Tagged: Stewart Island

The mystery of the moa: did these feathered giants call Rakiura Stewart Island home? - Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

Nic Rawlence Nov 15, 2021

The scientists shield their eyes from the howling wind and flying sand as they carefully uncover the precious skeleton. If it wasn’t for the absence of giant sandworms, this could have been a scene straight out of Dune. Alex Verry and Matt Schmidt are on Rakiura Stewart Island at West Ruggedy Beach excavating a significant taonga, a moa skeleton. Surrounding … Read More

Big South Cape: an invasion, a rescue and an eradication - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 09, 2016

It was 1955 and it was only a single rat. But then in 1964, it was lots of rats. Muttonbirders returning to Big South Cape Island found their huts infested. The rodents had got into the bedding, they’d chewed the wallpaper off the walls, evidence of their presence was everywhere. By winter’s end, the … Read More