Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Walking in water: First trip to the Pararaha Stream

Brendan Moyle Sep 27, 2017

The track wasn’t marked on the map. It was supposed to be for experienced hikers only.  I’d decided to tackle the Pararaha Stream from the Lone Kauri Road end. It’s an area of the Waitakere Ranges I hadn’t explored before, so I was unsure what to expect.  I guessed I’d need my hands free. So the tripod was carried in a tripod … Read More

What a lot of water: Waipunga Waterfall

Brendan Moyle Sep 11, 2017

I stood in the drizzle, watching the large waterfall sending clouds of spray and mist upwards. It has been raining a lot in NZ.  Not only have we had several cyclones dump a lot of water on the North Island, winter has had some decent downpours as well.  This is partly good news for waterfall photography. The hard bit is … Read More

Where did we put all that CO2? Climate Change Policy for the Election

Brendan Moyle Sep 01, 2017

Climate change is one of the NZ election issues of this year.  With that in mind, the Science Media Centre asked the parties the following question: How will your party meet the goals of the Paris Agreement? How will agriculture be accounted for in climate change adaptation and mitigation? What are your plans for the Emissions Trading Scheme? Introduction … Read More

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Watery Blues: Freshwater Quality Policy for the Election

Brendan Moyle Aug 28, 2017

Freshwater policy has become one of the NZ election issues of this year.  With that in mind, the Science Media Centre asked the parties the following question: What policy decisions does your party propose to tackle the issue of freshwater quality degradation in our country’s waterways? I’m going to analyse the responses to this question.  Initially though, there are some … Read More

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Rhino conservation dilemmas

Brendan Moyle Aug 09, 2017

Since 2007-8 a number of species have undergone a sharp increase in poaching. These include the African elephants (savannah and forest), the pangolin and African rhino (black and white).  Poaching of rhinos is nothing new. It’s been taking place since the 1960s and rhinos have all but disappeared except for their strong-holds in Southern Africa. South Africa and Namibia bucked … Read More

Size Matters: the challenge of being a green consumer

Brendan Moyle Jul 26, 2017

The one thing that has really changed in the last century is the size and scale of human effects on the environment.   This isn’t to say we didn’t have impacts before. As humans spread over this globe, many vertebrate species became extinct. Whether it’s the giant mammoths or giant moas, humans alter the world around them.  What … Read More

A seascape for the shortest day

Brendan Moyle Jun 21, 2017

Introduction It’s the shortest day in NZ today.  We’re also expecting more bad weather.  That augured well for some seascape photos down at one of the local beaches.  Normally the swells on the gulf around the beaches here are sedate. Unimpressive.  A good storm can give them an interesting dynamic.  After dropping kiddo 3 at school, I stopped by at … Read More

An evening at Stanley Point

Brendan Moyle Jun 01, 2017

Introduction Monday night once again, required a trip down to Devonport with one of the kids.  I like to use this time to take some photos, while kid does his thing. This Monday though, was a graphic illustration of congestion costs. An accident on Lake Road led to its closure earlier. While it had since reopened, the roads were still … Read More

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The Beginner’s Guide to Freshwater Policy in NZ

Brendan Moyle Jun 01, 2017

Introduction Freshwater policy in New Zealand is undergoing a lot of debate.   Unfortunately with all the hyperbole and claims, it can be difficult to determine what it is that is being debated.  With the creation of the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management (NPS-FM for those that prefer abbreviations), Central Government has taken on a more active role.  This … Read More

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An evening at Bayswater

Brendan Moyle May 26, 2017

Introduction Photography has been an intermittent activity of late.  It’s also been tricky this time of the year with writing tests, exams and grading, to get away with the camera.  I’ve been more inclined to go just for a run or bike ride to clear the head. Nonetheless, Monday gave me the opportunity to do some photography around Devonport.  One … Read More