New Zealand Elections 2017

New Zealand hosts its national elections today, September 23, to determine the membership of the 52nd New Zealand Parliament. Hashtags: #vote17  #nzpol #nzelection New Zealand uses the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system, which gives voters two votes: one for a political party and one for their local electorate MP. Voters will elect at least 120 members to the …

New Zealand

Photo: Ron Mader, Sheep Entrance 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 …

Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2017

Poster: Language Week September 11-17 are the dates for the Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2017 Hashtags: #kiaoratereo #tereo #twotrm17 #mlw17 The theme is ‘kia ora te reo Māori.’ Look for details online Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori​ http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz https://www.facebook.com/tetaurawhiri Māori Language Week, te wiki o te reo Māori, …

Democracy and the Internet #electionnz

New Zealand’s general election – hashtag #electionnz —  is scheduled on Saturday, September 23 to determine the membership of the 52nd New Zealand Parliament. Tuesday, August 22, 6-7pm Auckland time, Internet New Zealand hosts Democracy and the Internet, a free event about the impact the Internet has on elections. The event will also be livestreamed with the …

Greymouth

Photo: Ron Mader, Greymouth New Zealand – Located at the mouth of the Grey River, Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast of the South Island and the gateway for visitors to the beautiful wild West Coast. To the north are the famous Pancake Rocks and Paparoa National Park. Southeast of town is Lake …

Māori

Poster: 2017 Language Week The Māori are the Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. They arrived from Polynesian islands before 1300 AD. They are the first known inhabitants of New Zealand before the Europeans arrived in the early 1800s. September 11-17 are the dates for the next Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te …

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 …

Te Matatini 2017

Photo: Te Matatini Society Incorporated, Poster Held every two years Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival celebrates the cultural dance of the Māori people of New Zealand. Over four days audiences experience the best kapa haka in the world, taste Māori food (kai) and local delicacies and shop for Māori arts and crafts. A record 47 teams …

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 …