Here's an exciting (for me) coin - A foreign coin I picked up in change, in Australia, AND it's got a mint error!
Learn all about that, and the beautiful symbols on this 2005 New Zealand one dollar coin here: https://coinofnote.com/2005-new-zealand-dollar/
A view into Mātiatia Bay from the 3km/ 90min Mātiatia Headland Path (📷1); #Auckland’s Sky Tower is 21km as the crow flies from Waiheke’s Mahuehue Point. On that path we came across this orange #fungus—a spectacular rustgill/ Gymnopilus junonius (📷2). From Little Oneroa Bch another short path to the point affords views back into the secluded cove below Ocean View Rd (📷3); a lookout peers into Sandy Bay (📷4).
(2/2) Oneroa to Mātiatia on Te Ara Hura. At Cable Bay (📷1) we found a sculpture that was part wagon, part dog (📷2). The track took us past multi-million dollar homes. As we approached the ferry port at Mātiatia, we had views through the Motuihe Channel to central Auckland, with the distinctive shape of volcanic Rangitoto in the background (📷3). We returned to Oneroa by road, closing an 8.5km/ 2.5h loop (📷4).
(1/2) Oneroa to Mātiatia, via Waiheke’s Te Ara Hura walkway. Beginning at Big Oneroa Beach (📷1), we next took in views over Fossil Bay (📷2) before continuing on to reach Owhanake Bay (📷3). We were accompanied trackside by the sweet scent of yellow & white-flowering Japanese honeysuckle/ Lonicera japonica—an unwanted organism in NZ (📷4).
#NZ approach to cutting #emissions criticised by #climate #researchers https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/504093/nz-approach-to-cutting-emissions-criticised-by-climate-researchers
If Tesla was serious about solving climate change, they would offer a car share option. You shouldn't have to own an expensive hunk of embedded carbon that spends 95% of its life in a car park in a city with great public transport.
Toyota made tentative steps in this direction a few years ago when they bought Cityhop.
I enjoy my Hyundai EV subscription with Zilch but it's still not quite what I'm looking for.
Some info on the world premiere of my first feature film with a speaking role:
Approaching Stony Batter you’ll see the vines of another of Waiheke’s many vineyards: those of Man o’War (📷1). The name relates to nearby Man o’War Bay on the southern coast (📷2), which formerly supplied timber masts to naval vessels. It’s here where you’ll find the vineyard’s beachfront cellar door & restaurant (📷3). The bay offers sheltered anchorage & has views to Pakatoa Is & northern Rotoroa Is (📷4).
Waiheke’s Stony Batter fort was built in WWII to defend #Auckland against feared Japanese invasion (a sub did launch aerial recon & a German raider mined the Gulf). Excavated by hand, the base housed ~200 soldiers & labourers under strict secrecy. A DOC concession allows $ entry into restored tunnels & chambers; free to walk around 8M yr old basalt boulders above. The 9.2” naval guns had a range of 34km.
Aotearoa-NZ has some marvelous endemic moths and one of the most extravagantly elegant of them all is Macarostola miniella.
Talented young Auckland naturalist Saryu Mae (@invertebratist on #iNaturalistNZ) took some amazing photos of one this time last year.
Keep a look out for them if you live in the upper half of the North Island. The caterpillars mine in leaves of swamp maire. The adult moths are small, but spectacular.
Pic of a flyer for a free December event in Tamaki Makaurau. Text reads;
"PAN AFRICAN CHRISTMAS PARTY
2023 15th December
3131 GT North Rd
Free entry Koha welcome
Featuring The Mhara Marimba band
Happy Uplifting Polyrhythms from Africa"
Waiheke Island has a well-established 🧀 food & 🍷 drink scene. It would be a shame to visit without enjoying the experience of visiting a cellar door for a 🍇 wine tasting (📷1), sampling fine 🍕 cuisine in a peaceful outdoor setting (📷2), or deciding upon a favourite from a flight of craft 🍺 beers (📷4). Follow-on options include savouring a creamy 🍦 dessert from Oneroa’s Island Gelato Company (📷4).
Onetangi occupies the middle part of Waiheke’s nth coast; the Māori name “weeping sands” recalls an intertribal battle during the Musket Wars. Pōhutukawa edging the long sandy beach flower a seasonal red, earning the accolade “NZ Christmas tree” (📷1). Locals find them useful for hanging swings (📷2) & as a source of shade from fierce summer ☀️ (📷3). Beach access only to this property next to a large one (📷4).
While our van “Curiosity” takes family on a South Island mini break, we’re having a pre-Christmas holiday with friends on Waiheke, #Auckland. Oneroa is the main settlement on the 92sq km island (📷1). From our rented house we’ve views into the Hauraki Gulf, out to Little Barrier Is (📷2). A small headland separates the inviting but chilly waters of Little Oneroa Beach (📷3) from neighbouring Oneroa Beach (📷4).
@SrRochardBunson what kind of #libre services can the sorts of people who host tonnes of libre services host to facilitate your music? One of the topics today is ( #NZ ) someone who basically carries all of NZ's libre services on their back, but they don't really have any music-focused services or hosting yet.
