The Sound Barrier

Classical composition arose in New Zealand during the 20th Century—a period when music was undergoing its global post-romantic revolution. Since that time, Kiwi composition has gone from strength to strength.



Jan - Feb 2007

NZ music

Cyber tracks

Stick insects

Fiordland Conservation

Spanish Civil War




Resolution for Richard Henry

In May 1891, the government temporarily gazetted Resolution Island, in Dusky Sound, as the country’s first reserve for the preservation of native flora and fauna. Rugged and remote it certainly was, but there was some doubt as to whether it was far enough from the mainland to protect it from swimming preda­tors. Was rival island Little Barrier a better choice? Only after persistent lobby­ing from Otago over the next two years did the government finally vote funds for a curator who would stock Resolution with birds and look after them. It was Richard Henry’s dream job.

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