39 days ago

Friday Feathered Friend

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

This week we feature Thomas the tūī and a lovely picture and words from by Simon Woolf.

"This is our spring friend, Thomas the tūī , enjoying nectar from a kowhai tree my sister gave us as a present over 20 years ago! The kowhai is such a feature in our garden, having been replanted as a small tree, which hadn't as yet flowered, from our first home in Standen St. Thanks heaps Deb."

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4 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 toe.
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!"

10 hours ago

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

MetService is predicting some really nasty weather from this evening until Tuesday morning. It has issued the following warnings for STRONG WIND and HEAVY RAIN for the Wellington Region.
WELLINGTON and the KAPITI COAST south of Otaki Valid: 6 hours from 7:00 pm Monday to 1:00 am Tuesday Forecast: Period of rain with locally heavy falls. Expect 50 to 60mm to accumulate, peak intensities 10 to 20mm per hour this evening.
WELLINGTON and KAPITI COAST south of Otaki. Valid: 13 hours from 9:00 pm Monday to 10:00 am Tuesday Forecast: Southerly gales are forecast to be severe at times, with gusts reaching 120 km/h.

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15 days ago

Favourite foodie finds

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your favourite foodie finds on your travels through NZ. Have you come across a particularly amazing cafe, bakery restaurant or food truck? Had an especially delicious pie, burger, sandwich, smoothie bowl or cronut? Been to what must be one of the country's best fish and chip joints? Or been pleasantly surprised by a town's food scene? Please share the details below and include 'NFP' (not for publication) in your comment if you don't want it included in an article. Cheers.