March 29, 2010
This bookmark is made of plantation timber (wood taken from special plantations to help reduce the environmental impact):
It shows Kiwi birds. The bigger one is made of paua shell, like the one on the ‘Kai Ora’ bookmark from 2 days ago.
Kiwis are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand. At around the size of a domestic chicken, Kiwis are by far the smallest living ratites and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size. There are five recognised species, all of which are endangered.
The Kiwi has become the most well-known national symbol for New Zealand, and Kiwis are prominent in the coat of arms, crests and badges of many New Zealand cities, clubs and organisations.
The New Zealand dollar is often referred to as “the kiwi dollar” and Kiwi is also the nickname used internationally for people from New Zealand.
March 27, 2010
This interesting bookmark from Rotorua, New Zealand, is made of rimu wood (rimu is a large evergreen coniferous tree endemic to the forests of New Zealand, formerly known as “red pine”)
‘Kia Ora‘ is the Maori word for ‘Hello’ (The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand)
The little Kiwi bird on the bookmark is made of paua shell:
Paua, or pāua, is the Māori name given to three species of large edible sea snails, known in the USA as abalone, and in the UK as ormer shells.