Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/2007

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Weeks in 2007[edit]

Week 1
Logo.

The Christian Heritage Party of New Zealand (CHP, known for a time simply as Christian Heritage New Zealand) functioned in the New Zealand political landscape as a party promoting evangelical Christian-based social conservatism. Although it had a representative in the Parliament for a brief period, it never won any seats in an election, its sole Parliamentary representation stemming from the defection of the Alliance MP Frank Grover in June 1999. The Party did however come close to winning representation in the 1996 election as part of the Christian Coalition.

Recently featured: Blenheim · National parks of New Zealand · Sport in New Zealand · · Archive

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Week 2
Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield (14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923) was prominent Modernist writer of short fiction.

Mansfield was born Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp into a socially prominent family in Wellington, New Zealand, where her first published stories appeared in the High School Reporter and the Wellington Girls' High School magazine, in 1898 and 1899. She moved to London in 1902, where she attended Queen's College, London. A talented cellist, she was not at first attracted to literature, and after finishing her schooling in England, she returned to her New Zealand home in 1906. Weary of the provincial New Zealand lifestyle, Beauchamp returned to London two years later.

Recently featured: Christian Heritage Party of New Zealand · Blenheim · National parks of New Zealand · Archive

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Week 3

The Kakapo is a species of nocturnal parrot, endemic to New Zealand. It is notable for being the world's only flightless parrot, the heaviest parrot, and the only parrot to have a lek breeding system. It is also the only flightless lek bird and is possibly one of the world's longest-living birds. It is the only species in the genus Strigops and subfamily Strigopinae. Kakapo are critically endangered, with only 86 living individuals known, all of whom are named. Prehistorically, the ancestral Kakapo migrated to the islands of New Zealand and, in the absence of mammalian predators, it lost the ability to fly. With Polynesian and European colonisation and the introduction of predators such as cats, rats, and stoats, almost all the Kakapo were wiped out. Conservation efforts began in the 1890s, but they were not very successful until the implementation of the Kakapo Recovery Plan in the 1980s. All surviving Kakapo are kept on two predator-free islands, Chalky Island in south-west Fiordland and Codfish Island/Whenuahou near Stewart Island/Rakiura, where they are closely monitored.

Recently featured: Christian Heritage Party of New Zealand · Blenheim · Archive

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Week 4
QEII Army Museum

Waiouru is a small town in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. It is on the North Island Volcanic Plateau at a height of 815 metres above sea level, 25 kilometres southeast of Mount Ruapehu. It is in the Manawatu-Wanganui region.

North of Waiouru is the section of State Highway 1 called the Desert Road. This runs for 35 km through the Rangipo Desert to Turangi, at the southern end of Lake Taupo. Waiouru is a military town that has grown up in conjunction with the New Zealand Army Training Group, which is responsible for the training of recruits and other soldiers.

Recently featured: Kakapo · Christian Heritage Party of New Zealand · Blenheim · Archive

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Week 5

Jean Batten's Percival Gull, G-ADPR, preserved at Auckland International Airport

Jean Gardner Batten CBE (September 15, 1909 – November 22, 1982) was a New Zealand aviator, born in Rotorua. Internationally, she was the most well-known New Zealander of the 1930s. In 1934 she flew solo from England to Australia. For this achievement and for subsequent record-breaking flights, she was awarded the Harmon Trophy three times from 1935 through 1937. In 1938, she was the first woman to be awarded the medal of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, aviation's highest honor.

World War II was the end of her flying adventures, and she retired from public life. She became a recluse and died alone in a Majorca, Spain hotel, from dog bite complications.

Because of her looks and perhaps her reclusive tendencies, she became known as the "Greta Garbo of the skies." The Auckland International Airport International Terminal is named after her.

Recently featured: Waiouru · Kakapo · Christian Heritage Party of New Zealand · Archive

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Week 6

the 1905 All Blacks on their Northern Hemisphere tour.

The All Blacks are New Zealand's national rugby union team. Rugby union is New Zealand's national sport, with the All Blacks a formidable power in international rugby, possessing a winning record against all nations. The All Blacks compete annually with Australia and South Africa in the Tri-Nations Series, in which they also contest the Bledisloe Cup with Australia. They have been Tri-Nations champions seven times in the tournament's eleven-year history, have twice completed a Grand Slam (in 1978 and in 2005), and currently hold the Bledisloe Cup. They are the top ranked team in the world, and the 2006 International Rugby Board (IRB) Team of the Year. Twelve former All Blacks have been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

Recently featured: Jean Batten · Waiouru · Kakapo · Archive

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Week 7

New Plymouth waterfrontApirana Ngata

New Plymouth is the port and main city in the Taranaki region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The area where New Plymouth was founded had been the home for several Maori iwi for centuries. The ship William Bryant arrived in 1840 to disembark the first of the European settlers. The newcomers found it easy to purchase land at first, but as the years passed more and more Maori-owned fertile farming land was wanted. Many Maori were not interested in selling and this led to ten years of war in the area.

