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 …

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 …

#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 …

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 …

#WorldParksWeek

#WorldParksWeek takes place April 29 – May 7. New Zealand-based World Urban Parks requests photos of city parks around the globe. Some of our favorites: Cape Town Oaxaca Las Vegas London Mexico City Quito Key links World Urban Parks champions urban park outcomes for city liveability, place-making, conservation and access, and provides strong membership services by connecting, leveraging and …

Māori

Photo 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 10-16 are the dates for the next Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. The …