May - June 2010


Waiheke Island

Maori rock art





The Island of the Day Before...

Long regarded as a haven for alternative lifestylers, artists and hermits, Waiheke Island has gained in popularity as Auckland’s playground. But even with a change to the residential demographic, traditional values and offbeat rhythms remain its hallmark.

Living World

Angler's El Dorado

Since 1915, when the first marlin was caught on rod and reel in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands has been a mecca for big-game anglers. American writer Zane Grey ecstatically described New Zealand as the "Angler's El Dorado" after fishing here in 1926, and Northland's east-coast waters remain a world-class marlin fishery.

Living World

Set in stone

Elaborately, painstakingly rendered upon solid rock, early Maori rock art was scribed into sandstone, scratched under granite overhangs, and painted in red kokowai and charcoal to point to food sources, record genealogy or confer tapu upon sites that served as both shelter and canvas for the first New Zealanders. But the drawings and etchings are susceptible to gradual environmental decay and the enthusiasm of those who visit to admire them. Despite enduring for centuries, these messages from another age are gradually fading from view.

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