To celebrate NZ’s unique natural taonga, Peter Hayden has curated a highlights collection from three decades of NHNZ productions. Aotearoa’s landforms and its magnificent menagerie of natural oddities – birds, insects, trees like nowhere else on the planet – are showcased in 15 award-winning titles. From Discovery Channel and David Bellamy, to Wild South and Our World classics.
An astrophotographer has discovered a kiwi in outer space from New Zealand’s internationally renowned Mt John Observatory.
It may be 26,000 light years away but a high powered astro-photograph has picked up the distinct image of New Zealand’s national icon in the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy.
The incredible image of the flightless bird was captured by experienced photographer Fraser Gunn. Mr Gunn, who has recently begun astrophotography with Earth and Sky Stargazing Tours at Lake Tekapo’s Mt John Observatory, is delighted with the discovery.
“When looking at the area with the naked eye it’s difficult to locate the kiwi but my camera allows greater light and colour into the image giving it more definition.
“We only started the astrophotography tour six weeks ago to complement our stargazing tours and the response so far has been outstanding. Basically, I provide instruction to anyone with a SLR-type camera so they obtain their own starlight pictures,” he says.
Graeme Murray, director of Earth and Sky Tours, says Fraser has become a leader in New Zealand astrophotography and is fast gaining international acclaim.
“The Karori Sanctuary is perfectly positioned to showcase New Zealand conservation and to bring our conservation story to life, especially for those thousands of New Zealanders who never normally have the opportunity to experience conservation in action. It is estimated the Visitor and Education Centre will attract 190,000 visitors a year, thus securing the Sanctuary’s future financially and enabling us to build on our position as a pioneer and leader in ecological restoration.”
“This is a wonderful tribute to the foresight and courage of our founders, not to mention the many thousands of volunteers, members, supporters and financial sponsors who have supported us and worked so hard to get us to where we are today,” said Karori Sanctuary Chief Executive Nancy McIntosh-Ward.
Reptiles being rescued from the perils of city life to enjoy the tranquillity of Matiu/Somes Island are to be outfitted in the style of lounge lizards sporting “ipods”.
Green geckos rescued from the clutches of urban cats or raised in captivity, will be fitted out with tiny green “lounging” jackets before starting a new life on the Department of Conservation-managed sanctuary in Wellington Harbour later this year. It’s not about protecting them from Wellington’s notorious winds, or creating a reptilian fashion statement.
Autumn is the best time to hunt for fungi, a From the 6th to 12th May, about 50 fungi enthusiasts will focus their attention on fungi thriving on the forest floor. These fungi fulfil vital ecological roles, such as breaking down wood and leaves and forming beneficial partnerships with trees.
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The iconic bright blue mushroom or werewere-kokako (Entoloma hochstetteri) is a common mushroom throughout New Zealand, and was found during a Fungal Foray. Photo: Bronwyn Dee
i was doing the surf of a few bird sites , had been to nz birds before , they have great stuff , like drawings and paintings and recordings of a good selection of bird song , kokako, tui , korimako ,etc.
with kokako i don’t even know if they have been or can be around here , but sure do want them around here, its already quite lovely but those kokako have got a note in there that is made to be heard , nice and early on a still morning , in with the rest of them ….. morepork calling now,
anyway, reading this article on the shining cuckoo, enjoying it quite a lot , checked out still more of the site and found that it is really quite full of wonderfull content and stuff
the Waimea Plains and Cultivated Country near Nelson, 1877. John Gully