9 Years in New Zealand

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As I mentioned in passing last week, I’ve just passed nine years since I moved to the Land of the Long White Cloud, Aotearoa, New Zealand. New Zealand is simultaneously birdy and not birdy. Any birder seeking every bird family on Earth would have to come here, as no less than six bird families are endemic – the kiwis, New Zealand parrots, New Zealand wrens, Stichbird, wattlebirds and mohouas (more families formerly found here are sadly now lost).

New Zealand Officially Recognizes Animals As ‘Sentient Beings’


New Zealand just took a huge a step forward for animal welfare by legally recognizing them as “sentient” beings. The amendment to New Zealand law on behalf of the The Animal Welfare Read More The post New Zealand Officially Recognizes Animals As ‘Sentient Beings’ appeared first on Ecorazzi.

TripAdvisor’s Green Leaders now in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Caribbean

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| Green Travel News | Two years after the initial launch of TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program, it’s now gone under into Australia and New Zealand, reports Green Lodging News. Argentina Auckland Australia Belize Brazil Canada Caribbean Central America Chile Costa Rica Ecuador Green Travel News Guatemala Mexico New Zealand North America Peru South America The Americas Uruguay Venezuela TripAdvisor GreenLeaders world's largest green hotel program

Weka, New Zealand’s Nimble-beaked Thieves

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The Weka is not New Zealand’s largest surviving flightless rail, but unlike the Takahe it remains relatively common across parts of New Zealand, particularly areas of South Island. Birds New Zealand endemics rails

Road birding in New Zealand

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So, inspired by a similar article on road birding in Thailand, I present road birding in New Zealand. As with any kind of road birding, birding as a car passenger in New Zealand generally restricts the kind of birds you’re going to see.

James and Suzy Cameron to Open Vegan Restaurant in New Zealand


James Cameron and Suzy Amis-Cameron have announced plans to open a new vegan restaurant which will serve home-grown foods. Read More The post James and Suzy Cameron to Open Vegan Restaurant in New Zealand appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Winter comes to New Zealand

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In New Zealand, however, the austral winter is not a particularly strong, due to the strong maritime influence and proximity to the equator. Only two of New Zealand’s landbirds are strongly migratory, both of them cuckoos.

Brian May Supports New Zealand Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban


Read More The post Brian May Supports New Zealand Cosmetics Animal Testing Ban appeared first on Ecorazzi. Brian May on animal testing: "I am really shocked that in the twenty first century we are still subjecting animals to pain and suffering."

New Zealand Skier Chased by Bulls

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A New Zealand skier taking advantage of the country’s snowy wonderland was chased by a herd of Hereford bulls when she wandered off a trail recently. In Oregon, We Go “Wiking,&# Says New York Times

Never-Before-Seen Whales Beach Themselves in New Zealand


The bad news, two extremely rare Spade-toothed beaked whales, beached themselves and died in New Zealand. Read More The post Never-Before-Seen Whales Beach Themselves in New Zealand appeared first on Ecorazzi. The good news is, they are not extinct. Animals Featured News Science

Photos of James Cameron’s Amazing New Zealand Farm


Before they’re taken down, we managed to grab a few shots from the realty listing for one of James Cameron’s recently purchased mega-properties in New Zealand. Taken together, both of Read More. Entertainment News Pop Culture Top News james cameron

Swimming Stoats a Problem in New Zealand

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New Zealand has turned many of its offshore islands into introduced-predator-free sanctuaries for native wildlife but Stoats , also known as Ermine or Short-Tailed Weasel , which were originally introduced to New Zealand to combat the introduced rabbit population, recently showed up on two different offshore islands, one of which was over five kilometers offshore.

Australia Joins New Zealand to Help Stop Japan’s Whaling Hunt


Read More The post Australia Joins New Zealand to Help Stop Japan’s Whaling Hunt appeared first on Ecorazzi. Australia has reiterated its opposition to Japan''s whaling expedition in the Southern Ocean at the International Whaling Commission this week. Animals Causes News Top News

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Top 3 tips for eco-friendly travel in New Zealand

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| Greening in Kiwiland | New Zealand’s renowned natural beauty—after all, this is the nation that provides those ethereal backdrops to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy—consistently ranks high on the bucket list of green travel destinations.

