Maori people are the indigenous people of New Zealand, in the same way as the Sami people are the indigenous people of Sweden. A cultural heritage and something to be proud of and about. Yet, during the years they have suffered a lot. Loosing their land and being forced to adjust to the western way of life, causing some great impoverishment and evictions, like those in Takaparawhau (Bastion Point). However, I am pleased to see that the Maori people are getting restitution in NZ. Even thought it takes time. #newzealand#auckland#maoriculture#aucklandmuseum#maoriheritage#indigenouspeople#waitangi#takaparawhau#bastionpoint#nofilter
It’s #throwback Thursday! Did you know that Bastion Point is the location Michael Joseph Savage Tomb and Memorial Garden? He was one of NZ’s most popular Prime Ministers, and after his death a nationwide competition was held for his permanent resting site, with the winning design being a memorial at Bastion Point! The Art Deco memorial was designed by Tibor Donner and Anthony Bartlett, and officially opened in March 1943.
Happy Sunday everyone! 🌼We are JUST about getting into a normal routine with the time difference in New Zealand 💤😂. The first day (Friday) consisted of a full day stop over in Hong Kong so we got the train from the airport into Hong Kong city centre which was so easy to do and worked out about £10 return each!
We stopped off at CS Vegan which I found on Happy Cow (vegan restaurant location app).. It was a unique experience. You have to ring a door bell to a flat upstairs and then you go up to this little ladies living room and she makes you a lovely traditional all vegan unlimited buffet. She didn't speak a word of English and we don't speak a word of chinese...but it worked, and it will definitely be a memory we will keep forever! We then walked around the city taking in the enormous buildings and Hong Kong's version of Times Square, where we both actually fell asleep on the grass within seconds for a couple of hours right in the middle of the city😂
We then flew another 10 hours over to Auckland and went to a night festival in the city centre once we got there , where we listened to music and ate vegan burgers from a van! We stayed the night in a hotel for the first night instead of a hostel just because we were in desperate need of a good nights sleep 😂
Today we hopped on the Auckland soaring kiwi tours bus #typicaltourist which was great to get our bearings of the City. We stopped off at the beautiful botanical gardens 🌻 and Bastion point where we looked over to the city centre across the harbour which is in the photos above.
It's our first night in a hostel tonight, and then we start our first day with the kiwi experience tomorrow at 7am where we will be travelling around the whole of New Zealand! Our first stop is Cape reinga - New Zealand's most northerly point 😍🌍
Today I'm celebrating this beautiful city which (for now) I get to call home. I've lived in Auckland for 2.5 years now and there are still surprises everywhere.
My absolute favourite thing about Auckland is that it's not hard to find adventure, there is so much to explore, there is beauty everywhere.
I love that Auckland has so much coastline, so many beaches, you're never more than 20 minutes from the sea. I love that Auckland has hills, volcanos, cliffs, where you can look out across the city or the sea. I love that there are so many parks, slices of paradise, in the middle of the city, and through every suburb!
I'm lucky to call Auckland home and I'm thrilled to be able to finish university in a few weeks and be able to discover more of the region!
Slay New Zealand 💖
In stark contrast to this peaceful photo, a 2 year old little girl died here in the fires used as a tool against Maori Political Protest, in pursuit of land and rights of the Maori people.
It’s a beautiful place, but it’s also a place with a sad history.
Don’t give up your fight for land justice and Tino Rangitirotanga Maori Community.... xxx
From Paihia, I returned to Auckland, where I had a chance to properly explore this time before setting off on my journey southwards.
The first evening back, I grabbed some food before wandering down to the harbour which was buzzing with folks kicking off their Friday night, and then up to Albert Garden, a nice park overlooking the city (📸 #1 ), before calling it a night. The Sky Tower was also lit up with some colours that really made it stand out (📸 #9 ). The next day, I met my friend Andrea who picked me up and showed me around her city, allowing me to get a true experience of what’s on offer. We kicked things off with a trip to a local food market, then we drove along the coast to one of the beaches that looks out into the harbour (📸 #2 &3), before heading to Bastion Point (📸 #5 ), a hill steeped in military history due to its incredible panoramic views that take in the city, the bay, and the surrounding area. While we were up there we had the chance to see some Maori folk taking their wedding photos which was quite cool! (📸 #4 )
After venturing back into the city (📸 #6 &7) and checking out some interesting neighbourhoods, I treated myself to a much-needed haircut and beard trimming after leaving both to grow significantly since leaving Ireland 3 months before 💇🏻♂️ The barber was so exhausted he needed Andrea to give him a hand (📸 #8 )! I left the barber feeling like a new, less homeless-looking man 😅 I have kept the beard though, so we’ll see how that goes!
Finally, we headed to nearby SKYCITY, a spot with restaurants, bar and hotels all based around the Sky Tower, where we spent the rest of the day and met up with some more friends!