This is The Prime Minister Of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern. She’s 37. She’s the youngest female head of government in the world. She’s also the first western woman to give birth while in this position of power. 2 days after the baby was born - with midwives, standard in NZ hospitals - she introduced her to the country during a press conference on the nightly news. It was really lovely. She named her Neve Te Aroha. Te Aroha means “The Love” in Maori. It represents ALL the names that were submitted (upon her request) from various tribes throughout the country, and was her attempt at capturing them all.
This is her and her partner, no, he’s NOT her husband (gasp!), walking to the press conference. He’s TV fishing show Host Clarke Gayford, and HE will be staying at home with baby Neve when his lady goes back to running the country in 6 weeks. Clarke sports a snazzy sweater he picked up at the op-shop (second-hand store) in Gisborne, and thinks its just kinda logical that he gives up his day job to stay home and look after the baby.
A week after the birth on July 1st Jacinda introduced a $5billion Families Package that she’d drafted on the floor of her friends house in Hastings - long before her pregnancy. It’s based on the knowledge that the first few years of a babies life are the most important. The package gives an extra $60 a week to families with new babies, and an extra $700 to families for winter heating costs as well (it’s cold as hell down there in the winter). It also increases the Paid Leave for new parents from 18 weeks to 22 weeks. She announced the details via Facebook live, from her couch, right after she’d finished breastfeeding the baby. Because Kiwis. Some of the most down-to-earth, no-drama-having, just-do-it kind of people you’ll ever meet.
And because Women. We really do know how to lead, and to do it well.
When you think of parrots, tropical forests come to mind. But did you know that there’s a parrot native to the mountainous areas of New Zealand’s South Island? Meet the Kea (Nestor notabilis), an alpine parrot known for its intelligence and inquisitive personality—key traits for surviving its harsh habitat. The Kea is an opportunistic eater, and its diet varies drastically based on what’s available—berries, seeds, and flowers across 40 species of plants in the summer, garbage, and even animal carcasses in the winter. Farmers even recount stories of Kea attacking their sheep. Photo: JSilver
natgeo In Jan 2018 National Geographic Photographer @thomaspeschakreached and photographed Te Tara Koi Koia, an imposing pyramid shaped rocky island at the southern edge of New Zealand’s remote Chatham Islands. This is the only nesting site of the vulnerable Chatham albatross ( @chatham_taiko_trust) and lies exposed to the wild moods of the tempestuous southern Ocean. Landing on and climbing Te Tara Koi Koia is only possible a handful of times per year and it took 27 days of waiting until a gap in the weather appeared. With the help of many Chatham Islanders @thomaspeschakwas finally able to photograph this near mythical albatross nesting ground for ‘Lost at Sea’ a story published in the July 2018 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Thank you to the traditional owners for granting access and @ottowhiteheadfor shooting and editing the video. The @chatham_taiko_trustis a pioneering grassroots conservation organization and this story would not have been possible without their support and guidance. Please follow @chatham_taiko_trustto find out more about this wild and iconic place at the edge of the world.