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2011-11-16 09:50:42

In an irony of nature, invasive species can become essential to the very ecosystems threatened by their presence, according to a recent discovery that could change how scientists and governments approach the restoration of natural spaces. Princeton University researchers report this month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B evidence that destructive, non-native animals that have been deservedly maligned by conservationists the world over can take on important biological roles...

2009-04-21 14:46:53

The New Zealand Geographic Board says it wants to make the names of the country's North and South Islands official and find new Maori names for the islands. Don Grant, chairman of the geographic board, said the body discovered while searching for Maori names for the islands that their English names have never been made official, The Dominion Post reported Tuesday. Interestingly, while researching this issue, we noted that 'North Island' and 'South Island' are actually not official names under...

2008-08-26 15:00:39

By NEEMS, Jeff Yet more heavy rain has again raised the level of the Waikato River. Environment Waikato senior regional hazards officer Greg Ryan said the river was back up to 15m in Hamilton this morning, but staff did not believe it would reach the near-16m peak seen in the city earlier this month. The river dropped to as low as 14m in the middle of last week. "It's risen a little bit, but it's not too bad. Over the last couple of days it's risen steadily to 15m," said Mr Ryan. "I...

2008-08-19 15:00:52

By CRONSHAW, Tim A North Island investment group that specialises in syndicating dairy farms has entered Canterbury. The dairy investor, MyFarm, has a conditional contract to buy a 615-hectare property that includes four spray-irrigated dairy farms in Mid-Canterbury about 25km south of Ashburton. The farms are being opened up to two or three syndicates, with each investor laying out more than $1m. MyFarm director Andrew Watters said the venture would be the third large property...

2008-06-26 09:02:36

By Kathy Marks *Indigenous tribes celebrate victory in fight for rights lost by breaches of 1840 treaty with Britain New Zealand took a momentous step to address the historic grievances of its original Maori inhabitants yesterday, handing back nearly half a million acres of Crown forestry land in a settlement worth NZ$418m (160m). Hundreds of Maori, some wearing traditional feather cloaks, descended on the capital, Wellington, to watch the agreement being signed in parliament by the...

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2008-03-12 19:25:00

Early Friday morning, March 7, one of the world's most endangered species -- a North Island brown kiwi -- hatched at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Bird House. Keepers had been incubating the egg for five weeks, following a month long incubation by the chick's father, carefully monitoring it for signs of pipping: the process in which the chick starts to break through the shell. The chick remained in an isolet for four days and is now in a specially designed brooding box. The box will be not...

2007-08-16 15:23:40

Results from Manawatu's regional Mathex event at the Palmerston North Convention Centre last Friday. Year 5: Cornerstone Christian School, first, Carncot School, second and Russell Street School 1, third. Year 6: Tiritea School, first, Winchester School, second and third equal were Linton and Whakarongo Schools. Year 7: Ross Intermediate 1, first, Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School 2, second and Monrad Intermediate, third. Year 8: Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School, first,...

2007-08-10 15:04:36

By MILLER, Grant It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it. Members of Foodstuffs will browse two buildings' worth of food today and tomorrow so they know which products should be in most of our nation's supermarkets. "There's going to be a lot of tasting going on," says event co- ordinator Joanna Fifita. One hundred and fifty exhibitors will display meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, bread, liquor and other products at the national expo. The annual expo at Arena Manawatu has...


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Tammar Wallaby, Macropus eugenii
2013-08-21 14:39:46

The tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), also known as the darma wallaby or dama wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in western and southern areas of Australia. It has also been introduced into areas of Australia where it once lived and into New Zealand. It prefers a habitat within grassland areas. The tammar wallaby was first discovered in 1817 by a French naturalist named Anselme Gaëtan Desmarest. He found the wallaby on Ile Eugene, an island off the coast of Southern Australia, and...

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