“If your marae could use some reinforcements for a civil defense emergency. Check out the TPK Kaingarua fund.”
This is exactly the climate preparation we need.
We’ve been amused by the creativity in mailboxes seen around NZ. Indeed, some residents appear to see oddness as a form of neighbourhood competition. As these pictures show, sometimes a plain box on a post is simply inadequate. Who can boast the whackiest design? Additional points for functionality & mail-holding capacity 😉
Been watching some #Taskaster New Zealand this evening. On the back of recent runs of #LegoMasters New Zealand we've started to become aware of the general rule for speaking with a Kiwi accent: replace the first hard "e" in any word with an "i" and you're there. You don't have a wet pet in a shed; you've got a wit pit in a shid.
I love reading stuff about #Aotearoa in Australian media, or maybe it's English language media, where many words from the Maori language (what is the word for that? Is it Rè Maori?), are used intermixed in the English.
In deviating to the east of SH1 north of Ōtepoti | #Dunedin we would discover a new favourite locale in Pūrākaunui Inlet & stumble across a beautiful rare bird we were not supposed to see here. At Aramoana, the small town with a troubled past, we would see our first mainland sea lion—having previously encountered them on Stewart Island.
#USA becomes first country to explicitly recognize #CookIslands and #Niue as independent countries. Both already have relations with dozens of countries, but are "associated" with #NewZealand (#Aotearoa) and usually not considered fully independent. https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/498812/nz-govt-welcomes-us-diplomatic-relations-with-cook-islands-and-niue
Sandymount to Sandfly Bay track took 1h to descend 2.7km to the beach (from car park at end of Sandymount Rd, via lookout). The track begins as sandy soil but very soon becomes pure sand (📷1&2). We didn’t access the beach due to presence of large sea lion bulls (📷3)/ insufficient beach to keep a respectful distance. Sandfly Bay (as in “Sand flies”) seen from lookout (📷4).
Sandymount is a giant of a sand dune, peaking at 320m on Otago Peninsula. There are decent views of Allans Beach from the car park (📷1); a 500m climb to the lookout reveals Hoopers Inlet, Otago Harbour & Papanui Inlet (📷2). Or, Sandymount loop track passes a viewpoint (📷3); no access to Chasm. Contining backside look down over pasture (📷4); no access to Lovers Leap—unsafe.
Allans Beach on Otago Peninsula takes its name from Scottish surveyor John Allans, who mapped the area in the 1840s (📷1). The wind whipped up the sea (📷2) & threw sand in our faces. Idiots holding phone cameras got too close to sea lions; one beached behind us (📷3), so eyes on a swivel. At entrance to Hoopers Inlet a mother & pup tried & failed to surmount the bank (📷4).
(2/2) Victory Beach, Otago Peninsula, is named for wreck of SS Victory in 1861 at S end of beach & is ~3km long (📷1). We did a litter pick, inspired by a local & his kids. During this we noted sea lion tracks leading into the dunes (📷2) & 1 lion; a sea tulip/ Pyura pachydermatina (📷3); many crab carapaces & fish mandibles. Bumblebees (📷4) nest underground; seen lots in NZ.
(1/2) Victory Beach, Otago Peninsula. We took the loop walk through Okia Reserve, which begins between a pair of volcanic “Pyramids” (📷1). Here you can see basalt columns akin to those of the Organ Pipes nr. Mt Cargill (📷2). Noted trackside pikiarero/ Clematis sp. (📷3) & pōhiri/ Pittosporum tenuifolium (📷4). Cleared for pasture in 1800s, the area is #rewilding since 1991.
En route to Okia Reserve on Weir Rd/ Dick Rd we passed Papanui Inlet (📷1) & adjacent salt marshes. Black swan were present in numbers. Pūtangitangi/ Tadorna variegata parents were tutoring their chicks (📷2). Poaka/ Himantopus leucocephalus waded on long legs, trying not to look so tall (📷3). Matuku moana/ Egretta novaehollandiae spooked easily; this one stayed cool (📷4).
The sun 'comes up', the sun 'goes down' each and every day.
