The programme has supercharged efforts to repopulate central West Coast rivers with the native blue duck.
He crawled for three hours with broken bones after falling 50metres.
Schools and roads closed, mass transport cancellations, heavy rain and wind warnings in place.
For this South Islander, Antarctica is positively buzzing with activity.
At least 33 females within the community have been interviewed in the past week.
Slips and fallen trees left hundreds of motorists stranded in Haast.
It could be days before others still stranded between Ross and Makaroa can leave.
Parts of the South Island have been told to prepare for more wet weather.
The region has been struggling through an unusually hot, dry start to summer.
Some townships have struggled to cope with the influx of summer visitors.
A man has died after his vehicle went down a bank into the Okuru River near Haast and was discovered some time later by a passing jet boater.
The hiking and biking track will link Blackball with Punakaiki.
The incredibly rare kiwi hatched on Christmas Day.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 5:30pm.
A search and rescue team found her body after she failed to resurface.
The incident occurred this morning in Ngahere, Grey District.
If you're thinking of fighting off the warm weather with a trip to the beach, you might be in for a surprise.
A male motorcyclist has died after crashing into a fence near Westport, police say.