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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.
By McKNIGHT Sam THE inaugural meeting of the Southland Regional Transport Committee was held at Environment Southland yesterday.
By THORNE, Dylan THE Government has paid $1 million for 240ha of wetland and regenerating native forest in Waituna to ensure its protection as an important ecological area.
TINY exploration company L&M Petroleum has found a much bigger than expected seam of coal gas in Southland -- a find that could be worth $500 million and rival the Kupe gasfield in Taranaki. But investors seemed unimpressed, with L&M shares dipping 1 cent to close at 19c yesterday.
By WEIR, James The Raukumara basin off the North Island's East Coast is looking "very useful" and may encourage European oil giants to have a second look at New Zealand, according to associate Energy minster Harry Duynhoven.
THE Department of Conservation is warning people not to be fooled by the puppy dog eyes of a sea lion or New Zealand fur seal this summer, into thinking they're safe to touch. They have a nasty bite and run fast, DOC said.
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.
By POKONEY, Cassandra SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS by the Southland District Council was partly to blame for the region's water woes, Environment Southland chief executive Ciaran Keogh said yesterday.
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.
By MORGAN, Jared DOMESTIC water in Southland could run dry as rapid dairy expansion puts pressure on fresh-water resources, according to the Southland District Council.
The TakahÄ“ or South Island TakahÄ“ (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,...