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Mammal Migration

Sitting ducks Many of the species that make New Zealand so unique are the last vestiges of once global lineages that were wiped out everywhere else by the rise of …

Land of Birds

What if According to internationally acclaimed natural scientist Tim Flannery, New Zealand is: “A completely different experiment in evolution to the rest of the world. It shows us what the …

The God of Volcanoes

Rūaumoko Rūaumoko is the God of Earthquakes and Volcanoes (as well as of seasons) in pūrākau (Māori mythology). The restless unborn child of Papatūānuku, Earth Mother, and Ranginui, Sky Father, …

Active Earth

Vigilance New Zealand remains very much geologically active today. The devastating Christchurch earthquakes of 2011 are still fresh in the minds of New Zealanders, as large swathes of that city …

Alien Islands

Alien Islands So now that we understand the ways in which the whenua (land) of Aotearoa New Zealand has changed over the 85 million years since its separation from Gondwanaland, …

Zealandia

Zealandia is much larger than you might expect. Unlike other continents, it is 93% submerged with only the three islands comprising Aotearoa New Zealand, New Caledonia, and a scattering of …