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 …

Celebrating Matariki (2019)

Poster: Matariki New Zealand – 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. On June 22 the Matariki star cluster will rise in New Zealand skies, beginning …

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 …

Mount Taranaki

Photo: Denisbin, Taranaki Mount Taranaki (2,518 meters / 8,261 feet) is an active but quiescent stratovolcano in the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It is also known as Mount Egmont. Taranaki is the North Island’s second highest peak or as Kiwis say, a challenging day tramp. Nearby towns are …

Te Matatini 2019

Poster Held every two years the Te Matatini Kapa Haka Festival – tematatini.co.nz – celebrates the cultural dance of the Māori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand). It has an open door policy, where all people are welcome to come and experience timeless traditions. Audiences experience the best kapa haka in the world, taste Māori food …

Haka

Buzzwords Haka = Traditional ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand (Aotearoa) Recommended Listening The evolution of Haka, Countdown to Te Matatini – RadioNZ Headlines They’re not all called ‘haka’ — the differences between Pacific war dances Embedded Tweets We have haka words 4 you to learn in the …

Marae

Buzzwords Marae = communal or sacred place that serves religious and social purposes in Polynesian societies, including New Zealand (Aotearoa). Wikipedia Marae Planeta.com Māori Indigenous New Zealand = Aotearoa Waitangi Day

Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals Conference #Tourism4SDGs19

Logo The Institute of Development Studies at Massey University hosted the Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals Conference January 24-25, 2019 at the Albany campus, Auckland, New Zealand. Hashtag: #Tourism4SDGs19 Key Links tourism-sdg.nz Livestreaming About Tourism and the SDGs Program Facebook @Tourism4SDGs Questions What are examples of tourism delivering on its potential to be more …

Living Standards Framework

Buzzwords Recent development in New Zealand The New Zealand Treasury is the Government’s lead economic and financial advisor. To improve the quality of our policy advice, the Treasury has developed its Living Standards Framework (LSF) and an LSF Dashboard to help analyse and measure intergenerational well-being. The LSF builds on 30 years of New Zealand and …