating thelandscape of Fiordland, it was absolutely stunning... so stunning that it stopped people from working.
  9. 9. They just stood around gazing at the beauty instead. The goddess Hinenuitepo became angry atthese unproductive people, so she created the sandfly to bite them and get them moving"
  10. 10. First off, sandflies in New Zealand are notactually sandflies. Rather, these peskylittle bugs are female black flies morethirsty for blood that a dehydratedvampire. If you plan on going outside, oropening a window, in the Westland regionof New Zealand’s South Island, you willencounter sandflies. True, they are moreprevalent in the bush (read: woods) thanin the cities but contact with theseannoying pests is inevitable.
  11. 11. Text: Internet Pictures: Sanda Foişoreanu Doina GrigoraşSound: Maori kapahaka - Rangi Pukohukohu Arangement: Sanda Foişoreanu Kiri te Kanava - Haere Ra Hoa Ma