Rotorua

Photo: Denisbin, Old Tudor Style Rotorua Bath House (Rotorua Museum) Spotlight on Rotorua, a town which lies on the edge of a volcanic lake which is 12 km long and 10 km wide. The town tried to emulate the European spa towns of old so the original Rotorua Bath House is Tudoresque in style. It …

Celebrating Matariki (2021)

Poster: Matariki Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand (Aotearoa) celebration. Hashtag: #Matariki Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon following the rising of the star cluster. In 2021 the Matariki star cluster will …

Māori Vocabulary

Map New Zealand (Aotearoa) – For those learning the Māori language: Features VocabularyAotearoa – New Zealand or the Land of the Long White CloudAhuriri = Airportāpōpō = TomorrowAroha = Love, compassionHangi = Cooking underground with hot stonesHaere mai = WelcomeHaere ra = GoodbyeHaere pai atu, hoki pai mai = Travel safelyHamarara = UmbrellaHākari = FeastHarakeke …

Matariki

Poster Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand (Aotearoa) celebration. Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon following the rising of the star cluster. In 2021 the Matariki star cluster will rise in the …

Nature and well-being: renaturing the places we live

Poster Wellington, New Zealand/Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara, Aotearoa: Nature and well-being: renaturing the places we live Friday, 930am-4pm NZ time. Hashtag: #NWSymposium21 Session 1youtu.be/iufBwzYFyQ4 58:50 Catherine Knight: Pandemic and lock down experience proved to be the best case study demonstrating the importance of what I call neighborhood nature Sessions 2 and 3youtu.be/58s_vW_4IKw This ambitious symposium explored “how …

Tauranga

Photo: iTravelNZ Tauranga is located on the the Bay of Plenty region on the North Island of New Zealand (Aotearoa). A bridge connects Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, a beach town with hot saltwater pools and an extinct namesake volcano with winding walking paths. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/xY2vEDvHT3SzjqRs5 Hairy Maclary Statues Photos Planeta

Greymouth = Māwhera

Photo: Ron Mader, Greymouth New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Located at the mouth of the Grey River, Greymouth (Māori: Māwhera) is the largest town on the West Coast of the South Island. Google Maps For the slow adventures, Greymouth is a hub for unusual, rural adventures. Options include stargazing, fly-fishing, biking and hiking. To the north …

Wellington Links

Wellington Flag New Zealand (Aotearoa) – What would locals like visitors to know about Wellington (Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara)? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesThe nature reserve with a 500-year plan – BBChttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/wellington-region/news/article.cfm?l_id=153&objectid=11680881celia-wade-brown-pulls-out-of-wellington-mayoral-racesome-communities-are-destroyed-by-tragedy-and-disaster-others-spring-back-heres-what-makes-the-difference25 Reasons Why All Aucklanders Should Just Move To Wellington – Buzzfeed Weather – Wellington – MET Time – Local time in …

Wellington = Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara

Photo: Stuart Baird, Rugby World Cup New Zealand (Aotearoa) – In the Māori language Wellington is known as Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara. Located in the geographic center of the country at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington is the capital and the country’s second largest city. Google Maps Wellington’s downtown is only two kilometers in …