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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...

2008-10-02 15:00:30

By McKNIGHT Sam THE inaugural meeting of the Southland Regional Transport Committee was held at Environment Southland yesterday. All of Southland's councils are represented on the committee, as well as advocates for economic development, public health, access and mobility, environmental sustainability and cultural interests. One role of the committee is to prepare an annual report on the progress of the Regional Land Transport Strategy, due in September annually. Environment...

2008-09-18 18:00:20

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. Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick said the land was a key addition to the Awarua/Waituna Wetland, as it links two internationally significant wetland blocks. The $1 million block, bought last month by the Government- created Nature Heritage Fund, joins the Waituna Wetland Scientific Reserve with the large...

2008-09-17 15:00:27

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. The energy-exploration company discovered the coal-seam gas near Ohai at the weekend. Chief executive John Bay said it was good news, "without a doubt", though the company had to do more tests and...

2008-09-16 15:00:33

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. Duynhoven told the Energy Summit conference in Wellington yesterday that New Zealand would depend on oil for some time to come. There were significant opportunities for the oil sector, with the Raukumara basin the next to be opened for exploration, he said....

2008-09-11 15:05:00

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. Southlanders share more than 3000km of coastline with many marine mammal species and one the most common visitors are fur seals and New Zealand sea lions. DOC Stewart Island field centre supervisor Sharon Pasco said these large mammals were regularly seen on the region's...

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...

2008-09-03 15:00:22

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. Southland's water came under the spotlight last week after the district council claimed rapid dairy expansion had put pressure on the council's ability to source domestic water supply and allocating water on a first-in, first-served basis was not appropriate. At the time, council chief executive Dave...

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 15:00:11

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. Demand in parts of the region, particularly northern Southland, exceeds supply and keeping water up to houses is high on the council's agenda as it makes a submission to a board of inquiry on a proposed national policy to manage fresh water today. The ministry has called for input into a proposed policy, known as the...


Latest Southland, New Zealand Reference Libraries

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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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