Science & Environment

The Big One

The Alpine Fault ruptures—on average—every 330 years with a magnitude 8 earthquake. Geologists and authorities are racing to quantify what might happen, and how they might respond in the event of the next one, likely to occur some time in the next 50 years.

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ISSUE 125

Jan - Feb 2014

Water

Earnscleugh

Indian migrants

Alpine Fault

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Liquidation

Water, our most precious natural asset, offers amenity, a habitat for aquatic species and a focus for recreation. But it also turns the turbines of industry and powers New Zealand’s agricultural economy. Economic development and environmental integrity are at odds in a struggle for control over this great resource. Are we mortgaging our future for a little more economic growth?

Science & Environment

Lessons from the Wasteland

Rust, lichen and wild Central Otago thyme combine forces to consume and cover the last traces of human industry at the Earnscleugh Dredge Tailings near Alexandra. Mined and washed of their gold from the 1890s, the river gravels have become a sanctuary for rare species, and one of the country’s most unusual wildlife reserves.

Society

A Musical Migration

Since the Immigration Act of 1987, migration from the Indian subcontinent has swelled Auckland’s suburban population, bringing with it a cultural cargo of music and dance that has coloured urban life and changed what it means to be a New Zealander.

Life

Sentient beings

Animals "eat without pleasure, cry without pain, grow without knowing it; they desire nothing, fear nothing, know nothing." - French rationalist Nicolas Malebranche, The Search After Truth and Elucidations (1674)

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