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. 2019 Te Matatini 2019 Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019 Questions Are there celebrations / …

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 …

New Zealand = Aotearoa

Photo: 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 is world famous for …

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 …

Wellington

Photo: Stuart Baird In the Māori language Wellington is known as Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara (Wikipedia). Another Māori name for Wellington is Pōneke. Located in the center of New Zealand at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington is New Zealand’s ‘Can Do’ capital and the country’s second largest city. Wellington’s downtown is only two kilometers …

Te Matatini

Buzzwords 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. 2019 dates: February 20-24. The event attracts about …

#WildNZ

Hashtags Wildlife, biodiversity and parks in New Zealand Features Kākāpō Great Walks in New Zealand Favorite Streams: New Zealand’s Royal Cam Conservation Week in New Zealand 2017 Headlines New Zealand’s New Way: Lou Sanson In a national park, an avalanche of opposition – Newsroom Embedded Tweets Visitor numbers from some of our most popular conservation …

Māori Language

Planeta.com spotlights the annual Māori Language Week. We are updating this page with key links, headlines and links to social web channels including Facebook and Twitter. Suggestions are welcome. Key Links Māori Language Commission http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/livestream/ Headlines Meet Aoife Finn: An Irishwoman who has never been to NZ but is mad about te reo – @aoinifh …

Kahu huruhuru

Lingo Cards It’s fun to learn the Māori language. Kahu huruhuru = Feather cloak Huruhuru = Feather Kahu = Cloak Newsworthy In the news because Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore the kahu to Buckingham Palace for a dinner hosted by the Queen of England to celebrate the Commonwealth. Elsewhere on the Web Māori treasure kahu …