Southern Musings

The great New Zealand lupin debate and why it matters

Lake Pukaki lupins and a wilding pine

First we need to talk about the lupin’s favoured environment being mainily the braided rivers which drain the Southern Alps – rivers that find it impossible to run in a straight line, and be anything other than dynamic. When in flood braided rivers carry sediment from the ever rising mountains [geologically speaking] and landslides that…

The News Central Otago interviewed me recently

West Matukituki Valley

The News, Central Otago interviewed me a couple of weeks ago because of this web site initiative. The paper and article will hit the streets today apparently. I’m wondering how it’ll present! Simon the interviewer steered me into aspects of my history in a very professional manner. Then sooner rather than later, since the web…

Makarora Braided River – an under estimated biodiversity hotspot

wrybill chick

From the headwaters of the Makarora on the eastern flanks of the Southern Alps near the Haast Pass in Mt Aspiring National Park. The Makarora River flows south west and is joined by the Blue and the Young Rivers, then extending its braid plain further meeting its confluence with the Wilkin River before dissipating its…

Kaki /Black Stilt release of 60 birds this week in the Tasman River Valley near Mt Cook National Park this week

The kakī, or black stilt, is an endemic native wading bird found only in New Zealand, and it is regarded by the Māori as a living treasure – a taonga species. The population in 2017 is 106 wild adult birds, so the release represents a significant increase in numbers – lets hope stoats and cats…

Videos of last year’s Sustainable Summits Conference, at Mt Cook

Mt Cook Aoraki

Last winter I attended the inaugural, for NZ, Sustainable Summits Conference, at Mt Cook Aoraki Village and did several posts on same. It was one of the most interesting multi-day events I’ve ever attended. For it’s duration my friend Carla Braun-Elwert filmmaker editor artist, made videos, and she has now published them as below. Click…