Science & Environment

Radiata, prince of pines

With a shuddering jolt, a 30-year-old radiata pine bites the dust in Kinleith Forest, part of New Zealand's largest plantation forest region-the vast volcanic plateau between Rotorua and Taupo. Pinus radiata, once an obscure botanical oddity clinging to existence on the California coast, has become New Zealand's great timber tree, covering 1.3 million hectares of land and forming the basis of a billion-dollar-a-year export industry.



Oct - Dec 1993

Women's suffrage

Chatham islands

Radiata pine






Moriori, a pride reborn

In spite of a widespread belief that their race and culture are extinct, Moriori people have survived on the Chatham Islands and are undergoing a cultural revival similar to that of their mainland cousins, the New Zealand Maori.


A leap into the light

How was it that a tiny colony far from the centres of political power and influence became the first self-governing country in the world to grant its women the vote?


Huia, the sacred bird

In the late 19th century, news of a strange antipodean bird with beautiful tail feathers, orange wattles, and a long curved beak spread around the British Empire. To Māori, it was a tapu bird—a sacred treasure. And its song was about to be silenced forever.


The Chathams—New Zealand's wilder side

On his own in a sea of misty grey, local priest and flounder fisher Riwai Preece will share his catch even with those who don't attend his sermons. Standing alone against mercurial elements, the Chatham Islands is the only land between New Zealand and Chile. Remoteness breeds self-reliance and a gritty comradeship among the islands' 750 inhabitants.

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