Notorious as one of the most poisonous creatures in New Zealand, the endangered native katipō spider is struggling to hold on to its rightful place amongst the coastal foredunes.
Fancy a sprinkle of lemongrass ants on your salad or a bug slider made with locusts? The option to choose edible insects is out there and those who’ve tried it say the taste is great. We meet the Christchurch entrepreneurs delivering creepy crawly cuisine products to New Zealand’s top restaurants and bars.
Despite our affinity with the weta, few Cantabrians are probably aware that the precipices above Mt Somers are home to the rare dinosaur-like Mt Somers bluff weta, one of only eleven recognised giant weta species in New Zealand, and one of the few left on the mainland.
When I met June and Stuart McLachlan in October last year to learn more about the daffodils on their Leeston farm, The Rowans, Stuart also mentioned Harts Creek, one of the main tributaries into Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. This waterway rises from springs on the family farm and flows southeast for approximately eight kilometres into the lake. It has its own tributary, Birdling’s Brook, also rising from springs but further to the east.