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2009-05-29 12:10:00

Police in New Zealand said a Scottish tourist's passport was stolen by a kea, a large wild parrot, during a bus tour in the Fiordland region. A spokesman for police in Te Anau, the nearest town to the scene of the incident, said the kea snatched a brightly colored bag containing the man's passport when the bus driver opened the vehicle's luggage compartment, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The spokesman said the passport is unlikely to be recovered given the 4,600-square mile side...

2008-09-10 15:00:16

By MILNE, Amy SOME of Southland's unique locals are the large, flightless birds found in the wild only in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland. Takahe were considered extinct until the late Dr Geoffery Orbell rediscovered them in 1948. Since 1983, the Department of Conservation has been involved in managing takahe that live within the Te Anau Wildlife Park in an attempt to boost the birds' recovery. The department's takahe programme manager Phil Tisch said to support breeding in...

2008-09-02 15:00:00

By WILLIAMS, David Half a metre of rain is forecast for the West Coast over the next few days, continuing August's wet and wild weather for the South Island into a new month. The MetService is forecasting more than 500mm of rain to fall from today to Thursday as an active front sweeps up the coast's mountain ranges. MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said a record high- pressure system was blocking a series of fronts. "Isobars (on a satellite map) are bunched together over the South...

2008-09-01 15:00:17

By FRASER, Bruce in Te Anau FIORDLAND COLLEGE principal Bill Verrall retired yesterday after 18 years at the school. Pupils and parents had learned of his departure only last week through the college newsletter, in which the board of trustees said he would retire immediately on advice from a medical specialist. His news was a major surprise and disappointment, it said. At his final assembly yesterday Mr Verrall spoke of the quality of the college's graduates. The college was known...

2008-08-22 15:00:46

By FRASER, Bruce om Te Anau MILFORD SOUND residents could be hoarding petrol as the shortage in the remote community bites. Allied Petroleum ceased selling petrol from its self-service pumps at Milford on August 1 after its eftpos card readers were superseded by a new, more expensive unit. The company said the outlet's low sales did not justify the upgrade. One resident said he believed tourism industry workers were already bringing containers of petrol into Milford and storing them...

2008-08-17 18:00:23

RESEARCH on the diet of the toothless and blind hagfish has won Rebecca McLeod the 2008 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year award. The marine ecologist studies the diet of the primitive scavenging creature, which lives up to 400 metres below sea level in New Zealand fiords. Her research showed clearing coastal forests can alter the way marine ecosystems work. The work has implications for coastal management in New Zealand and internationally. Dr McLeod won the $10,000 premier...

2008-08-02 15:00:12

By FRASER, Bruce FIORDLAND COLLEGE and the Te Anau Environment Group plan to establish a community garden beside the college this year. Environment Group spokeswoman Annie Roska said more than 50 people turned out this week to hear Riverton-based sustainability advocates Robert and Robyn Guyton's guidance on setting up the garden. The group had been looking for a community garden venue and the link with the college, which had land available and a strong focus on environmental...

2008-07-03 15:00:21

By FRASER, Bruce in Te Anau FIORDLAND rock lobsters and Fiordland fishermen are both thriving following the recovery of the species from a long decline. Fiordland Lobster Company chief executive officer Mike Schuck said that winter, the region's main fishing period, was going very well. Prices were high, catches were excellent and most fishermen had been able to upgrade or replace their boats. The resurgence of the lobster fishery had resulted in a 28 percent increase in the annual...


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2009-03-28 13:25:06

The Takahē or South Island Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri) is a species of flightless bird native to New Zealand. It was thought to be extinct after the last four known specimens were taken in 1898. However, the bird was rediscovered by Geoffrey Orbell near Lake Te Anau in the Murchison Mountains, South Island, on November 20, 1948. The species is still present there today and small populations have been successfully relocated to four predator-free offshore islands (Tiritiri Matangi,...

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