Or so it seems to us primitive planet dwellers even though we know we're hurtling around a star. A star that shoots through space and is galactically tied to 100 billion other stars, 1 million+ black holes, and a super massive one at the centre.
The sun comes up and we start a new day, full of hope and new beginnings.
Good luck & go well on your day today
Taiaroa Head | Pukekura on Otago Peninsula is home to a blue penguin colony at Pilot Beach (📷1). The paid tours run after dark, but during our daytime visit we admired the robust burrows these #birds construct (📷2). Tours are also offered into Fort Taiaroa with its disappearing gun (📷3), installed to defend against feared Russian invasion. Opposite is Aramoana’s Mole (📷4).
Northern royal albatross/ Diomedea epomophora can be seen at Otago Museum, in adult (📷1) & juvenile (📷2) form. Taiaroa Head | Pukekura is only mainland breeding colony: oceanic winds provide lift for these 8.2kg/ 3m wingspan giants who spend 85% of their lives at sea. At Royal Albatross Centre we watched cliffs (📷3) & saw one of the last soaring #birds of this season (📷4).
Houghton Bay on the south coast of Wellington has some very big waves coming in, even on a calm day.
When the surf is angry it's quite something to watch but I'd never think of going near them. This fella doesn't have my qualms.
Otago Peninsula’s Highcliff Rd has some stunning scenery. We pulled into a roadside lookout for views over Macandrew Bay below (📷1), & looking back, into the inner harbour/ Ōtepoti | #Dunedin City (📷2). The private home of Larnach “Castle” had shut its gates, so we commissioned this exquisite likeness (📷3). Hoopers Inlet, Allans Beach & Mt Charles | Poatiei at 408m (📷4).
Otago Peninsula is billed as having many fine beaches. Beyond Lawyers Head, Tomahawk Beach stretches to a bluff w/ WWII gun emplacement remains (📷1). The other side of that is Smaills Beach, seen here from Māori Head (📷2). Karetai Track crosses Māori Head for dramatic cliff views (📷3) & views back to Ōtepoti | #Dunedin’s St Kilda–St Clair Beach & Tunnel Beach beyond (📷4).
St Clair & St Kilda are contiguous beaches in South Ōtepoti | #Dunedin (📷1). Am I alone in finding the absence of demarcation irritating? St Clair has had an esplanade since 1870s; salt water baths opened 1884 but weren’t heated until 1960s (📷2). Viewed from the lookout at Lawyers Head, St Kilda is the less urbanised end (📷3). The beach here looks almost tropical (📷4).
Tunnel Beach in South Ōtepoti | #Dunedin features sandstone cliffs, pillars and a large archway sculpted by wave action. Care is needed on the steep, loose gravel path down to the arch—even in dry weather (📷1). Pause to watch the waves break against the sheer cliffs (📷2). A short tunnel (📷3) was hand-cut in the 1870s to allow a family private access to a rocky beach (📷4).
Who are we?
#IWW AusROC is the section of the IWW representing the Australasian region, with members in #Australia, #Aotearoa (New Zealand), #Singapore and #thailand We are excited to work with anyone who wishes to set up an IWW branch in the region.
What do we do?
The IWW fights for better working conditions, benefits and pay for all workers across every industry. We believe that the worker, not the CEO or owner is the backbone of any business.
I just published a video on #PeerTube for the first time! 🥳
"A video made in 2003 for the Dead Vicious song Smash the State (also known as Guerilla Love) based on footage shot during the MayDay Carnival near The Freedom Shop in Upper Cuba St, Wellington NZ, 1 May 2003."
(2/2) Orokonui Ecosanctuary N of Ōtepoti | #Dunedin is #bird haven. Natives incld. kākā/ Nestor meridionalis (📷1); tūī/ Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae (📷2); NZ bellbird/ Anthornis melanura (📷3); & takahē/ Porphyrio hochstetteri (📷4). OK, latter in Otago Museum: pair a no-show, as they’ve a chick & 10ha to roam! Also no-shows: 🦎 jewelled gecko; 🦖 tuatara; 🐟; 🐸; 🦋 so can rtn!
