New Zealand = Aotearoa

Photo: Heaphy Track, Karamea 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 marine reserves. New Zealand is world …

Kaitiakitanga

Buzzwords Kaitiakitanga (Ky – tee – ah – kee – tongue – ah ) is a Māori word which means the ‘guardianship of the environment that supports us’ aka stewardship Along with manaakitanga (hospitality), kaitiakitanga is a cornerstone in the tourism strategy of New Zealand (Aotearoa). Elsewhere on the WebKaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation – …

Wild New Zealand Links

New Zealand Flag Links relate to Wild New Zealand (Aotearoa) presented in somewhat random fashion: Rotomaninitua / Lake Angelushttps://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/nelson-lakes-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/angelus-hut-tracks-and-routes/https://danielmurray.nz/a-brief-guide-to-lake-angelus/ National Policy Statement for Indigenous BiodiversityDraft National Policy Statement for Indigenous BiodiversityHe kura koiora i hokia: a discussion document on a proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous BiodiversityWildlife rules for private land queried by owners and …

Auckland = Tamaki Makaurau

Photo: Tatters, Ginko Tree Auckland is awesome. Located on the North Island of New Zealand (Aotearoa), Auckland (Tamaki 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 ConnectionsTamaki Makaurau, the original Māori …

Christchurch

Photo: Ron Mader, Penguins The largest city on the South Island and the second largest city in New Zealand (Aotearoa), Christchurch has a population of about 367,000. It is located in Canterbury. Tautahi means “the place of Tautahi” and was adopted as the general Māori name for Christchurch City in the 1930s. The name is derived from the Ngāi …

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 …

NetHui

Logo One of our all-time fave global gatherings, New Zealand (Aotearoa) – NetHui – nethui.org.nz returns for a virtual conference October 13-14. Don’t be a bystander. Participants can join from anywhere in Aotearoa and overseas. There’s a healthy code of conduct (kaupapa), now more important than ever. Hashtag: #nethui Key Linksnethui.org.nz2020.nethui.nzGet [email protected] Archives 2019 Archive …

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 2020 the Matariki star cluster will rise in New …

Waitangi, New Zealand

Photo: Tai Ha, Waitangi Waitangi is a small town and historical landmark where Māori Chiefs and the British Crown signed the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) , the founding document of New Zealand (Aotearoa). The name means ‘weeping waters’ in the Māori language. Every year on February 6, New Zealand marks the signing …

Bay of Plenty

Photo: Kahu Miller, Rugby Lineout New Zealand (Aotearoa) – The Bay of Plenty lies east of the Kaimai-Mamaku Ranges and south of the Coromandel Peninsula. This region includes the full sweep of the coastline from Lottin Point in the east, to Waihi Beach in the west. Inland the region is bound by the watersheds of …