A drowned volcano, jutting out into the ocean, shelters one of the world’s tiniest marine dolphins. Fresh meltwater from Southern Alps rushes down braided rivers, washes food into the sea and percolates into wetlands that provide a home for the long lived and mysterious eels.
Warren Begley and his family run two restaurants in Ōtautahi Christchurch - Tutto Bene and Formaggio's - and they are also passionate environmentalists who support a range of conservation projects in the region. As Begley says, without the natural world, they would have no business, so, in his view, it is the most important stakeholder. The collaboration between the restaurants and the Ōtamahua Quail Island Ecological Restoration Project, which trust chair Ian McClellan says is a small attempt to right the wrongs of the past, is consistent with this ethos of kaitiakitanga or guardianship across time. "We have no right to operate if we can't manage our footprint to the very best of our abilities," Begley says. "My message is think about legacy, think about the future beyond your life, think long-term and find a conservation project that's important to you and support it. The reward will be immense, beyond your imagination. And be ambitious ... The most important thing you can hand on to your children is the natural world - in the same or better condition than you received it."
The deer culling days are over but the men who lived through that era still go back to the mountains.
Ex culler turned photographer Gordon Roberts and his mate Angus Thompson take Tim Higham back to the rugged Canterbury High Country to experience their old way of life and the many moods of the mountains.
After months of training, the young performers of China’s only Ice Acrobatics troupe are ready to show the world their unique take on this ancient art. But an unexpected run of technical catastrophes threatens to destroy their dream.
The ocean is under immense pressure from human activity, but, as Siana Fitzjohn says, because we don't live in the ocean, we need to be shown how bad the situation is if we hope to connect with the issues and do something to address them.
'Film the Trawlers’ is a project aimed at showing the activities of New Zealand’s industrial fishing fleet. Top of the list is bottom trawling, the destructive fishing practice where weighted nets are dragged along the seafloor, destroying entire ecosystems, to catch our most popular eating fish like orange roughy, hōki and oreo. If people understand the link between fish in the supermarket and the horror of industrial-scale destruction, then behaviour will start to change.
The plants and animals that are native to Aotearoa have evolved away from large landmasses, which means we have some of the highest numbers of endemic species on earth. Unfortunately, the sometimes accidental and sometimes deliberate introduction of tens of thousands of exotic plants and animals has pushed many of our unique species to the edge of extinction. With the widespread destruction of ecosystems, the ecological requirements for endemic species often no longer exist, but by nurturing and propagating at-risk species and making nursery plants available to restoration projects, Jeff McCauley is helping to turn things around at the Native Plants Nursery in Piha.