A hoiho reflects on their year in the spotlight
In 2019, hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin was crowned Bird of the Year – the first seabird to win in 14 years.
With kākāpō now elected as 2020 Bird of the Year, we travelled down to the Otago Peninsula and sat down with a hoiho. We asked them how their year in the spotlight went, and what they’re looking forward to once they hand over their title. Continue reading
Dunstan Downs pastoral lease tenure review
Dunstan Downs pastoral lease in Central Otago is currently undergoing tenure review. Straddling the transition between Canterbury and Otago in terms of local governance and natural values, this 12,351.4 hectare Crown pastoral lease stretches from the Ahuriri River in the north, to near Lindis Pass in the west, and to the 2,088-metre Mt St Bathans in the south. On the Wether, Dunstan, and St Bathans ranges, much of the property covers full ridge-to-valley altitudinal sequences. The pastoral lease includes part of the iconic Lindis Pass area as well as Ahuriri riverside land. Continue reading