Science & Environment

To save a petrel

Chatham petrels, which nest only on tiny Rangatari Island, are one of our rarest seabirds, numbering around 100 breeding pairs. Using a range of protective measures—and a lot of TLC—Department of Conservation staff are helping to improve the birds' survival chances.



Jul - Aug 2001

Arthur's Pass

Vogel's vision

Bay of Plenty

Kayak rodeo

Chatham petrel




The visionary Vogel

More than a century ago, New Zealand premier Sir Julius Vogel penned a prophetic novel about life in the year 2000. So unerring were some of his predictions that librarians today could be excused for re-classifying the book as a work of non-fiction.


Arthur's Pass: heart of the mountains

The road—an insignificant thread of grey, vulnerable to every slip and avalanche from the massive mountains embracing it—and, below ground, the railway line are the fragile capillaries which nourish human activity in this vast South Island wilderness area.

Science & Environment

Beneath the bay

Placid or storm-tossed, the surface of the sea is merely the portal into Earth's largest domain, the ocean realm. For 15 years, Tauranga-based marine biologist and photographer Kim Westerskov has dived his home waters of the Bay of Plenty and found myriad subjects for his camera.

Science & Environment

Battling the white dragon

Every two years, the world's elite freestyle kayakers gather at a chosen river and compete in a championship whitewater rodeo. In 1999, it was New Zealand's turn to host the event—at the Fulljames Rapid on the Waikato River. For months prior to the champion­ship, competitors practised at the site to get the feel of the water and to learn the idiosyncrasies of its standing wave.


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