Auckland

Photo: Tatters Ginko Tree Auckland is awesome. Located on New Zealand’s North Island, the city is home to about 1.6 million, making Auckland the country’s largest city with one third of the country’s entire population. The city is affectionately known as the City of Sails. Indigenous Connections Tamaki Makaurau, the original Māori name for Auckland, can …

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

Photo New Zealand (Aotearoa) – Dates for the 2019 Māori Language Week are September 9-15. Te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is a popular, government-sponsored initiative promoting the use of Māori language. The week is part of the broader Māori language revival and raises public awareness for Māori language revitalization, learning, and …

Fiordland National Park

Photo: Bernard Spragg, On Doubtful Sound The largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks is Fiordland with an area of 12,607 square kilometers (4,868 sq miles). The park is administered by the Department of Conservation. Milford Track The Milford Track is one of the most famous Great Walks in New Zealand. Places to go – …

Department of Conservation New Zealand

Logo Elsewhere on the Web Department of Conservation New Zealand – doc.govt.nz – is the government agency charged with conserving New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. Work is organized around five outcomes: the diversity of our natural heritage is maintained and restored our history is protected and brought to life more people participate in recreation …

Kākāpō

Photo: Shellie Evans The kākāpō is the word’s largest parrot, flightless and with a tricky breeding cycle. Recently their number actually went down to a mere 51 birds on Earth, but now scientists have successfully found ways to breed them. Recommended Listening One of our favorite new podcasts of 2018: Kākāpō Files, breaking bird news …

Māori

Photo The Māori are the Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand / Aotearoa. They arrived from Polynesian islands before 1300 AD. They are the first known inhabitants before the Europeans arrived in the early 1800s. September 10-16 are the dates for the 2018 Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. The theme …

Māori Vocabulary

Map For those learning the Māori language: Features Haka Iwi Kahu huruhuru Kanohi ki te kanohi Matariki Tangata whenua Vocabulary Aotearoa – New Zealand or the Land of the Long White Cloud Ahuriri = Airport āpōpō = Tomorrow Aroha = Love, compassion Hangi = Cooking underground with hot stones Haere mai = Welcome Haere ra …