River with a legal voice – the Wanganui/Whanganui River

The Whanganui River is about to become a legal entity in its own right. Te Awa Tupua is an environmental settlement recognising the intrinsic value of the awa/river. The river will have rights, something the Maori iwi and hapu living alongside it have considered for hundreds of years. The settlement provides a new lens through … More River with a legal voice – the Wanganui/Whanganui River

Two Good Keen Girls

It was supposed to be a rat-station baiting  day in the forest, but a previous check by volunteers found only two rats had been caught! The forest was safe for the birds this time around. Instead, we volunteers would have a walk and a barbecue. Meeting at the kohanga, literally te reo Maori for nest, … More Two Good Keen Girls

Doing the Duckboard Walk for Whitebait / Inanga

In the eastern Bay of Plenty a small river runs beside the road towards the estuary, creating a swampy area edged with rushes and mangroves and flax. Many people thought it a waste of space, good for nothing. But Margaret and Stuart Slade who operate Cheddar Valley, their handmade pottery business across the road, thought otherwise. … More Doing the Duckboard Walk for Whitebait / Inanga