Visit the Blue Springs, Te Waihou Walkway, Waikato

Categories
New Zealand Videos

Visit the Blue Springs, Te Waihou Walkway, Waikato

The Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway is internationally acclaimed with water so pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.

The spring is fed from the Mamaku Plateau where the water takes up to 100 years to filter through; the resulting water is so pure and clean that it produces a beautiful blue colour while being virtually clear.

The walk to the springs follows a track alongside the Waihou River, through wetlands, across rolling pastoral land and features views of small waterfalls, native bush and the famous Blue Spring with glimpses of trout along the way. 

Water from the Blue Spring flows at a rate of 42 cubic metres per minute and could fill a 6 lane (25 metre) swimming pool in around 12 minutes. The water temperature is a constant 11 degrees celsius throughout the year.

The Blue Spring walk takes about one and a half hours each way, starting from Whites Road (State Highway 28), near Putaruru. There is also a shorter walk, 15 minutes each way, to the Blue Spring, accessed from nearby Leslie Road.

The Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring is located in South Waikato near Putaruru. With plenty to see and do in the South Waikato area you can easily make a day of it. Enjoy some local cheese at Over the Moon Dairy Company, take your bike and try out the Waikato River Trails, or do a spot of fly fishing in one of the many great waterways in the area.

Boutique galleries and gift stores are plentiful in Tirau while Tokoroa, a little further south, celebrates its forestry heritage with the carved Talking Poles and NZ Timber Museum.

Tiaki – Care for New Zealand

Categories
Videos

Tiaki – Care for New Zealand

New Zealand is a special place, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand while travelling.

View there full version of the video below.

WHILE TRAVELLING IN NEW ZEALAND I WILL

CARE FOR LAND, SEA AND NATURE, TREADING LIGHTLY AND LEAVING NO TRACE

TRAVEL SAFELY, SHOWING CARE AND CONSIDERATION FOR ALL

RESPECT CULTURE, TRAVELLING WITH AN OPENHEART AND MIND

Trees are Vital for our environment

Categories
Environment Videos

Trees are Vital for our environment

Trees are an important part of the CO2 cycle – they absorb upto 25% of all emissions.

They are important to our environment as they contribute by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen.

This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” Trees, shrubs, and turf also filter air by removing dust and absorbing other pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. After trees intercept unhealthy particles, rain washes them to the ground.

Without trees, we are in danger of creating an imbalanced CO2 emissions cycle and bombard our atmosphere with higher CO2. Mankind will then suffer the effects.

When carbon dioxide CO2 is released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels, approximately 50% remains in the atmosphere, while 25% is absorbed by land plants and trees, and the other 25% is absorbed into certain areas of the ocean. We need to plant more trees every day so the next generation can enjoy a better world.

Source: NOAA. https://sos.noaa.gov/datasets/ocean-a…

Trees are important to our climate

Trees help cool the planet by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, into their trunks, branches, and leaves, and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. In cities, trees can reduce the overall temperature by up to eight degrees Celsius. With more than 50% of the world’s population living in cities—a number expected to increase to 66% by the year 2050—pollution and overheating are becoming a real threat. Fortunately, a mature tree can absorb an average of 48 lbs of carbon dioxide per year, making cities a healthier, safer place to live. 

help filter our AIR

Trees are like the vacuums of our planet. Through their leaves and bark, they absorb harmful pollutants and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. In urban environments, trees absorb pollutant gases like nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide, and sweep up particles like dust and smoke. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide caused by deforestation and fossil fuel combustion trap heat in the atmosphere. Healthy, strong trees act as carbon sinks; absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide and reducing the effects of climate change. 

capture WATER

Trees play a key role in capturing rainwater and reducing the risk of natural disasters like floods and landslides. Their intricate root systems act like filters; removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the ground. This process prevents harmful waterside erosion and reduces the risk of over-saturation and flooding. According to the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations, a mature evergreen tree can intercept more than 15,000litres of water every year.

Visit Auckland – Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is Breathing

Categories
Videos

Visit Auckland – Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is Breathing

Beautiful video from Visit Auckland with a poignant message for today’s times – Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is Breathing

Sit at a distance, stand as one.
When the time is right, we welcome you.
But for now, listen. Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is breathing.

All copyright notices can be found on YouTube.

Join The Resolution

Categories
Environment Videos

Join The Resolution

People around the world have united to sing Resolution Song. Their goal is to inspire everyone around the world to make New Year’s resolutions to protect our planet from the climate and environmental emergency.

We think this is fantastic, anyway you can get the message out – it can only be a good thing

Here’s how you can join the #Resolution2020 movement and inspire the world to set ambitious New Year’s resolutions to save our planet:

We have joined Genless

Categories
Videos

We have joined Genless

We are pleased to announce that RHD has joined Genless as we believe that we should embrace a lifestyle that uses less energy, to help halt climate change.

We have reduced our car size, monitored our energy and are looking into solar for our workplace.

Gen Less is a lifestyle choice.
A decision to start getting more
out of life by using less energy.

It’s the first generation anyone can join, regardless of age.

It unites individuals, organisations, businesses and the government in New Zealand to live and work in more climate-friendly ways.

And by being in Genless, you are choosing to take meaningful, ongoing action to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions from energy use.

Because if we’re going to stop climate change, we need to do it together.

Watch their video below, it’s very cool.

Space – The final frontier

Categories
Videos World

Space – The final frontier

Last week I had the pleasure of watching “The First Man” on iTunes and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed, what a time of bravery, skill and  development of technology. After watching, it got me thinking. Have we really progressed far in exploration of space since 1969? At the time I felt – not really.

But then I remember seeing this video of Chris Hadfield singing “Space Oddity” in space on youtube. What really got to me was that in this video -there is no special effects, no computer graphics, nothing visually added just Chris is singing in space (watch for the scene when he plays in front of the window – that is actually Earth) on the International Space Station.

I have read his book and loved the way he described life on the space station, I recommend it.

So I guess we have come a long way….

Otaki Trains – The Early Years

Categories
Videos

Otaki Trains – The Early Years


Here’s a video of my Dad’s trains, his garden railway in Otaki, New Zealand. This video features the early version of his trains.

Otaki Trains – Night Scene

Categories
Videos

Otaki Trains – Night Scene


Here’s a video of my Dad’s trains, his garden railway in Otaki, New Zealand. This video features a night scene almost looks real!

Otaki Trains – The Green Mile

Categories
Videos

Otaki Trains – The Green Mile


Here’s a video of my Dad’s trains, his garden railway in Otaki, New Zealand. This video features his Western Green Engine.

Otaki Trains – Diesel Magic

Categories
Videos

Otaki Trains – Diesel Magic


Here’s a video of my Dad’s trains, his garden railway in Otaki, New Zealand. This video features his Diesel Engine.