New Zealand = Aotearoa

Photo: Heaphy Track, Karamea 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 …

New Zealand Tourism

Photo Editor’s note: This is a compilation of tourism development news in the press and from government websites in New Zealand (Aotearoa). This is a working draft. Google Docs Collaboration in NZ Travel and Tourism. Headlines The tourism tidal wave – A new kind of tourism The Great Tourism Squeeze: Squeeze on the Government to …

Wild New Zealand

Hashtags Wildlife, biodiversity, and parks in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Features Department of Conservation New Zealand Kākāpō Great Walks in New Zealand Favorite Streams: New Zealand’s Royal Cam Conservation Week in New Zealand 2017 Headlines New Zealand’s biodiversity is in crisis and so are we https://gizmodo.com/undead-tree-stump-is-being-kept-alive-by-neighboring-tr-1836693364/amp New Zealand’s New Way: Lou Sanson In a national park, …

Waitangi, New Zealand

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 …

Auckland = Tamaki Makaurau

Photo: Tatters, Ginko Tree Auckland is awesome. Located on the North Island of New Zealand (Aotearoa), Auckland (Tamaki Makaurau) is home to about 1.6 million. The country’s largest city has 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 …

Wellington, New Zealand

Photo: Stuart Baird New Zealand (Aotearoa) – In the Māori language Wellington is known as Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara (Wikipedia). Located in the geographic center of the country at the southern end of the the country, Wellington is the capital and the country’s second largest city. Wellington’s downtown is only two kilometers in length and it’s easy …

Māori Language

Graphic New Zealand (Aotearoa) – 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. Vocabulary is featured here. Key Links Māori Language Commission Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori Facebook Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Planeta.com …

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 / …

Matariki

Poster Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand (Aotearoa) celebration. 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. In 2020 the Matariki star cluster will rise in New …

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 …