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"It would not have been the kind of bird that someone could catch alive."

Man-high 'monster bird' fossil found in Otago

"It would not have been the kind of bird that someone could catch alive."


Teacher's registration cancelled after inappropriate relationship

"I think you're an amazing person and want to show you that," he told the girl.

The Dunedin man, in his 20s, had been drinking with a group when he was encouraged to swim out to a moored yacht.

Catlins midnight dip prompts big search

A big search was launched for a man who got into trouble swimming off the Catlins Coast early on Sunday morning.

Roxburgh the morning after the storm hit was underwater.

Student Volunteer Army rolls into Roxburgh

Students are turning up to shovel silt in flood-damaged Roxburgh this weekend.

A Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), aka Hoiho, listed by the IUCN as Endangered, emerges from the ocean at Curio Bay, New Zealand and rests before proceeding to its nest at sunset

Set nets a major danger to rare NZ penguins

There are only 246 breeding pairs left in the South Island.

Jonty and Tiaan McKinnel were loving the new set of rapids.

Kayakers take to rapids created by Roxburgh flooding

Flash floods have turned the Clutha River into a water sports playground.

Ominous storm clouds have gathered over Roxburgh.

Storm clouds gather over devastated Roxburgh

As the clean-up continues, there are concerns more rain could be coming.

The small town has been ravaged by flash floods.

More rain heading for cut off Roxburgh

Six hundred people are without power and water in the Central Otago town.


Roxburgh starts recovery after weekend flash floods

The Central Otago town saw 42mm of rainfall within a couple of hours.

The tree can be seen smashing against the underside of the bridge.

Surging Roxburgh creek uproots huge tree amid flash flooding

A holiday maker captured incredible footage of the churning river.

Power and cellphone services have been cut.

Roxburgh flooding cuts power, phone networks

Seven houses have been evacuated.

The area of flooding between Roxburgh and Ettrick.

Slips blocking State Highway 8 near Roxburgh

The public is being asked to avoid the area.


Perfect conditions have Christmas coming early for fruit growers

Mild weather is leading to record crops of strawberries and cherries.

People sunbathe on deckchairs in Green Park, London, as Britain sweltered on the hottest day of the year so far.. Picture date: Tuesday July 19, 2016. Temperatures reached 32.2C (89.9F) at Brize Norton on Tuesday afternoon, the Met Office said, with the mercury predicted to reach 35C (95F) by the end of the day - making it hotter than Barcelona. See PA story WEATHER Hottest. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

Scorching weather forecast for rest of the month

Get your togs out and dust off the barbeque because summer weather is here, finally.

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 13:  A police car blocks the road as contractors close SH5 between Napier and Taupo on July 13, 2017 in Napier, New Zealand. Snow is falling across the South Island of New Zealand as a polar blast moves across the country.  (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Man killed in glider crash near Lake Hawea

He crashed in the Hunter Range, Otago.

The serious crash unit is investigating.

Man dies after crash near Clinton

A 56-year-old man has died after a car and motorcycle collided near Clinton.


Dunedin eyes waterfront transformation

Steamer Basin could be unrecognisable in a few decades.

A yellow-eyed penguin has been spotted giving a sea lion a good talking-to.

Neighbours at war on Dunedin beach

The hoiho penguin showed the sea lion who's boss.

This comes after "suspicious" test results for the bacterial cattle disease.

Two more farms put on notice against Mycoplasma bovis in Waimate

This comes after "suspicious" test results for the bacterial cattle disease.

Gareth Morgan portrait.

Gareth Morgan's furry predicament

He might have found himself a little closer to a cat than he'd like.

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