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Aotearoa - Land of the Long White Cloud

New Zealand is the youngest country on earth - the last major landmass to be discovered.

Māori oral history names Kupe as the first explorer to discover New Zealand. He and his companion, Ngahue, captained two sea-going waka (canoes), Matahorua and Tawiri-rangi, and sailed south from Hawaiki (a mythical name given to the Maori peoples ancestral land, now considered most likely to be Rarotonga / Cook Islands) about 1000 years ago to see what lay beyond the horizon.

The first sign of a major land mass was a build up of white cloud in the distance. Kupe's wife, Hine-te-aparangi, called out "He ao he ao! He aotea! He aotearoa" ("A cloud, a cloud! A white cloud! A long white cloud!), and so the land was named Aotearoa - 'Land of the long white cloud'.

Apologies for the poor quality and particles inside the lens the Sony DSC-P150 was retired after these photos and replaced by new little digital cam for those moments when the DSLR aren't appropriate.
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Nov 06 2007 08:09 GMT hans55 PRO
great clouds picture ...and info !!!
Nov 06 2007 09:43 GMT abojovna PRO
Very nice photo, thank you!
Nov 06 2007 14:52 GMT Poulet PRO
This is beautiful, Roger!
Nov 06 2007 16:58 GMT Lelka
Very impressive shot, Roger!
Nov 06 2007 18:30 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thank you
Nov 06 2007 19:22 GMT pauli3522
I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO BE THERE......................
Nov 06 2007 19:30 GMT Midworlder PRO
You would probably want to land first !!!
Nov 06 2007 19:55 GMT pauli3522
Nov 07 2007 03:55 GMT gtc126
Beautiful and Great Info......When I first looked at it I thought it was waves in the ocean!!!
Nov 07 2007 06:14 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thanks Glenn
Nov 11 2007 12:49 GMT voices
great fluffy clouds :-)
Sep 20 2008 09:50 GMT oneiro
Sep 20 2008 12:07 GMT Midworlder PRO
Thank you my friend