Pōhutukawa

Photo: Russelstreet, Narrow Neck Beach (Some rights reserved) Wikipedia: Metrosideros excelsa – aka pōhutukawa, New Zealand Christmas tree – is a coastal evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, that produces a brilliant display of red (or occasionally orange, yellow or white) flowers HeadlinesNew Zealand’s Iconic Pōhutukawa Tree May Have Roots in Australia – Smithsonian40 …

Auckland = Tāmaki Makaurau

Photo: Denisbin, View from Maungawhau / Mount Eden Auckland is awesome. Located on the North Island of New Zealand (Aotearoa), Auckland (Tāmaki Makaurau) is home to about 1.6 million. The country’s largest city has one third of the country’s entire population. The city is affectionately known as the City of Sails. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/DhBpYiS6pnsk2jUs6 Spotlighthttps://www.planeta.com/ihumatao Indigenous …

Tourism in Aotearoa New Zealand

Photo: Ron Mader, Ferns (some rights reserved) What would locals and visitors like to know about Tourism in Aotearoa New Zealand? Planeta.com curates this guide to announcements, headlines, reports, and the like. The sector is notoriously ephemeral so please let us know if there are additions or edits to be made on this page. Google …

Radio New Zealand

Logo Spotlight on Radio New Zealand – rnz.co.nz – Aotearoa’s national radio broadcaster as well as the international broadcaster to the South Pacific. You can find a fine array of podcasts including Kākāpō Files, Mediawatch, Hymns on Sunday, and Te Ahi Kaa (which focuses on Māori culture). Check out the latest and most popular podcasts. …

Collaboration in Aotearoa New Zealand Travel and Tourism

Posters Join us on an ongoing virtual tour of travel and tourism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Related to this feature is a Google Doc: Collaboration in New Zealand Travel and Tourism —https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YiYNLbBqoMksx3aftECKi4rMdupAmMFe8QL3TaS9lNA/edit — that anyone can edit. Obviously, we’d like people who can be knowledgeable and helpful to participate. Questions What are the most imaginative, creative …

Wild New Zealand

Hashtags Planeta.com is updating our guide to Wild New Zealand (Aotearoa) – the country’s biodiversity, wildlife, parks and protected areas and the opportunities for ecotourism, conscious, local, Indigenous, and responsible travel. Relevant additions and suggestions are welcome. Hashtag: #WildNZ Questions Which government institutions and non-governmental groups are working toward environmental conservation? Ministry for the EnvironmentMotto: …

Kākāpō

Photo: Shellie Evans (Some rights reserved) New Zealand (Aotearoa) – The kākāpō is the word’s largest parrot, flightless and with a tricky breeding cycle. Recently their number actually went down to a mere 51 birds on Earth, but now scientists have successfully found ways to breed them. Recommended ListeningOne of our favorite new podcasts of …

Aotearoa New Zealand

Photo: Ron Mader, Heaphy Track, Karamea (some rights reserved) New Zealand, also known as Aotearoa (its Māori name meaning “the land of the long white cloud”) or the “green Island on the other side of the earth”, boasts jaw-dropping landscapes, fabulous festivals, and superb food and wines. More than one-third of the country is designated protected parkland and …

Hokitika

Photo: Travis Wiens, Welcome (Some rights reserved) New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Spotlight on Hokitika, a town in the West Coast region of the South Island (Te Waipounamu), 40 kilometers (25 mi) south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. Google Maps Elsewhere on the WebTreetop Walkway HokitikaWild Foods Festival (March 2022)Westland …

Auckland (Tāmaki Makaurau) Climate Festival

Poster Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau – For the rest of October we spotlight the work of the Auckland Climate Festival — acf21.co.nz — an open platform created to celebrate and accelerate climate action. Hashtag: #ACF21 The inaugural festival kicked off October 12 with a free and public launch online coinciding with the Harbour Bridge being lit up …