The remains of the three indigenous New Zealanders, a woman and two men, were discovered on the country’s North Island in 1876 and were taken to London and later to the anatomy department of Lund’s historical museum. But last Thursday saw the skeletons given to a Maori-representative delegation in an emotional and solemn ceremony. The event saw delegates call on the spirits of the three deceased individuals via a putatara, an instrument made from a seashell, before they were welcomed back to their homeland. Delegate head from the Museum of New Zealand, Michelle Hippolite, called the event a funeral service of sorts.Hippolite said in the ceremony: “We have with us two elders from the Maori community to make sure that the whole ritual proceeds according to the tradition,” according to Stockholm News and Dagens Nyheter. She went on to say: “We are sad of the fact that they have been gone for such a long time, but at the same time a new journey starts and we … [Read more...] about Sweden gives Maori remains back to New Zealand
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New Zealand has banned all new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration, the government has announced. The change in direction, which faced furious opposition by industry groups, was hailed as an example of “bold global leadership” by environmental campaigners. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said it would help “protect future generations from climate change” and promised nobody would be losing their job as a result. “Unless we make decisions today that will essentially take effect in 30 or more years’ time, we run the risk of acting too late and causing abrupt shocks to communities and our country,” she said at a press conference on Thursday. Read more Climate change could trigger volcanic eruptions across the world New Zealand says it would expel Russia spies, but can’t find any TV interviewer’s ‘sexist’ questions about New Zealand PM’s pregnancy The move, however, will … [Read more...] about New Zealand bans all new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration
Wellington, New Zealand, April 12, 2018 (AFP) - - New Zealand is halting all new offshore oil and gas exploration to become a global leader in the fight against climate change, the centre-left government said Thursday, but opponents accused it of "economic vandalism". "(We are) taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The oil and gas industry in New Zealand generates about NZ$2.5 billion a year ($1.8 billion), including NZ$1.5 billion in exports, and employs about 11,000 people. Ardern said existing drilling and exploration permits would not be affected, meaning no existing jobs would be lost. She said there would also be limited new on-shore permits around the North Island's Taranaki region, where most of New Zealand industry is concentrated. "We're striking the right balance for New Zealand -- we're protecting existing industry and protecting future generations from … [Read more...] about New Zealand halts new offshore oil and gas exploration
Did you know there are 1,393 New Zealanders living in France? At least that's according to the latest official figures given to The Local by France's national statistics office Insee. That's hardly a sizeable number and in most of France you'd have to be lucky to bump into a Kiwi, but there are parts of the country where you do stand a chance. But anyway here's a quick glance across the country, followed by an in-depth look at all 13 regions. At a glance There are 1,393 New Zealanders in France. That means it ranks it seventh of the eight Anglo countries we’ve focused on (after Brits, Americans, Indians, Canadians, Irish, and Australians). Indeed, South Africa is only just behind with 1,367 nationals living in France, officially. The top area is the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France, where there are 395 Kiwis, 161 of whom live in Paris, which is the department in the country with the highest Kiwi … [Read more...] about Where are all the New Zealanders living in France?
Film director Taika Waititi has described his homeland of New Zealand as “a racist place” in a brand new interview. The filmmaker behind Marvel sequel Thor: Ragnarok was speaking with the musician Ruban Nielson, for an interview with Dazed and Confused magazine when he made the claim. Detailing the racism he faces in his homeland, Waititi said: “People just flat-out refuse to pronounce Maori names properly. There's still profiling when it comes to Polynesians. It's not even a colour thing - like, 'Oh, there's a black person.' It's, 'If you're Poly then you're getting profiled.'” Read more Taika Waititi: I don't have to be a tortured artist to be interesting He insists New Zealand is “the best place on the planet" despite his comments. Waititi - whose credits also includes comedy film Hunt for the Wilderpeople - was born to a Jewish-European mother and a Maori father of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui descent. His claims were backed up by many in his homeland who … [Read more...] about New Zealand branded ‘racist as f***’ by Thor director Taika Waititi