in RedBubble Boomers 16-09-2012
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @28mm, ISO: 100, Aperture: f5.6, Shutter: 1/50
Taken in the early morning light at Akaroa on the South Island of New Zealand. Akaroa is a small French settled village nestled in a beautiful, sheltered harbour of the same name and is overlooked by craggy volcanic hills. It is on Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. The name Akaroa is Kāi Tahu Māori for ‘Long Harbour’. In 1838 Captain Jean François L’Anglois made a provisional purchase of land in “the greater Banks Peninsula” from Tuaanau. A deposit of commodities in the value of ₤6 was paid and a further ₤234 worth of commodities was to be paid at a later period. On his return to France, he advertised for settlers to come to New Zealand and ceded his interest in the land to the Nanto-Bordelaise Company, of which he became a part owner. On 9 March 1840, 63 emigrants left from Rochefort. The settlers embarked on the “Comté de Paris” — an old man-of-war ship given to them by the French government — for New Zealand. The “Comté de Paris” and its companion ship the “Aube” captained by Commodore Charles François Lavaud arrived in the Bay of Islands in the North Island on 11 July 1840, where they discovered that the Banks Peninsula had been claimed by the British. The French arrived in Akaroa on 18 August and established a settlement. The area still has a French influence, reflected in many local street and place names. Before 1840, the area of the current Akaroa village was also known as Wangaloa, and the subsequent French settlement was known as Port Louis-Philippe, named after the French king of the time.