"It would not have been the kind of bird that someone could catch alive."
"I think you're an amazing person and want to show you that," he told the girl.
A big search was launched for a man who got into trouble swimming off the Catlins Coast early on Sunday morning.
Students are turning up to shovel silt in flood-damaged Roxburgh this weekend.
There are only 246 breeding pairs left in the South Island.
Flash floods have turned the Clutha River into a water sports playground.
As the clean-up continues, there are concerns more rain could be coming.
Six hundred people are without power and water in the Central Otago town.
The Central Otago town saw 42mm of rainfall within a couple of hours.
A holiday maker captured incredible footage of the churning river.
Mild weather is leading to record crops of strawberries and cherries.
Get your togs out and dust off the barbeque because summer weather is here, finally.
A 56-year-old man has died after a car and motorcycle collided near Clinton.
This comes after "suspicious" test results for the bacterial cattle disease.