Thursday, February 24, 2011

skywatch Friday: Land of the long white cloud




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I was teaching my students, another name for New Zealand is the Land of the long white cloud. Hawaiki, the legendary homeland of the Maori peoples of Aotearoa/New Zealand, from whence we migrated to this land about 1000 years ago. Where is Hawaiki? Many have speculated that it lies somewhere in the Pacific, somewhere in Polynesia

Aotearoa is the most widely known and accepted Māori name for New Zealand. It is used by both Māori and non-Māori,
The word can be broken up as: ao = cloud, tea = white and roa = long, and it is therefore usually glossed as "the land of the long white cloud"

8 comments:

Ginny said...

What a very pretty and visual name. Is this because you have a lot of long clouds?

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful photo Ann, it is a very long cloud. Aotearoa, very interesting. Thanks for the information.

*Niina* said...

Great photo! Thanks for sharing! =)

jabblog said...

Iconic photo showing a long white cloud:-)

Kim, USA said...

Very interesting information Ann. And I see that long clouds too. Great shot!
Full Moon

ladyfi said...

Those clouds are adorable! Your country is aptly named.

Lorac said...

It certainly is. Always a pleasure to visit. Makes me feel warm!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I like the picture.