The latest New Zealand Geographic magazine (my favourite) features three of my stories, out today. There's a 4000-word feature on ecosystem-based management, which means looking at every impact on our coastal waters from mountains to sea. It was fascinating talking to the Sustainable Seas Science Challenge scientists who are conducting the research that will help us understand our coastal environment better. The work will hopefully enable stability in the marine environment and the Holy Grail: a "blue economy" that means sustainability becomes an economic reward too. Check it out here.
In May and June photographer Rob Suisted travelled the country taking photographs for that article and came across the remnants of the devastating storm in Gisborne that caused such devastation to those downstream of pine plantations. I chatted to a few of the people caught up in the rain and asked them their thoughts on how these disasters can be prevented in the future. Read that photo essay here.
Finally, I loved talking to Māori astronomer Rangi Matamua, a Waikato University professor in Māori and indigenous studies. His whose journey with the stars began as a university student, when his grandfather handed him a century-old astronomical manuscript written by his ancestors. Among its pages, it contained the Māori names of more than 1000 stars. He's done a huge amount of work on the true meaning of Matariki as well, and argues that Māori need to tell their own stories. Read that piece here.