Redback Revival

Redback spider numbers are rising rapidly on the South Island as the New Zealand climate becomes warmer and drier. Scientists expect the trend to continue, and for the redback to spread as an increasingly large swath of the island becomes inhabitable. “They need decent warm periods in summer and they don’t like high soil moisture,” says spider expert Cor Vink. According to Vink, the spiders would be right at home anywhere in New Zealand where grapes are grown. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported from redback bites since the introduction of an anti-venom in 1956.


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Te Papa’s Te Taiao Nature an Urgent Call to Action

Te Papa’s Te Taiao Nature an Urgent Call to Action

Dunedin-based Guardian journalist Eleanor Ainge Roy writes on Te Papa’s biggest development since its inception 21 years ago, the result of the largest ever investment in a museum exhibition in the…