Published on 23 March 2022

Island minding: Motuihe Te Motu-a-Ihenga

Horahia - Long Beach

I was lucky enough to cover for the resident ranger in Motuihe Isand Te Motu-a-Ihenga for a weekend and the experience didn't disappoint!

Published on 25 November 2021

The nudibranches of the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve

Lemon nudibranch

Described as a "typical slice of the Hauraki Gulf" by the East Coast Bays Coastal Protection Society.(who led the MPA process back in the day), the Long Bay-Okura marine reserve hosts a good variety of nudibranches.

Published on 24 September 2021

Analysing iNaturalist data from the no-take marine reserves of the Hauraki Gulf

Mediterranean Fanworm

Using the iNaturalist-Mātaki Taiao API I was able to obtain a dataset of verified and geo-referenced observations from the different no-take marine reserves of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Published on 15 September 2021

PFWRA site goes live


A website I have been working on the past few months, Pest Free Waitākere Ranges Alliance, went live recently.

Published on 14 September 2021

Using LINZ Basemaps tiles with Leaflet.js

Leaflet.js in action

The excellent Leaflet.js is one of my preferred tools when building interactive online maps. And so is the aerial Basemaps service from Land Information New Zealand. Here I share a couple of tricks I usually apply each time I combine the two.

Published on 26 August 2021

Kauri dieback: Putting the "70% of infected trees are within 50m of a walking track" statement to test

Kauri tree

Since Auckland Council released the Kauri Dieback Report in 2017, some media outlets (and other platforms/sites) have made use of the following (or similar) statement: "70% of infected trees are within 50m of a walking track". Four years later I have a look at council data from the Waitākere Ranges which tells a different story.