Tag: Landscape

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…

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…

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…

Waihola Wetlands Walk

Sunday 25th March was a cool but fine day for the Lake Waihola Waipori Wetlands Society’s 10km “Wetland Walk“. One hundred walkers of all ages took the opportunity to explore a unique and largely unknown area of the south-western side of Lake Waihola. Local landowners generously opened up their properties to the participants which provided an opportunity to…

Craigieburn Award

Congratulations to the Dunedin Amenities Society for being awarded the Taylor Shield at the Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards recently. The award for the Craigieburn Reserve near Ross Creek recognises the restoration of a unique ecological and heritage site that provides a wonderful glimpse into early colonial Dunedin. Paul Pope from Spiralis has project managed the undertaking, supervising the…