The gift of Spring

Now that a profusion of Spring flowers is available, making those typical Victorian small circular nosegays of flowers and herbs, called tussie mussies can be a fun activity. The traditional tussie mussie, no more than 15cm in diameter, is composed...... Read More

Spotlight falls on forests

To the immediate west and north of Orewa are large areas of little known regenerating kauri-podocarp forests. They are coming into focus as farming and other rural pursuits within and around them are being superseded by the priorities of a rapidly expanding...... Read More

Volunteering for future generations

For the last three years I have been involved with the Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary (TOSSI).  After hearing about the nursery group, I thought it would be great to learn about the propagation and raising of trees. What I didn’t know was that...... Read More

Time to incentivise

Despite widespread kerbside recycling schemes, and the (patchy) roll out of dedicated public recycling facilities across the country, especially in tourist hotspots, New Zealand’s roads and beaches are lined with rubbish containers. Plastic bottles...... Read More

Doing our bit for birds

Finally there are Kiwi back at Shakespear Open Sanctuary – their welcome included a very moving powhiri to transfer their kaitiakitanga to our local community. For the first three weeks their location was monitored daily, but currently this is...... Read More

Hauturu streams

It seems appropriate to be writing about water as the rain falls yet again. I imagine all the 30-plus streams on Hauturu will be flowing freely at this time of year. Hauturu provides a virtually unmodified example of native forest stream habitats...... Read More

White-fronted tern

White-fronted Tern. Photo: Abe Borker These sleek white-fronted tern are a fairly common sight along our coasts. Fishers call them ‘kahawai birds’ because flocks will be very active over kahawai schools, feeding on the small fish that the...... Read More