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What would locals like visitors to know about New Zealand (Aotearoa)? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:
Collaboration in NZ Travel and Tourism
Photo Essay: Dawn Raids apology at Auckland Town Hall – RadioNZ
New Zealand’s ‘brain gain’ boost
The Māori tribe protecting New Zealand’s sacred rainforest – BBC
A Tourist Family’s Bad Behavior Has New Zealand Rethinking Its Welcome Mat – NYTimes
John’s gone: The end of NZ’s Mr Feelgood
New Zealand Wars
In their haka pōwhiri, the warriors paid homage to all their tūpuna who died in the New Zealand Wars around Aotearoa.
Wikipedia: The New Zealand Wars were a series of armed conflicts that took place in New Zealand from 1845 to 1872 between the Colonial government and allied Māori on one side and Māori and Māori-allied settlers on the other.
Rā Maumahara – the Journey to a National Commemoration
Te Pūtake o te Riri | Wars and Conflicts in New Zealand Fund
New Zealand Elections
2020 New Zealand general election
How NZ’s new Parliament looks – full party, electorate vote data
Jacinda Ardern delays election over coronavirus fears
Election 2020: Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins – last day of campaign; Ardern says she’ll quit if she loses
2017 General Election
The small-town takeout store worker who won over New Zealand — and the world – CNN
Ruia Aperahama: Hiding lies upon lies and uncovering the truth
World Maps without New Zealand
Aotearoa, being situated in the south-west Pacific Ocean, consists of separated islands: the biggest ones being the north and the south island and numerous small islands along the coast line. The capital, Wellington, can be found on the very end of the north island, just a ferry ride away from the topper south island. There are three official languages that are spoken in the country of the long white cloud: English, Māori and the sign language. The total area of 268km² is inhabited by numerous ethnic groups like Europeans, Māoris, Asians and Pacific Islanders and features several vibrant cities like Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin.
Considering the number of inhabitants, New Zealand is a relatively small country, counting only 4.8 million inhabitants, of which one-third lives in the exciting and most vibrant metropolis: Auckland (called Tamaki Makaurau in Māori). Aotearoa is a very multicultural nation as many Kiwis are either immigrants themselves or are descendants. The first settlers were the Māori about 800 years ago, followed by large numbers of immigrants from the United Kingdom, people from neighboring Pacific Islands including Samoa and Tonga, Chinese and Korean migrants, and new residents from a wide range of countries such as the United States, South Africa, Zimbabwe and India. Shaped by these multi-cultural influences New Zealand can be seen as a very modern and democratic society which is rich of culture and which has no ingrained class system.
Freedom of speech, expression and religious beliefs are guaranteed by law and widely practiced throughout the country. A national addiction to all groups is sport, including rugby, cricket, hiking, kayaking, fishing, white-water rafting, football, basketball, skiing and much more.
Around 1300 East Polynesian people arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Now known as Māori, they did not identify themselves by this summarising name until the first European people arrived in New Zealand. On December 13, 1642, Abel Janszoon Tasman, a dutch seafarer, explorer and merchant was the very first European to see New Zealand. But European settlement did not take place until a century later when the explorer Captain James Cook claimed New Zealand for Britain in 1769. In 1868 New Zealand became the first country in the world to let its native people vote and in 1893 it became the first country in the world to give all women the vote. In 1908 New Zealand’s population reached 1 million, in 1952 2 million, in 1973 3 million and in 2003 New Zealand’s population reached 4 million citizens. In the year 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary (a native of New Zealand) conquered Mt Everest. Fourteen years later in 1967 the New Zealand Dollar is introduced by the Government. In 1985 the world watched New Zealand as it refused port entry to a US Nuclear Warship, breaking the ANZUS Pact, and establishing itself as the world’s first anti-nuclear country. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, directed by New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson, won 11 Oscars in 2004. In 2011, New Zealand hosted and won the Rugby World Cup by defeating France 8–7. On February 22, 2012, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch. The death toll was 185, making it New Zealand’s worst natural disaster in terms of loss of life since 1931.
Roughly said there is nothing in NZ than can kill you beside the weather as it varies greatly throughout the country. It could be sunny and warm on the East Coast, while pouring with rain on the West Coast. Experiencing four seasons in one day is not that unusual. But generally speaking New Zealand is a very sunny country as Auckland, for example, has about 265 days of sunshine per year.
