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 …

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: …

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 …

Māori

Photo: Tai Ha, Waitangi The Māori are the Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand / Aotearoa who arrived from Polynesian islands before 1300 AD. They are the first known inhabitants before the Europeans arrived in the early 1800s. Questions Are there celebrations / events / talks in connection with the International Decade of Indigenous Languages? …

Māori Language

Graphic New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Planeta.com is updating this page with key links, headlines and links to social web channels including Facebook and Twitter. Vocabulary is featured here. We also spotlight the annual Māori Language Week. Key LinksMāori Language CommissionTe Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori FacebookTe Wiki o te Reo Māori HeadlinesNZ’s unique te …

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 …

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 …

Kahu huruhuru

Lingo Cards It’s fun to learn the Māori language. Kahu huruhuru = Feather cloak Huruhuru = Feather Kahu = Cloak NewsworthyIn the news because Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore the kahu to Buckingham Palace for a dinner hosted by the Queen of England to celebrate the Commonwealth. Elsewhere on the WebMāori treasure kahu huruhuru (feather …

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 …