Thursday 20th July, 2017

Department of Conservation Te Anau staff are "devastated" after a much-loved gecko at the local visitor centre was taken.

Graham, a Marlborough green gecko, had been in his terrarium at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre for 30 years.

Staff noticed he was gone on Wednesday. The padlock to his terrarium was missing and marks on the latch pointed toward it having been forced or cut.

DOC representatives say the gecko has lived in one place all its life, and it might now be subjected to uncomfortable experiences.


Thursday 20th July, 2017

The Highlanders team to face the Crusaders in the Quarter Finals of the super rugby competition has been named.

It's shaping up as a classic southern derby, which Head Coach Tony Brown says the team is prepared for.


Thursday 20th July, 2017

Labour leader Andrew Little says his party would work with the Queenstown Lakes District Council, iwi, and the community Housing Trust to build 1000 affordable houses over the next decade.

Visiting Queenstown today, Little said a Labour government would use the Affordable Housing Authority and KiwiBuild programme to cut through red tape and get houses built quickly.


Wednesday 19th July, 2017

The Remarkables skifield was hit by its third power outage of the season yesterday, and was unable to open until noon.


Wednesday 19th July, 2017

A major low pressure system is heading towards the South Island and forecasters believe it may well create headlines later this week as severe weather bites some areas.


Wednesday 19th July, 2017

It will be late next week before the National Party releases the list of those vying for the job of controversial Clutha-Southland Member of Parliament Todd Barclay.


Wednesday 19th July, 2017

Whether or not euthanasia should be legal in New Zealand will soon be open for debate again.

ACT leader David Seymour’s "End of Life Choice Bill" is expected to have its first reading in Parliament next month.

Meena Amso sampled public opinion in Queenstown today.


Tuesday 18th July, 2017

Auditor-General Greg Schollum says he will not be conducting an inquiry into the decision to grant citizenship to San Francisco-based billionaire investor Peter Thiel.

This comes in response to a request from Green Party MP Denise Roche.

A German citizen by birth and an American citizen by naturalisation, Thiel became a New Zealand citizen in 2011 and owns a 193 hectare estate near Lake Wanaka.


Tuesday 18th July, 2017

Authorities fighting the spread of wilding conifers will have a complete picture of infestations throughout the country, thanks to new technology.

Land Information, Minister Mark Mitchell says the web-based mapping and monitoring tool will efficiently control invasive plant species.


Monday 17th July, 2017

The Arrowtown Museum is exhibiting 150 "family treasures" as part of its Taoka Tuku Iho Family Treasures exhibition.

Aimed at school aged children, the exhibition features a diverse range of items from across the Wakatipu region.