& Culture > Art
Zealand artists, sculptors, carvers, jewellers and fashion designers
have developed an international reputation, both for the quality of
their work and for their use of the countries raw materials.
traditional Maori skills of bone and greenstone (Jade) carving,
weaving and performance art remain strong.
Paua shell has become a distinctive feature of New Zealand
country has 400 museums and art galleries, with one of the biggest
projects in the world, the 'Te Papa' museum in Wellington.
New Zealander, Kiri Te Kanawa is one of the world's leading
Zealand has two orchestras, a national ballet company and a number
of professional theatres.
is a big part of the lives of every New Zealander, from live bands
in the bars to world-renowned
artistes like Neil Finn and Tim Finn.
is still listed as a favorite pastime, and the society has
provided great inspiration for artists and writers.
- In the last 6 years New Zealand has won 44 Oscars at the Academy Awards. World Famous movies were filmed right here in New Zealand; The Piano, Whalerider, Vertical Limit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, The Worlds Fastest Indian, Riverqueen, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, plus many more projects in the pipeline.
Bollywood has discovered this part of the world also and is now producing a large amount of Indian films in the South Island.