Deep Harvest

After 15 years of the quota management system, most of the deep-sea fish stocks in New Zealand 's exclusive economic zone are holding up, but the business of catching and processing the fish becoming steadily more mechanized and efficient. An increasing portion of the harvest—which includes such maintains as hoki (long and thin, towards the top of the picture ), oreo dory (grey, with large eyes) and orange roughly—is now processed entirely at sea on high-tech factory trawlers. Photographers Francois Maritz joined a voyage on one of Sealord's most modern ships to document a working life on the high seas.



Mar - Apr 2001



Quail Island

Life on a trawler





Living World

A fin and a prayer

With their large brains, considerable capacity to learn, and propensity for interacting with humans, dolphins are undoubtedly among the most intelligent—and fascinating— of animals. Yet, given their nomadic lives in the ocean, they are difficult subjects to get to know. The bottlenose dolphins of Fiordland's Doubtful Sound, however, are a resident population, much studied by biologists from the University of Otago, who are starting to piece together the outlines of their mysterious lives.


Southland: A winter journey

Red deer linger in the snow, some grumpily, waiting for Glenary Station's deer manager, Dave Little, to feed out hay. A mean wind whips through the afternoon gloom, at once unpleasant and exhilarating. This is a place of hardship, and of wonder.

Living World

Reflecting on grebes

Grebes are an ancient group of diving birds, quite unrelated to ducks and swans. The southern, or Australasian, crested grebe is one of New Zealand's least known aquatic birds, a secretive but handsome swimmer most likely encountered on secluded lakes in inland Canterbury.


The decline and fall of William Swainson

In 1834, the Englishman William Swainson was at the height of his scientific career. Aged 45, loaded with honours from the scientific academies and institutions of Paris, Quebec, South Africa, Philadelphia and Bermuda, a fellow of the British Royal Society and the prestigious Linnean Society and vice-president of the London Zoo and the British Ornithological Society, Swainson confidently looked forward to extending his reputation as one of the world's leading naturalists. Then his fortunes took a turn for the worse, and he ended up in New Zealand, living out the latter part of his life in hardship, toil and frustration in a society that set little store by his skills.


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