1. The Maori name for N.Z. is ‘Aotearoa’
It means “the land of the long white cloud”
2. In 1893, New Zealand became the first Country to give women the right to vote
3. New Zealanders are outnumbered by sheep
In fact, there are around 5 sheep per person
4. There are more book stores per person than any other country about one for every 7500 people.
5. New Zealand is more than Middle Earth
“That was the big effect Lord of the Rings had on me. It was discovering New Zealand. And even more precious were the people not all like the Australians.”- Ian Mckellen
The following is an excerpt from Eleventh Elementum, Book One of the Primortus Chronicles.
Skylee set down her suitcase, dropped her backpack onto the bed and threw herself back against the soft pillows. She was happy to finally be in New Zealand. The flight had been exhausting, not the plane-ride itself, but the seventeen-plus hours of listening to Chrism complaining, whereas Skylee only had one complaint. The fact that she had to share her Luck-E-Chocs with everyone and now she was down to two pieces. However, her sister had enough grievances to create a list, which included the seating, the food, the ‘stupid’ movie choices and the poor service.
At one point during their flight Skylee had pretended to be asleep, which only gave Chrism several hours to flirt with Will. She had read to him endlessly from her V-phone about New Zealand’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie locations. Will sat attentively smiling and nodding at her the whole time. During the unfortunate episode, Skylee found herself becoming increasingly annoyed with her new stepsister.
She didn’t know why. It couldn’t be jealousy, not over Will. What was there to be jealous about? At least that’s what she told herself.
Now Skylee was alone for the first time in days, and it felt nice. Her mind immediately turned to the book, which she had carefully concealed inside her backpack. Luckily Chrism hadn’t noticed when she cut the lining to create a secret hiding place. A couple of times she had even snuck a look at the book, but she couldn’t find the privacy to really examine it as she wished. She knew it was pointless to fish it out now since Chrism would arrive at any moment. Exhaling loudly she relaxed into the fluffy pillows, picking up a brochure from the bedside table. She read.
Visit Ancient Maori Village
Long ago, the land was covered by rainforests…
the calls of the laughing owl and the giant Mao filled the air…
the Maori people knew no fear Step back in time…
You’ll fall in love with New Zealand.
She studied the glossy pamphlet and three words seemed to jump out at her. Fall in love. Surely they don’t think you can fall in love with a place. Or do they? she pondered. She didn’t think so. She wasn’t sure she even believed in falling in love.