WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Wellington's Maori name is Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui, which means 'the head of Maui's fish'. The Maori say thatNew Zealand's North Island is a fish that was caught by Maui, the Polynesian navigator. Many Maori still inhabit Wellington today.
11.1% of New Zealand's population lives in the Wellinton region. Wellington is New Zealand's capital city and it is also where the seat of parliament is located. Wellington is also the home of Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor (LOTR) as well as Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords). The indie film, Eagle vs. Shark was filmed predominantly in Wellington.
The peninsula of Wellington lies on a massive fault line, called the Wellington fault. Wellington lies on top of the Australian plate, which sits over the subducted Pacific plate. The boundary between these plates lies about 25-
30km directly below Wellington. The plates move against each other at a rate of 3.5cm a year. The last major earthquake that occurred in Wellington was about 200 to 450 years ago and an earthquake is expected to occur every 500 to 1000 years. Wellington also lies above the Ohairiu Fault and the Wairarapa Fault, which last erupted in 1855.
PICTON, NEW ZEALAND
Sources: http://www.picton.co.nz/ http://www.newzealandnz.co.nz/picton/
The town of Picton is a busy port town located near the north east corner of the South Island, at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. It is a major exporting hub in New Zealand Many go to Queen Charlotte sound to catch a ferry to Wellington, to go fishing, kayaking, and hiking.
One of the many historical sites in Picton includes Ship Cove, a place Captain Cook had visited numerous times while exploring New Zealand. He also visited Motuara Island, which is also where he claimed British sovereignty in 1770. The island is now a bird sanctuary and a place to watch seals, dolphins, and penguins.