James Cameron Now Owns More of New Zealand


James Cameron, who rules both the Hollywood box office and, more recently, the ocean depths, has added to his substantial land holdings in New Zealand. Bow before Cameron, New Zealand Read More. Entertainment News Pop Culture Top News james cameron

Restless New Zealand Fantails

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In his comment in last week’s post on the Marlborough Sounds , Beat writer Jochen described the New Zealand Fantail as one of the best birds in the world. wakawaka, the New Zealand Fantail is a delightful inhabitant of New Zealand, and one of my favourite local birds. The New Zealand Fantail was once placed with the Grey Fantail of Australia, but are now treated as separate, because of science.

It Woz The Bird Wot Done It?

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So it was with some interest that I saw an article in my local paper describing a bird here in New Zealand as having joined the criminal fraternity. Just before they found the watch they had seen a magpie fly off (hardly uncommon in rural New Zealand) and so it was concluded by all that it was probably “the bird wot done it” Case solved, done the pub for a jar? A species not found in New Zealand. Birds Australian birds magpies New Zealand

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Acclimatisation Societies of New Zealand

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New Zealand has a very odd biota these days. They took dogs to Australia, chickens across the Pacific, rabbits to England, horses to the New World, and then brought potatoes back. So that New Zealand would end up with quite a few species of animal not originally found here is hardly surprising of itself. To understand the impulse, we need to go back to New Zealand in the Victorian era, in the early days of European settlement.

James Cameron Buys Massive New Zealand Farm


When your name is behind the two top grossing films of all time, scooping up thousands of acres in the most beautiful place on the planet isn’t much of a Read More. Entertainment Film/TV News Top News james cameron

8 M?ori Words to Have You Celebrating Exactly Who You Are.

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New Zealand’s Bold Move to Protect the Pacific Marine Environment.

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Saving a New Zealand Icon

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Kiwi, New Zealand icons par excellence , are rather endangered. The suite of predators introduced to New Zealand, on the whole, can’t do to much damage to adult kiwi. To deal with this peril to one of New Zealand’s most important birds (or family of birds, there are five species of kiwi), one bank has been spearheading a campaign to save those chicks. Birds kiwi New Zealand New Zealand Conservation

Show me the money

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New Zealand is currently in the grip of a government mandated rebranding episode. Most notably the flag is under review, apparently the existing one is deficient for the crimes of “being too Australian” “being to British” and “not sufficiently rugby related” As such the government launched a contest to find a new flag and then proceeded to ignore all the interesting designs in favour of some flags that were like the All Black flag.

Buller’s Albatrosses

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The Buller’s Mollymawk is an endemic breeder to New Zealand, although it ranges widely away from the islands to feed, and regularly goes to South America’s Humboldt Current to feed. Birds albatrosses Gallery new zealand seabirds

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Will the Real Humans Please Stand Up

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In climactically and environmentally green New Zealand, as a result of a treaty between the native tribe of iwi (a Maori people) and the Crown (of England), the Whanganui River will henceforth be recognized as a person when it comes to legislation. Will the Real Humans Please Stand Up.

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Kereru, the New Zealand Pigeon

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The New Zealand Pigeon , often known by its Maori name Kereru , or colloquially as woodpigeon, is a large and conspicuous part of New Zealand’s avifauna. Kereru or New Zealand Pigeon ( Hemiphaga novaseelandiae ) are also very attractive birds.

World’s Biggest 100 MW Geothermal Plant Built by Israel’s Ormat in New Zealand

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The New York Stock Exchange-traded company Ormat Technologies (NYSE:ORA) has built what’s being cited as the world’s largest geothermal plant. This new plant doesn’t use water, thereby keeping underground water reservoirs intact, and emissions low, the company reports.