(1/2) Orokonui Ecosanctuary N of Ōtepoti | #Dunedin is community-led 307ha wildlife refuge w/ walking tracks. Enclosed by 9km predator-proof fence, it promotes biodiversity for native species & habitats. 🦎 Grass skink/ Oligosoma polychroma (📷1) & Otago skink/ Oligosoma otagense (📷2). 🌼 Native tree fuchsia/ Fuchsia excorticata (📷3) & mountain daisy/ Celmisia hookeri (📷4).
Accessed from Mt Cargill Lookout in Ōtepoti | #Dunedin, the 4km/ 1.5h rtn Organ Pipes Track leads to basalt columns formed during volcanic creation of the Dunedin area (📷1&2). Descend to Buttars Peak 617m for views (📷1) then continue towards Mt Holmes 575m. As you reach the latter, engage all-limb drive to ascend the columnar debris (📷2). Thru scrub to more columns (📷3&4).
Mt Cargill to north of Ōtepoti | #Dunedin, seen here from Buttars Peak (📷1), summits at 676m. The 105m tower is the city’s tallest structure. These craggs are the eroded younger remains of the 1000m Dunedin Volcano that last erupted 10M yrs ago. Views extend over city & down coast to The Catlins (📷2); the length of Otago Peninsula (📷3); to Blueskin Bay/ N to Shag Pt (📷4).
My cartoon in today's www.stuff.co.nz & in glorious print https://www.thepost.co.nz/a/nz-news/350078642/cartoon-september-25
The NZ campaign trail is ablaze!
But, & I'm not the only one who's noticed, there's been very little talk of various communities... Do we matter?
Signal Hill provides a lookout across much of Ōtepoti | #Dunedin. You can see into the harbour & over the suburbs into the South Pacific (📷1). To the E is Macandrew Bay on Otago Peninsula (📷2) & to W the city centre (📷3). A chunk of rock from the hill upon which 🏴 Edinburgh Castle sits is up here. Nearby is Baldwin St, the world’s steepest with a 19° max gradient (📷4).
Also of interest & seemingly concentrated around the historic Warehouse Precinct in Ōtepoti | #Dunedin are murals, some highly visible while others found lurking in hidden corners. There’s even an online trail map to help pedestrians find & learn about commissioned street #art, although merely wandering will yield discoveries. Here are some of the examples we came across.
South of the Octagon in Ōtepoti | #Dunedin, btw Queens Gardens & Police St, is the historic Warehouse Precinct. Once the city’s commercial/ industrial hub, the area’s being slowly revitalised. It needs it: we found it looking run down, if not derelict. That said, there were examples of heritage architecture to admire (📷1–3) & a good meal to be had at Vogel St Kitchen (📷4).
The Ōtepoti | #Dunedin Railway Station is iconic for its “gingerbread house” Flemish Renaissance style: white Ōamaru limestone paired with black basalt blocks (📷1&2). The booking hall floor mosaic boasts ~750k Royal Doulton porcelain tiles (📷3). They skimped a bit on the platform side; sadly Inlander train (📷4) no longer enters the Taieri Gorge due to track maintenance $.
Quite an in depth dive into Aotearoa/New Zealand's history with daylight saving and what changing it again might entail.
"EXPLAINER: Daylight saving is about to begin. . Keith Lynch and Kate Newton outline the strange origins of shifting the clocks twice annually, and what a much more dramatic change would look like."
My mum needed a RAT set so went to local pharmacy, listed as a site for to collect them. They wanted to charge her $30 for 10. I contacted the Ministry of Health to ask, and they referred me to this link -
so if you go to pick up a set, and the pharmacy wants to charge you, tell them they are free.
For those thinking of attending tomorrow's event in the Auckland CBD, have a read of the official guidance:
Freedom camping beside beautiful Pūrākaunui Inlet; view to 468m Mopanui peak (📷1). On track to estuary mouth sands of Pūrākaunui Bay opposite & defensible cliffs of 18th century Mapoutahi Pā (📷2); Warrington Spit visible beyond. On Pūrākaunui Inlet Track (📷3) saw rare juvenile nankeen night heron/ umu kōtuku/ Nycticorax caledonicus: not supposed to be here, nor awake (📷4)!
