• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland
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      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.

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      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.

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      Waikato

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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

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      Whanganui

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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

      Manawatu

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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.

      Northland

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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.

      Auckland

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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.

      Gisborne

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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

      Taranaki

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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 

      Wellington

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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.

      Canterbury

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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.

      Otago

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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.

      Marlborough

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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.

      Southland

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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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Maori Arts

With a deeply held belief that art and creativity is the vehicle of the gods, Maori arts and crafts are a sacred part of their culture and are one of the few aspects of Maori life that are recognisable around the world. The Maori believe that the past is the future and that the present is a loop. For this reason, many traditional art practises try to remain as close to the ancestral techniques as possible. The sanctity of the art is not just in its creation, but in its passing down through generations.

Pounamu (Greenstone)

Pounamu or greenstone is a durable hard stone, treasured in Maori culture. Traditionally, greenstone could be nephrite jade, bowenite or serpentinite; however, nephrite jade is the most common form of the stone today. The Maori consider pounamu to be taonga, sacred Maori treasure. Due to this, areas where you can find greenstone, are usually protected by government legislation, with the local iwi in charge of its distribution.

The Maori used pounamu for tools and ornaments. When the tool became too old to use, they transitioned the stone into jewellery. Having a piece made of greenstone was seen to enhance prestige in Maori society, but buying or carving it for yourself can bring bad luck! Greenstone necklaces and jewellery remain very popular around the world. Disney referenced the importance of greenstone in their movie Moana.

Whakairo (Carving)

The art of Whakairo or carving is still an essential part of daily life for the Maori. Traditionally wood, stone and bone were used for carving purposes, as well as greenstone. Carving styles differ between iwi, but whakairo takes influence from nature and the material used. Wood is the most commonly carved material by the Maori, as they would traditionally use the local timber for creation of their waka (canoe). Wood carving is still an important part of modern Maori culture as they use it to decorate the Marae. Bone carving usually used whalebone and was utilised to make intricate tools like fishing hooks, or ornaments.

Maori carvings usually depict the human body, or Manaia, a bird-headed serpent that acts as a guardian. The art of whakairo is profoundly spiritual and still passed down today.

Raranga (Weaving)

Maori weaving, or Raranga, is more than just the creation of clothes and garments. It is a practice that transmits a message from the gods through the artist. It is a sacred art that has been passed down through generations and is still taught in private or even at a university level in New Zealand.

Flax is often the material of choice, as weavers create beautiful intricate clothes, basketry, wall hangings and much more. Members of the Maori community wear the clothes made by traditional weaving techniques during ceremonies. Performers wear them to increase their prestige and declare parts of their heritage. Maori weaving usually utilises the naturally available colours like black, white and gold, but in modern times dyes are sometimes used to enhance the product.

Ta Moko (Tattoo)

To say Ta Moko is just the art of tattooing in Maori culture would be a big understatement. It is a very special practice for those that choose to commit to it. The Maori tattoos are similar to other Polynesian tribal designs but don’t just serve an aesthetic purpose. Tattoos on the face and body speak a visual language and can communicate information about the person, their tribe, history and social standing. This tribal message is worn with cultural pride and displays the integrity of the Maori person. Both men and women can be tattooed, with face tattoos holding the highest honour, as the head is considered sacred in Maori culture. The facial tattoos emphasise expressions which can lead to those unfamiliar with them finding the tattoos slightly intimidating. This needn’t be the case as they serve mainly as a declaration of identity and can even promote changes in the Maori person’s lifestyle to live in accordance with the messages that their tattoo conveys.

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