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Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassadors appointed in New Zealand

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries had appointed three New Zealand-based Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassadors. The role of the ambassadors is to promote Japanese cuisine and Japanese food culture. There are 173 Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassadors around the world, however, this is the first time anyone has been appointed from New Zealand. The appointees […]

Global education campaign marks the reopening of New Zealand borders

Education New Zealand has revealed a new marketing campaign designed to attract international students back to the country after the borders reopen on 31 July. The “I AM NEW” campaign centres on the stories of eight international students, from China, Colombia, Germany, India, Japan, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam, who share their experiences of study and […]

‘Sushi train’ restaurant a New Zealand first

A new sushi restaurant opened in Queenstown last Saturday – the first in the country to include a miniature train for delivering orders. Soki Sushi Train, in Queenstown’s CBD, boasts a custom-made model of Japan’s bullet train, which travels around the tables of the restaurant to deliver food to the diners. Restaurant owner Ting Li […]

New Zealand observatory to begin collaboration with NASA

The Mount John observatory, which overlooks Lake Tekapo in the South Island of New Zealand, will be involved in a research collaboration with the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The observatory has the largest telescopes in New Zealand and is operated by the University of Canterbury. The research collaboration aims to create […]

New carbon credit market offers native tree options

A new carbon credit market has launched in New Zealand to target the restoration of native forest. A large proportion of trees planted for carbon credits in New Zealand are non-native pine species. However, Carbonz, founded by PhD student Finn Ross, aims to bring together buyers and sellers of native forest carbon credits. “What we’re […]

Rotorua businesses offered sustainability support package

A new initiative is helping Rotorua businesses become more sustainable and work towards carbon neutrality. The project, coordinated by RotoruaNZ and the Rotorua Sustainability Charter, includes support packages of more than $2000, tailored workshops and focused consulting. The businesses would commit to benchmarking and lowering their carbon emissions. Rotorua Sustainability Charter advisor Desirae Kirby said […]

Government invests in wool sector

The New Zealand government is supporting a three-year plan to help grow the ‘strong wool’ sector. Strong wool refers to a grade of wool with thick fibres. Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor said the government was backing the plan, called Wool Impact, with $4.5 million from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund. The purpose […]

First public holiday to celebrate Matariki

New Zealanders will have their first Matariki public holiday on Friday 24 June. The celebration marks the beginning of the Māori new year. Matariki is the name of a star cluster also known as Pleiades. During New Zealand’s winter, the star cluster is visible before sunrise towards the northeast horizon. Its appearance heralds the end […]

Jacinda Ardern announces trip to Europe

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will travel to Europe this weekend as part of an effort to finalise a free trade deal and to attend a NATO leaders’ summit. Negotiations on a free trade deal with the European Union began in 2018 but progress has been slower than expected. However, Ardern says that it […]

Internet Explorer’s final resting place in South Korea

A South Korean software engineer has commemorated the retirement of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer with a specially designed gravestone. Jung Ki-young designed the memorial to mark his love-hate relationship with the web browser. The headstone is engraved with Internet Explorer’s ‘e’ logo and the epitaph: “He was a good tool to download other browsers.” The memorial […]