In this issue, Zoe Brown shines a light on a hugely important wetland called the Kopuatai Peat Dome in the Hauraki Plains. This hidden wonder is New Zealand’s largest carbon sink and home to some extraordinary wildlife, including the world’s thinnest caterpillar.
We also profile the Department of Conservation’s new Director General Penny Nelson, who talks about about her priorities and how living on Kāpiti Island with a young family inspired her career in environmental managemement.
David Brooks finds out about a huge community-led push to bring kiwi back to the Ruahine Range, while Alex Stone talks to experts about whether it’s possible to rewild freshwater habitats using captive-bred native fish. He meets Northland fish farmer Paul Decker, who was the first person in the world to breed giant kōkopu and tuna eels in captivity.
Jazmine Ropner talks to Dr Dan Hikuroa about how mātauranga Māori can help us adapt to climate change, and archaeologist Brooke Tucker falls in love with the tiny Whenua Hou diving petrel, population 200, all living on tiny Codfish Island
All this plus much more – penguins in the basement, music in nature, why do we still allow smoking in our national parks, dogs on beaches, fossicking for fossils, greening our suburbs, the upcoming stewardship land review, and the world’s top 10 “lost” birds.
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