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South Island Skies Illuminated by Aurora Australis

South Island Skies Illuminated by Aurora Australis

Local photographers Stephen Voss and Blair Pattinson braved freezing temperatures in the South Island to capture images of the Aurora Australis, a natural light display in the sky. A solar storm meant that the Aurora…

Astronomers Hoping for Glimpse of Pluto in New Zealand

Astronomers Hoping for Glimpse of Pluto in New Zealand

Scientists from all over the world will gather in Central Otago on New Zealand’s South Island for a rare 90-second glimpse of Pluto on Tuesday June 30. “A stellar occultation (is) an event when light…

Rare Baby Kiwi Named Nutter – “a Ball of Fluff With a Beak”

Rare Baby Kiwi Named Nutter – “a Ball of Fluff With a Beak”

A rare baby kiwi has been born at the West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef on New Zealand’s South Island. The baby kiwi named Nutter, described as “90 per cent fluff and 10…

New Zealand Scales up Kiwi Breeding Programmes

New Zealand Scales up Kiwi Breeding Programmes

New Zealand will breed more of the iconic native kiwi in a bid to stop its course towards extinction in the wild, Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has said. The national bird is facing a crisis,…

NZ Government Pledges Millions to save the Kiwi

NZ Government Pledges Millions to save the Kiwi

Following warnings that New Zealand’s national bird could become extinct, the government has set aside NZ$11.2m ($8.3m; £5.3m) to stop the constant decline of kiwi numbers. “The aim of the investment is to turn the…

Fjords Crucial to Carbon Burial

Fjords Crucial to Carbon Burial

An Otago University study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, has found fjords could play a very important role as a driver of atmospheric CO2 levels at times when ice sheets are…

Interactive Map Shows Wellington Bathed in Sunshine

Interactive Map Shows Wellington Bathed in Sunshine

Wellington gets more than 2000 hours of sunshine each year and though it is no Los Angeles, which receives more than 3000 hours, according to the Atlantic that’s a substantial amount of sun. This…

White Kiwi Chicks Hatch near Wellington

White Kiwi Chicks Hatch near Wellington

Two rare white kiwi chicks have hatched at Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre 125km north of Wellington. Together with their three older siblings the kiwi chicks are likely to be the only white kiwis…

Brocken Spectre Phenomenon at Girdlestone Peak

Brocken Spectre Phenomenon at Girdlestone Peak

A “spooky” Brocken spectre phenomenon, featuring as part of the Guardian’s “Photo Highlights of the Day,” is seen at Girdlestone Peak on Tarn Ridge in the Tararua mountain range. “As dawn breaks, …

Aurora Australis Lights Up Southern Sky In Sensational Display

Aurora Australis Lights Up Southern Sky In Sensational Display

Due to a rare geomagnetic storm a magnificent light display was visible in certain areas of New Zealand and Australia. The Aurora Australis, also known as the Southern Lights, was captured clearly over the skies…

Rare Glimpse of Cloudless New Zealand from Space

Rare Glimpse of Cloudless New Zealand from Space

A rare image of New Zealand without a ceiling of cloud has been captured from the International Space Station as it orbits 418km above the South Pacific Ocean. According to NASA, New Zealand is seldom…

New Zealand Researchers Track Blue Whale Songs off Antarctica

New Zealand Researchers Track Blue Whale Songs off Antarctica

A team of researchers from New Zealand and Australia has successfully tracked scores of blue whales off Antarctica during a six-week expedition to the Southern Ocean. Voyage leader Richard O’Driscoll said…

NASA Reveals New Zealand “Untouched Sanctuary”

NASA Reveals New Zealand “Untouched Sanctuary”

Nasa has released a series of images of ‘sanctuaries’ around the globe as part of a new book released this week, which includes a stunning image of Mt Taranaki in New Zealand. “Sanctuary: Exploring the World’s…

