The deaths of two climbers in accidents on consecutive days
last year in the Aoraki-Mt Cook region have shown the dangers
of either underestimating conditions or overestimating
capabilities, Canterbury coroner Richard McElrea said.
Environment Canterbury (Ecan) has started conducting blood
tests on wild rabbits to relay information to farmers that
North Otago populations of the pests are becoming more
resistant to the deadly calicivirus.