NOVI ZELAND – NEW ZEALAND – AOTEAROA

Motu-O-Kura (Bare Island), Hawke's Bay

Motu-O-Kura (Bare Island), Hawke’s Bay

Najvisa gradjevina u zemlji-Sky Tower in Auckland

Najvisa gradjevina u zemlji-Sky Tower in Auckland

Narodni muzej u Oklendu-National museum in Auckland

Narodni muzej u Oklendu-National museum in Auckland

One Tree Hill, Auckland

One Tree Hill, Auckland

Piha Beach, West Auckland

Piha Beach, West Auckland

Tradicionalni ples Maora-Traditional Maori dance

Tradicionalni ples Maora-Traditional Maori dance

Cape South Homestead, Hawke's Bay

Cape South Homestead, Hawke’s Bay

Glecer na juznom ostrvu-Fox Glacier, Westland, South Island

Glecer na juznom ostrvu-Fox Glacier, Westland, South Island

Kiwi Station, Tapawera, Tasman District, South Island

Kiwi Station, Tapawera, Tasman District, South Island

Mladi igraci kriketa iz Oklanda-Young cricketers from Auckland

Mladi igraci kriketa iz Oklanda-Young cricketers from Auckland

Aotearoa je ime kojim ovu zemlju nazivaju njeni starosedeoci Maori i koje znači “zemlja dugog belog oblaka”. Stara legenda Maora, naroda polinežanskog porekla koji je ovde došao u XIII veku, kaže da je Bog, prilikom stvaranja sveta, sve najlepše što mu je ostalo u džepovima, bacio na Severno i Južno ostrvo, koja danas čine ovu zemlju. Na njima zaista postoje izuzetne prirodne lepote, od plaža u suptropskom delu Severnog ostrva, do prašuma, gejzira, vodopada i vulkana na Južnom ostrvu. Brzo splavarenje najčistijim rekama na svetu, između visokih litica, samo je jedna od atrakcija za ljubitelje ekstremnih sportova i prirode.
U muzeju najvećeg grada Oklanda, koji se nalazi na Severnom ostrvu, uživao sam u pomalo zastrašujućem maorskom plesu, jer oni sami su prirodno predimenzionirani i, uz zvuke čudnih instrumenata i krike koje pritom ispuštaju, na trenutak deluju kao noćna mora koja vas napada sa svih strana. U stvarnosti su dobar i miroljubiv narod, koji se ipak prepustio da ih, onako krupne i na oko moćne, Englezi dovedu skoro do ivice nestajanja. Zbog toga danas čine samo oko šest procenata populacije Novog Zelanda, a bili su jedini stanovnici tih krajeva do XIX veka. Englezi su ih vremenom sistematski doveli u ovaj položaj, dok im se danas izvinjavaju i s ponosom ističu kako im se poboljšavaju građanska prava. Ponekad takva britanska politika budi unutrašnji otpor u meni, a s druge strane im se divim, jer naseljavati i kontrolisati pola planete zahteva sasvim poseban duh.
Za Novi Zeland se kaže da je jedina zemlja koja uvek ima isti broj stanovnika, jer koliko se godišnje useli u njega zbog radnih dozvola, toliko ga i napusti, sa urednim papirima, svakako. Najveći broj doseljenika se preseli u obližnju Australiju, tvrdeći da ih pritiska teško osećanje izolovanosti na kraju sveta.
Novi Zeland je zemlja u kojoj želite da uživate u svakom smisli te reči i u svim njenim prirodnim lepotama. Ali mislim da većina doseljenika nema vremena za to: oni ovde samo vredno rade da bi zaslužili odlazak. Ali kuda? Navodno u nešto bolje i lepše, ako  bilo šta može biti lepše od ovoga. Bar je bliže, ali čemu?
Blizina i daljina su pojmovi koji stanuju u našim glavama i u njima se rešavaju.

Avgust 2003.
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Aotearoa is the name of this country given by its indigenous people – Māori and it means ‘the country of a long white cloud.’ The Māori people who are of Polynesian origin came to this country in the 13th century. According to their old legend, when creating the world God threw on the North and South Island (which make New Zealand) all the most beautiful bits that were left in his pockets. These islands indeed are endowed with outstanding natural beauty, ranging from the beaches in the sub-tropical part of the North Island, through to jungles, geysers, waterfalls and volcanoes on the South Island. Speedy rafting on the cleanest rivers in the world, between high cliffs, is but one of the many attractions for lovers of nature and extreme sports.
In a museum in Oakland, the biggest city in New Zealand, on the North Island, I enjoyed a somewhat scary Māori dance, because these people are naturally big, and accompanied with the sounds of strange instruments as well as the screams they let out, for a second they can appear as a nightmare attacking you from every side. In reality, they are a good natured and peaceful people, who even though seem powerful because of their build,  have still let the English bring them to the brink of extinction. That is why today they make up only 6% of the New Zealand population, even though they were the only inhabitants here until the 19th century. Over time the English have systematically reduced them to the current state, whereas today they allegedly apologise to them while proudly pointing out how the Māori’s human rights have been improving. Sometimes I feel a natural aversion towards this sort of British foreign policy; yet on the other hand, I admire them, because spreading across half the planet and having as much under their control requires a truly special national spirit.
New Zealand is said to be the only country with the same number of inhabitants at all times, because roughly the same number of people immigrate in order to work there, as the number that leave every year, once their papers have been sorted out. Most immigrants move to neighbouring Australia, claiming that they feel too isolated at the end of the world.
New Zealand is a country that you want to enjoy in every sense and explore all its natural beauties. However I think that most immigrants do not have the time for that: they only work dilligently here so that they can ‘deserve to leave’. But where? Allegedly somewhere better and more beautiful, if anywhere can be more beautiful than this. Or at least closer. But to what?
Proximity and distance are terms that live only in our heads and that is precisely where such issues must be resolved.

August 2003

 

Kukova ostrva – Cook Islands

Docek na aerodromu-An airport welcome

Docek na aerodromu-An airport welcome

Jahanje kroz lagunu-Riding through lagoon

Jahanje kroz lagunu-Riding through lagoon

Polinezanski ples-Polynesian dance

Polinezanski ples-Polynesian dance

Raznobojne stolice-Colourful chairs

Raznobojne stolice-Colourful chairs

Skoljke na suncu-Drying shells

Skoljke na suncu-Drying shells

Unutrasnjost ostrva-An island interior

Unutrasnjost ostrva-An island interior

Cook Islands Trading Company

Cook Islands Trading Company

Kukova ostrva, nazvana tako po čuvenom moreplovcu i istraživaču južnog
Pacifika Džejmsu Kuku, predstavljaju sastavni i dosta udaljeni deo
novozelandske teritorije. S obzirom na položaj u Tihom okeanu koji je bliži
polutaru, imaju prijatnu, ali ne i pretoplu klimu, pa bujna vegetacija i
engleska uređenost čine ova ostrva pravim cvetnim rajem.

Avgust 2003.
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The Cook Islands, named after a famous seafarer and explorer of the South
Pacific, James Cook, are another bit of New Zealand’s territory, and a
really remote one. Owing to their position close to the Equator in the
Pacific, they have a pleasant and not too hot climate; their lush vegetation
and British landscape architecture make these islands a true paradise of
flowers.

August 2003

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