🇳🇿New Zealand: Kiwis may face COVID-19 testing in Samoa amid new wave of cases.
"Samoa’s director-general of health, Aiono Dr Alec Ekeroma, announced 30 new cases of the virus in the country, with 5 of them recorded at the border."
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).
#AirNewZealand says using the #ALIA electric cargo plane to deliver parcels will help plot route towards #zeroemissions passenger flights in a ‘new age of propulsion’
#NZPol The swearing in at #parliament highlights the difficulties we face if #NewZealand is ever to become a republic. Swearing on Te Tiriti o Waitangi is effectively also swearing on the crown because Te Tiriti is between Māori and the crown. What would replace Te Tiriti in a republic?
View my own. Warning controversial politics.
@jmcleod @timrichards The main reason why this new #NZPol neoliberal fascist regime wants to destroy te tiriti o Waitangi is Māori rights under the treaty principles protect #NewZealand water and many other natural assets from exploitation and privatisation. Sadly these racist colonial merchants of indigenous and collective rights cannot be honest with the people of NZ about their motives so have to divide the country by targeting and attacking Māori to achieve their greedy goals.
‘The effects can be barbaric, and disproportionately affect low-income workers with weak job security‘
National plans to rush through reserve bank changes telling them to ignore jobs and cost of living when judging interest rates.
Some of you will have to suffer so landlords get more wealthy.
#NewZealand: thousands protest against new government policies that unravel #Māori gains - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/dec/05/new-zealand-protest-thousands-maori-government-policies "dial back use of Māori language in government organisations, and scrap Māori Health Authority": shameful: it's their damn country, not those of the white colonists
Maori MP performs haka in #newzealand parliament
“New Zealand politician Rawiri Waititi broke protocol by performing a #Maori allegiance before swearing an oath to King Charles.
He and five other parliamentarians chose to first pledge allegiance to their grandchildren, to young people and to the country’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi.
Waititi is the co-leader of Te Pati Maori, which advocates for Maori rights.” #Aotearoa
“The new government has already announced it plans to close the Māori Health Authority, Te Aka Whai Ora, set up during Jacinda Ardern's Labour government and switch the names of some departments from #Māori to English.” #aeoteroa
King Charles III set to embark on inaugural Australasian tour https://noah-news.com/gb/en/royals/2023/12/05/king-charles-iii-set-to-embark-on-inaugural-australasian-tour #KingCharlesIII #Australia #NewZealand
New Zealand: thousands protest against new government policies that unravel Māori gains | Māori | The Guardian
"The new government recently announced it would dial back use of Māori language in government organisations, and scrap Māori Health Authority"
You think technology is becoming too intrusive in *your* life?
NZ scientists have developed "a smartwatch-like sensor" which LISTENS TO COWS PEE. (This is for Very Important Scientific Reasons, of course.)
#science #technology #OddNews #NewZealand #farming #agriculture
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
Thousands gather in New Zealand to protest government’s Indigenous policies
The #NewZealand #MapConspiracy is real!!
(the tectonic continental drift of #Zealandia is not that fast or that direction!)
(from the ironically named @loverofgeography)
@rhysiedarby #rhysdarby @rhysdarbyisms #gischat #badmaps #spatial #GIS #mapping #cartography @CarMax @bad_maps
#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).
"#NewZealand has won an award at #Cop28. Unfortunately it is not one to be proud of. Each day, the Climate Action Network is branding one country the “fossil of the day”" - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/live/2023/dec/04/cop28-backlash-after-president-claims-no-science-behind-fossil-fuel-phase-out?page=with:block-656d79a98f081cf41dfd2869#block-656d79a98f081cf41dfd2869
Theres a GWM Ora recall in Australia, assume it will apply to NZ vehicles.
The car lets you unplug whilst charging and arcs , might electrocute you to death.
Seems a service center visit will be required.
jfc. We're 6 months out from finding out if this project is worth it or not, 6 months out of 4 years of investigation.
It could have been left alone until then.
But no National destroys the idea because I guess their mates can make more money out of peak demand fossil fuels
I am sure Pacific Nations and many people in #Aotearoa will be very disappointed at New Zealand's U-turn on oil and gas exploration.
NZ wins COP28 ‘fossil’ award for revoking offshore oil exploration ban
“On Tuesday 5th of December a #NationalMāoriActionDay is scheduled from 7.30am-8.30am.
“This #NationalProtest is in direct response to the Government changes that seek to rapidly dismantle three generations worth of work under an agenda that blatantly disregards the place of #Māori in #Aotearoa and looks to #marginalise us as tangata whenua,” a copy of the #pānui supplied to teaonews.co.nz on Sunday says.
#FossiloftheDay awards December 3 at #COP28 just finished: 3 winners tonight:
🥇New Zealand for overturning a world-leading ban on oil and gas exploration
🥈 Japan with two initiatives nothing more than plans to extend the life of coal and gas.
