Category: New Zealand

The Bird Debate

 To coincide with the Beech Mast Season of 2014-2015 the Department of Conservation will extend their predator control program in 2014 with the  $21 million “Battle for our Birds”. This will see increased aerial 1080 drops in South Island native forests to counter the expected increase in predator numbers following the anticipated beech mast season.…

Creating Coastal Conservationists

Company sponsorship of small projects in the community is a rewarding way to contribute in a significant way to local environmental projects. Spiralis Ltd has contributed for the last three years to a joint initiative between local environmental group Save the Otago Peninsula and Portobello School in re-establishing the endemic sand sedge pikao (Ficinia spiralis) at Allan’s…

Planning and Protest – A Rock and Hard Place

The residents of Brighton (20 kilometres south of Dunedin) have been occupying a narrow strip of insignificant road reserve on Scrogg’s Hill Road for some weeks now as they continue to frustrate efforts by telecommunications new comer Two Degrees in their efforts to establish a 12 metre cell phone tower. It’s rather a classical David and Goliath battle…

St Clair Sea Wall Erosion

The problematic St Clair Esplanade has dominated the news in Dunedin recently. Since the undermining and collapse of the paving areas Dunedin City Council staff and contractors have been feverishly working to stabilise and protect the eastern end of the wall. The wall has been problematic for the City Council since it was rebuilt in…

A New Year’s Resolution

The traditional summer camping holiday is a New Zealand institution when we  pack up our tents, stretcher beds and Christmas gifts and enjoy or endure whatever the fickle summer weather brings. Many New Zealanders awake from their urban slumber and venture to their traditional river, lake or beach for a “return to the land experience.”…

Youthful Exuberance – the Creation of Experience

Spending the day with members of the Department of Conservation’s Youth Development course is always a great physical and mental challenge, but always a very rewarding one. This week the group assembled at Allan’s Beach on the Otago Peninsula to undertake some weeding and planting at the pikao plot established as a partnership between Spiralis Ltd, Portobello School and community…

Portobello School’s Pikao Planting Day

With some tough wind and sea conditions on the Otago Peninsula and a tired sea-lion weighing several hundred kilogram’s squashing pikao (Ficinia spiralis) while it snoozes in comfort, Allan’s Beach has had some tough times to deal with lately. A combination of south-westerly and easterly swells and high tides have  continued to erode the foredune toe of the area and along the beach for nearly 600-800…

Where the Wild Things Were?

Conservation and Recreation in New Zealand A recent tramping trip to Huxley near Ohau during school holidays with his children made Spiralis Director, Paul Pope think about what we value in New Zealand. In New Zealand we’re very fortunate to have  a wealth of riches  in recreational opportunities provided by our extensive national parks and…

Problems with Plants

When you work with plants you face a broad range of problems and challenges getting them established in a conservation context. You worry about your site selection, choice of species, whether its too wet or too dry and ultimately you can only hope that your training and instinct is enough to ensure that your hard work and planning creates…

Writing for Wetlands

Spiralis Director Paul Pope has recently published an article for New Zealand Local Government Magazine on community initiatives in wetland management. The article discusses how local government and agencies respond to those initiatives and how they can be collaborators rather than administrators who share their skills with the community to ensure a project’s success. The development of community…