Leslie Van Gelder

Sanctuary’s blow

By GUY WILLIAMS The consortium behind a $30 million plan to eradicate or intensively control predators across a vast swathe of the Queenstown Lakes district is back to square one after a series of funding setbacks. The Southern Lakes Sanctuary, unveiled in...

An island weka tale

By GUY WILLIAMS Take a true story and improve on it a little. That’s the approach Glenorchy artist Dine Riera took when she decided to write a children’s book about Pigeon Island’s weka. The result is her first book, The Extraordinary True...

Dead on arrival

By GUY WILLIAMS Not all arrivals are welcome at Queenstown Airport. For some, it's terminal. And the next time a rat, stoat, ferret or hedgehog makes a flying visit to the airport, it'll be taking its life in its paws. In an environmental...
By GUY WILLIAMS A consortium of predator control and conservation groups is working on an ambitious project to eradicate and intensively control predators across a massive swathe of country between Queenstown and Hawea. An independent study it commissioned concludes a 'Southern Lakes...
A unique wooden outpost, depicting the history of Kinloch, near Glenorchy, has been unveiled. The museum outpost, the first of several planned at the head of the lake, is the idea of the Glenorchy Heritage and Museum Group, which is...
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