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From the rugged west coast beaches, to the majestic kauri forest and the picture-perfect white sand vistas, Northland is a draw card for nature and summer lovers. Wherever your Northland adventure may take you, follow these tips to help protect our taonga.

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Braydon Moloney took up a Science Communication Fiordland Film Scholarship with DOC at the end of last year.

Braydon Moloney.

Aspiring wildlife documentary maker, Braydon Moloney

This offered the University of Otago student—studying for his Masters in Natural History Filmmaking at the Centre for Science Communication—support in the making of a conservation themed film.

His 25 minute documentary “Pest Free?” is due to premier in Dunedin in early November.

It addresses the question, “can New Zealand become pest free?” and looks at what it means to be pest free, what’s currently being done, and where the future is headed.

Today we have the privilege of checking out a short “demo reel” for the film.

Applications for the Science Communication Fiordland Film Scholarship are always welcome. 

The support offered is negotiable on receipt of an application. It may include: covering costs associated with accompanying DOC field trips, accommodation and other travel expenses; general logistical support, including interviews and technical information; and exclusive footage opportunities.

For further information, please contact Caroline Carter.

A $1.5 million plan to turn Great Mercury Island into a pest-free wildlife sanctuary was revealed this week.

To profile this announcement we’ve chosen this photo—taken at sunset in Peach Tree Cove, on Great Mercury Island—for our ‘Photo of the Week’.

Sunset on Great Mercury Island.  Photo: Nev10 (cc)

Great Mercury Island (also known as Ahuahu) is owned by Sir Michael Fay and David Richwhite. It is located off the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula (seen in the distance in this photo) and is one of seven islands that make up the Mercury Islands. The other six islands are DOC-managed nature reserves.

Photo by Neville10/flickr, used under Creative Commons license.