Rebecca Fox

Sea lion threat plan needed 'promptly'

Sea lion threat plan needed 'promptly'

Urgent interim measures need to be taken to protect the endangered New Zealand sea lion population given the serious rate of decline in pup numbers in the Auckland Islands, scientists and conservationists say.

Olveston's artist showing his work

Olveston's artist showing his work

As the first artist in residence at Dunedin historic home Olveston, Manu Berry has fallen for its ''fairy-tale'' feel and rich history.

Island complex to be Blake Station

The new research station to be built on the environmentally protected Auckland Islands, 465km south of Bluff, will be named after the late Sir Peter Blake.

Continue algae caution

People should continue to take care when walking their dogs near Otago waterways as potentially toxic algae could be present on banks as well as in the water after recent high rainfall, the Otago Regional Council says.

Fewer strong, cold sou'westers forecast

Fewer of the southwesterly and westerly weather patterns which have made for an unsettled summer are predicted to affect Otago this autumn, Niwa says.

Sea lion statement may be imminent

Sea lion statement may be imminent

Conservation Minister Nick Smith may break his silence later this week on the challenges facing the critically endangered New Zealand sea lion.

Doc response considered 'absolutely unacceptable'

A response to a request for more information on the changes made to Otago's conservation management strategy has been labelled as ''absolutely unacceptable'' by Otago Conservation Board member Susan Stevens.

Coastal Clean-up nets 2000 litres of rubbish

About 2000 litres of rubbish, including couches and plastic bottle ''bongs'', have been found along Dunedin's coastline and waterways.

Survival not hurt by branding

Survival not hurt by branding

The practice of hot-iron branding New Zealand sea lions ended in controversy 13 years ago, but research has found it has not affected their survival.

Church, Rippa rugby for royals' Dunedin visit

Church, Rippa rugby for royals' Dunedin visit

Twenty young Otago rugby players will be ''coached'' by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a Rippa rugby tournament at Forsyth Barr Stadium during the royal visit next month.