Christchurch

Photo: Ron Mader, Penguins The largest city on the South Island and the second largest city in New Zealand, 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 Ngai Tahu …

Ecotourism NZ 2007

This month is the 10 year anniversary of the Ecotourism NZ 2007 Conference held in Greymouth, New Zealand August 1-3, 2007. The event was hosted by the Tai Poutini Polytechnic. Planeta.com’s Ron Mader was a keynote speaker. This month (August 2017) we’d like to redirect the old links and update this page. I would love to hear …

#GovHackNZ

Image: Kaleidescoped GovHack New Zealand’s GovHack is united in a single purpose – coming together in a weekend-long hackathon and working with government data to innovate and create July 28-30, 2017. Hashtag: #govhacknz GovHack’s vision is a more participatory and effective democracy and public service. The event gathers New Zealand’s best and brightest working with government data to …

Matariki

Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand tradition. 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 2017 the Matariki star cluster rose in New Zealand skies on …

Food and the Internet #FoodandtheNet

May 11, 12pm-1:30pm Food and the Internet (PricewaterhouseCoopers Tower, Level 16, 113-119 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand) Registration Hashtag: #FoodandtheNet From @InternetNZ / Internetnz: The Internet has changed the way we access food – think online supermarket shopping, food bloggers (when was the last time you used a cook book?), nutrition info at your fingertips and what …

#TRENZ2017

May is the month when New Zealand and South Africa hold major tourism conferences. We wish our friends and colleagues well and we will be paying attention to the official hashtags #trenz2017 and  #indaba2017 New Zealand Auckland, May 9-12 Key Links: http://www.trenz.co.nz Media Releases https://www.facebook.com/TRENZ.nz Hashtag: #trenz2017 Wiki: Trenz TRENZ 2017 takes place in Auckland at The Cloud and Shed …

John Clarke

Vale John Clarke, one of the world’s finest satirists. Embedded Tweets RIP John Clarke, all the Trevs will be as gutted as we are. Here's Fred Dagg's original gumboots, in the history collections at Te Papa. pic.twitter.com/3TN667QFZ1 — Te Papa (@Te_Papa) April 10, 2017 😔 (By @XTOTL) pic.twitter.com/BZiWgjD5bw — RNZ (@radionz) April 10, 2017 One …

New Zealand’s Roadmap for Conservation and Environment Science

New Zealand’s government released its conservation and environment science priorities for the next 20 years in a new Roadmap. The full list of priorities is in the Roadmap on the Ministry for the Environment website at: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/more/about-us/conservation-and-environment-science-roadmap. The Roadmap is produced by the Department of Conservation, Ministry for the Environment and the Office of the …

Waitangi

Photo: Tai Ha, Waitangi The Waitangi Treaty Grounds overlooks the Bay of Islands and are the are the birthplace (Te Pitowhenua) of New Zealand. Treaty of Waitangi In 1840 Maori chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. This teaty …

Wellington

In the Māori language Wellington is known as Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara (Wikipedia). Another Māori name for Wellington is Pōneke.   May 11, 12pm-1:30pm Food and the Internet (Wellington) Registration Planeta Food and the Internet #FoodandtheNet Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/wellington