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Christmas Kiwi

Christmas Kiwi

Christmas Kiwi My last Ulva Tour before Christmas saw me over there with a Brit couple living is Australia. Daughter Anne is down for Christmas and she came across with us to see the Hunter Family (who own the private land on Ulva) and as well to enjoy the Ulva Island...
Solar Update

Solar Update

First Guests We have the firsts guests of the season with us as I type this. So interesting to look at the impact they have on our energy usage. This last month with just Iris and I here, we’ve dropped around 25% of total battery storage over night   …...
Solar Update

Solar and Generator Back Up

Solar Power and Back Up Generator
We realised from day one we would need a back up generator for those dark days. And so purchased a Hyundai 5 kw diesel plant from Trade Tested.

Ulva Island Rat Re Eradication

Ulva Island Rat Re Eradication

Ulva Island Rat Infestation In the early 1990’s Department of Conservation successfully eradicated rats from Ulva Island. The strategy used then was hand poisoning, using Warfarin  . The Island was parallel tracked at 50 m centres with stations every 50 metres....
Solar Update

Solar Update

On Monday Shane from Tansley Electrical arrived to install our final 3 kw of solar panels to bring both inverter arrays up to full capacity.

Autumn, Energy, Sealions and things

Autumn, Energy, Sealions and things

Days are shortening quickly, especially noticeable since we went back onto NZ standard time. And although we’ve had a lot of lovely fine days on Stewart Island, it is definitely cooler.

Pulse of the Planet

Pulse of the Planet

Last October Rakiurs Hertzoff asked me if I would take a podcaster to Ulva Island. And so I found myself hosting Jim Metzner.