**FLYING CONDITIONS: Foggy**
I really, really, really hope that I can get there someday.
Milford National Park
Koru or Silver Fern
The koru is the birth of a frond on a ponga fern. Also known as the ‘silver fern’, it has become a national symbol. Ponga grow wild, and are found in moist bush areas throughout New Zealand.
Photo credit: Ted Scott
This is a Koru pendant that I own. The koru represents new life, new beginnings, growth, movement...
You can purchase one here: www.aotearoa.co.nz/robertson/singlekoru1.htm
Maori were the first inhabitants of Aotearoa/New Zealand (meaning ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’). After arriving from their ancestral Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki, probably about 1000 years ago, they set up a thriving society based on the iwi (tribe), which flourished for hundreds of years.
According to Maori, the first explorer to reach New Zealand was Kupe. Using the stars and ocean currents as his navigational guides, he ventured across the Pacific on his waka hourua (voyaging canoe) from his ancestral Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. It is thought that Kupe made landfall at the Hokianga Harbour in Northland, around 1000 years ago.
Oh, to see this in person.
There are more sheep in New Zealand than humans.
New Zealand's first settlers, the Maori, named the kiwi bird for the sound of its chirp - kiwi, kiwi, kiwi! This flightless bird, about the size of a domestic hen, has an extremely long beak and plumage that is more like hair than feathers. New Zealanders have adopted this nocturnal, flightless and endearing creature as their national emblem.