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NEW ZEALAND, SOUTH ISLAND, panorama

9 August 2016
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On the south island, we see mountains after mountains. The everlasting snow covers the tops of mountains. And all the way down there is blue and calm sea, which sometime becomes grey and fierce. The lakes, pure and vast, reflect the landscapes like huge mirrors. And at night, it’s apotheosis, the sky turns pink, so pink that it makes even the mountains and the horizon blush. Are we really still on earth? …

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New Zealand Travel !

NEW ZEALAND, NORTH ISLAND, panorama

8 August 2016
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Exploring the North island is like discovering a whole different world. The volcanos make the lands grumble and smoke, the oxides give the water an almost surreal color. When the fog in the sky mixes with the midst from the ground, we may wonder we ended up in a science fiction movie. And in all this nature there are the cities you fall in love with, Rotorua, the heart of maori culture, and Wellington, the small capital that has so…

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Meet ! New Zealand

meet STUDENTS OF NEW ZELAND NATIONAL ART SCHOOLS

6 August 2016
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It was in the city of Rotorua, amid the smoking valleys of Te Puia that are located the famous national schools of weaving and wood carving of New Zealand. These schools were created in order to preserve traditional Maori art. Te Puia is a very touristic place because you have to pay to go on site and see the students at work, but there is no denying that it is still an extraordinary place to discover great talents. Let me…

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Meet ! New Zealand

meet CATHY, MAORI WEAVER

4 August 2016
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I met Cathy at the Rotorua museum during an exhibition dedicated to weaving. She was presenting one of her works, a shawl or “Tarapouahi” as it would be called in Maori, made of flax and feathers. Cathy started weaving in the traditional maori way 14 years ago. Her husband, Jim, works in the restoration of marae. He is also a well-known artist often called for projects in all four corners of the country. During our encounter, I explained to Cathy…

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Discover ! New Zealand

discover MAORI ART

4 August 2016
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In the doorway of the Pacific, Maori art is known for its variety and great finesse. I discovered such art with my own eyes by travelling through the North island. Wooden sculptures, tattoos, jade cutting, weaving with vegetal fibers, textile work, feathers… here are some of the things that caught my attention: – Weaving. This is by far the art that impressed me the most. The types of products are varied, ceremonial clothings and performance costumes and accessories, bags and…

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