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Archive for July, 2007

The Goodnight Kiwi

The Goodnight Kiwi was a animated short used to signal the end of the broadcast day on Television New Zealand channels,before they went 24hrs.It Aired from 1980/81 till October 19,1994.Its a classic.Also the song playing is a instrumental arrangement of traditional Māori song,”Hine e Hine” composed by Fannie Rose Howie (1868-1916) in 1905.

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Kiwi death prompts call for tighter leash on dogs: Media release

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A fatal dog attack on a Stewart Island brown kiwi / tokoeka has highlighted the need for dog owners to be keep their animals under control at all times.

The Department of Conservation was alerted to the incident by a member of the public who found the dead kiwi lying on Traill Park, opposite the Oban police station on Stewart Island / Rakiura.

Stewart Island field centre supervisor Sharon Pasco described the kiwi’s death as disappointing and preventable.

“In recent years kiwi have been making an appearance around the town with many locals either seeing them or hearing them in their own gardens, but this kiwi population is only small in number, making this loss a real blow.” more

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Spotting ‘little spots’ on Wellington’s wildest night out

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Wellington’s wildest night out just got even better! Throughout July and August, we are running a special two-for-one deal on our unique nocturnal tours. Conditions apply.

Take a tour by torchlight through New Zealand’s native forest at night. Your guide will help you to spot morepork, tuatara, glow-worms and weka. And if you hear a snuffling and a rustling in the bushes, it will probably be one of our rare little spotted kiwi – there are over 100 living wild in this magical valley! Tours depart nightly, with transport available to and from town for an extra $10pp.

Places are limited, so call 04 920 9213 to avoid disappointment!

Tour cost: $45 adult, $20 children (minimum age 12 years). 2-4-1 offer applies to PHONE BOOKINGS ONLY. more

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Media release: Fun format for garden bird survey

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Calling all bird watchers! Your help is requested for a national Garden Bird Survey.

With a simple and fun format, anyone from seasoned bird watchers to families and school groups can take part in the survey, which has proved popular overseas. In the UK more than 400,000 people participated in last year’s survey, with a tally of eight million birds.

“Are our common bird populations increasing or decreasing? That’s the question we want to answer,” says Landcare Research scientist, Eric Spurr. more

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Scoop: Secrets of NZ’s bizarre sea creatures revealed

WWF-New Zealand is launching an exciting new online resource that for the first time provides a gateway to all that’s known about life in New Zealand’s oceans.

The Treasures of the Sea: Nga Taonga a Tangaroa is a species-group by species-group guide to New Zealand’s marine life – from the bizarre feeding habits of the straptoothed whale, to the divorce rate of (usually) monogamous albatross. The leading marine scientists on New Zealand’s biodiversity have pooled their knowledge to create the new online resource, which was edited by NIWA Prinicipal Scientist Dr Alison MacDiarmid.

The new microsite at http://www.wwf.org.nz/treasuresoftheosea will go live on Friday 29 June, after an official preview launch event at Te Papa on Thursday 28 June for the marine science community of New Zealand. At the event, WWF-New Zealand will reiterate its call fr a national
network of marine reserves, which the global conservation organisation says is vital to protecting New Zealand’s unique marine biodiversity, much of which is under threat from human activity.

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