With the West Coast's lush native bush
and sweeping vistas, tourism would be an obvious choice.
"Being a chef, I was always learning about Australian food and also the native bush
I admit it was a tad scary at first, sleeping in the open in pitch darkness with the night-time sounds of the native bush
all around us, but we adapted very quickly and considered it an adventure and were all keen to go on the next hike.
There are also walkways hedged in by bountiful greenery, lofty grandfather trees, colourful garden beds, lush ferns and a minature railway through native bush
. Free to the public, this lush park is owned by Palmerston North City Council and is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike.
I explain how the park was once a rubbish tip and how it has been regenerated into food gardens and native bush
providing employment, environmental education and a place for community.
The walks span 343 miles of Kiwi terrain ranging from alpine peaks to glacial valleys, native bush
, rainforest and beaches.
The six-day Best of the North Island follows back roads to a remote conservation farm and includes a kayak trip to a secluded harbor for a picnic lunch, a stay at a coastal eco-camp in native bush
land in the famous surf and arts town of Raglan, a visit to the geothermal area of Rotorua to witness boiling mud pools and geysers, and a traditional Maori dinner.
Set amongst native bush
land and located just minutes from the pristine beaches of the famous Gold Coast, this comprehensive campus that spans several sites, plays host to over 16,500 students from all over Australia and the world.
In 1990 my wife, Sylvia, and I purchased a unique property in the Wairarapa Region of NZ (1 1/2 hours drive North of Wellington) - a property consisting of a major wetland (now recognised as a Wetland of National Importance) and a significant block of native bush
. Since 1990 we have planted over 7000 native trees in areas that were logged in the 1960's, created new wetlands and carried out extensive wetland improvements, as well as eliminating over 4000 predators (feral cats, ferrets, stoats, weasels, possums, rats, etc).
Surrounded by birdsong and native bush
, I eagerly read the tribute to Patricia Grace featured in your May 2009 issue.
In the last one hundred and fifty years we have lost forever seventy five percent of our native bird species, sometimes called "losing three quarters of the 'Morning Chorus'." Bird Dog pictures a dog head shape detailed with an exotic bird and backgrounded by a native bush
scene and waterfall.
And if we kill 9,000 a year, even if they are not on the endangered list now, they will be if we don't stop."Heath said that turning native bush
into grazing paddocks meant that many of the animals killed died in fires set by farmers to clear debris after bulldozers cut down the trees."So these animals die horrific deaths," he said.