The range of temperatures between winter and summer is less extreme than in most countries with the maximum temperature during summer ranging between 20-30°C (68-86°F) and between 10-15°C (50-59°F) in winter. The far north can be considered as the warmest part of the country throughout the year which allows all sorts of outdoor activities.
Radio NZ is New Zealand’s national radio broadcaster as well as the international broadcaster to the South Pacific. You can find an amazing array of podcasts including Mediawatch, Spectrum and Te Ahi Kaa (which focuses on Māori culture). Check out the latest and most popular podcasts.
Nga Uruoara – As tribute to the noted New Zealand botanist and eco-historian Geoff Park who died in 2009, Radio New Zealand National is featuring his 6-part radio series Paralleling his 1995 book Nga Uruora – The Groves of Life Ecology and History in a New Zealand Landscape.
Road Map – Pirongia – Located 20 minutes’ drive between Hamilton and Te Awamutu is today’s roadmap destination of Pirongia. The village is a popular service town for tourists on State Highway 39 who are heading to the Waitomo Caves. The village has a rich history. It’s home to the DB Draught Clydesdales which became famous in the 80s. It’s also where King Tawhio declared peace and an end to the Waikato land wars.
Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance.
Becoming New Zealand – George Andrews looks at some of the people and the events that determined the route followed on the journey towards nationhood.
Paul Moon – NZ History – Professor Paul Moon, from Auckland University of Technology, is a prolific writer about New Zealand history. His latest book takes a less than conventional look at the analysis and creation of the past – as we know it, or think we do.
Wai Pounamu: Waters of Greenstone – Matthew Leonard was invited to make location sound recordings on—and sometimes in—one of the fast flowing rivers of the South Island of New Zealand, the Arahura.
New Zealand A to Z – T is for Tuatapere, a small rural town in Southland. Tuatapere is located eight kilometres from the southern coast of the South Island. The town is on the Southern Scenic Route from Invercargill to Te Anau making it a well-travelled tourist stop. The main local industries are forestry and farming.
Other faves include Kiwifm and RDU – 98.5FM , Christchurch’s alternative independent radio station, broadcast from Canterbury University. podcast of the RDU morning show. New music is also featured on Loop and The Edge. Wellington Access Radio features EarthSounZ
Te Matatini is a national indigenous dance festival in which Kapa Haka performers from all around New Zealand come together to compete for the noble and honor of winning the national finals.
New Zealand (2007)
Apteryx – Bach – Beach – Beech – Fish – Kauri – Kiwi – Kiwiana – Māori – New Zealand (Aotearoa) – North Island – Precious – 100% Pure – Rugby – Shaky – Shaky Aisles – Sweet As – Thermals – West Coast – World Famous – Zealandia
Bay of Plenty
Environment Bay of Plenty
horouta.co.nz – Our sport of choice is waka ama or outrigger canoe racing. We operate from Marina Park in the heart of Gisborne City on the East Coast of the North Island. Marina Park is located at the junction of the two rivers Waimata & Taruheru. They trisect the city and suburbs and form the Turanganui River at their confluence,. which then flows on out into the Pacific Ocean, about one kilometre downstream.
Pureora Forest Park
The Hawkes Bay Māori Tourism Trust has opened an information and booking office on Marine Parade in Napier.
westernsouthland.co.nz – community driven website with excellent podcast
Parihaka is a small Taranaki settlement, located seven kilometres inland from ‘Te Moana Tāpokopoko a Tawhaki’ the Tasman Sea, midway from Mt Taranaki. Sitting quietly in a landscape of volcanic lahar, this unassuming village is a site of immense historical and cultural importance. The events that took place in and around Parihaka particularly from about 1860 to 1900 have affected the political, cultural and spiritual dynamics of the entire country.
Kawarau River – Lake Wakatipu
northwestern Otago, drains to the Kawarau River, which flows for about 60 kilometers until it reaches Lake Dunstan near Cromwell. The Shotover River enters it from the north; the Nevis River enters it from the south. The river passes through the steep Kawarau gorge during its journey.
The Roaring Meg power station features along the shore of the Kawarau River. In the 19th century, gold was extracted from the river. Some of the miners’ huts remain today, many of them close to thriving vineyards. The Kawarau Bridge, 43 meters above the river, is the site of the world’s first commercial bungee jumping operation. Experience Queenstown
Lake Tekapo has one of the most spectacular night skies in the world. Visitors are amazed by the clarity and sheer numbers of stars visible to the naked eye during Lake Tekapo’s night.
