Monday 23rd May, 2016
Conservation projects will be able to apply for additional Department of Conservation funding following the announcement of a multimillion-dollar cash injection to its Community Fund.
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry made the announcement at the Conservation Inc 2 Conference, the country's largest conservation conference, at the Dunedin Centre yesterday.
Tuesday 26th April, 2016
If you like the newly re-designed New Zealand fiver, it seems you're not the only one. The note has picked up an international award money can't buy.
There's a lot to appreciate about the $5 note -- Sir Ed's chiselled jaw, the proud Hoiho (Yellow-Eyed Penguin) or the brighter colours -- but we don't know whether those influenced the judges of the Banknote of the Year competition.
The humble fiver was awarded the title by the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) at the organisation's annual meeting.
The award recognises outstanding achievement in the design, technical sophistication and security of a banknote or banknote series, the IBNS says.
Twenty banknotes from around the world were nominated for the award, and the winner was voted by IBNS members.
New Zealand's $5 note was the competition's "clear winner", with Sweden's 20 Kronor note, Russia's 100 Ruble note, Kazakhstan's 20,000 Tenge note and Scotland's £5 polymer note voted runners-up.
The achievement is not only New Zealand's though. Our new banknotes were designed and printed in Canada.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand says it's very special to be internationally recognised for the banknotes.
"The note incorporates some of the world's most advanced security features, yet still beautifully showcases New Zealand's history, culture and heritage," he says.
The $5 and $10 notes have been in circulation since October. The new $20, $50 and $100 notes will come into circulation from May 16.
Tuesday 12th April, 2016
DUNEDIN, New Zealand — Only a keen-eyed observer can spot the rare yellow-eyed penguin in the impenetrable forest hills that hug New Zealand’s South Island beaches.
Native to this region, the birds mostly lurk under a canopy of thick shrubs, trees and branches, dashing for hiding places as soon as a human approaches.
Incredibly shy, the yellow-eyed penguin is truly odd. Measuring about 65 centimeters, or just over two feet tall, with striking yellow eyes and a yellow band across its head, it is the rarest species of penguin, nesting in the forest and returning to it. It is also severely endangered.
Despite various measures deployed in recent years to protect this penguin’s flocks, the outlook remains bleak. On average, only 18 of 100 penguin chicks survive their first year at sea. A decade ago, the population was estimated at 6,000. Today conservationists reckon that only 2,000 yellow-eyed penguins are alive.