The Progress Of New Zealand In The Century

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781103070046
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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CHAPTER II. MAOEILAND. The islands known in Maori legends as Aotea or Aotearoa are separated from the continent of Australia by 1250 miles of deep sea. The group consists of two large islands, the North Island, called by the Maoris Te Ika a Maui, the Fish of Maui, and the Middle Island, Te Wai Pounamu, the Place of Greenstone, and a smaller island known as Stewart's Island. Besides these there are many small coastal islands and a few groups that stand sentinels at some distance from the mainland. The total area is 104,471 square miles. New Zealandfor Aotea is now a fancy name pure and simple,is therefore a little larger than Italy, which it resembles in shape, climate, and physical character, and a little smaller than the United Kingdom. On the map it reminds one of Euclid's definition of a line, length without breadth, for it extends through fourteen degrees of latitude and its average breadth is about 100 miles. The North Island is on the whole mountainous, yet there is a large area of level or undulating country suitable for pastoral and agricultural purposes. It is well watered land; and at the coming of the Maori densely wooded, but the progress of cultivation is rapidly, diminishing the area of the original forest. In the centre lie the blue and un- plumbed waters of Lake Taupo, out of which issuesthe Waikato, the largest river of the island and navigable for 100 miles from its mouth. To the south of the lake rise the cones of Ruapehu (9195 feet) and Tongariro (8000 feet), the latter an active volcano; whilst in the south-western corner of the island, Mount Egmont, a dead volcano, rises in solitary grandeur from the low lying hills of Ta- ranaki. North of Taupo is the regionof thermal lakes and springs, which form one of the weirdest districts in the world. Every...
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