Frans Zonnevijlle



  • Tena koe! :)

  • I found both courses organized by Te Pape informative, interesting and well-balanced. Although I was acquainted with the main facts about NZ/Aotearoa's history and culture I learned a lot during these courses. Iwas was touched by the story of Cook's guide Tupaia, a fascinating figure.
    One aspect I liked in particular was that each course consisted of...

  • In the panel underneath the video you see a symbol "subtitles" Push on it once, subtitles appear, touch twice, they disappear. I guess you might have to move your mouse to the very bottom of the video to see the symbols appear.

  • A wonderful tour of magnificent works of art, if one may put it that way. I liked the stereographic effects in particular: I could retrace my steps as I walked through the exhibition in 2018. It compensates for the fact that photography was not allowed.

  • I saw Te Hau ki Tūranga while visiting Te Papa a few years ago, but I didn't realise its importance at the time. Thank you for higlighting its significance!

  • @HarryNichol That's the difference with the Dutch. They didn't opt for settling the Dutch East Indies, which were already in part densely settled. They just exploited the population to the hilt. The situation is rather similar to that which prevailed in India at that time.

  • Somewhat similar activities are going on in the USA, where the First People ( American Indians are slowly moving in the same direction. But the conflicts between indigenous people and colonists were much more serious and on a much larger scale than in New Zealand. From what I know about the situation in the US the position of the Maori is much more advanced...

  • @HarryNichol Yes, that happened in February 2022. And next year the Dutch government will apologize for the enslavement of so many people over the centuries, probably in the former colony Surinam, where the majority of the inhabitants descend from former slaves.
    The situation in the Dutch East Indies in the late 19th and 20th century seems to be different...

  • Auckland Museum also has an excellent collection of Maori artefacts and objects. I visited it mainly because it was raining too hard to do anything else... I'm glad it rained that day!

  • @MelThompson Sorry, I meant weka of course. I saw lot of those, trying to get stepped upon by visitors at Captain Cook Monument, on a tour organized by the cruise ship company. It was moored at Picton!

  • @MelThompson Thank you for the information. I located the first book in a local university library, whereas the second one is available in a Kindle edition.

  • @HarryNichol Good question! In the 19th century the Dutch were extending their power over the East Indies in much the same way as the English extended their power in India. However, the Dutch were too few to be able to extend their colonial empire beyond the East Indies. They did venture beyond that empire (Tasman was one example) but weren't too keen to...

  • Exactly.

  • @LodewijkJanNauta You're welcome, or graag gedaan!

  • New Zealand is full of signs of French presence and activities. The best example is the town of Akaroa, near Christchurch, which was founded by the French around 1840. It still carries many French names, for tourism's sake. In fact, the French did try to get hold of New Zealand, but they moved too slowly, so the British got ahead of them (as usual).

  • I visited Waitangi Treaty Grounds whil vacationing in NZ and enjoyed the superb exhibition mounted in the recently opened museum there. The visit left me with a bitter taste in the mouth.
    Later, the performance in Te Whare Runanga and an expert explanation of how a war canoe was built and maneuvered showed more positive developments in the fraught...

  • Good question! But they didn't sign putting an "X", but beautiful stylized birds and other symbols.

  • "Since 1840, governments have not always upheld the Treaty promise of protection for Māori." The euphemism of the year!
    Reading this section provokes a feeling of déjà vu; similar attitudes and actions occurred at innumerable places in almost any part of the world, from the USA to the Dutch East Indies, in the 19th and 20th century.

  • That narrows it down to 1850-1899. A better caption would have been "19th century"...

  • I would never have thought potatoes would play such a big role in the history of New Zealand

  • FYI, Tasman's role in the discovery of New Zealand is briefly discussed in another interesting NZ MOOC: New Zealand: Landscape as Culture, Week 1.
    Being a Dutchman too, I feel Tasman should indeed have been mentioned, even if briefly, in the narrative. His explorations and discoveries have been quite important for the extension of knowledge of the region...

