40 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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4 hours ago

Reside By The Lakeside

The Team from Neighbourly Property

Gorgeous, modern 2 bedroom 1 bathroom fully furnished apartment on the shores of lake Wakatipu.

This gem features a two level layout and enjoys knockout bluewater lake views. From your very own balcony you can enjoy your coffee whilst watching the jet boats whizz by.

Transport is a dream as just below is the scenic Frankton walking track and alternatively the main road bus stop is within a short stroll.

Maximum 2 Adults - To book a viewing, contact the owner directly, or find out more... please visit the listing here: listed.co.nz...

8 hours ago

Queenstown's 'abandoned' migrant workers fear for future

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Queenstown News

Crammed into tiny campground cabins, members of Queenstown's migrant workforce look down on luxury from a hill above the CBD. It has been home to some for over a decade but as the council clears the cabins to make way for a $1 billion development, many face homelessness.