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Otago Conservation Board members 2019

A few months ago I was surprised to learn I’d been appointed to the Otago Conservation Board, a statutory body. This had quite a flow to it so I decided it must have meant to be! The first thought I had was “goodness, Otago is a really large and diverse place”. For it spans east…

Otago’s Aramoana Ecological Area – The Spit and Pilot’s Houses

Sea Lion Aramoana

A few months ago I was privileged to be appointed to the Otago Conservation Board. Such appointments are made by the Minister of Conservation. The first duty of a member is to work to achieve the statutory interests of the board. Members are not representatives for any cause or organisation. Board meetings are public, and…

Exploring the Catlins – New Zealanders playing as tourists — part 3

catlins windswept trees at slope point

Exploring the Catlins – New Zealanders playing as tourists – part 2

Stinkhorn fungi and flies, Catlins, Otago, NZ

Prior to this five day trip down the length of the coastline south of Dunedin known as the Catlins, my knowledge was limited to widely spaced out experiences such as an outdoor first aid course at the largest town Osaka, a school trip to a camp at Pounawea, a marvellous tramping and bushcraft training trip…