Tropical cyclones

From about October to April, intense storms known as tropical cyclones occasionally form in the tropics to the north of New Zealand.

Part of story: Weather

Fish larvae and the ocean environment

Hoki: a case study Hoki (Macruronus novaezelandiae) is the most abundant commercial fish species in New Zealand waters. Since 1995, however, there has been a below-average survival of

Part of story: Open ocean

Gravity always wins

Landslides are a natural process that removes material from hills, mountains, and coastlines, gradually lowering and flattening the topography.

Part of story: Landslides

Rocky coasts

Coasts made of solid rock, or sediment deposits with tightly packed or cemented grains, are known as hard coasts and are relatively resistant to erosion. When hard coasts

Part of story: Coastal erosion

International freight and warehousing

International freight Since the first cargoes of semi-processed whales and seals, timber and flax were sent to Europe and North America, New Zealand’s international freight travelled by sea.

Part of story: Freight and warehousing

Beach volleyball

Beach volleyball is played by two teams of two players on an 8- by 16-metre sand court, divided by a net more than 2 metres high.

Part of story: Minor outdoor sports

Employment issues

Filipinos seeking work overseas often use immigration agencies in the Philippines, which for a fee arrange immigration papers, employment and airfares.

Part of story: Filipinos

Social impact of labour disputes

When work stops because of an industrial dispute, often it is not only the workers themselves who are affected. Their families also feel the impact of lost household income.

Part of story: Strikes and labour disputes


At low altitudes on warm, moist, fertile sites, mixed conifer–broadleaf forest dominates. At higher altitudes, where the weather is colder and wetter, growing seasons are

Part of story: Southern beech forest


The Whangārei coast

Part of story: Whangārei tribes

Dargaville and the Northern Wairoa

Dargaville Town on the Northern Wairoa River, 58 km south-west of Whangārei and 186 km north-west of Auckland. In 2013 it had a population of 4,251.

Part of story: Northland places