conservation

Dusky Sound’s new serenade

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown writer Peta Carey describes her new book, Tamatea Dusky, as a ‘‘love letter’’ to Dusky Sound. The freelance feature writer and documentary director and producer feels ‘‘enormously lucky’’ to have spent much of the past two years...

Trail on track

By GUY WILLIAMS Tourism workers are getting stuck into building a new mountain bike trail near Lakes Hayes Estate. The 1.2km loop track, the brainchild of Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association committee members Debbie Townsend and Jenny Carter,...
It’s terrible to think that New Zealand’s colourful native kea, one of the world’s most intelligent birds, is on the endangered list.  Someone doing their level best to change that is Tamsin Orr-Walker, who talks to PHILIP CHANDLER about...
By GUY WILLIAMS A consortium of predator control and conservation groups is working on an ambitious project to eradicate and intensively control predators across a massive swathe of country between Queenstown and Hawea. An independent study it commissioned concludes a 'Southern Lakes...

Zipping into Conservation Week

The search for a breeding pair of keas on Ben Lomond's being given a boost by one of Queenstown's most environmentally-conscious companies. To celebrate Conservation Week this week, Ziptrek Ecotours has formed a partnership with the Kea Conservation Trust. The company,...

Conservation on the ball

Two Queenstown conservation groups will likely get an almighty boost after today's conservation ball at Walter Peak. Real Journeys' third annual charity ball, in partnership with Department of Conservation (DoC), will be nothing short of a lavish event. Tickets are...
OPINION: My straw poll is mixed. Former mayor Warren Cooper reckons Queenstown isn't as busy as he expected this summer. (It's alright, Warren, Chinese New Year's almost here.) Meanwhile, one of our Dunedin wizards, Wayne, who helps put together the Scene, couldn't...

Stalkers in casualty hunt call

A dead deer has been found by a hunter following a 1080 poison drop in the Dart, Routeburn and Caples Valleys. It has prompted Southern Lakes New Zealand Deerstalkers Association to hold a grid search tomorrow to do a death...
The driving force behind Queenstown's ground-breaking wilding tree control group has stepped down as co-chairman. Queenstown reporter Guy Williams asks Peter Willsman why, and looks at his legacy.  Wilding trees throughout the Wakatipu — and probably in the rest of the country...
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