Dinosaurs rising

Cyclone Gabrielle hit the East Coast hardest, monstering homes and roads and families. As the storm ate its way across Te Urewera and a forest named for taniwha, it also brought long-buried bones to the surface.


Living World

Fish out of water

People and livestock gobble so much fish that the seas soon won’t keep up. Is the answer to grow fish on land? After decades of research, scientists are cracking the secrets to commercially tank-rearing a handful of New Zealand’s iconic ocean creatures—pāua, whitebait, kingfish and hāpuku.


Kids in mud

Auckland dad Harry Scott (Ngāi Tahu) teaches outdoor ed to young kids—although, really, they’re teaching themselves.


The forever flowers

Why have so many Pacific cultures turned to artificial flowers? And what’s lost—or gained—in doing so? In the new botanical ethnography Flora, Nathaniel Lennon Rigler Siguenza writes about plants, and plastic, and the human stories tied into both.


The lost tribe of Fiordland

Bare footprints, remote campfires, people who slip into the bush when approached: for more than a century, the wild terrain west of Te Anau has been home to an extraordinary rumour. Many locals are convinced that a “lost tribe” of Māori—perhaps stragglers from long-ago skirmishes—not only survived here, but thrived.

Living World

Intensive care

Hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguins, on mainland Aotearoa are tipping towards extinction. This breeding season began with a bold, and desperate, call: take every chick off the nest and straight to hospital.


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