This morning I read a funny article on Bored Panda called "24 Place names you've probably been mispronouncing your whole life." Oddly enough there wasn't a single New Zealand place name on the list! How could that be?
It's hard to believe I've been living in New Zealand for nearly ten months. I must admit that some of the newness has worn off. Although the green mountains, boat loads of sheep and stunning views never cease to amaze, the novel phrases and unfamiliar quirks finally feel somewhat commonplace. Today I'm sharing New Zealand through fresh eyes... Maddie Lochte's eyes to be exact.
To celebrate my New Orleans heritage and a bit of New Zealand culture, I'm sharing the recipes for takakau and beignets. You decide which you prefer... fried bread for dinner or pastry for breakfast.
When I think of New Zealand design, I think of Maori illustrations, silver ferns, green stone, paua shells and woodcarvings. While I appreciate their historical and cultural significance, I’ve had a hard time finding a place for these things in my home without creating a tribal vibe in the place. If I’m being completely honest, it’s not all particularly my style (I hope I'm not offending anyone!) Sometimes I yearn to find unique items that make me feel inspired and that truly fit my style. When I leave New Zealand, I want to bring home pieces that are significant to New Zealand culture and remind me of time here, but that also compliment my personal style.
Māori culture is so engrained in Kiwi life. It’s in the names of the cities, in the every day phrases, the sporting events, churches, and schools. Almost every natural landmark has a Māori legend behind it.