Manaakitanga

Buzzwords Manaakitanga = respect for hosts and kindness to guests Along with kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga is a cornerstone in the New Zealand tourism strategy. The Māori Language Commission chose Manaakitanga as the theme for the 2011 Māori Language Week. More about this on my 2011 blog Translating How would you translate ‘manaakitanga’ in other languages? Recommended …

Waitangi Day

Photo New Zealand (Aotearoa) marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The day was first officially commemorated in 1934 and it has been a public holiday since 1974. Livestreaming Waitangi is a small town and historical landmark where Māori Chiefs and the British Crown signed the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o …

Greymouth

Photo: Ron Mader, Greymouth New Zealand – Located at the mouth of the Grey River, Greymouth (Māori: Māwhera) is the largest town on the West Coast of the South Island. For the slow adventures, Greymouth is a hub for unusual, rural adventures. Options include stargazing, fly-fishing, biking and hiking. To the north are the famous …

Auckland Links

Auckland Coat of Arms Links related to Auckland, New Zealand presented in somewhat random fashion: Headlines Zip line Eden Park’s newest addition and a thrilling ride Aucklanders, what do you want from your city? Auckland is a biodiversity paradise Volcanic cones regain Māori names 36 Hours in Auckland, New Zealand Auckland starts shaping aerotropolis Twitter …

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 …

Waitangi

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 …

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 …

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 – …

Bay of Plenty

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 the catchments flowing into the Bay. There are 18 …