Mt Cook National Park

DOC seeks sightings of rare kakī / black stilt October 2016

Above left: One of the pair of black stilt/kakī that were recently sighted – the left bird is the more common pied stilt. Photo credit DOC This is pretty exciting and it rather amazes me that these birds have crossed the Southern Alps at presumably their highest point across Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, flying…

Aoraki / Mount Cook National Parks – Mountain Huts in Crisis – A Case for the Malte Brun Range

This is an excellent summation by photographer Colin Monteath of hedgehoghouse.com of what man-made accelerated climate change is doing to our largest mountains, glaciers and huts around the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. It came under much discussion at the recent Sustainable Summits 2016 Conference at Aoraki Mt Cook. Read more at Colin’s FaceBook Post…

NZ glacial shrinkage ~ a Radio New Zealand interview with glaciologist Trevor Chinn

Trevor and wife Barbara live nearby and it’s been a privilege to re-acquaint recently over a cup of tea, and share here some of Trevor’s knowledge… Kathryn Ryan speaks to glaciologist Trevor Chinn on the rapid shrinkage of the country’s glaciers. Over four decades Dr Trevor Chinn has photographed all of the South Islands glaciers,…

Sustainable Summits 2016, 1st day, 8th Aug

Many people arrived the evening before the conference and after registration enjoyed a social hour or two at the Dept of Conservation [DOC] Visitor Centre where we were welcomed by organiser John Cocks and Mike Davies the manager of Mt Cook National Park The conference kicked off on Monday 8th Aug. with a whakatau /…

Sustainable Summits 2016, 2nd day, 9 Aug

Please scroll down to see the slide show [many thanks to Ross Cullen for supply the words] Session 4 The Everest Environmental Story Dawa Steven Sherpa The Denali Story – The Clean Climb Program Roger Robinson + video by Geoff Hill [shown later Panel ‘Keeping the Mountains Clean’ Dawa Steven Sherpa, Roger Robinson, Pascal Mao,…