Geoff Park, Te Ati Awa, African Wild Dog
Last Month Geoff Park died
Geoffrey Nicholls Park, ecologist: born July 7, 1946; married 1970 Lindsay Banks (dissolved) 3 sons 1 daughter; died Wellington, March 17, 2009, aged 62.
not seen: Theatre Country ... Essays on Landscape and Whenua ... Geoff Park ... Paperback, 286 pages, 150 x 235mm, NZ, 2006
Sunday, 19 April
Nga- Uruora – The Groves of Life.
Ecology and History in a New Zealand Landscape, by the late Geoff Park
During 4 ‘til 8 with Katrina Batten
As a tribute to the noted New Zealand ecologist Geoff Park who died in March, we’re featuring his 6-part radio series produced by Matthew Leonard in our Sunday Feature slot. The series draws Geoff Park’s 1995 book Nga- Uruora – The Groves of Life Ecology and History in a New Zealand Landscape which has become a classic of New Zealand environmental writing, and been reprinted regularly since its 1995 publication.
Te Ati Awa
musing on my birthplace, by Pipitea St
the stream derived their name from the large pipi bed on the foreshore.
Te Ati Awa was a Taranaki tribe. In the 1820s sections of Te A-ti Awa began migrating down the North Island in response to attacks from Ngapuhi and Waikato. Over the course of a series of historic battles they moved to the Kapiti Coast and then to Te Whanganui-a-tara
About 600 Te Ati Awa went back to Taranaki in 1848. More Ma-ori returned to Taranaki as a consequence of the land wars there in the 1860s. The Te A-ti Awa sub-tribe Te Matehou, of Pipitea pa-, moved to join their kin at Waiwhetu-. Nga-ti Tama also moved away, with those in O-hariu migrating to Whakapuaka near Nelson. Those left to keep the fires burning in Wellington after about 1890 belonged predominantly to the Te A-ti Awa sub-tribes of Nga-ti Te Whiti, Te Matehou, Nga-ti Tawhirikura and Nga-ti Puketapu. This remains the situation today.
Where I grew up: just above ngati Poneke, a Pa created for all iwi to share in Wgtn
African Wild Dog
One of my favourite animals.
They have some at Wellington zoo (why?). I asked a keeper how many were left wild. He said 5000. I thought he was joking.
Paul Allen has given $500K to a project that uses AWDog shit to keep wild populations in place.
gps collars indicate that they wont pass top-dog shit.
I seem to recall that a while back, some researchers stopped darting and colloring AWDogs because they noticed higher mortality in darted packs.
Maybe they have solved the problem (distemper?)