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ISSUE 082

Nov - Dec 2006

Wetlands

Saleyards

Tourism

Auckland water

Moose

Campgrounds

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Geography

Saleyard

One corner of the town of Feilding is a vast expanse of sheep and cattle yards that fills up with livestock twice a week. And the locals wouldn’t have it any other way. The saleyards, which are among the largest in the Southern hemisphere and handle close to a million sheep and 100,000 cattle annually, have been central to the town’s existence and livestock farming in the lower North Island for well over a century.

Geography

Birth of a Wetland

When a Katikati landowner allowed the sea to reclaim some low-lying paddocks, aquatic birds, including a number of seldom-seen varieties such as this black stilt, quickly replaced cattle as the dominant animals.

Living World

The Disappearance of Campgrounds

The campground, with its simple cabins and grassy paddock for pitching tents and parking caravans, has long been the main venue for unfussy family holidays, enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike—including the Spensleys and Goodwins from the UK, seen here. However, rising property prices are leading to the sale of many campgrounds for development into superior residential estates. Are inexpensive holidays destined for the endangered list?

Geography

Slaking the Big Thirst

Auckland is a thirsty city. It has always been that way. Whether water is required for washing the car, water­ing the garden, taking a shower or just a making a cuppa, Auckland’s demand seems insatiable.

Geography

Maori tourism

I landed with every waka in Aotearoa and all iwi embrace me. I am a custom they call manaakitanga. My brother landed in the pockets of the Pakeha. He is an industry they call tourism. My brother and I have been trying to get along ever since.

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