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

This is the last of three series of a roadie trip down what is known as the Catlins, in Coastal Otago Read Part 1 here >>

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

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… Continue reading Exploring the Catlins – New Zealanders playing as tourists – part 2

The SPCA’s anti-1080 policy isn’t just naive, it’s dangerous | The Spinoff

I’ve known for years that the cost and logistics of managing and eventually eliminating the introduced predators that are killing off our native bird species is not possible with trapping alone, and that even if it was we would not have enough people in New Zealand to do the job, man, woman and children included,… Continue reading The SPCA’s anti-1080 policy isn’t just naive, it’s dangerous | The Spinoff

Exploring the Catlins – New Zealanders playing as tourists – part 1

While composing the first of three posts [too many photos for one] on this southern Otago coast-line what comes to mind is shipwrecks! This, because of spending an hour or two in the museum at Owaka, and if I recall correctly there have been dozens of them [an on-line search will easily bring up the… Continue reading Exploring the Catlins – New Zealanders playing as tourists – part 1

Native bird numbers double during 20-year Department of Conservation pest control study – NZ Herald

Since this was published in lots of local papers a few months back, now seems a good time to republish, given that since then we’ve seen new heights of unimagined hysteria regarding  how DOC and the Govt. continue to use 1080 successfully in vast areas of our landscape, that we can’t access easily, and even… Continue reading Native bird numbers double during 20-year Department of Conservation pest control study – NZ Herald