Lake Tekapo’s night sky has interested more than just the visitors. Canterbury University operates a astronomical observatory on top of Mt John, overlooking Lake Tekapo. The clear skies and low levels of local light pollution have helped astronomers put Mt John observatory on the international map with observations and discoveries of the southern sky.
Tekapo Tourism has installed a webcam overlooking Lake Tekapo at Mount John. Click here to view the latest image from the camera.
Both day and night tours of Mt John University Observatory are now available through Earth and Sky tours. See our activities page for contact information.
The Matakana Coast region stretches from Puhoi in the south to Pakiri in the north, and includes Leigh, Matakana, Mahurangi and Warkworth. This region has experienced rapid development both as a tourism and lifestyle destination over recent years.
New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. A coastal city, it has access to mountains within a 30-minute drive. Notable features are the Botanic Gardens (Pukekura Park), the 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) coastal walkway alongside the Tasman Sea, the Len Lye-designed 45-meter (150 foot) tall artwork known as the Wind Wand, and views of Mount Taranaki (also known as Mount Egmont). The city has 110 parks covering 1,200 hectares.
Conservation Minister Tim Groser has asked the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) to investigate the creation of a new National Park in Northland.
“I have formally asked the NZCA to begin its investigation and consultation process towards giving National Park status to the conservation land surrounding the great Kauri forests of Northland. The proposed National Park in the Waipoua Forest, north of Dargaville, is a pristine forest area with outstanding natural, historic and recreational values. The area includes the magnificent Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) – New Zealand’s largest known living Kauri tree – and Trounson Kauri Park which has a magnificent dense stand of Kauri.
“A visit to Tane Mahuta is part of the iconic kiwi experience for visitors and tourists alike. It is has been estimated that only 2 per cent of our Kauri remains – most of that in the forests of Northland. There are currently no National Parks in the area and this Government is committed to protecting this amazing landscape,” Mr Groser said.
The Kauri forests of Northland are also home to several threatened species, such as North Island brown kiwi, kukupa (NZ pigeon), pekapeka (bats) and Kauri snails.
Investigating the proposed new National Park may take up to a year and includes significant consultation with the tangata whenua, Te Iwi o Te Roroa, local authorities, iwi groups and the public. For more information about the proposed new Kauri National Park, visit: Department of Conservation
The word Waitomo comes from the Māori language wai meaning water and tomo meaning a doline or sinkhole; it can thus be translated to be water passing through a hole.
wanganui.com – Facebook
Whanganui also spelled Wanganui, is an urban area and district on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is part of the Manawatu-Wanganui region.
Whanganui Regional Museum
Whangarei is the main population center of Northland, known to the local Ngapuhi Māori, as te Taitokerau, or Te Ika a Maui – the Tail of the Fish. The North Island of New Zealand, is the shape of a giant fish pulled from the ocean by Maui. Whangarei’s subtropical climate, fertile soils and rainfall provide an ideal environment for horticulture – the growing of food. Tourism is the region’s second-biggest income earner. Key icons include The Poor Knights Islands, majestic Mount Manaia and the Twin Coast Discovery Highway which has been developed to guide and spread visitors around the whole of Northland.
The Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve came into being on the 18th of October 2006 and comprises two sites – Waikaraka and around Motukaroro/Passage Island at Reotahi. The combined area of both sites is approximately 253.7 hectares or 2.54% of the Whangarei Harbour.
- Annie Rose – Glass beading and workshops in Whangarei
- Whangareinz.com – The official website for the Whangarei District
- NorthlandNZ.com – The Northland regional website
- Whangarei Growers Market
Fresh, quality local produce sold direct to the public.
- Longview Estate
Northland’s oldest establish winery.
- Sailfish Cove
Boutique winery overlooking the spectacular Tutukaka Coast.
- Brauhaus Frings
One of New Zealand’s oldest micro-breweries.
- Northland Food and Wine
The Northland Food & Wine Trail, the region’s food heroes and it’s famers markets. Be tempted also by Northland restaurants and wineries
An overview of the food and beverage sector in New Zealand
World Leaders Met to Save the Planet and the Only Full Public Record Is This Google Doc
White Man Behind a Desk
Kapiti Island / Kapiti Island Nature Tours
http://nztourismawards.org.nz/finalists_2017 – @tourismAotearoa
@kapitiisland @MBIEgovtnz @FlyAirNZ @nzmaoritourism @Wellington_NZ
Kapiti Island Nature Tours is a whanau company, operating a nature/cultural tourism experience on Kapiti Island, traditionally owned Maori land and one of Aotearoa’s most valued nature reserves. Collaborating closely with the Department of Conservation which manages part of the island, this small business successfully demonstrates Maori values in a modern context, operating a growing and profitable business.
