Latest Te Anau Stories

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...

2008-09-10 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...

2008-09-01 15:00:17

By FRASER, Bruce in Te Anau FIORDLAND COLLEGE principal Bill Verrall retired yesterday after 18 years at the school. Pupils and parents had learned of his departure only last week through the college newsletter, in which the board of trustees said he would retire immediately on advice from a medical specialist. His news was a major surprise and disappointment, it said. At his final assembly yesterday Mr Verrall spoke of the quality of the college's graduates. The college was known...

2008-08-22 15:00:46

By FRASER, Bruce om Te Anau MILFORD SOUND residents could be hoarding petrol as the shortage in the remote community bites. Allied Petroleum ceased selling petrol from its self-service pumps at Milford on August 1 after its eftpos card readers were superseded by a new, more expensive unit. The company said the outlet's low sales did not justify the upgrade. One resident said he believed tourism industry workers were already bringing containers of petrol into Milford and storing them...

2008-08-02 15:00:12

By FRASER, Bruce FIORDLAND COLLEGE and the Te Anau Environment Group plan to establish a community garden beside the college this year. Environment Group spokeswoman Annie Roska said more than 50 people turned out this week to hear Riverton-based sustainability advocates Robert and Robyn Guyton's guidance on setting up the garden. The group had been looking for a community garden venue and the link with the college, which had land available and a strong focus on environmental...

2008-07-21 15:00:23

By GILLESPIE, Sean A MASSIVE Telecom fibre optic upgrade will see many Southlanders receiving faster broadband. Telecom company Chorus is in the process of installing 3600 exchange cabinets nationwide which will increase internet speed for many users. Chorus chief executive Mark Ratcliff said each cabinet was the equivalent of a mini telephone exchange. "Previously, this equipment would have been housed in the local telephone exchange and the whole reason we're bringing it closer to...

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