Geography

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While the end of World War I brought celebration and relief, it did not bring an end to the pain the conflict had caused. Of the 120,000 young New Zealand men who fought in the war, 18,000 perished. Over 16.000 of these were buried abroad and 5325 had no close friends estimated at 100.000, or 10 percent of the population—not only had no body to farewell but no grave or headstone to grieve over. War memorials—such as this horseman at Otahuhu—were erected all around the country in the years following the armistice and become the foci of the nation's grief.

Archive

Living World

Gannets

With bold colours, rakish lines and a wing span of almost two metres, gannets are not only among the most elegant of birds but are almost masters of the wind.

Geography

Gallipoli – a hill too far

In the battle for Chunuk Bair, Imperial Britain’s campaign to occupy the Gallipoli peninsula reached its harsh climax, and fighting centre stage were the soldiers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Artist Ion Brown’s re-creation of the scene—a sesquicentennial gift to the people of New Zealand from the country’s armed forces—celebrates the unquenchable resolve of the few in the face of a massive Turkish counter-assault. To learn how this bloody episode attained such national significance, Mark Bathurst visited Gallipoli during the week of Anzac Day 2001.

Science & Environment

The coal rush

Eclipsed for years by its high-performing cousin natural gas, coal is making a comeback. In Southland, Otago, Waikato and the West Coast—including at Spring Creek underground mine, north of Greymouth seen here—rivers of coal are flowing out of the ground to meet a burgeoning demand for New Zealand’s most abundant fossil fuel.

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