54 days ago

Favourite summer holiday spots

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your favourite summer holiday spots in NZ. Is there somewhere you keep returning to year after year and, if so, what are the main attractions? What makes it such a stand-out spot? Any tips you may be able to offer on the best things to see and do there - as well as the best places to grab a drink or bite to eat - would be much appreciated. Please put 'NFP' (not for publication) in your comment if you don't want it to appear in a travel article. Thanks again.

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Grooves up or down? Decking debate settled

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Keep up with the latest America's Cup action

The Team Reporter from Stuff

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1 hour ago

Music festival helps endangered kokako birds

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Endangered kokako birds will be backed by a music festival during Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

One dollar from every can of Native Hard Sparkling sold at Sounds Like Summer will be donated towards the care and protection of breeding pair Noel and Rehu.

The pair is part of a group of 30 kokako living on the bird sanctuary Tiritiri Matangi Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Kokako populations in New Zealand have been decimated by introduced predators such as possums, stoats, cats and rats.

Only about 1600 of the birds are remaining today.

Noël and Rehu have successfully fledged ten chicks.

The funds raised will be used to monitor their breeding, help locate nests and record outcomes for the duo's offspring.

About 3000 people are expected to attend the concert at Omaha Flats in Matakana, Rodney.

Festival organiser Jade Atkinson said a number of companies wanted to partner for the event but Native was chosen because of its commitment to New Zealand wildlife.

“They have a point of difference which aligns with our core values as a festival; sustainability, environment, reducing, reusing and recycling," Atkinson said.

Go to www.soundslikesummer.co.nz... for more information.