Weta Workshop is helping its less glamorous namesake, one of New Zealand’s biggest and ugliest insects. The Wellington special effects company responsible for the props and make-up in Peter Jackson’s award-winning Lord of the Rings films is sponsoring research into Mahoenui giant weta in the central Waikato. The research, comprising hours of night surveys in the Warrenheip reserve, aims to determine whether efforts to save the threatened species are working. [More]