An interesting #paradox of anti-māori #racism i see among some rightwing New Zealanders: #Nationalism that lauds #NZ as a unique place with a unique culture, language & landscape, but, rather than further that by promoting our history, culture, #TeReo or even our #environment, they seek to recreate a caricature of Britain (with nicer beaches)
Pakistan women's cricket team broke a five-year drought by securing a historic 10-run victory over New Zealand in the second T20I of their series in Dunedin. This marks the first time Pakistan women have won a T20I series against the White Ferns in their history and their first T20I series victory away from home since October 2018. The improved Pakistan side posted a competitive total of 137/6 in their allotted 20 overs, with performances from Muneeba Ali, Aliya Riaz, and Bismah Maroof.
#Pakistan #T20I #NZ
A nice, #NZ focused #books of the year list from The Spinoff.
Ahead of its final year, the team behind Welcome to Nowhere let us in on the facts and figures of running an indie festival – and discuss why small NZ festivals are struggling to stay afloat.
#NEWZEALAND #Festival #NZ #Music #Culture #summer #VICENewZealand
It's that time of year in Ōtautahi-Christchurch when the plum and cherry trees in gardens are starting to ripen their fruit. At the same time each year I see more kererū venturing out from the Port Hills reserves into nearby gardens. Coincidence? I don't think so.
While the kererū seem pleased with their plums, they're also dispersing exotic plums into wild places.
Advancing change. Feathers reveal environmental effects on species.
#NewZealand central bank chief defended its use of the Maori language in official communications on Wednesday, as the country’s new centre-right government looks to roll back the use of the #Indigenous language in the public sector.
Our road trip north continued through the rolling hills of The King Country/ western uplands. The Makatote Viaduct was built in 1905–08, spanning 262m at a height of 79m, making it NZ’s 3rd highest rail bridge (📷1). A view of the Whanganui River to the south of the rural service town of Taumarunui (📷2). We overnighted in a 5x2.5m tiny home near Cambridge (📷3). A car ferry to Waiheke Island in #Auckland (📷4).
During our drive north we acquired some Continental Christmas goodies from the shop inside a working Dutch-style windmill in Foxton (📷1). In Taihape during the town’s Xmas parade; a demo of community cohesion (📷1). Incidentally, this is the “Gumboot Capital” of NZ (📷3); the official boot-throwing lane was in use as we passed! Its head in cloud, Mt Ruapehu couldn’t see the lush pastures surrounding it (📷4).
Shakespeare Bay in #Picton can receive the world’s largest cruise ships e.g. Ovation of the Seas, seen here docked alongside timber for export (📷1). The other side of Kaipupu Point, Picton Harbour is the South Island terminal for inter-island passenger & freight ferries (📷2). Picton recedes as we head into Cook Strait via Marlborough Sounds (📷3); hello again #Wellington (📷4). We’ve swapped the van for a 🚗!
Someone was bold enough to call an outdoor event in Wellington "On A Good Day" ... and of course it's rain forecast all weekend
After the watch reported above the Sun produced an M9.8 solar flare at 1950Z on 30Nov2023.
The flare produced a fast moving coronal mass emission (#CME) directed at Earth.
This CME is predicted to overtake the earlier ones and combine to hit Earth at around 0600Z 1Dec2023.
The predicted plasma density is very high so New Zealanders may see #aurora after sunset tomorrow night.
Here’s a story on #RNZ of a project working to increase the numbers of mohua, the NZ yellowhead, in part of southern Aotearoa. Mohua are an endemic NZ bird (in an endemic bird family), once abundant through the South Island, but now very rare, and endangered. My wife Laura is working with a team on a high tech way of monitoring mohua populations, and individuals, with a network of audio recorders.
New Caledonia passes first sugar tax bill
Meanwhile in New Zealand we make it easier to die from smoking and consuming sugar.
In my blog
More than a single print brand
Woot for the Kiwi Connection:
"In December 2014, Gordon-Levitt married Tasha McCauley, the founder and CEO of technology company Fellow Robots ... He has been living with his family in Wellington since October 2020, after moving his new TV production to New Zealand in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."
St James Walkway “smalls” (2/2). The truffle-like violet pouch #fungus, Cortinarius porphyroideus (📷1). A close-up of the headdress of an inquisitive endemic South Island robin/ Petroica australis (📷2). The #native NZ everlasting #flower or “Hell’s bells”/ Anaphalioides bellidioides (📷3) & snowdrop wood-sorrel/ Oxalis magellanica (📷4).
Another horrifying expose of public sector IT incompetence by #PhilPennington of RNZ;
"But DIA told RNZ that racial bias was not an issue because in recent tests the tool was 90 percent accurate. The tests covered 250 people."
If you believe that, I have a cancer cure for you, that's definitely been tested on at least 250 people, and 90% are them are still alive...
"[LIANZA President Richard Misilei] says while obviously books are the basis of libraries, they do so much more.
They are polling places; adjuncts to WINZ where people are sent to print out forms or get help setting up an email account; homework clubs; job seeker support...
'There's a whole bunch of people who don't even have a laptop at home,' he says, which is why the computers set up in libraries are in huge demand."
The most dangerous time for suburban trees in private gardens is when houses get sold. Sometimes they're felled to tidy up a garden before sale. Sometimes they're felled by the new owners. Very few trees in private gardens are as old as the city.
This wonderful old kowhai tree on Samuel Street in Ōtautahi-Christchurch was cut down in the last two weeks when the house sold.
The tree had just finished flowering and not yet leafed out (so it wasn't looking its best).