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We visit Mt John Observatory in the MacKenzie District to hear about a proposal to establish the world's first protected starlight reserve here in New Zealand. It will protect the area's dark nighttime skies from light pollution, and preserve viewing opportunities for stargazers and professional astronomers alike. This segment was produced by Dacia Herbulock, with special thanks to Steve Wilde for his audio recordings.


Veronika Meduna spends some time stomping around in the mud at Pauatahanui Inlet, the largest estuarine wetland left in the lower North Island. She meets with volunteers who work to protect this unique ecosystem.

Justin Gregory brings us part two of his tour of the Wellington city landfill. He sits down to talk about the future of rubbish, including the potential for a true zero-waste policy.


Auckland's Mercy Ascot Hospital is looking at introducing a robot to do some of its most complicated surgeries within the next three months. It's called the da Vinci system and it's the first of its kind in New Zealand. Louise Wallace checks it out with one of only two local doctors trained in its use - urological surgeon, Chris Hawke.

Upcoming Events

Conservation Week activities 6-12 August, various locations

Tim Flannery's public talk 7 August in Dunedin

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