It might shine a light on a slice of New Zealand's past,
but a Stewart Island archaeological project could also make
history, writes Shane Gilchrist.
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd and Japanese whalers are
again colliding in the Southern Ocean south of Australia,
with the conservation group accusing the Japanese of
illegally bringing in a military-style ship to the conflict.
Japan could suspend its annual Antarctic whale hunt because
the ageing flagship of its fleet needs urgent repair work.
The leader of a University of Otago expedition to the
Auckland Islands has called for greater protection of a part
of the archipelago densely populated by southern right
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr says he is confident
South Korea's assurances that they will not proceed with a
"scientific" whaling programme have been made in good faith.
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says it will expand its fleet
to South Korea's coastal waters to prevent whaling in the
South Korea says it plans to begin scientific whaling, a move
which has been roundly condemned by New Zealand and
A federal judge in Seattle has declined to immediately
restrain the activities of a Washington state-based
The federal government has reminded Japan that its whaling
vessels are not welcome in Australia's territorial waters
amid claims one strayed close to Macquarie Island.
Australia is stepping up diplomatic pressure on Japan in a
bid to stop this year's whale catch in the Southern Ocean.
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