Waste - Zero waste Christmas

Aucklanders throw away a third more rubbish than normal over Christmas and the summer holidays – most of that waste is recyclables like glass, cans and plastics. Meanwhile, our young people have been demanding climate action, now. Reducing your...... Read More

Environment - Bike for life

The first bicycle was the Draisine, invented by German Baron Von Drais in 1817 although there is unproven speculation that students of Leonardo da Vinci conceptualised prototypes as far back as 1500 AD. Drais’ ‘velocepede’ bicycle was...... Read More

Exploring evening skies

At this time of year, we can go out and enjoy exploring the evening sky without the chill of winter. Even those who prefer to go to bed early can enjoy seeing a few interesting things in the early evening sky. If we go out at around 8.30pm, we find...... Read More

Hauturu - Haven for birds

The Hauraki Gulf (Tikapa Moana) is known in the birding community as the seabird capital of the world, as it is home to so many species. It is not surprising to discover the importance of Te Hauturu-o-Toi to many of these seabirds, standing as it does...... Read More

Environment - Space invaders

In October, I attended the World Whale Conference in tropical Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia. The conference was organised by the World Cetacean Alliance, which has the noble vision for “a world where cetaceans (whales and dolphins) are only...... Read More

Spring star gazing

As we enter the summer months, the weather starts clearing and the evenings get warmer. This gives us the perfect opportunity to do some stargazing. I like going out around 10pm as the sky is dark and it is not too late. We begin by looking towards...... Read More

Environment - Symposium on sanctuaries

Inspired by attending my first Sanctuaries of New Zealand conference last year in Hamilton, I jumped at the chance to head north to Whangarei for this year’s three-day event in August, along with a couple of other TOSSI committee members. The conference...... Read More

Environment - Lord of the dance

My garden looks onto a swamp with a straggly covering of ti tree. The margins and banks are pretty wrecked from cattle that graze the stream, but, as the corridor links to mature bush in one direction and larger rivers in the other, there’s a massive...... Read More

Creatures released on Moon

Back in April, an Israeli lunar lander named Beresheet (Hebrew for “In The Beginning”) crashed on the moon. Part of the payload came from a non-profit foundation named the Arch Mission Foundation. This payload was meant to be an informational...... Read More

Busy time for birds

There is a tremendous amount of activity in my garden right now, as we come into spring and birds are beginning nesting. The tui, in particular, always seem to be busy. Over the winter months, I put a dish of sugar water out for these nectar feeders. Usually,...... Read More