36 days ago

Aerial 1080 to drop in lower South Island as rat plague threatens endangered bird population

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Queenstown News

A rat plague is expected to explode through Southern Lakes and potentially wipe out vulnerable birdlife.

Department of Conservation operations manager Geoff Owen said the critically endangered bush canary yellowhead/mohua population at the head of Lake Wakatipu could face local extinction due to an expected plague of predators due to heavy seed fall, known as mega mast. Mohua numbers had dwindled to just 5000 nationwide, he said.

In response, DOC is planning a winter aerial 1080 operation to control rat numbers in the Dart, Caples and Routeburn valleys. A second operation in the summer might also be required.

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6 hours ago

Fresh Avocados - delivered to your door!

Belle Vue Orchard

Fresh Hass Avocados handpicked to order and delivered to your door. We also have Avocado oil available.

- No chiller room!
- No sitting around on supermarket shelves!
- No squeezing by customers in the produce department!

The fruit is hand-picked to your order and is handled only once before being carefully packaged up and dispatched directly to you. This means the fruit is super duper fresh when it is delivered to your door.

We pick the fruit green so you will need to be patient when your box of deliciousness arrives. And, as a bonus, most of our packaging is reusable and biodegradable.
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20 hours ago

Former national ski champ Philippa Greig dies in Mexico

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Queenstown News

A Queenstown woman has died while on holiday in Mexico, reportedly of an illness.

Philippa Greig, known as Pip, died at the weekend. It is understood she contracted a disease.

Philippa was a former member of the New Zealand Ski team and won the Open Women's title at the 2004 New Zealand Free Ski Nationals in the Skier X discipline.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

22 hours ago

20-30% OFF Selected Shell Motor Oils!

Anna Smith from Beaurepaires Queenstown

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