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What a Wonderful World

Taken 25 minutes after sunrise from Murrays Bay, Wednesday, December 13, 2006 @ 06.20am.


I woke early that day and decided to go shoot the sunrise! It was quite cloudy and I didn’t see the actual sunrise because of the clouds over Rangitoto Island.

This is where I live at Murrays Bay Beach, situated on the North Shore of Auckland. The water is the Hauraki Gulf, and the sun is rising from behind Rangitoto Island, the pointed volcanic island you can see on the right.

In Maori, Hauraki means "wind from the north", which is our warm wind.

Rangitoto is a Maori name, "rangi" meaning sky, and "toto" meaning red, or blood.

Rangitoto literally means “blood red sky”.
However, the name is traditionally linked with a fight between Tamatekapua and Hoturoa, Maori Chiefs and commanders of the Arawa and Tainui canoes. Tamatekapua was injured, hence the name Te Rangi i totongia a Tamatekapua – The day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed.

Rangototo’s eruption about 600 years ago, was witnessed by Maori inhabitants on Motutapu, the island you can see on the left of the sun. Motutapu in Maori means Sacred Island.

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