Legends from New Zealand
held that there was a large predator bird, known as pouakai
, that was big enough to carry human beings off to its nest or den. Some people associated stories of Pouakai with the giant flightless Moa
, extinct in 1773
. Others thought it might be another extinct giant bird on the South Island
, Haast's Eagle
). The eagle, locally known as Te Hokioi, has been extinct for 500 years, overlapping with the early settlers
by some 200 years. There was some speculation that the giant eagle was a scavenger due to partially protected nasal openings
, which are benefit to protect nasal cavities when digging into carcasses, analogous to features found on accipitrid vultures
. Recent studies have provide there is proof that the Haast's Eagle was a fearsome predator
, with talons like tigers and the ability to dive on prey at 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph)
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 16, 2009 -
The organisers of New Zealand hacking convention Kiwicon
have created some PR the only way they know how, l33t h4x0ring. Using a XSS
bug in NZ's largest newspaper the NZ Herald
there. The URL got passed around and soon ended up with genuine media coverage
in NZ Herald's biggest competitor Stuff
. An earlier effort on the NZ Computerworld site was quickly fixed and got no media coverage.
posted by sycophant
on Aug 28, 2007 -
Time machine for sale.
Not too novel, no, but the answers to the questions are great. "Its reassuring to me to know that it all works and i was on the right track. i alot of people thought i was dreamin, and said I was crazy and a dick head. the spatial retemporalizer was added after I sold it so can't help there."
posted by Wataki
on Oct 4, 2005 -
The New Zealand Net Awards
have announced their finalists. Picked by a panel of people including Web saavy magazine editors, personal Web site operators, and tech-radio deejays, the NZ awards seem much more even handed, open, and real
than the Webbies (albeit only for NZ sites...)
And, as far as I can tell, they're doing it on almost no budget. Pretty impressive. Why doesn't this
community start something like it?
posted by benbrown
on Sep 3, 2001 -