Science & Environment

Three feet high and rising

With predicted increases in sea level of a metre or more by the end of this century, present-day problems of coastal erosion, flooding and salt-water intrusion into groundwater are going to get much worse. As world leaders gather in Paris to seek a political solution to climate change, it’s timely to ask how we in New Zealand are responding to the challenge of rising seas.

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ISSUE 136

Nov - Dec 2015

Rising Seas

Wreck of the Rena

Kōkopu

Photographer of the Year

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Living World

Medium Rare

New Zealanders love their native galaxiids—sandwiched between two pieces of white bread for the most part. What most people don’t realise is that whitebait are actually the juvenile of a spectacular family of native fish, a group of species as unique as our kiwi, kakapō and kereru, only far less visible. And just as we are getting to know our galaxiids, we are driving them towards extinction.

Science & Environment

Disappearing Act

Four years on from New Zealand’s worst maritime environmental disaster, salvage and clean-up projects around the MV Rena near their end. The wreck demanded one of the world’s most complex and expensive recovery operations, but the hulk of the container ship, and some of its cargo, still lingers on Astrolabe Reef/Ōtāiti. How much more can human intervention correct this mistake—and how much can be left to nature to set right?

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