January 3, 2015
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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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January 2, 2015
The kahikatea in which the geocache is hidden. Note the brown char marks around cavity.
On our way back from a recent trip to the Ruapehu Mountain district, we stopped at Bruce Park Reserve, near Hunterville. This was a forest reserve that I had read about in David Young’s conservation history of New Zealand Our Islands, Our Selves, and I had long wanted to visit it. To help entice my husband – an avid geocacher – to stop, I declared “there is sure to be a geocache in there!” Somewhat reluctantly, he relented, but his acquiescence paid off, because this turned out to be his favourite geocache of the trip. (more…)
November 21, 2014
Just released: Environment and Nature in New Zealand Vol 9 No 2
Includes the following articles and book reviews:
Alistair McMechan, “Timber Town: A History of Port Craig”
Simon Canaval, “The Story of the Fallow Deer: An Exotic Aspect of British Globalisation” (more…)
October 18, 2014
Female Paradise shelduck and duckling
This is the time of year that you find yourself compulsively counting ducks.
We live next to an artificially created lake, and it has become home to a wide range of birds – both indigenous and introduced. But it is the Paradise shelducks that create the most excitement when they produce their little black and white balls of fluff. (more…)
September 28, 2014
Mr Clark with trout. Ref: 1/1-005184-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington.
One of the great advantages of the Internet age is that not only is it possible now to find peoples’ PhD theses online, but graduate theses too. In my quest to better understand the acclimatisation of trout and salmon in New Zealand, I came across an honours dissertation by a Canterbury University history student, Jack Kós. Entitled “A most excellent thing”, it documents the introduction of trout to Canterbury in 1867 (the first successful introduction in New Zealand) and the subsequent dissemination of trout throughout New Zealand. (more…)
September 24, 2014
A few people have been inquiring whether I will be doing a talk in Wellington about Ravaged Beauty and the environmental history of the Manawatu. The answer is yes.
Other upcoming talks include the following:
- Kapiti Forest & Bird: 7:30 pm 24 September (today!), Presbyterian Church Hall, Waikanae
- Otaki Historical Society: 7:30pm 7 October, Otaki
- National Library Author’s Voice Series: 12:10pm 23 October, National Library, Wellington
- Mina McKenzie Memorial Lecture: 7 pm 5 November, Te Manawa, Palmerston North
- Kapiti WEA course: 10am 8 November, Paraparaumu
September 21, 2014
Woman paddling in dugout canoe in Jone’s Lagoon, Karere, c1905. Palmerston North City Library, 2007N_Lo27_BRW_0609
One aspect of the Manawatu’s environmental history which I completely neglected in my book Ravaged Beauty: an environmental history of the Manawatu, was recreational canoeing on the Manawatu River. Yet I have since discovered that it had a most illustrious history, according to Murray Fyfe’s history of recreational canoeing in New Zealand, published in 1972. (more…)