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https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/birds-eye-view-2/?source=homepage

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https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/the-march-of-the-pines/?source=homepage

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https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/keeping-faith/?source=homepage

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https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/in-the-steps-of-raureka/?source=homepage

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https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/what-storms-may-come/?source=homepage

Science & Environment

The known unknowns

The recent outbreak of the Delta variant led to a number of unintended consequences. Growers dumped thousands of flowers they weren’t allowed to sell. Auckland factories producing construction materials were shuttered for five weeks. Deaths from influenza are at an all-time low. Now, New Zealand needs to decide how to manage COVID-19, based on incomplete information about its risks. Some of the most crucial metrics are ones we don’t have—such as how many people develop long-term illnesses. This is what we wish we knew.

Magazine

ISSUE 171

Sep - Oct 2021

Bird Vision

Raureka's Path

Wilding Pines

Religion

Insurance Retreat

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Living World

Bird’s eye view

Humans can see three primary colours. Birds can see four. What does an ultraviolet world look like? And why did birds develop the colours they wear today?

Archive

He waka eke noa

Together at Home

Here we are—a nation of parents, grandparents and children all in the same boat, together at home. He waka eke noa. Every day of the lock-down we will post a story or video and set of activities that can be shared among your family to fill our days at home together. Mauri ora.

Geography

What storms may come

Much of New Zealand’s coastal property has an expiry date, with its value set to be wiped off the ledger in as little as nine years’ time, well before sea levels rise and coastlines are redrawn. What will happen to marae and communities by the beach? And why are we still buying—and building—properties right in the danger zone?

Society

Keeping faith

Participation in religion may be dwindling overall, but the practice of faith remains a highly visible and active component of New Zealand society.

Geography

In the steps of Raureka

Legend has it that the first person to cross the Southern Alps from Hokitika to the Rakaia was a woman travelling alone. The pass she discovered became an important route for war parties and trade. In this excerpt from a new book, Uprising, Nic Low sets out on foot to determine how Raureka found her way through the mountains.

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