Handcrafted Semi Precious Gemstone Sterling Silver Jewelry
New Zealand inspired jewelry, made in America
New Zealand - Aotearoa
(the land of the long white cloud)
Kiwi Jewels is proud to present:
The Kiwi - New Zealand's national bird
The New Zealand All Blacks - defeaters of Australia and South Africa.
Team New Zealand, America's Cup Holders 2002
Rangitoto Island (a volcano), in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland
New Zealand is located 995 miles to the South East of Australia. It is comprised to two main Islands - the North and the South Islands, and various smaller islands. New Zealand lies on top of two techtonic plates, which makes New Zealand a very hilly and volcanic place.
New Zealand incorporates the vast mountain chain of the Southern Alps (larger than the French, Austrian and Swiss Alps combined); the volcano region of the North Island; fiords; glaciers; lakes; rainforests; stunning beaches; and extensive grassy plains.
History of Habitation
Polynesian settlers arrived in Aotearoa/(the maori name for New Zealand) New Zealand about the 10th century, and by the 12th century settlements were scattered around the coastline. Aotearoa was visited briefly by the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman in 1642. However, it was not until 1769 that the British naval captain James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to explore New Zealand's coastline thoroughly. Further information
English is the primary language, Maori is the native language.
As of 2003, New Zealand's population consists of 3.7 million people. And 20 million sheep!
Webcam: Click here to go to real time New Zealand web cams
Main attractionsLargest City - Auckland city home of the America's Cup 2002.
Largest Fresh Water Lake - Lake Taupo - 234 miles - full of trout
Largest Glacier - Tasman Glacier - 18 miles long
Wine Making Regions - Napier/Hastings, (East Coast of North Island) and Marlborough Region (top of South Island)
World Class Skiing - Queenstown - South Island and Middle of the North Island - Tuaroa, Whakapapa, Tuarangi
New Zealand music exports - Split Enz/Crowded House, Bic Runga (American Pie)
New Zealand Actor Exports - Sam Neill (The Piano), Anna Paquin (The Piano), Temuera Morrison (Once Were Warriors)
New Zealand Designers/Models - World Fashion Design, Calliope Road, Kylie Bax, Rachel Hunter
New Zealand Software Programmers - Pegasus
Mail - The World's Long Email Program still in Production. By David
New Zealand Slang
Gidday, mate! - Hello!
'Good on ya, mate', or 'onya!' - Well done!
Bit of dag - hard case, comedian, person with character
Gumboots, or Gummies - rubber boots, Wellingtons
Stubby, tinnie, bevvy -
Hard yakka - hard work
- bathroom, toilet
South of the Bombays - (hills south of Auckland) the rest of New Zealand from an Aucklander's opinion!
dags - hurry up, get
Wobbly - to have a tantrum. Example: 'to throw a wobbly'
Wop-wops - situated off the beaten track, out of the way location. Example: "I live way out in the wops"
Wally - clown, silly person Example: "He's a complete Wally"
Dag - Fool, comedian. Example "he's a bit of a dag"
"Going bush" - taking off, becoming reclusive
"Hunky dory" Everything's fine. Example "everything's hunky dory"
"Get that into your diseased carcass" - Eat your dinner (courtesy of my Uncle Ben, much loved phrase of my father)
"Bob's your uncle" - roughly translated to "and there you go", "that's all there is to it"
Shandy - drink made with lemonade and beer
- very early in the morning, sunrise. Example: "We were up at a
Whinge (moan and complain, in particular "whinging pom")
Mate, cobber, bro, cuz - friend
'She'll be right, mate" - it'll be okay
Bugger - damn.
New Zealand Maori - haka
'Dog' a cartoon character of a famous New Zealand cartoon - Footrot Flats' created by Murray Ball
Warning Kiwi X-ing!
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