43/100 . 2014 . 'time' . mosaic on board . New Zealand has 2,788 species endangered with extinction. A further 3,031 of New Zealand’s species are believed to be endangered, but cannot be classified as such because not enough is known about them. If the long and short term trends continue, all that stands between us and witnessing mass extinction, is time.
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34/100 . 1976 . 'contemplation' . colour pencil on paper . Here's a hoot - a colour pencil sketch I did in the 5th Form at Trident High School, Whakatane. LOL
33/100 . ‘3-star wētā motel’ . In honour of our giant wētā, one of the largest insects on earth, whose ears are located just below the knee joint on its front legs.
32/100 . ‘day 45 of 100 days project 2016 ‘ . Abbots red clay . Rabbit - a gregarious burrowing plant-eating mammal, with long ears, long hind legs, and a short tail.
31/100 . ‘beware the deep’ . 1998 . watercolour on paper . another bad image. Thought I had better take a photo before it headed off to Canada. Makes you wonder where they hang now?
29/100 . 2015 . ‘marine reserve’ . mixed media . Marine reserves are our highest level of marine protection established under the Marine Reserves Act 1971. The main aim of a marine reserve is to create an area free from alterations to marine habitats and life, providing a useful comparison for scientists to study. Marine reserves are also special places and can be enjoyed by everyone, offering spectacular opportunities to see rare and abundant sea creatures and environments.
27/100 . ‘bats’ . glazed BRT clay . New Zealand has only two native land mammals, and they are both bats – the long-tailed bat and the lesser short-tailed bat. They have bodies the size of a person's thumb (5–6 centimetres from nose to tail) and a wingspan of nearly 30 centimetres.
25/100 . ‘no way out’ . 2015 . watercolour on paper . With changes to land formations over time, many longfin eels find themselves locked in, preventing them from making their final journey out to the Pacific Ocean, near Tonga, to breed at the end of their lives. The New Zealand longfin eel is the largest and the only endemic freshwater eel species in New Zealand. Longfin eels are long-lived (can live up to 100 years). They are good climbers as juvenile and so are found in streams and lakes a long way inland.
24/100 . 2017 . ‘double wētā' . mixed media . Wētā have been around long enough to see dinosaurs come and go and to evolve into more than 70 different species, all of them endemic to New Zealand.
23/100 . 1999 . ‘rocky outcrop’ . If you stand at the corner of Commerce Street and Canning Place in Whakatane and look up, there is an escarpment of rock with the most amazing intertwining roots of Pohutukawa (at least they were there in 1999) :)
22/100 . 2013 . ‘balance’ . mosaic on wood . Inspired by the fine line in terms of maintaining a healthy ecosystem and the burning question – how much is too much?
2018 . ‘Tomtit – Miromiro’ . The New Zealand tomtit looks similar to a robin. They are a small bird with a large head, a short bill and tail, and live in forest and scrub.
2004 . ‘kōkako’ . watercolour on paper . another bad image, but all that I have . one of my favourite native birds flourishing in Te Urewera. The kōkako belongs to the endemic New Zealand wattlebirds, an ancient family of birds which includes the North and South Island saddleback and the extinct huia.