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.
2015 . ‘lesser short-tailed bat’ . glazed pottery on wood . The endangered lesser short-tailed bat is an ancient species unique to New Zealand and is found only in a few locations. The greater short-tailed bat is probably extinct.
2015 . ‘Kooked Kōkopu’ . acrylic on board
Ready in 15 minutes . serves 4
250g whitebait (declining)
1 tbs flour
salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs (lightly beaten)
butter (for frying)
Finally - Enjoy before extinct