While we were in the frog house we checked on the two clutches of cellar slug eggs (our 4th and 5th clutches, since I caught big mama slug.) They haven't hatched yet, I wonder when they will?
A quick check in Andrew Crowe's guide to New zealand spiders, confirmed what I thought, it's a slater spider. Andrew Crowe's book does say their bite can be painful and slow to heal, so they are one to handle carefully. Avoid picking them up, better instead to let them walk onto objects. They're quite commonly found locally under stones and dirt, hunting slaters.
Then this morning we found a dead goldfinch, by our clear covers. We think it flew in and broke it's neck, however it was missing it's tail so we weren't sure. We donned out gloves and carried out an external examination.