Animal diseases Scab Scab was a troublesome 19th-century sheep disease, spread by a mite that caused skin irritation. It gave rise to some
Part of story: Rural language
In legal language, an ‘act of God’ is an extraordinary natural event that cannot be foreseen or prevented.
Part of story: Natural hazards – overview
The compact capital Wellington’s role as New Zealand’s capital ensures its importance, but much of the city’s charm and character lie in its harbour and hills.
Part of story: Wellington places
Poisoning Young calves can get lead poisoning if they lick lead paint or batteries. A number of plants are poisonous to cattle, including yew leaves, and acorns. On North Island
Part of story: Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer
A calendar of work The most important function of the Māori lunar calendar was to regulate planting and harvesting, fishing and hunting.
Part of story: Maramataka – the lunar calendar
Buddhism is the cornerstone of the Thai community. Images of Buddha are sacred and treated with great respect. Buddhist monks trained in Thailand arrived in New Zealand in the late
Part of story: Thais
Since the 1950s New Zealand has conducted a comprehensive range of scientific studies in Antarctica. Early studies by New Zealand scientists centred on geology, glaciology and zoology.
Part of story: Antarctica and New Zealand
The Ring of Fire The central North Island is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire – a term used for the rim of the Pacific Ocean, which has earthquakes and active volcanoes.
Part of story: Ecoregions
In the past two million years there have been 30 major oscillations between cold glacial and warm interglacial periods. The present interglacial era has so far lasted 12,000 years.
Part of story: Climate change
Lava flows Hard volcanic rocks, formed as lava flows, are widespread in the northern part of the North Island. There are also scattered occurrences on the eastern side of the South
Part of story: Building stone
Coastal erosion is the retreat of the shoreline due to water currents, waves and wind. It is a natural process that can be influenced by human activities.