New Zealand to introduce law subjecting the financial industry to climate reporting

New Zealand is set to become the first country in the world to introduce a law that would subject financial firms to climate reporting. In a world’s first, New Zealand will make its banks, insurers and investment managers with total assets of more than NZ$1 billion (US$703 million) to report climate change impacts on their businesses.   The law, which has been introduced to the New Zealand Parliament … Continue reading New Zealand to introduce law subjecting the financial industry to climate reporting

Forest of Hope: Tourism New Zealand campaign turns “a negative into a positive” by inviting people to plant trees

Tourism New Zealand has partnered with Trees That Count to invite people to plant a tree in the Forest of Hope – a new forest of native trees that will represent hope and regrowth for the new year ahead, and to help tackle climate change. As the first country to ring in the New Year, New Zealand is hoping to inspire some positivity for 2021 with … Continue reading Forest of Hope: Tourism New Zealand campaign turns “a negative into a positive” by inviting people to plant trees

New Zealand family gift Remarkables land to the nation to ensure its biodiversity is preserved

A New Zealand family is gifting more than 2,000 acres of land, by the edge of Lake Wakatipu, to the nation of New Zealand to see it and its biodiversity preserved. The land, at the foot of the Remarkables range, will now be open to the public starting in 2022 after being officially handed over to the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust (QEII). Dick and … Continue reading New Zealand family gift Remarkables land to the nation to ensure its biodiversity is preserved

World’s largest 3D-printed sculpture, designed by Māori design institute, tells the story of geothermal energy’s arrival

The world’s largest 3D-printed sculpture – Te Ahi Tupua (The Eternal Fire) – has been installed at the southern gateway to Rotorua in New Zealand. Designed by Te Puia New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI), Te Ahi Tupua tells the story of the arrival of geothermal energy to the Rotorua region. The 12-metre-high 3D sculpture, built from composite materials by Kilwell Fibretube, incorporates … Continue reading World’s largest 3D-printed sculpture, designed by Māori design institute, tells the story of geothermal energy’s arrival

Deer Park Heights – filming location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy – re-opens to the public after 11 years

New Zealand’s landscapes with their rugged hills, winding valleys and lakes are spectacular as is evident from films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Wolverine and Pete’s Dragon. Now Queenstown’s Deer Park Heights, a filming location for all of these films has opened again to the public after 11 years. The working deer farm on top of the Kelvin Heights hill is most … Continue reading Deer Park Heights – filming location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy – re-opens to the public after 11 years

Hinewai Reserve: One botanist and his team assisting nature to return land back to native forest in New Zealand

Hinewai is an ecological restoration project on Banks Peninsula in New Zealand which has been regenerated back into beautiful native forest thanks to its guardian and botanist, Hugh Wilson. Hugh Wilson – who is the subject of a short documentary, Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating A Native Forest, by Happen Films (you can watch the video below) – oversees 1500 hectares resplendent in native forest, where … Continue reading Hinewai Reserve: One botanist and his team assisting nature to return land back to native forest in New Zealand

New Zealand’s Mermaid Pools closed indefinitely after tourists and their trash ruin sacred site

Sacred Mermaid Pools in New Zealand have closed indefinitely to the public after human waste and litter were repeatedly left at the Māori site. The site, Te Wai o Te Taniwha, also known as Mermaid Pools, has been left desecrated by visitors who left sanitary towels, sunscreen, urine and other rubbish at the site. The Sacred Pools at Matapouri, a small town located in the Northland … Continue reading New Zealand’s Mermaid Pools closed indefinitely after tourists and their trash ruin sacred site

Everybody Eats: New Zealand’s first permanent pay-as-you-feel, rescue food dining experience

Everybody Eats, a pay-as-you-feel, rescue food dining experience in New Zealand, has become a permanent fixture in Auckland following the success of its weekly pop-up. Volunteers take food that would otherwise go to waste, and turn it into a three course meal for diners at Avondale’s Woodworks cafe. Meals are served to customers from all walks of life – including homeless people, elderly and persons suffering … Continue reading Everybody Eats: New Zealand’s first permanent pay-as-you-feel, rescue food dining experience

Para Kore: Maori youth releases zero waste theme song

Looking after Mother Earth is second nature to indigenous communities, just like breathing. In his quest to encourage young people to change their behaviour towards rubbish and the environment, 20-year-old Maori, Tunoa Puna Teraitua has penned a song about zero waste. The New Zealand native, who released the song Para Kore (Zero Waste) in December, was inspired to pen the song as a way of making “recycling seem sexy … Continue reading Para Kore: Maori youth releases zero waste theme song