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2011-04-15 07:54:00

LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- National Plan A Vacation Week - http://www.planavacationweek.com - features New Zealand vacations where visitors will find pristine beauty, deeply carved ravines and trek paths encircling the glorious Milford Sound. Marvel at the same unspoiled inlets as Captain Cook did when he sailed past these captivating fjords in 1774. Today travelers to New Zealand will find well-trained guides, bungee enthusiasts, uncrowded vast mountain chains, and a rich...

2010-04-19 07:25:00

MONETA, Va., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- How did Earth's natural lakes form? Receding glaciers and cataclysmic events such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteorite impact are some of the generally accepted geologic origins of our planet's lakes. But the original inhabitants of many lakes had their own theories about creation. New Zealand's Lake Wakatipu is shaped like the curled-up giant, burned to death in his sleep after kidnapping a chief's daughter. An enraged god threw fists full of...

2009-03-05 17:47:50

A man who discovered at age 57 that he had been switched at birth with another baby in a New Zealand hospital says he feels lucky to have two mothers. Fred George, who now lives in Massachusetts, flew to New Zealand this week to surprise his birth mother, Helen Churchman, on her 82nd birthday, the (Dunedin, New Zealand) Otago Daily Times reported. George and Jim Churchman, born Christmas Eve 1946 in the same hospital in Dunedin, somehow got assigned to the wrong mothers. Both sometimes...

2008-10-01 15:00:40

By JAMIESON, Debbie in Wanaka WANAKA PRIMARY SCHOOL staff and pupils cheered when they learned their $21.5 million new school had been given the go-ahead yesterday. Cabinet Minister David Parker made the announcement at the grounds almost six years after school representatives approached him seeking help with the burgeoning school roll. Principal Wendy Bamford said the news was awesome. She began at the school in 2005 with the brief to push forward with plans for the new school....

2008-10-01 15:00:31

By JAMIESON, Debbie in Wanaka THE Queenstown Lakes District Council has approved a new master plan for the Wanaka Airport, allowing the airport to prepare itself for the next 30 years of development. Former airport manager Tim Johnston said the plan allowed for a rise from 650 passengers a day to up to 1650 in 2036 and facilities to cope with ATRs and Boeing 737s. The future governance of the airport, currently managed by a committee of council, was still under review, he said....

2008-09-29 14:41:04

By KNIGHT, Kim When Laura Hill learnt of her impending screen death she was philosophical. And now Shortland Street's freshest corpse is enjoying her afterlife. Kim Knight reports. -------------------- Otago Festival of the Arts Where: Dunedin When: October 3-12 Featuring more than 30 music, theatre, dance and visual arts events and the 50th anniversary of the University of Otago's Robert Burns Fellowship in Literature. New Zealand debuts include Barcelona- based dance troupe Camut Band,...

2008-09-26 15:00:36

By FEA, Sue in Queenstown A NEW childcare centre planned for Arrowtown might ease the backlog of more than 100 Arrowtown children waiting for a spot in child learning and care centres. The Queenstown Lakes District Council on Friday will consider a request from the Arrowtown Community Preschool to guarantee a $20,000 bank loan for its $733,000 childcare project. The preschool committee is applying to the Education Ministry next month for a discretionary funding grant to build a new...

2008-09-24 15:00:49

Each week The Dominion Post asks someone about the people, places and events that have influenced them educationally, from the days of the old school yard through to their tertiary education. -------------------- This week: Conservation Department spokeswoman Nicola Vallance can often be spotted on television programmes clutching a gecko or some other native species before an audience of youngsters. But she has some serious scientific credentials. Primary and secondary schools...

2008-09-17 15:00:23

Dunedin will soon play host to Otago's biennial Festival of the Arts with a 10-day programme featuring 42 events and a cast of national and international acts. From October 3 to 12, music, opera, dance, theatre and literary performances will become an integral feature of the city's daily life. Eight international acts (four making their New Zealand debut), three New Zealand productions, five New Zealand plays, two operas and a distinguished gathering of New Zealand literary figures will be...

2008-09-10 15:00:17

By JAMIESON, Debbie in Queenstown A$1.2 MILLION plan to redirect the Shotover River and help mitigate flooding in Queenstown came a step closer to reality this week. The Otago Regional Council agreed to prepare resource consent applications to allow the construction of a "training wall" to shift the flow of the river, extract large amounts of gravel and remove three willow islands. The plan involves the removal of up to 1 million cubic metres of gravel, sand and organic material from...


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2006-02-20 11:14:38

The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), sometimes referred to as Hoiho, is a penguin found in New Zealand, on the south-east coast of South Island, Foveaux Strait and Stewart Island/Rakiura, and Auckland and Campbell Islands. This is a medium-sized penguin with pale yellow eyes. It grows to approximately 65cm and the average weight for an adult is 5-6 kilograms. It has a pale yellow head with black feather shafts. There is a band of bright yellow running from its eyes around the...

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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.