43 days ago

Skinks - Matiu/Somes Island

Louise from Woburn

Check out this cute little guy. Fantastic to see so many skinks on Matiu/Somes Island. I haven't seen any since I was a kid. I'm afraid I have no idea what sort of skink this is, I think common skink? Suggestions from those in the know much appreciated - I'm going cross-eyed trying to work it out on the internet.
They are so metallic and shiny that both my husband and I thought this was a railway spike holding up the wood on the edge of the step, then Chris said "wait, that spike has little hands."

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2 hours ago

Your favourite ever summer holiday

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
Now that summer's finally here and the holidays are just around the corner for many, we'd love to hear about your favourite summer holiday memories. Has there been a trip that you continue to think about years later? Where did you go, with who and what did you get up to? What made it such a stand-out experience? As usual, please put 'NFP' in your comment if you don't want it included in a travel article. Cheers.

7 hours ago

Way Back Wednesday

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

Lots of questions in this picture. What year? Where is it taken from and what do your recognise?

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5 days ago

Friday Feathered Friend

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

This week's featured bird is the oystercatcher, courtesy of Simon Woolf.

"Pretty rapt to see a clutch of oystercatcher, chicks and their parents, on Wellington's coast tonight. The adult birds were back from last year, and have three young ones in tow.
The adult bird had just caught a worm and the competition was on, as to which bird would get a feed. The bird at the back is the runt, and was also the chick that was attacked by gulls.
It was also the chick that was not in any way defended by the parent birds, while the other two birds were well cared for. You certainly know which chick is the runt, when it runs only metres away from you, after being chased by a gull, and neither of the parent birds felt the inclination to attack me!
Life is cruel for a baby oystercatcher, however if you are the runt of the clutch, life is really hard!"