D205. March 23. An introduction to NZ

Capture d’écran 2014-03-23 à 08.12.30Frankly, I don’t know much about New Zealand. That far, we have spent a couple of days in Auckland, and today we’ll finally take a car and go through the country, from North to South.

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Auckland feels quite empty and small – Especially in comparison to Sydney. The city center revolves around one street, Queens Street. from the harbor, you can also take ferries bringing you on the other side of the bay, where people have lovely houses and go fishing on the week-end. the Above picture was taken in Devonport, on the top of a former volcano.

Actually, I cannot help comparing with Australia but I have a felling that, as days will go, I’ll understand better how different those two countries are.

Capture d’écran 2014-03-23 à 09.26.57Starting with how native populations are part of the community. In Australia, Aborigines have been discriminated for decades and even though laws from the end of the twentieth century tend to change things, they still fail to find a place in the Oz society. Most of the hobos I’ve seen in there were Aborigines. Here in NZ, the situation of Maoris seems to be very different, but i’ll tell more soon (below painting by Emily Karaka).

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So. Who will I meet here in New Zealand ? A young population of yuppies ?Capture d’écran 2014-03-23 à 08.16.11

Capture d’écran 2014-03-23 à 08.13.14I don’t really think so. The 1980s and 1990s saw much social transformation. A sustained period of prosperity was over, and New Zealand’s position in the world was rapidly changing. As a matter of fact, I’ve met many Kiwis in Australia who where trying to make more money in Oz than they could get in their own country.

Will I meet a country of farmers?Capture d’écran 2014-03-23 à 08.18.35

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More likely. Historically, extractive industries have contributed strongly to New Zealand’s economy, focussing at different times on sealing, whaling, flax, gold, kauri gum, and native timber. With the development of refrigerated shipping in the 1880s meat and dairy products were exported to Britain, a trade which provided the basis for strong economic growth in New Zealand.

Though, it doesn’t mean the country has not embraced the 2.0 economy and the youth seems to be highly connected…

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In any case, should I fail to find my answers, I can always find a way through the predicators and Krishna fans I’ve met in Auckland’ streets…

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