Godzone


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Godzone

(ˈɡɒdzəʊn)
n
informal Austral one's home country
[from God's own country]
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Ibrahim's study which was completed in 2012 at the University of Canterbury, is entitled From Warzone to Godzone: Towards a new Model of Communication and collaboration Between schools and Refugee families.
(4) William Pember Reeves was similarly optimistic about colonial life, delivering a lecture in London in 1896 called The Fortunate Isles (Picturesque New Zealand), but perhaps most expressive of romantic notions surrounding New Zealand is Thomas Bracken's 'God's Own Country' (1890), which provided the origins of the phrase 'Godzone' to refer to New Zealand.
No wonder some have called New Zealand "Godzone" (1) Yet growing up in New Zealand is changing.
With this country's central role in producing antibacterial Manuka honey, the green-lipped mussel and of course pineapple lumps, it looks like our reputation as 'Godzone' isn't far wrong.
Is Godzone far enough away to emerge relatively unscathed from the coming storm?
Formal items such as suits and coats will be black and there will be colour highlights of twilight pink for cabin crew, godzone green for ground staff and sky blue for ground and inflight managers.
New Zealand, which is sometimes called by its inhabitants "godzone," has also at times seen itself as a paradise of sorts.
After a discussion of New Zealand as itself a utopia frequently referred to as "Godzone" the book embarks on an overview of some prominent communities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries before surveying them in more detail under the classification of "religious and spiritual communities," "cooperative lifestyles," and "environmentalist communities." There are two final chapters titled "Conflict and Longevity," and "What Have We Learned?"
(1) Bevans, Stephen, << Wisdom from the Margins: Systematic Theology and the Missiological Imagination, Paper delivered at "Godzone Theological Conference," Auckland, New Zealand, 15 July, 2004.
One hundred scholars from New Zealand and Australia spanning the disciplines of mission studies, biblical studies, systematic theology, and religious history met July 15-17, 2004, at Carey Baptist College, Auckland, for a conference on the theme "GodZone? Theological Scholarship in Aotearoa--New Zealand." Stephen Bevans, S.V.D., professor of mission and culture, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, was the keynote speaker.
And if you get a chance to come and visit us, lift your eyes to the heavens from one of our dark-sky sites and you'll appreciate why Aotearoa is also fondly referred to as Godzone.
A lecturer at the Manukau Institute of Technology, he is author of Heathen in Godzone: Seventy Years of Rationalism in New Zealand.