Jan - March 1996

Praying mantis

Three kings

Street names

Environmental art

Mt Cook




The Clifftop world of the three kings

Protected by remoteness, violent seas, steep cliffs and Government decree, the Three Kings Islands north of New Zealand are home to many plant and animal species found nowhere else, and are among our least-known islands. West Island and some of the Princes Islands, viewed from the helicopter's precarious perch on South West Island, have seen landings from only a handful of Pakeha.


The noble mountain Aoraki

A razor-edged summit crest that slices across the heavens for almost two kilometres crowns New Zealand's highest mountain. Aoraki/Mt Cook's icy flanks (viewed here towards the south from Mt Haidinger) have enticed and challenged climbers since 1882, when Irish clergyman William Green and two Swiss companions dragged themselves to within metres of the summit.

Travel & Adventure

On the streets where we live

Travellers in some parts of New Zea­land could be excused for thinking they'd taken a wrong turning many of the names of our streets seem to be pointing somewhere else. In most cases that other place is the British Empire, which once ensured that much of the globe was coloured red. New Zealand couldn't avoid this influence, and our unswerving allegiance inspired many of the names now imposed on the landscape. Individuals—and their deeds of valour which secured this once mighty Empire—may have been forgotten, but their names en­dure, immortalised and enamellised on street signs.


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