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YOU CAN WATCH THIS PRESENTATION IN MUSIC HERE (You have a link on the first slide): Thank you! Lake Matheson, near the Fox Glacier in South Westland, New Zealand, is famous for its reflected views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. A traditional mahinga kai (food gathering place) for Maori people, the lake contains long finned eel as well as being home to many water birds. Lake Matheson was formed by glaciation ca. 14,000 years ago. It is situated on the valley floor about 12 km from the current Fox Glacier and Aoraki/Mount Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand, and Mount Tasman.

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2. Lake Matheson, nearthe Fox Glacier inSouth Westland, NewZealand, is famous forits reflected views ofAoraki/Mount Cookand Mount Tasman.Long finned nativeeels thrive in thedarkness of LakeMatheson, which isalso home to manywater birds. For thisreason the lake is atraditional mahinga kai(food gathering place)for Maori people. 3. Lake Matheson was formed by glaciationsca. 14,000 years ago. It is situated on thevalley floor about 12 km from the currentFox Glacier and Aoraki/Mount Cook, thehighest peak in New Zealand, and MountTasman. 4. An easy walk passes over the Clearwater River suspensionbridge, just a few minutes from the car park. The ClearwaterRiver drains off the lake and is brownish under the bridge,however it quickly becomes clear and true to its name. 5. The area around the lake is managed by the Department of Conservation(DOC) and is surrounded by native kahikatea (white pine) and rimu (redpine) trees, as well as flax and a variety of New Zealand fern species. 6. The pukeko, or New ZealandSwamp Hen is common bird 7. The track continues through ancient native forest, including tall rimuand kahikatea trees, to a pontoon that extends out onto the lake. 8. Lake Matheson takes its name from Murdoch Matheson who ran cattle on these Cook River Flats in the 1870s, and openeda store and butchers shop to service the mass of gold seekers 9. The Lake Matheson walk is part of Westland Tai PoutiniNational Park and Te Wahipounamu (place of greenstone)South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. 10. South West New Zealand is one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere.It is an area where snow-capped mountains, rivers of ice, deep lakes, unbroken forests andtussok grasslands produce a landscape of exceptional beauty. 11. Morning dew 12. Dawn and dusk are often the best times to view the lakesreflection, before the wind or clouds blur the image 13. The lands highest peaks, Aoraki/Mount Cook (3754m) andMount Tasman/Horokaou (3497m) are watching over us 14. New Zealand Text: Internet Pictures: Sanda FoioreanuDoina Grigora Arangement: Sanda Foioreanu Long Ago - Maori Kapa Haka groups Maori traditional song - Haka

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