Latest Karori Stories

2009-03-19 13:45:00

Conservationists said on Thursday that a rare "living fossil" tuatara reptile has been born in the wild in an area of New Zealand where it was believed to have been extinct for 200 years, the AFP reported. Scientists believed the tuatara had been extinct from New Zealand's three main islands for 200 years. Scientists say the lizard-like reptile, which shared the earth with dinosaurs, has survived for over 200 million years. However, conservationists reported more than 200 of the lizards have...

2008-10-31 13:11:22

Officials said Friday that a rare reptile with lineage dating back to the dinosaur age has been found nesting on the New Zealand mainland for the first time in about 200 years. Conservation manager Rouen Epson said staff at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in the capital, Wellington, found four leathery, white eggs from an indigenous tuatara during routine maintenance work Friday. Epson said the nest was uncovered by accident and is the first concrete proof we have that our tuatara are breeding....

2008-10-06 15:00:40

The Health Ministry, and half our district health boards, are refusing to acknowledge inadequate wages for caregivers in the community health homecare sector. These many thousands of selfless contributors who look after tens of thousands of elderly people daily receive close to the minimum wage, less, in fact, than hospital kitchen hands. Collectively, however, they prevent the New Zealand hospital sector collapsing. I suspect that, in collusion with Treasury, the ministry is trying to...

2008-07-14 15:00:33

I thought I was watching TV3 News but must have been mistaken since what I saw appeared to be a paid advertisement for a new brothel opening in Dannevirke. Pray tell -- if I decide to open an art gallery in Karori, will I also get similarly positive nationwide and prime-time television coverage? I just about gagged at the exclusively glowing response from the locals -- no uptight, obviously sexually repressed prudes in Dannevirke, eh? Or were they edited out? If this glowing example...

2008-06-26 15:02:58

By MULROONEY, Paul SEVEN administrative staff from Victoria University's College of Education have lost their jobs, and up to 22 academic staff could also be out of work. Dean of education Professor Dugald Scott confirmed the administrative job cuts -- part of an overhaul in which 20 existing positions have been phased out and only 13 new general positions created. All general staff within the college were invited to apply for the new positions, he said yesterday, as the university...

2008-03-05 00:30:00

The recent spotting of a rare species of frog breeding in New Zealand may lead to a better future for the endangered amphibian. Researchers reported on Monday that they found 13 finger nail-sized Maud Island froglets on the backs of adult male frogs at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellington. An estimated 40,000 Maud Island Frogs are assumed to exist. The species is known to primarily reside on Maud Island in the Marlborough Sounds and on Motuara Island. "Maud Island frogs have never...

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