In full swing

Though the age of electronics has robbed  bells of many of their traditional roles,there is a world of ringing that has remained unchanged for 300 years.



Apr - Jun 1992


Cabbage trees


Wilderness coast

Life on a frigate




Symphony of the dolphins

The ocean at Kaikoura is an eerie world—an emerald ex­panse of emptiness that falls away to a sea floor a thousand metres below. I lie splayed out on its silky skin, waiting, my limbs swaying like flotsam in the swell.


Steel City

The men of the New Zealand frigate Southland are packed into a tiny world that has its own language and traditions and operates by rigid codes of conduct. They endure stresses and experience fulfilments that no outsider can really understand.


Why are the cabbage trees dying?

For centuries, ti rakau (cabbage trees) have been renowned for their remarkable ability to defy age and decay, and to virtually "live forever." Although the old trunks might perish, there were always new sprouts to carry on the life of the tree; But now the cabbage trees are dying. Particularly in the north of the country, these curious trees - among New Zealand's most distinctive native plants - are giving up the ghost. While Maori and pakeha have grieved their loss, scientists have struggled to discover the cause of the sudden decline. Then, late last year, a breakthrough...


Wilderness coast

In 1860 James Mackay described the stretch of land from Kahurangi Point to the Heaphy River as a "frightfully rocky and precipitous coast . . . which none but those who have travelled over it can conceive the nature of " In 1991 four adventurers decided to see whether Mackay was telling the truth.

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