Koekohe Beach One of the Most Bizarre in the World

Koekohe Beach One of the Most Bizarre in the World

Koekohe Beach in Otago, famed for the Moeraki Boulders, is one of the world’s most bizarre beaches according to the Architecture and Design website, which also features the Beach of the Cathedrals, Ribadeo, Spain…

Rare Giant Squid a Spectacular Scientific Opportunity

Rare Giant Squid a Spectacular Scientific Opportunity

The colossal squid hauled from the depths of Antarctica’s Ross Sea by a New Zealand fishing crew last year has local scientists very excited, as it is one of very few ever examined. The 350kg…

Sirocco the Kakapo a Great Conservationist Spokesbird

Sirocco the Kakapo a Great Conservationist Spokesbird

Sirocco the kakapo is a great spokesbird to travel New Zealand and share the conservation message, according to James Russell from the University of Auckland, who recently met the hand-raised bird. “The kakapo is an…

Milky Way Glows Over New Zealand in Stunning Photo

Milky Way Glows Over New Zealand in Stunning Photo

Space.com has featured a stunning image of the stars; proving New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to view the night sky. The image, by astrophotographer Amit Kamble, was taken on…

Supermoon Appears in New Zealand Skies

Supermoon Appears in New Zealand Skies

New Zealand was the first country in the world to see the dramatic supermoon. On Sunday, the full moon reached the point in its orbit that is closest to the Earth, known as perigee. The Guardian…

Astronaut Tweets Picture of NZ from Space Station

Astronaut Tweets Picture of NZ from Space Station

A German astronaut has tweeted a stunning picture of Banks Peninsula from space. Dr Alexander Gerst, who has a Masters in Earth sciences from Victoria University, is traveling aboard the International Space Station. “Nice…

Urgent Protection Needed to save Maui’s Dolphin

Urgent Protection Needed to save Maui’s Dolphin

New Zealand has been urged to save the last 55 remaining Maui’s dolphin – one of the world’s rarest creatures – as they are on the brink of extinction and are expected to die…

Kiwi’s Ancestors Now Said to Hail from Madagascar

Kiwi’s Ancestors Now Said to Hail from Madagascar

New evidence shows that if the emu was the kiwi’s cousin, then Madagascar’s elephant bird was it’s sibling. Speculation continues as to the origins of New Zealand’s diminutive kiwi, new research now links the bird…

It happened in NZ first: Oceanic Apocalypse

It happened in NZ first: Oceanic Apocalypse

At first it was dismissed as a freak event. In 1998, a mass of jellyfish carried by the tide into Big Glory Bay, Stewart Island, became pinned against the netting of salmon farm pens:…

New Zealanders Fight to Pull Back Kakapo from Extinction

New Zealanders Fight to Pull Back Kakapo from Extinction

7 March 2014 – New Zealanders are pulling out all the stops to save the nation’s second most favourite bird, the kakapo – a friendly, flightless, green feathered parrot that teeters on…

New Crustacean Species Could Unlock Secrets of the Deep

New Crustacean Species Could Unlock Secrets of the Deep

Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) have discovered a new crustacean species in the Chatham Rise east of New Zealand, that may unlock the secrets of the deep sea. NIWA…

Egg of Bird Thought Extinct for More than a Century Found in NZ

Egg of Bird Thought Extinct for More than a Century Found in NZ

For the first time, New Zealand scientists say they have found an egg on Little Barrier Island of an endangered bird that had been presumed extinct for more than a century. The storm petrel is…

Rare Red Panda Cubs Open Their Eyes to the World

Rare Red Panda Cubs Open Their Eyes to the World

Rare red pandas, one of Asia’s most threatened species, have been born at Auckland Zoo as part of a global management plan. The two cubs, born on 3 January, each weighing about 100 grams, were…

Ancient Seabird Fossil Found Dating Back 58 Million Years

Ancient Seabird Fossil Found Dating Back 58 Million Years

A fossil of one of the world’s oldest flying seabirds, named Australornis lovei, has been found in in greensand deposits in North Canterbury, linking New Zealand to Antarctica when it was still being formed,…

