AOTEAROA – The Maori name for New Zealand originated from Hine who was the wife of the famous navigator, Kupe. Hine first saw the land their ancestor Maui fished up out of the sea, and noticed the clouds stretching across the country. She cried out; "He Ao! He Aotea! He Aotearoa!" which translates to: “A cloud! A white cloud! A long, white cloud!”
From that moment on, New Zealand was known as ‘Aotearoa’, the land of the long white cloud.
In 2011, the members, council and staff of Jersey New Zealand will welcome our friends to the shores of Aotearoa and look forward to showing you not only out beautiful country, but share with you a little of our culture.
We have the preliminary itinerary established which gives you a glimpse of the exciting programme we are planning for you and the detailed itinerary and registration form will be available on our website in June 2010.
With an action packed pre-conference study tour, conference week and post-conference study tour you will fly home with a greater understanding and appreciation of our pasture system, Animal evaluation system, spectacular scenery and friendly people.
Full details are available on the special conference website at the following link: http://www.worldjerseyconference.co.nz/
We look forward to welcoming you in 2011!