New Zealand Geographic

The magazine that celebrates our country in all its diversity: its people, places and wildlife. #nzgeo

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“This season is the worst we’ve ever seen. Almost half the glaciers have lost all the snow they gained during the previous winter, plus some from the winter before that. There are rocks sticking out everywhere. The meltback is phenomenal.” Read more in the latest issue. Link in bio! 📷: Dave Allen #nzgeo
In the short term, an increase in glacier melt will keep hydro lakes replenished during dry summers, and warmer winters will provide meltwater at the time when electricity demand is highest. But at some point in the future, as glaciers lose mass, the meltwater contribution to rivers will start to run out. The term hydrologists use for the point of maximum runoff is ‘peak water’—analogous to the fossil-fuel industry’s ‘peak oil’. Climate scientists are unsure when that moment will arrive. Read more from our latest issue. Link in bio! 📷: Rob Suisted #nzgeo
“When people talk about ‘future proofing’ they often haven’t taken account of how much things are going to change. For example, many water consents for irrigation are for 35 years, but we don’t have modelling that will tell us what the water supply will be in even five years’ time. If there’s one thing people need to understand it’s this: the future will look nothing like the past.” Read more in the latest issue. Link in bio! 📷: Rob Suisted #nzgeo
“Those who own coastal property are deluding themselves if they think they have permanent rights to that land. In reality, they’re leaseholders. The owner of the lease isn’t the government or an organisation or a person, it’s nature. And you can’t bargain with nature. You can’t ask for an extension.” Read more from our latest issue. Link in bio! 📷: Rob Suisted #nzgeo
Retreating glaciers and thinning snow and ice are the future of New Zealand’s mountains. Climate change is predicted to warm the country’s atmosphere by 1–4°C by the end of the century, altering the natural water cycle—how much is frozen as snow, how much falls as rain, and how much flows in rivers. Climate researchers are seeking to predict what will change, and when. What will be the impact on hydroelectric power stations and irrigation schemes? Which areas will be hit hardest by flooding, or increasingly severe drought? The Deep South National Science Challenge is taking a lead role in helping decision-makers plan for the coming century. 📷: Dave Allen Read the story from the latest issue. Link in bio!#nzgeo
Every year, their tragedy plays out on our shores. We see news footage of their sleek, coal-black bodies rolled and tumbled by the surf and strewn along sandy beaches like driftwood logs. We hear the piercing, plaintive whistles of their distress. In dozens, in hundreds, they lie bereft in helpless disarray.⠀ ⠀ People kneel beside them, propping them up, covering them with towels and bed sheets, pouring buckets of water on their lacquered skin. Some rest a hand on their slick flanks, say words of encouragement and solace. Marine mammal rescue experts in fluoro vests marshal the dozens of volunteers who have come to the beach to help. They manoeuvre the living animals on to inflatable pontoons and push them back out to sea. The dead are left for burial in the dunes.⠀ ⠀ We ask why. What kind of animal are these, which we rarely see except when they come to grief—increasingly a shared grief, theirs and ours. If we are so disposed, we might ask who these creatures are—warm-blooded like us, possessing brains of deep complexity and wondrous size. Who are these ocean minds?⠀ ⠀ 📷: ⠀ ⠀ #nzgeo #pilotwhales #whales
Long-finned pilot whales are an integral part of New Zealand’s coastal waters, but in the North Island they tend to be seen 10 kilometres or more offshore where water temperatures are around 20ºC. They feed at night, and during the day they rest, travelling slowly and socialising in pods of about 30 individuals. Many pods may travel in close proximity, forming loosely connected “super-pods” of up to 1000 animals.⠀ ⠀ 📷: ⠀ ⠀ #nzgeo #whales #pilotwhales
Barely seven per cent of New Zealand is land. The rest of it, the wet bit, covers four million square kilometres. In 2016, photographer Richard Robinson won a Canon Personal Project Grant that enabled a dozen expeditions into this vast marine prairie, arguably the country’s last great tract of undisturbed wilderness.⠀ ⠀ 📷: ⠀ ⠀ #nzgeo
Humpback whales in the southern hemisphere migrate every year between summer feeding grounds in the Antarctic and islands in the tropics to breed and give birth, a return journey of nearly 20,000 kilometres. Over its lifetime, a humpback will swim a distance equivalent to the moon and back, twice.⠀ ⠀ The global conservation status of humpback whales has now been improved to ‘Least Concern’, but the Oceania sub-population, which includes whales that migrate to New Caledonia, Fiji, Niue, Tonga, Samoa, French Polynesia and the Cook Islands, remains perilously endangered.⠀ ⠀ 📷: ⠀ ⠀ #nzgeo #whales #humpbackwhale #whalephotography
Issue 153 of #nzgeo is out now! The finest frames of 2018 numbered 52—sparkling new visions of our environment and society to soak in and reflect on. Of these, there are winners in six categories and awards for the Young Photographer of the Year, the Resene Colour Award, the Panasonic People’s Choice award and the overall Nikon Photographer of the Year. ⠀ View all the winners from this year's Photographer of the Year in the latest issue! Link in bio. 📸: Derek Morrison (@derekmorrisonphotography ) / Winner of 2018 Photographer of the Year, Electric Kiwi Wildlife Winner and People's Choice Award#nzgeo #nzgeophoto
WINNER: Panasonic People's Choice Award 2018 Congratulations Derek Morrison! #nzgeophoto
WINNER: Nikon Photographer of the Year ⠀ 2018⠀ ⠀ Congratulations Derek Morrison!⠀ ⠀ 📷: @derekmorrisonphotography ⠀ ⠀ #nzgeophoto
WINNER: Young Photographer of the Year ⠀ 2018⠀ ⠀ Congratulations Toby Dickson⠀ ⠀ 📷: @tobydickson ⠀ ⠀ #nzgeophoto
WINNER: Resene Colour Award 2018 Congratulations David Wall! #nzgeophoto
WINNER: Electric Kiwi Wildlife Category Winner⠀ ⠀ Three-year-old sea lion Vega surfs alongside Derek Morrison at St Kilda Beach, Dunedin.⠀ ⠀ 📷: Derek Morrison⠀ ⠀ #nzgeophoto #wildlife #wildlifephotography #sealion
RUNNER-UP: Electric Kiwi Wildlife Category⠀ ⠀ Grey-faced petrels return from a day spent foraging at sea to their colonies on the Mokohinau Islands.⠀ ⠀ 📷: Edin Whitehead⠀ ⠀ #nzgeophoto #birds #wildlife #wildlifephotography
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Electric Kiwi Wildlife Category⠀ ⠀ Swallows argue over a perch, an image Simon Runting captured after two hours photographing their high-speed fights. ⠀ ⠀ 📷: Simon Runting⠀ ⠀ #nzgeophoto #wildlifephotography #wildlife #birds
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