Russia issues temporary ban on beef from New Zealand

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The Russian agriculture safety watchdog has imposed a temporary ban on imports of beef and beef products from New Zealand, effective February 6. The watchdog also said that it might ban fish imports from New Zealand due to traces of mercury in some supplies.

Emperor Penguin Accidentally Swims to New Zealand


Sadly, that was not the case for a ten month old Emperor penguin who is now hanging out on the beach in New Zealand. The last penguin who made that mistake was spotted in New Zealand over 44 years ago.

Pieces of the New Zealand Puzzle

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But today, briefly, let’s recall that I am supposed to be the New Zealand beat writer. I’m pleased to do this because two bits of the puzzle of New Zealand’s faunal history were in the news today, and besides, it means I don’t have to think about some tropical idyll in this miserable Antipodean winter day. New Zealand’s birds and mammals come from a number of sources. New Zealand Sea Lion by Karora (Creative Commons).

New Zealand’s Other Eagle

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While New Zealand is famous for its endemic oddities, once upon a time New Zealand also had many birds from groups and families that are no longer found here. The mysterious piopio were recently recognized for what they were, New Zealand’s representatives from the oriole family. New Zealand had eagles. So why have you never heard of New Zealand’s other eagle?

Little Barrier Island and the New Zealand Storm-petrel

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Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland was already one of the most important offshore reserves in New Zealand. This week it emerged that the island is important for another rare New Zealand bird, the critically endangered New Zealand Petrel.

Stichbirds, New Zealand’s Surprising Family

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When I first visited New Zealand, back in 2000, the Stichbird was just a rare species of honeyeater (Meliphagidae), one of three representatives of that Australian family to be found here. It certainly resembles one, and has plumage that brings to mind the New Holland Honeyeater , a common bird if you’ve ever been to Sydney. Birds New Zealand Conservation New Zealand endemics

PhotoRoll, New Zealand

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New Zealand impressed me at every turn. Kiwi fisherwoman with a whole beach to herself… After 10 days or so, only certain twisting movements still hurt my knee.

Brown Noddies: Brave Little Terns

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Birds Birds of New Zealand French Frigate Shoals Hawaii ternsThe noddies form their own little subgroup within the terns, a small tropical group (how related they are to each other I am unsure) that will be familiar to anyone birding on tropical islands, especially those far from continents. The name of these terns comes from their utter fearlessness on their breeding grounds, which was sadly taken for foolhardiness.

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Christmas In New Zealand (And Out)

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One of the nice things about Christmas in New Zealand is that we get to experience it in the summer, when things are pretty kicking here. Since I started this blog I’ve wanted to do a post on pohutukawa, or New Zealand Christmas tree, and every Christmas I have been away. That said, I have managed to get out quite a lot recently, practicing with my new camera and trying to see a Bronze Shining Cuckoo. Have a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year.

Mega Rarity Tour of New Zealand – Extinction Special

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We’ll also keep our eyes open for several members of the New Zealand wren family. One of the oldest families of songbirds, which broke off before the oscines and sub-oscines split – and before New Zealand and Antarctica did! Stopping briefly at Miranda on the Thames Estuary for shorebirds and your first crack at the curious and clever New Zealand Raven , we’ll head into the kauri forests of the Coromandel. New Zealand Bittern.

Paul Newman’s Foundation Donates $510k To Disaster Relief In New Zealand


In total the Newman’s Own Foundation has donated over $300 million to charity since starting, and now they’re adding $510k to disaster relief charities in New Zealand.

The Pelican is not a New Zealand Bird

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As 10,000 Birds’ New Zealand beat writer, I sometimes should write about New Zealand birds, but today I thought I’d talk about a bird that people thought was one but almost certainly wasn’t. This is the story of the pelicans of New Zealand.

Diving New Zealand – Goat Island

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Goat Island, off New Zealand’s Northland, was an amazing diving location without any birds. Goat Island is one of New Zealand’s oldest marine reserves, one which I have written about before because of its importance in demonstrating the wide range of benefits that marine reserves can have for both the environment, recreational divers and even fishermen. In my opinion, if you’re a birder you should diver too.