🥉 USA for being a Burden-Shirker on low 💰 to #LossAndDamage Fund.
If you're interested in 'regulatory' #capitalism, there's been an interesting development in #NewZealand; David Symore (of right wing classical liberal party ACT NZ) has become the (likely) first ever, Minister of Regulation.
He's been appointed to assess whether laws & regulations abide by principles including the rule of law, protection of individual liberties, property rights, the fair imposition of taxes & good lawmaking processes.
Q, is this a good thing or not?
h/t David Levi-Faur
#NewZealand had a world leading Clean car scheme that both lowered pollution and fossil fuels use, applied to efficient fossil cars and used vehicles, one the whole country benefited from
This was cost neutral to the tax payer because its funded by fees on gross polluting vehicles
Now our government is destroying it without anything to replace it
Pollution kills 1 in 10 kiwis
Was just going out of the gate to the park when I saw this amazing wasp on a euphorbia.
It's a Priocnemis monachus, a kind of spider wasp. That blue and black colouring is so striking!
I don't think I've ever seen one before, and had to run back inside for my camera, hoping I'd be able to get back in time for a good shot before it moved on.
Good afternoon. It's 3PM, Monday, 27th November. The headlines: The London Mayor testified at the #UK #Covid Inquiry, highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities. In international news, #Hamas is negotiating to prolong a four-day ceasefire with #Israel, which has seen an exchange of hostages and prisoners. 129,000 litres of fuel were delivered to #Gaza. Over in New Zealand, the new government has repealed a law that banned smoking. #NewZealand #BBC #News
🇳🇿 New Zealand: COVID-19 still NZ's 'biggest infectious disease problem' - Epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker
"Every time you are infected and re-infected, you run all of these additional risks, and we are worried about the mounting burden of long COVID. This is different from the way say influenza pandemics behave," he said.
"We expected that these waves would get smaller over time but now we're seeing the second wave for this year of a similar size [to the first in 2023], so this may be the reality of this virus.
So it turns out the country I was born in, #newzealand, voted in the united nations against a proposal to condemn the use of mercenaries to violate people's human rights.
Why is this not part of the election promises of these govenments? "We promise to undermine democracy and human rights at the UN". Seems like important information for voters.
New Zealand's Cactus Outdoor is offering free repairs to their gear instead of wading into the toxic soft play area that is Black Friday:
The Plex music library is delivering today. Currently appreciating the vibe of Lightspeed by Shapeshifter #newzealand #drumandbass https://music.apple.com/ie/album/lightspeed/1575657992?i=1575658427
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."
EU lawmakers approve New Zealand trade deal to end hiatus
The European Parliament approved on Wednesday the European Union's free trade agreement with New Zealand, its first endorsement of such a deal in more than three years.
If it isn't in cellophane it's in danger from the biosecurity people. They take their job REALLY seriously.
On my first entry to NZ, 3am Auckland, I get "Excuse me, can I get a look at the soles of your boots? I'm sorry those aren't going to do, take them off. We're going to have to incinerate them."
I'm like "boots... 3am... strange country... shoeless... ???"
"I'm joking mate, we're just going to spray them with disinfectant"
"This... is... joke?"
"Welcome to #NewZealand!"
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).
Harakeke (aka Phormium, or NZ Flax) are flowering right now. That mix of oranges and reds looks super cool when you get up close.
Harakeke is one of those iconic NZ plants, providing nectar for birds and pollen for insects alike (or, like the starling I saw this morning with its head smeared in pollen, makeup for birds as well...)
🇳🇿 New Zealand is seeing another ‘spike’ in cases of COVID – so what’s going on?
"Over time, immunity – either from infection or vaccination – wanes, and eventually enough people are susceptible to becoming infected again, Professor Michael Plank says"
For now, we’re likely looking at more of the same, Plank says: “It is here to stay”.
Yeay! The Moa Footprints Paper has been published today! Otago Museum Team, in conjunction with some brilliant scientists and Researchers have now dated the footprints at 3.6 million years! https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2023/11/scientists-reveal-fossilised-moa-footprints-in-otago-are-at-least-3-6-million-years-old.html #moafootprints #NewZealand
I often think about the neighborhood where I lived in Dunedin before I moved overseas. It had a nickname- "The Mental Health Triangle". But it has even a longer history than that name, it was once called the Devil's Half-Acre of Dunedin and a notorious slum. #Dunedin #NewZealand #aotearoa #Otepoti #History . You can find a lot of history about this place from old newspapers and clippings
There are only about 150 Kōtuku (aka White Heron, Eastern Great Egret, Ardea alba modesta) in New Zealand. We're lucky in that there's one that spends part of each year around the estuary in Christchurch.
It always keeps its distance but I love seeing it out and about...
Happy Wednesday friends!🙏🍂🍁🧡
Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!
**William Butler Yeates
"Golden days at the Wanaka tree"
Wanaka #NewZealand 🇳🇿
©️ Rachel Stewart
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