Find out what’s happening in New Zealand’s Parliament

Here are a few ways to keep track of what’s happening in New Zealand’s Parliament. When Parliament is Sitting publishes a Parliamentary Calendar (pdf and text) showing the days MPs will be ‘sitting’ in the Debating Chamber. Generally Parliament will sit on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2pm to 6pm and 7.30pm to […]

Map of New Zealand’s Māori iwi in 1869

This 1869 map of New Zealand’s North Island shows Māori iwi (tribal) boundaries, confiscated land, location of armed police and military bases, and where gold was found. It’s fascinating in many ways, not least because it shows the staggering amount of land confiscated in the Waikato – more than 1.2 million acres. The confiscations were made under the […]

Māori weather and climate indicators – a poster from NIWA

I notice that NIWA, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, has a poster of Māori climate and weather indicators for download on its website. You can either grab the pdf or order a full-sized paid-for poster. The weather (day-to-day state of the atmosphere, varying from minutes to weeks) predictors include: From Te Roroa: The sound […]

Katherine Mansfield is Google doodled

Nice. New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) turned up in a Google Doodle on her 128th birthday.   Katherine Mansfield and the Parliamentary Library The Parliamentary Library became a welcome retreat from what she regarded as the crass colonial life of Wellington. She was able to gain access to the library because of the political connections […]

Map of NZ’s regional, district and city councils

New Zealand has 78 local authorities,  with around 1600 elected members: mayors, regional council chairs, councillors, local board members and community board members. 11 regional councils 61 territorial authorities – 11 are city councils and 50 are district councils Six unitary councils – which are territorial authorities with regional council responsibilities The Local Government New Zealand website has […]

Five things I love about Statistics New Zealand

What’s not to love about Statistics New Zealand? Here are a few things they do that I like: 1.  Publish under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International copyright licence (so we are free to use and share content as long as we say where it came from). This is great: a publicly funded organisation which collects information […]