Living World

Eucalypts: Trees of the Future?

Throughout the country, but especially in Southland and the Bay of Plenty, cohorts of young gum trees are parading their bluish leaves across the hills. A century ago, these trees were considered the answer to our dwindling supplies of native timber, and in state plantations they far outnumbered radiata pines. But they suffered a reversal of fortune, and are only now making a modest comeback in our forests.



The town that whales built

The blast of the harpoon may have given way to the click of the camera, but whales are still the cornerstone of commerce—and the subject of many a decorative mural—in the north Canterbury town of Kaikoura. In little more than a decade, marine ecotourism has transformed a coastal backwater into an international travel hotspot.


Eradication—The Clearance of Campbell Island

In the largest pest-eradication operation yet undertaken in New Zealand, 11,300 ha Campbell Island was blitzed with rat poison in the winter of 2001. Helicopters, such as this Jet Ranger, buzzing cliffs in the south-west corner of the island, were vital in achieving saturation coverage of the rugged nature reserve. Although the outcome won’t be known until 2003, conservation managers have high hopes New Zealand’s southernmost island is finally rat-free. Project leader Pete McClelland and logistics adviser/photo­grapher Pete Tyree, both of DoC Southland, report on the campaign.


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