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 …

Celebrating Matariki (2018)

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. Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star …

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 …

Te Matatini

Bingo: Te Matatini 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 are set …

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 …

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 …

Matariki

Poster Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand 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 2018 the Matariki star cluster will rise in New Zealand …

#WildNZ

Poster Wildlife, biodiversity and parks in New Zealand Headlines https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/08/12/189071/in-a-national-park-an-avalanche-of-opposition Embedded Tweets Visitor numbers from some of our most popular conservation sites shows tourists and kiwis alike love being out in nature with another record summer season overall: https://t.co/oOnPabO1pz 📷: Michael Fung (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) pic.twitter.com/W7YSzXHbLw — Dept of Conservation (@docgovtnz) May 24, 2018 Wiki …

Auckland

Photo: Russell, Street Pohutukawa Trees Auckland is awesome. Located on New Zealand’s North Island, the city is home to about 1.3 million, making Auckland the largest city in New Zealand, 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 Maori name …

New Zealand’s National Digital Forum #NDFNZ 2017

Wellington, New Zealand – The National Digital Forum – http://www.ndf.org.nz – hosted its annual conference November 21-22, 2017. The forum is a network working together to enhance digital interaction with culture and heritage. In addition to the conference, arranges local events, and supports professional development opportunities. Hashtags:  #NDFNZ , #NDF2017 Program http://www.ndf.org.nz/programme https://ndf2017.sched.com Videos Pia Andrews (nee Waugh) Harkanwal Singh YouTube …