Pete McGregor

Joined: Dec 16, 2012 Last Active: Mar 30, 2020

Pete has loved strange and wild things and strange and wild places for as long as he can remember. During his undergraduate and graduate degrees he maintained a collection of preserved insects but now has no urge to kill the things that fascinate him*; instead, he's more likely to photograph them and sometimes write about them. In fact, writing and photographing are probably his main compulsions.

He used to work for Landcare Research, where he eventually ended up as Team Leader for what was then called the Applied Terrestrial Ecology team. He jumped ship in 2004 and has travelled extensively since then, including in some strange and wild places. This confirmed his delight in those kinds of places and their inhabitants. He now tutors for Massey University's School of English and Media Studies. He lives in the Pohangina Valley on the western side of the southern Ruahine Range.

He blogs at Pohanginapete and The Ruins of the Moment, the latter being a photoblog. He updates 'The Ruins' more regularly than 'Pohanginapete'. You can contact him via either blog.

He returned in late February 2017 from over three months in India, which explains the three-month hiatus in his NatureWatchNZ observations. You can see his photographs from India on his Instagram account.

* He accepts this is sometimes necessary — it just isn't necessary for him.

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