The city is a service centre for the region's principle economic activities including intensive pastoral activities (mainly dairy farming) as well as oil, gas and petrochemical exploration and production. New Plymouth is also a bustling financial centre as the home of the Taranaki Savings Bank. The population is about 49,000. Notable features are the excellent botanic gardens, a controversial 45 m high artwork called the wind wand designed by Len Lye, and the picturesque views of Mount Taranaki.

Recently featured: All Blacks· Jean Batten · Waiouru · Kakapo · Archive

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Week 8
Hastings Town Square.

Hastings City is a city in Hawke's Bay, close to the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Less than 20 kilometres separates the centres of Hastings City and Napier, and as such the two often called "The Twin Cities" or "The Bay Cities".

Hastings is the largest city in Hawke's Bay. Now the region's main centre of commerce, industry and trade, as shown by the ever-expanding skyline of multi-story office buildings in its centre, Hastings has grown rapidly with the help of the smart and tidy gridiron city planning system, crisscrossed by the railway line running north-south and the main east-west artery, Heretaunga Street, which also links the city with its suburban centres of Havelock North and Flaxmere.

Commonly referred to as the 'Fruit Bowl of New Zealand', the main industries are largely agricultural, with food processing plants and canneries being major local employers. Honey is also a well-known local product.

Recently featured: New Plymouth · All Blacks· Jean Batten · Waiouru · Archive

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Week 9

A New Zealand Cadet Corps unit on exercise

The New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) is the parent organisation of the three forces New Zealand Cadet Corps, New Zealand Sea Cadet Corps, and New Zealand Air Training Corps. Its members are civilians. Members have no obligation to head into the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF); however, some do choose to join the NZDF.

The NZCF is a disciplined and well structured youth development and leadership-training organisation, that comprises units from Kerikeri to Invercargill, which provide male and female teenagers from 13 – 18 years old, with an opportunity to experience a wide range of outdoor activities and develop leadership qualities. The structured training provides a 3-year programme and promotes teamwork, self-reliance, resourcefulness, perseverance and an ethic of community service. The training is developed by using the processes developed by and for the NZDF, modified to be implemented by civilian cadet force officers and undertaken by young and developing adults.

Recently featured: Hastings · New Plymouth · All Blacks· Jean Batten · Archive

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Week 10

A typical view of The T & G Dome at night.

Napier is an important port city in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. It has a population (2001) of 53,661. Ten kilometres further south lies Hastings, Napier's twin city.

Napier is a popular retirement town and tourist resort, and has one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country, a statue on Marine Parade called Pania Of The Reef. Her statue is regarded in Napier in much the same way that the Little Mermaid statue is regarded in Copenhagen, and bears some similarities to its Scandinavian equivalent.

Recently featured: Hastings · New Plymouth · All Blacks· Jean Batten · Archive

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Week 11

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 11, 2007

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Week 12

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 12, 2007

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Week 13

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 13, 2007

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Week 14

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 14, 2007

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Week 15

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 15, 2007

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Week 16

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 16, 2007

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Week 17

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 17, 2007

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Week 18

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 18, 2007

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Week 19

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 19, 2007

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Week 20

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 20, 2007

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Week 21

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 21, 2007

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Week 22

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 22, 2007

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Week 23

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 23, 2007

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Week 24

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 24, 2007

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Week 25

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 25, 2007

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Week 26

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 26, 2007

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Week 27

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 27, 2007

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Week 28

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 28, 2007

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Week 29

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 29, 2007

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Week 30

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 30, 2007

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Week 31

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 31, 2007

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Week 32

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 32, 2007

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Week 33

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 33, 2007

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Week 34

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 34, 2007

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Week 35

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 35, 2007

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Week 36

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 36, 2007

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Week 37

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 37, 2007

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Week 38

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 38, 2007

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Week 39

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 39, 2007

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Week 40

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 40, 2007

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Week 41

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 41, 2007

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Week 42

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 42, 2007

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Week 43

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 43, 2007

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Week 44

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 44, 2007

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Week 45

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 45, 2007

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Week 46

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 46, 2007

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Week 47

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 47, 2007

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Week 48

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 48, 2007

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Week 49

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 49, 2007

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Week 50

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 50, 2007

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Week 51

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 51, 2007

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Week 52

Portal:New Zealand/Selected article/Week 52, 2007

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