Fresh FM broadcasts across the Nelson/Tasman region on 104.8, Eastern Golden Bay on 95.0 and Blenheim on 88.9. We also operate a low powered FM transmitter covering inner Nelson city areas on 107.2.
Fresh FM is the only Community Access radio station in the region and is the only one in New Zealand operating over such a wide region and using studios in multiple locations.
Our vision is that Fresh FM should reflect the aspirations, creativity, experiences, stories and music of the people who live in the region covering the top of the South Island. And through our broadcast frequencies and on-line services, share those things with the world.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wild About New Zealand
National Digital Forum
White Man Behind A Desk – @ManWithDesk
New Zealand offers a wide range of accommodation options including guest houses, farms, holiday parks and backpacker hostels and luxury hotels,
AA New Zealand
Accomodation – New Zealand.com
Stay New Zealand
Air New Zealand – flyairnz
Whatbird is a practical bird identification tool for community groups and landowners involved in biodiversity monitoring.
Whatbird currently includes 51 exotic and native bird species that are likely to be encountered in and around New Zealand forests. It is not intended to be a complete database of the birds of New Zealand
This tool has been developed with financial assistance from the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (TFBIS) Programme funded by the New Zealand Government to help to achieve the goals of the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy.
New Zealand Green Building Council
New Zealand Business Council
Fine Wine Delivery
http://www.kiwiexperience.com – @kiwiexperience – http://www.facebook.com/officialkiwiexperiencefanpage
New Zealand Companies Office – Search for information and documents for a company online. Searching is easy, there are four search options available to you and most information is FREE.
Backpack in Canterbury
South Canterbury Museum
South Canterbury Museum
South Canterbury Museum
South Canterbury Museum
South Canterbury Museum
Climate Change – New Zealand Institute
The economic effects of climate change – New Zealand Institute (PDF)
NIWA – National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research
The Rainbow Warrior was Greenpeace’s flagship on its way to protest France’s nuclear testing on the Mururoa Atoll when it was sunk by French saboteurs on July 10, 1985, in Auckland Harbour. Three years after the bombing Greenpeace gifted the Warrior to the sea and she now lies as an artificial reef in the Cavalli Island group, a refuge for the marine life she was sunk trying to protect.
Make the trip via Paihia Dive HQ, the Bay of Islands only specialist dive charter and rental shop.
Sir Edmund Hillary – A Tribute
Auckland University of Technology
Tai Poutini Polytechnic
University of Otago
Victoria University of Wellington
Te Kete Ipurangi -The Online Learning Centre
Inernational Student Information][[http://www.minedu.govt.nz/|Ministry of Education
New Zealand Qualifications Authority
New Zealand Teacher’s Council
Student Immigration Information
The Education Review Office
http://www.activboardnz.com – @ACTIVboardNZ –
http://core-ed.org – @CoreEducation –
Hydro power made up 72.9% of electrical energy in 1990, by 2007 it had dropped to 54.9%
Flight of the Conchords
Lemon & Paeroa, L&P, is a soft drink made by combining lemon juice with sparkling water from the town of Paeroa.
More than 1000 New Zealand vineyards, or the owners of 80 percent of the country’s winegrowing land, have agreed to go sustainable. NZ Winegrowers, wants every drop measured against its sustainable guidelines by 2012. Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Organic Explorer –
Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF)
New Zealand’s geology ranges from hard gneiss to soft mudstone. The oldest rocks were part of the ancient continent of Gondwanaland
Geological Map of New Zealand
Germany-New Zealand Connections
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Ministry of Economic Development
New tourism sustainability website – Beehive.govt.nz
New Zealand Green Building Council
Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
New Zealand History Net
National Library of New Zealand
Timeline of New Zealand Disasters – New Zealand History.Net
mixandmash.org.nz – mixandmash.org.nz/getting-started
Journalism and Media
The New Zealand Media Ownership Report 2011 (PDF)
Who owns the news? – Public Address
Journalism, Media and Democracy Research Centre
Mediawatch – RadioNZ – @MediawatchNZ
Motorcycles and Motorcycle Tours
New Zealand Mountain Safety Council
June 8, 1987, New Zealand becomes nuclear free http://goo.gl/s5mXT
Flickr Gallery – Digitalnz.org
New Zealand Parliament
Green Party of New Zealand – @NZGreens
National Party (Flickr)
Politics of New Zealand – Wikipedia
Outspoken – The Green Party’s Future – Craig McCulloch asks what’s in the Green Party’s future.
