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    Moko
    (The following is an excerpt from the Tattoo History Source Book:   Maori / New Zealand)

    Moko was unique in that the face was decorated with intricate spirals that were not only tattooed but also incised into the skin to make scars in the form of parallel ridges and grooves.
    With the exception of slaves and commoners, all men were tattooed on the face and most were also tattooed on other parts of the body. An elegantly tattooed face was a source of pride to the warrior, for it made him fierce in battle and attractive to women.

    Tamati Waka Nene – ?–1871. Nga Puhi leader, trader, government adviser.
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    Women were also tattooed, but not as elaborately as the men. Lips outlined and tattooed solid blue were considered beautiful. The chin was also tattooed, and sometimes a few lines or spirals were worn on the cheeks or forehead. One early explorer reported seeing Maori women complete with facial tattooing like that of the men, but this was rare.

    Maori Noble Woman
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    Moko designs consisted of a series of traditional components, each of which had a name. Maori chiefs were able to draw their own facial tattoos accurately from memory, and used them as signatures.  The great chiefs had their faces and bodies covered with designs of extreme delicacy and beauty; and all the men, except the slaves, were decorated with blue-black.
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    Maori Tattoo Instruments
    The tattooing instruments used by Maoris were small chisel-shaped pieces of bone, shell, or metal that were dipped in pigment and then struck with a mallet. In order to get the scarred ridges and grooves that identified moko it was necessary for the instrument to penetrate deeply into the flesh, and cuts were sometimes so deep that they went through the cheek. The pain was intense and there was a lot of blood, but it was a point of pride with Maori warriors never to flinch or make a sound while being tattooed.
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    The mode of tattooing practiced by Maoris was unlike that of any other race, and their artistic designs were arranged so that the skin of the face was often completely covered up to the corners of the eyes, and even over the eyelids; and that the stains, though tending to diminish in brilliancy, were indelible.

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    #1667403
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    Beautiful video of the South Island

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    NZ Firsts – NO, not the political party 🙂 WHAT DID NEW ZEALAND DO FIRST?

    Despite being the newest populated country, New Zealand is a nation of firsts. It is especially a leading country in social achievements, as well as a few awesome adrenaline activity inventions.

    FIRST VOTES FOR WOMEN
    In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. It was 25 years before USA and UK followed suit.
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    FIRST BUNGY JUMP
    AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch did a few experimental jumps with bungy cords. One thing lead to another, and they set up the first commercial bungy jump on the Kawarau Bridge, near Queenstown.
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    FIRST TO CLIMB MT EVEREST
    New Zealander, Sir Edmund Hillary, was the first to reach the summit of Mt Everest – the highest mountain in the world. His face marks the NZ$5 note.
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    FIRST TO STEP ON ANTARCTICA
    New Zealander, Alexander von Tunzelmann, was amongst the first crew to step onto Antarctica.
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    FIRST COUNTRY TO HAVE THREE WOMEN IN POWER SIMULTANEOUSLY!
    The Prime Minister (Helen Clark), the Governor General (Dame Siliva Cartwright), and the Chief Justice (Sian Elias).
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    FIRST COUNTRY TO INTRODUCE THE 8 HOUR DAY
    errr… thanks, New Zealand. Why couldn’t it be one hour days? Labour Day is a public holiday to commemorate this, introduced in 1899.
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    FIRST WORLD HERITAGE SITE… IN THE SKY
    The International Dark Sky Association declared the sky above the Mackenzie region in the South Island as the first International Dark Sky Reserve for its clear skies. Perfect for stargazing!
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    FIRST TRANSGENDER MP
    In 1999, Georgina (originally George) was the first transexual MP in the world. She was voted by the good people of Wairarapa.
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    FIRST POWERED FLIGHT
    But wait, wasn’t that the wright brothers (USA)? They made the first documented flight. However, 8 months earlier Richard Pearse made a flight with a homemade aircraft. But the camera-shy Pearse didn’t want to record it with officials.
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    FIRST JET BOAT
    The first jet boat was invented by Kiwi, William Hamilton, in 1954. It became a commercial adrenaline activity in 1964 on the Shotover River near Queenstown.
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    AIMS TO BE THE FIRST COUNTRY WITH 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY.
    One of the leading countries in renewable energy, NZ aims for 100% renewable energy by 2025.
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    Bryan

    Thanks Vale you have been busy, busy! The one that leaves a bit of a sour taste is the 8 hour day! I wonder how many people could get by on an 8hr day’s wages?? I think one would be hard pressed to find a job that paid universal penal rates that was the norm., when I started work. I think the excepted rates were time & half Sat morning, double time Sunday and public holidays, and time & half for working more than 8 hr’s on any week day.

    Now I best shut up before it begins a political discussion!

    At Home, At Peace and Causing Trouble In South Taranaki

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    #1667899
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    Thanks Bryan, I keep plodding on hoping some of what I post will be of interest to others :).

    As for hours worked per day – times now have certainly changed, Bryan, we seem to have taken a backward step. I suspect I know at least one of the reasons but, as you say, we are getting into the political side of things.

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    From Daily Photo -Christchurch

    “I was making myself some breakfast this morning when out of the corner of my eye I caught some movement in the garden. I was pretty surprised and delighted to see a California Quail pair with a juvenile. And then I saw the rest of them! I estimate there were at least 10 quails from tiny chicks right up to adults. They move jolly fast and are quite nervous of people (rightly so!), making a good shot of all of them rather tricky to get. But here are some of my best ones”

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    Keeping a Lookout

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    gabyone

    Thank you Vale019 for your great posts. Lots of interesting stuff there  ❗  ❗  ❗

    Gabyone Auckland region

    #1667917
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    kai

    Fab posts on here Val and all .So appreciate the effort Val and research you do to add to all the pics ..IT really does make it so much more readable and interesting

    Rather warm today lol so will be late Nite Thurs or Friday B4  I can get back to some replies,,, in cooler places …

     

    This pic shows what 4 of us talked about today while in the airconned car,, and we all are making plans for , once a few things ,,appts etc are done and dusted, tho not in the order and speed on this poster lol

    . Make it a worthwhile holiday and catchup once we come home..

    New Zealand Best Road Trips. Self-drive road trips are a popular way to explore New Zealand. Spectacular scenery awaits around every corner. We spent 5 weeks traveling all over the North and South islands. It was one of our most memorable trips to date. Click to read more about the adventures at http://www.divergenttravelers.com/destinations/new-zealand/

    Cheers From Kai

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