Auckland Zoo Achieves Circle of Life with Flamingo Chicks

Auckland Zoo Achieves Circle of Life with Flamingo Chicks

Auckland Zoo is claiming a world first after the hatching of two flamingo chicks, the first flamingos ever bred in Australasia and the first successfully bred from an entirely hand-reared flock anywhere in the…

19th Century Plate Depicts Extraordinary Set of Birds

19th Century Plate Depicts Extraordinary Set of Birds

“No country on the globe can offer such an extraordinary set of birds as are here depicted,” wrote British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace of “the peculiar Ornithology of New Zealand” in The Geographical Distribution…

Flying Australian Kiwis Could Put Paid to Moa Ancestry

Flying Australian Kiwis Could Put Paid to Moa Ancestry

New fossil research suggests the flightless kiwi and emu share a common ancestor able to fly, which travelled over to New Zealand from Australia millions of years ago. Experts have long assumed that the kiwi…

NZ Native Forest Takes Root in Seattle

NZ Native Forest Takes Root in Seattle

A New Zealand forest exhibit has opened at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, the first of five eco-geographic forests to be completed in the Pacific Connections Garden, which eventually will cover…

US Hills Are Alive to NZ Flora

US Hills Are Alive to NZ Flora

“We call it the New Zealand dead look,” says horticultural manager, David Zuckerman, of Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum new garden, New Zealand Forests. As a marketing statement about the attractiveness of Kiwi flora, Zuckerman’s…

He Ain’t Ugly, He’s Our Parrot

He Ain’t Ugly, He’s Our Parrot

An international public vote has given the beloved and endangered New Zealand parrot, the kakapo, the unwanted title of the world’s second most ugly animal. The ugliest, according to the online campaign by the…

Sirocco Kakapo Creates a Buzz in Japan

Sirocco Kakapo Creates a Buzz in Japan

New Zealand’s own celebrity parrot, Sirocco Kakapo, has charmed Japanese audiences and gained thousands of new fans after being mentioned on a popular Japanese television show with an audience of over 10 million. A presenter…

Kakapo in Global Ugly Animal Contest

Kakapo in Global Ugly Animal Contest

New Zealand’s native kakapo has been thrust into the international spotlight, named as one of just 12 endangered animals to be included on the Ugly Animal Preservation Society’s list of ugliest animals…

Volcano off the Bay of Plenty Coast Erupts

Volcano off the Bay of Plenty Coast Erupts

White Island, a volcano off the coast of Bay of Plenty, erupted yesterday morning, sending a plume of steam two kilometres into the air. The eruption happened about 10:23am, lasted only a few minutes…

Sneaky Egg Swap Boosts Kokako Population

Sneaky Egg Swap Boosts Kokako Population

The Department of Conservation (DOC) are working hard to save the endangered North Island kokako, using sleight of hand to trick nesting mothers into incubating the eggs of kokako from other areas to help…

New Zealand Landscape Plays Active Role in Films

New Zealand Landscape Plays Active Role in Films

“If a country could be eligible for a best actor award, New Zealand could be in the running for every gong going,” writes Megan Lane. In the piece for BBC News Magazine, Lane explores…

Wellington CBD Closes Following Magnitude 6.5 Quake

Wellington CBD Closes Following Magnitude 6.5 Quake

Much of Wellington’s CBD was closed on Monday as engineers assessed building for structural damage following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck on Sunday evening. While the New Zealand Parliament building and Beehive did sustain…

New Zealand Pledges to Continue Fight for Ross Sea

New Zealand Pledges to Continue Fight for Ross Sea

A New Zealand-led proposal for a marine protected area in the Ross Sea has been stymied due to the inability of the 26-member Comission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to…

