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Hotel guests in Kaikōura discovered more than nine dead red-billed gulls on Sunday morning.

Information emerges on killing of red-billed gulls in Kaikōura

The protected birds were either shot, stamped on or run over.

Hotel guests in Kaikōura discovered more than nine dead red-billed gulls on Sunday morning.

Native birds shot, crushed to death in Kaikōura

DoC is investigating after the threatened gulls were found dead.

A car drives through rain.

Wild weather heads south

The lower North Island and South Island are now in the firing line.

Traffic reentering Kaikōura after the road was reopened in 2017.

Bad weather causes Kaikōura to be cut off

Both State Highway 1 and the inland route are closed.

Locals Dave and Cezanne Lyons have confronted and filmed tourist's relieving themselves at the Kiwa Rd site.

Kaikōura beach where freedom campers caught defecating closed

The council believes the area now poses a health risk.

Local resident Dave Lyon confronted a tourist and filmed him while he was relieving himself at the beach.

Kaikoura couple sick of freedom campers defecating on beach

The Council has placed a portaloo on the beach as a temporary solution.

HANMER SPRINGS, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 14: Large cracks are seen on Highway 7 following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016 near Hanmer Springs, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs at 12.02am and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas. (Photo by Matias Delacroix/Getty Images)

South Island rocked by trio of earthquakes

They are likely to be aftershocks in the wake of November 2016's Kaikōura quake.


Massive pod of Dusky dolphins delights kayaker in Kaikōura

The sighting is a promising sign for an ecosystem affected by the 2016 quake.

KAIKOURA, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 09: Sign for hotels, city center and whale watching in Kaikoura Bay on December 09, 2010 in Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)

Businesses flourishing in Kaikōura as road access restored

SH1 is back open 24/7 for the first time since the earthquake.

NIWA forecaster Chris Brandolino told The AM Show it's a good idea to wear your warmest coat tomorrow.

Temperatures to plunge as wintry blast unleashes on NZ

Cold southerlies could see snow down to 300 metres in parts of Canterbury.

A report has revealed illegal fishing activity from 2011.

Report reveals illegal Kaikoura fishing activity

It details unlawful dumping and "virtually non-existent" marine mammal catch reporting.

The Hikurangi margin marks where the Indo-Australian and Pacific plates collide.

How the Kaikoura quake wiped out an ecosystem

But at the same time, delivered what it will need to recover.

A still from video of the mysterious lights shows an odd shape.

Kaikōura UFO mystery still flummoxing locals 40 years on

Three bright lights appeared in the sky in 1978 - and the Govt's explanations still don't add up.

Alex Mackle was killed on Friday evening in a farm incident.

Young boy killed in farm accident before he could celebrate his birthday

"He loved his family and friends."

A nine-year-old boy died in a farm incident on Friday night near Kaikoura.

9yo boy killed in farm incident near Kaikoura

His death has been referred to the Coroner.

Between eight and 10 quakes measuring 7.5 or above have struck the Hikurangi subduction zone in the past 7000 years.

Megathrust earthquakes: Scientists drill for the truth

Is there truth to reports 12m waves "will CRUSH New Zealand"?


4.7-magnitude earthquake rattles Kaikoura

The quake was only 9km deep, and 5km northwest of the township.

'Rocky' was blown up while State Highway 1 north and south of Kaikoura was closed.

Kaikoura's dangling boulder 'Rocky' blown up

SH1 was reopened after its destruction.


Regions continue Cyclone Gita clean up

Golden Bay, Kaikōura and Taranaki all sustained damage in Tuesday's cyclone.

Close-up view of a stack of folded newspapers against a white background

Loss of local papers devastating for small towns

A Kaikōura resident laments losing an important piece of history.