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New Zealand is a diverse country, multi-cultural and multi-racial based on a unique blend of Maori, European, Pacific and Asian cultures.
New Zealand comprises two main islands, as Captain Cook recognised in his chart of 1769-1770.
On that now called the North Island he inscribed the name AEHEINOMODWE, for so he represented the Maori pronunciation.
This island lies approximately between latitudes 34 and 42 N., and though separated only by the narrow Cook Strait from the other it is in most respects-topography, scenery, land use, density of population-an almostly completely different country.
Within its own bounds it, too, presents striking contrasts.
the peninsula north of
comprises a variety of soils of differing geological origin.
All dominated by sub-tropical climatic conditions with warm humid summers, mild winters, and a rainfall varying from 40 to 100 inches.
This was the country of the
but now it is given over to dairy farming and, more increasingly, to sub-tropical fruit farming.
South of Auckland is the basin of the lower
originally clothed with fern and scrub on naturally poor pumice soils, but now converted by modern technology into the premier dairying district of New Zealand.
To the east lies the
Bay of Plenty
suitably named in its own right for dairying and for citrus and other fruits, and now rapidly developing as the outlet for the timber products of the exotic forests.
The central volcanic plateau is covered by inherently poor volcanic ash soils, and is characterised by a fairly high rainfall and extremes of summer and winter temperatures.
Originally clothed with fern and scrub it has been given over largely to forestry, and now in fact contains the largest man-made forest in the world, mainly of the exotic radiata pine.
The eastern districts of
and Hawke's Bay, areas of mountain, hill, and valley, have a rainfall of from 30 to 50 inches, falling mainly in the winter, and hot summers-conditions that favour sheep farming, and, in favoured places, pip and stone-fruits.
The great bulge of
dominated by Mount Egmont, and the lands west of the mountain ranges that extend north-east from Wellington to merge into the central volcanic plateau, were originally clothed with heavy bush, now replaced, where accessible, after axe and fire, by green pasture.
The North Island not only has more people than the South, but what is more impressive, is that the northern half of the North Island has more people than have its southern half and the South Island put together.
In both islands urban population continues to grow faster than, and to a large extent at the expense of, the rural, as it has done for the last ninety years.
Some towns have shown remarkable growth in recent years, partly owing to the development of new industries in or near them.
But it was not always so. A century ago settlement in the North Island was discouraged by resistance from the
while gold discoveries in the South attracted thousands of immigrants.
In the course of time, resistance from the Maori diminished, as did also the accessible gold supplies in the South: the advice of the elders was, "Go north, young man."
Slowly but steadily the North Island bush, fern, and scrub yielded to the axe and fire of the new settlers, and many thousands of acres were converted into pasturage for sheep and cattle.
Some bush was felled that in the interests of water and soil conservation, as well as of future timber supplies, would have been better left standing; but that comment merely expresses the wisdom of hindsight.
Pastures have been steadily improved with management as well as by the increasing use of fertilisers, nowadays applied from aircraft in areas not readily accessible to land vehicles.
Rivalry between the two Islands flourishes, but the tussle is confined mainly to the football field.
Almost equally or even more intense is the feeling between the erstwhile capital city of Auckland and the present and long established capital, Wellington.
But the ardour of Aucklanders who would boast of their beautiful harbour is moderated by the enervating humid climate of the north, while the heat of Wellingtonians is tempered by the southerly gales that lash their equally beautiful harbour.
As to scenery, each island has its attractions, different but unsurpassed of their kind.
Discover with us, the rich heritage and history of each region.
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