Wind appears to be especially strong through mountain gaps, including the Cook Strait. A weather station stop Mount Kaukau in #Wellington was recording a wind speed of 128 km/h at 18:00 local / 06:00 UTC.
Hey, if you haven't signed already, please sign the Trans Liberation Alliance's petition to protest the return of Kelly-Jay Keen-Minshull to Aotearoa. We're on track to 3000 signatures!
KJK has no problem teaming up with Nazis and taking $ from US Christo-fascists, so that's her whole deal. She shouldn't come here.
A clear morning to bring fresh perspective on life’s trivial annoyances at Lake Camp, #Canterbury. Standing on the shore at -3°C with freshly brewed coffee in hand to watch the sunrise is something to lift the spirit.
Imagine if every university had its own #fediverse server. So for example faculty at a uni in Aotearoa could be @firstname.lastname@example.org. This could even be integrated with the uni's institutional repository, so that every time a researcher adds an article to it, a post is automatically added to their account with the title, abstract and link for the article. Could be interested into the official blogs a uni often provides to faculty and postgrads too.
"Urban forest restoration by trial and error is costly, and resulting failures are both discouraging to practitioners and condemning of future funding approval. Instead, we propose an evidence-based approach developed with partners and practitioners, informed by, ecologists and applied through practice oriented principles."
My cartoon in today's @nzstuff and in glorious print @thepostnz
I've noticed, in the trenches of NZ's 2023 Election campaigns, that only one party seems to give a sh*t about the Climate Emergency...
So hey, my local techies, you should 100% join the Aotearoa Tech Union. We're smol but fierce, and we work with the other big unions, no problems.
Our focus is exclusively on tech-related issues, including the rise of LLMs, overtime, layoffs, remote work, and of course, mental health and burnout.
Joining grants access to a Slack where we help each other, and we are able to offer guidance with employment issues.
Many of my sunset photos are over beaches, harbours, and often include clouds. You know what though, a good clear sky sunset out in the middle of the country can sometimes beat them all hands down.
You'll see me marvelling at the darkening colours as I look higher and higher, feeling the universe just a few kilometres away from us all.
"Excavations had begun on two huge vertical shafts for a major upgrade of Auckland’s raw sewage pipeline when the groundworks crew came across something astonishing.
Piercing the threshold of an ancient shell bed filled with sea life, New Zealand paleontologist Bruce Hayward likened it to “finding gold right on your doorstep—a once-in-a-lifetime find.”
300,000 individual lifeforms from 266 species, fossilized 3 million years ago are offering the largest single insight into New Zealand native marine fauna in history, and a new paper released on the subsequent research has identified 10 new species."
Lake Rotoroa (“long lake”) is largest lake in Nelson Lakes NP; water taxi runs from jetty (📷1). View south down lake to Maniniaro/ Angelus Peak 2,075m in the Travers Range to E; Mt Misery 1,601m to R (📷2). On western shore, Braeburn Walk 5km/ 1.5h thru beech/ podocarp forest (📷3) leads to waterfall. Source of Te Kauparenui/ Gowan River (📷), draining lake into Buller River.
My cartoon in today's www.thepost.co.nz & online @NZStuff www.stuff.co.nz
Cyclists! Pesky buggers - using no fuel, needing no WOF's, getting fitter, not going excessively fast on motorways, not ploughing into front rooms or bedrooms whilst people sleep... sheesh! How dare they?!
"Agriculture contributes more to global warming than any other industry in Aotearoa. Yet attempts to rein in the sector’s emissions have repeatedly fallen short. Kirsty Johnston investigates how a “world-leading plan” was born, and how it fell apart. This is part three: Backtrack. Why farming reneged on its deal to cut emissions."
#nz Health system is still promoting mask use
"... (PPE), including masks, is considered part of Standard Precautions ... required by healthcare workers for all healthcare interactions."