The birdman of Upper Waitohi

The term Kiwi ingenuity might have been coined for Richard Pearse. While other would-be aviators were yet to leave the ground, he assembled a machine capable of taking to the air using little more than bits and pieces from around his farm. However, he saw the honours for achieving powered flight go to the Wright brothers, while his efforts were ridiculed and his patents ignored.



Oct - Dec 1999

Pukekura Park

Country GP

Castle Hill


Pacific Architecture




Living World

For the love of hedgehogs

Despite its bristling armoury, the nosy, bumbling hedgehog is among the most endearing of animals. Generations of children, charmed by Beatrix Potter's kindly washerwoman, Mrs Tiggy-winkle, have taken an interest in her real-life kin and their shy, snuffling ways. And, on a more pragmatic level, their appetite for slugs and snails makes hedgehogs one of the few nocturnal visitors we welcome to our gardens.

Travel & Adventure

Pukekura: the people´s park

Were it not for the Poet's Bridge, you might think that Simon Hadlow was rowing his daughter and dog into the backblocks. Yet this arcadian vista lies just a few minutes' stroll from downtown New Plymouth, in a park which provides forest, laws, sports-ground, gardens, performance facilities and a peaceful retreat in the centre of the city.


The rocks of Castle Hill

Nestled among the eastern ranges of the Southern Alps, an hour's drive from Christchurch, lies a gentle basin bulging with huge boul­ders and rock outcrops. The area, known as Castle Hill or Kura Tawhiti, is a Mecca for rockclimbers and skiers, but long before Europeans and their sheep appeared, Maori appreciated that the place had a special magic—one that not even the snows of winter could shroud.


Country doctor calling

David Burrell—affectionately known as Dr Buzz—is a partner in the two-doctor practice that brings medical care to the people of Reefton and the surrounding area of the West Coast. The Coast may be a stunning place to live and raise a family, but the benefits of country living barely compensate for the crushing workload Buzz Burrell—and other rural GPs—have to cope with.


The flavour of the Pacific

The islands of the Pacific are as renowned for their exotic cultures as for their sapphire lagoons and coral reefs. Part of the islands' distinctive flavour comes from the amalgamation of colonial influences with time-honoured practices, and nowhere is this meeting of worlds more visible than in an architecture which blends modern and traditional materi­als, techniques and design concepts. In his recently pub­lished book Pacific Island Style (from which the pictures on the following pages are reprinted), Auckland photographer Glenn Jowitt documents the diversity of island buildings.


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