  • Good to see a lunar calender still in active use. I wonder whether the insertion of extra months follows a pattern set by other lunar calendars.

  • There is an amusing typo in the caption of the picture of the two Maori women: it must have been taken around 1900. Photography hadn't been invented yet in 1800!

  • This step yields more questions than answers. Is there a "home island" for Polynesians? Where did they start their odyssey? How did they combine star navigation with stick charts representing ocean swells and currents (see and other navigational aids? Do all Polynesians speak the same language, more...

  • My trip to NZ started with a cruise beginning in Sydney. On board the ship were a group of Maori who for several days introduced the passangers to Maori culture and folklore. So I learned the words of a haka and even how to perform one (although not very well).
    That whetted my appetite for learning more about Maori arts and culture and one place where I...

  • I made a trip to New Zealand four years ago and was fascinated by the country - the natural wonders, the people and the food!
    Doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing was an unforgettable highlight in my mountain walking career.

  • I really enjoyed this short course. Amazing how much information has been put together in these two weeks, neatly inserting videos and other material when needed.
    I visited Te Papa museum four years ago while on a cruise from Australia to NZ. The allotted time, altough generous, almost three hours) was far too short to visit all the fascinating exhibits. I'm...

  • @ShelaghT Why? Are they really? I don't have the impression they destroy the ecosystem they live in. Their greenhouse gas footprint is important, I conced that.

  • I like the work done on studying NZ birds, in particular penguins and specifically the little penguin that nests on South Island - adorable birds! I watched a TV documentary recently where it played a big role.

  • Interesting. Could you give us some references for these actions?

  • Visiting the museum is a must once you've arrived at New Zealand. I have never seen a more beautifully laid out museum - it's gorgeous!

  • Two truly intriguing and unique animals: the tuatara and the ground-dwelling bats. I never had heard of the latter.

  • I spent a three-week holiday in New Zealand in 2017 and had the opportunity to observe various indigenous birds, even a kiwi (briefly, in the dark) at Te Puia, near Rotorua. I was surprised by the behaviour of the wakas (also flightless) who weren't afraid at all of humans. I also enjoyed watching royal albatroses, seals and Hector's dolphins near Picton.

  • @MelThompson Thanks for the information! I possess a copy of Blaeu's Atlas Maior and did find the term Nova Zeelandia on the corresponding map.
    Another lead could be the fact that Australia was called by the VOC "Nieuw Holland". So Nieuw Zeeland would be a good choice for a smaller area in the same general area. Why Zeeland? I now realise that Zeeland was the...

  • I recently visited New Zealand and got acquainted with much of this week's material. But the succinct discussion of the geology of New Zealand in the series of inserted videos was most informative and my personal highlight for this week.

  • From what I have gathered earthquakes caused by natural gas drilling are a much more serious threat than naturally occurring ones.

  • I've had the privilege to visit the calderas of two of the world's biggest volcanoes, Taipo and Teide, on Tenerife. One a lake, the other dry. Two quite different experiences, but equally impressive.

  • As mentioned in the text there is a torsion, a twisting around the main fault line, and that can indeed be seen as a slow way of tearing up the two Islands.

  • The geology of Aoteaora is a fascinating subject, and I expect to learn more about it in this course. I myself am a retired professor of inorganic chemistry, which is a good link to geology.

  • I did a cruise around New Zealand and a tour a the North Island, and was blown away by its natural and cultural beauty. I now take any opportunity I get to learn more about this fascinating country.
    By the way, I wonder why the country is called New Zealand. The landscapes have nothing whatsoever to do with Zealand (part of the Netherlands), my "home country".

  • @SophieDieckmann I agree the compiler has opted for several framing stories to keep the collection together throughout the 28 volumes. One can get a good idea of what "KSS" is all about by reading the framing story The King and the vampire that frames twenty.five vampire stories. A good selection of KSS stories can be found in: J.A.B. van Buitenen, Tales of...

  • @RayvnDale I haven't read Annie Proulx' book, but I certainly agree that the Calvino book is a post-modernist framed narrative that requires several readings to sort it all out, at least in my case.