Pristine, popular… imperilled?

Report Cover New Zealand (Aotearoa) – New report from the the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment: Pristine,popular…imperilled? The environmental consequences of projected tourism growth (2019) This report addresses the environmental and cultural impacts of tourism and what ongoing business-as-usual growth could mean for the environment and the vulnerability of the tourism sector. The report finds …

Moeraki

Photo: Boulders Moeraki Boulders Manatu Taonga: In Māori tradition the remarkable spherical boulders on Moeraki beach are eel pots — or baskets of kūmara (sweet potato) washed ashore from the Ārai-te-uru voyaging canoe. To scientists the boulders are concretions, formed around 60 million years ago from sediment and calcite. Te Ara: The Ārai-te-uru canoe, one …

Manatū Taonga

Logo The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga works to enrich the lives of all New Zealanders by promoting a confident and connected culture. Among the helpful outputs – the ministry hosts the websites  Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand and NZHistory among others. Key Links mch.govt.nz what we do …

Nethui 2019

Poster New Zealand (Aotearoa) – 2019’s Nethui – nethui.org.nz – takes place in Wellington October 3-4. Focal points this year: safety, well-being, and inclusion. Hashtag: #nethui Tagline: New Zealand’s favourite Internet gathering. Planeta.com is updating this page with links to videos, resources mentioned at the event, and our popular collection of buzzwords, some wonky, some …

Zealandia

Poster Zealandia is an almost entirely submerged mass of continental crust that sank after breaking away from Australia 60–85 million years ago, having separated from Antarctica between 85 and 130 million years ago. Recommended Listening Prehistoric New Zealand – In part one of The Aotearoa History Show, Zealandia is formed, volcanoes and ice ages make …

Greymouth, New Zealand

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. For the slow adventures, Greymouth is a hub for unusual, rural adventures. Options include stargazing, fly-fishing, biking and hiking. To the north are the …

New Zealand’s Glaciers

Photo: Fox Glacier New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Glaciers are located on the South Island. The two main glacier towns of the West Coast, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, are surprisingly temperate considering the proximity to ancient glaciers and the chilly and beautiful Southern Alps. Elsewhere on the Web glaciercountry.co.nz – @glaciercountry2 Fox Glacier Webcam West …

Tolkien Tourism

Photo: Rachel Lovinger, View from inside the Hobbit hole Wikipedia: Tolkien tourism is a phenomenon of fans of The Lord of the Rings fictional universe travelling (set-jetting) to sites of film- and book-related significance. It is especially notable in New Zealand, site of the movie trilogy by Peter Jackson, where it is credited as having …

Kia Ora

Lingo Cards Kia Ora = Hello (greeting in New Zealand (Aotearoa)) Also translates as “cheers,” “good luck,” and “best wishes” Headlines Air New Zealand drops Kia Ora trademark bid Air New Zealand threatened with Māori boycott – News Channel 21 Kia Ora: Air New Zealand faces boycott over trademark bid – BBC The New Zealand …