A small but thriving colony of New Zealand sea lions discovered several years ago in a remote harbour on Stewart Island could eventually help boost the population along Otago coasts.
That's the opinion of Massey University professor Louise Chilvers, who says several of the pups born at Port Pegasus are visiting beaches around Otago.
Frequent visitors to the Monkey Island camping area are worried there won't be enough room to pitch a tent this summer.
The Bailey family have been visiting the campsite for years, but the Southland District Council is now in the process of upgrading it and the family is concerned not enough grass area would be left to pitch a tent over Christmas.
History was made, on Sunday night, as Invercargill Airport became the country's first non-international, regional airport, to get a regular jet service.
The sold-out flight, from Auckland, touched down in the Deep South, just after 9:30pm on Sunday night, where the travellers were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd.
Airport general manager, Nigel Finnerty, said: "people had worked really hard, for the last two years, to make it happen."
The A-Three-Twenty service, is set to run five days a week, with the potential to air-freight over two tonnes of cargo.