Successful Planting of Our Natives in UK Gardens

Successful Planting of Our Natives in UK Gardens

A selection of New Zealand plants ideal for UK gardens feature in a Guardian picture gallery this week. “If you squint a bit, parts of the New Zealand landscape can look familiar to the…

NZ Bird Recognise People, Show Different Personalities

NZ Bird Recognise People, Show Different Personalities

A study has revealed that a native New Zealand bird is able to recognise different humans. Researchers at Victoria University found that the North Island Robin, or toutouwai, reacts differently to humans by timing…

‘First-Ever Photos’ of World’s Clearest Lake

‘First-Ever Photos’ of World’s Clearest Lake

Blue Lake in Nelson Lakes National Park is the clearest fresh water lake in the world, with visibility ranging between 70 -80 metres. Entering the lake is strictly prohibited and is located in a…

Race to Save Maui’s Dolphin

Race to Save Maui’s Dolphin

With only 55 adults remaining, experts fear Maui’s dolphin will disappear entirely within the next 17 years unless urgent action is taken.  An expert panel was appointed by the New Zealand government last year…

Call to Save the Diminishing Longfin

Call to Save the Diminishing Longfin

New Zealand longfin eels are the National Geographic’s “Freshwater Species of the Week.” The threatened creatures are New Zealand’s only endemic freshwater eel and are on a “slow path to extinction,” according to an…

Speed Stargazing over Tongariro

Speed Stargazing over Tongariro

Amateur Taupo videographer Bevan Percival has captured “breathtaking” time-lapse film showing the star-packed night skies and landscapes of the volcanic Central Plateau over a six-month period. PetaPixel writes: “Shot using a…

Hard to Fathom

Hard to Fathom

“Stand humbled” at the exhibition ‘Whales: Giants of the Deep’, a show which originated at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and is now on at the American Museum…

New Territory

New Territory

New Zealand could adopt Maori names for its two main land masses after the New Zealand Geographic Board found that “North Island” and “South Island” were not official names under legislation, despite their common…

Bird-watching Masterpieces

Bird-watching Masterpieces

Buller’s Birds of New Zealand: The Complete Work of JG Keulemans is recommended as a “must have for those with an interest in the birds of New Zealand or in bird…

Southern wild

Southern wild

Mount Cook and the Mackenzie Country feature in the March/April issue of the Australian Geographic. “Mt Cook lies within the Southern Alps, a series of mountain ranges stretching along the entire South Island. The…

Militant on the Mainland

Militant on the Mainland

“It sucks to be a possum in New Zealand,” according to The Atlantic’s Rachel Gross. “Cars swerve to hit you. Guns point toward you. People feed you little green pellets that taste like cinnamon;…

Kevin Iro: from ‘Kiwi’ League Legend to Marine Reserve Champion

Kevin Iro: from ‘Kiwi’ League Legend to Marine Reserve Champion

‘At first glance’ Kevin Iro, New Zealand rugby league great, ‘seems a somewhat unlikely ocean champion,’ writes Islands Business. But you don’t play for the ‘Kiwis’ without learning about hard work, and teamwork. That…

Howling at the Moon

Howling at the Moon

In real time, Wellington photographer Mark Gee shot this video of the moon rising over the capital with the silhouettes of people gathering to watch the spectacle at the Mount Victoria…

New Zealand Dolphin Faces Extinction

New Zealand Dolphin Faces Extinction

An estimated 55 adult Maui dolphins are left in the world. The Maui is unique to the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It is the world’s rarest and smallest dolphin. And, by…

Penguin Paradise

Penguin Paradise

Farmer Francis Helps and his wife Shireen have converted much of their Banks Peninsula land into a safe haven for one of the word’s smallest penguins, the rare white-flippered penguin, also known as korora….

Cat-free Isles?

Cat-free Isles?

Prominent New Zealand economist and environmentalist Gareth Morgan wants his country 100 per cent cat-free and he’s willing to go extraordinary lengths to make it a reality. Cats are a “friendly neighborhood serial killer”…