New Zealand/Australia Relations
Australia and New Zealand in a globalising world – New Zealand Institute (PDF)
Parnell Baths (Auckland)
St Clair Baths Dunedin
Sustainable Practice / Sustainability
Discussion forum | sustainability.govt.nz
Sustainable Business Network
Home-produced and well worth a listen is Steve Henry’s overview contrasting New Zealand with Sustainable Development in Sweden
AA New Zealand Travel Guide
101 Must Do’s – AA
Outdoors New Zealand
Destination New Zealand
Great New Zealand
Howard’s Vision of New Zealand
Outdoors New Zealand
Pure New Zealand
New Zealand Vacations
Travel – Nzoom
New Zealand Ecological Restoration Network
Travel Index NZ
New Zealand – Trip Advisor
Tourism New Zealand’s Corporate Website
NZ Tourism Strategy
Research – Ministry of Tourism Research
New Zealand Tourism Industry
New Zealand Tourism Strategy
The Nature of Good Business (PDF)
Eco Tours New Zealand
International Media Centre
Conventions New Zealand
Explore New Zealand
International Visitor Satisfaction Survey
Tourism: Academic Work
Mountain Madness – Anna Carr
Sustaining Wilderness in New Zealand in the Third Millennium – James Higham
Market profile of visitors to Aotearoa New Zealand – James Higham and Anna Carr
New Zealand Trust of Conservation Volunteers
Waste and Recyclng
Waste Exchange (No Throw)
Waterfalls – Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Met Service – http://www.youtube.com/user/metnz
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
Exploring the Ozone – NASA
UV Index – The Ozone Hole
Ultaviolet Index – Sunsmart New Zealand
All Black not in favour of wind farm – TVNZ
Meridian Challenged on Wind Farm Replanting – Energy Central
New Zealand Energy Statistics
New Zealand Wind Energy Association
Industrial Wind Action Group
Controversial wind farm gets go ahead
http://www.nzmaoritourism.com – a central website referring you all around the place in Rotorua)
http://www.ngaitahutourism.co.nz – large south island tourism group owned by the local tribe / iwi
http://www.maoritours.co.nz – this operation is very cool, really authentic and operates in the traditions of hospitality, maurice and heather are great people.
http://www.med.govt.nz – The Ministry works to ensure New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to do business, and to make a real difference to the country’s economic performance.
- New Zealand government business site
- Free Trade Agreement with China
- New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme
- Securities Disclosure and Financial Advisers Amendment Bill
- Ecolabels and Sustainability Claims Directory
- Envirostep Eco-verification Tool
- Government Procurement
- Regulatory Information Portal
- NZ Petroleum Conference 2010
- Review of Securities Law
- Rules of Origin
Lynn Freeman heads to the West Coast of the South Island, to a township that is all too often only seen as a quick stop to see the famous Pancake Rocks, blowholes, en route to bigger neighbours Greymouth or Westport. But Punakaiki is determinedly promoting itself as a destination worthy of at least a few days of your time. For the outdoor enthusiast there is kayaking, horse riding, petrels, tramping and hunting in the vast Paparoa National Park. It’s also one of the best places in the country to see the night sky away from city light pollution.
Gisborne is usually known for its surfing beaches but this video shows that for some lucky individuals, a horde of sheep may just be lurking behind a nearby mountain as well.
White Man Behind a Desk
White Man Behind A Desk – @ManWithDesk
The 90-minute programme, from 5pm weekdays, will be broadcast live on radio, and those keen to watch can see the show online
Americans in New Zealand
John Luther Adams: music and nature
New Zealand Flag
#RedPeak at the intersection of social media and good flag design (Minute 25:00 http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20151017-1005-playing_favourites_with_aaron_dustin-048.mp3) @various @SaturdayRNZ @romanmars
Red Peak – Radio NZ
Social media provides platform for flag design change – Radio NZ
http://aotearoaflag.tumblr.com – @various
Why I support the Red Peak Flag