Monday, 20 December 2010

Olearia Hectorii

The Olearia hectorii or native tree daisy, is under threat. This is because there are no young trees growing up to replace these striking old timers. Watch this video to find out more. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Otago Rail Trail

When the railway lines were pulled up from Central Otago the tiny local towns had a tough time. This is a video about how the Otago Central Rail Trail attracts thousands of visitors a year. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Otago Skinks

The Central Otago high country is home to one of New Zealands giant lizards the Otago skink. However these lizards are threatened with extinction. Find out how the community is trying to protect them. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Sheelite Mining

Many people know about the Wakatipu region's goldmining legacy. But what about the scheelite? In fact, what is scheelite? Watch this video to find out. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Hoiho / Yellow-Eyed Penguin

The hoiho or yellow-eyed penguin is New Zealands most endangered penguin. Watch this video about how a sheep farm on the Otago Peninsula has made a business out of watching penguins. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Golden Point Battery

Nic visits Golden Point Battery in Otago, one of New Zealand's oldest gold mining operations. Check out how DOC rangers fire up the old engine every year! Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Diamond Lake

Diamond Lake and The Rocky Summit tracks, in the Wanaka region, were the brainchild of one man, Stuart Landsborough. Thanks to Stuart they are much more accessible for us all to enjoy. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Alpine Flora and Fauna

Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Buff Weka

Buff weka used to roam the Otago and Canterbury high country but sadly, thanks to introduced predators, thats no longer the case. Now the islands of Lake Wnaka provide them with a refuge. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Duvaucel's Gecko

Meet New Zealand's largest native gecko! Watch this video to find out the differences between geckos and skinks in Central Otago. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Grand and Otago Skinks

Grand and Otago skinks are only found in Otago. Learn how DOC's scientists are using a mammal-proofed fence to save these precious reptiles. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Kereru Hospital

In a suburb of Dunedin, a very dedicated vet-nurse runs a hospital for injured kerer?. This video explains why kerer? get in trouble and how she looks after them. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Lindis Pass Hotel

Restoring a historic hotel from the gold-mining era in Central Otago isnt an easy job, luckily the Lindis Pass Hotel has lots of people lining up to lend a hand. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Camping with Nature

Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Lowland Longjaw Galaxiids

In the Kauru stream near Oamaru lives one of New Zealands rarest fish. Watch this video about the lowland longjaw and how DOC protects this tiny fish which is as endangered as the kakapo. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Karitane Coastal Walk

Check out how DOC is working with local Iwi in Otago. Discover the legends and history of Huriawa Peninsula. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Butler's Incline

Butler's Incline is one of New Zealand's many mining sites. Watch this video to discover how the Bay of Plenty community is helping conserve the heritage value of this site. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

St Bathans Bendigo

St Bathans hall in Central Otago is the oldest mud-brick hall in the country. Its also in danger of falling into disrepair. This video shows how it is being restored. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Toroa / Royal Albatross

At the end of the Otago Peninsula lies the tiny outpost of Taiaroa Head, here you'll find the one of world's largest seabirds, the Northern royal albatross. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Treble Cone Vandals

When winter arrives, its not just humans who flock to the ski fields. At Treble Cone, near Wanaka, some cheeky locals turn the ski field and car park into their playground. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Wanaka Climbing

Wanaka has become a popular spot for rock climbers. Watch this video to find out why. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Yellow-Eyed Penguins

Come and join Nic and members of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust on Codfish island as they undertake their annual penguin chick count. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Wilding Pine

Wilding pines are pine trees that have escaped into the wild. In some places they are a huge pest. This video shows how DOC rangers get rid of wilding pines. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

The Birds of Christchurch

Dr Paul Scofield from Canterbury Museum is interviewd by Chris Todd about the prehistoric and current birds of Christchurch.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Mountain Biking

All around Central Otago, new landscapes are opening up for us to enjoy. The great thing about these places is that there are many exciting new ways for us to enjoy them. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

NZ Seal Lions

Hunted almost to extinction, the New Zealand sea lion is now the worlds most endangered sea lion. While most of the population is living in the Subantarctic, one breeding female has ensured a population around Otago. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Mysterious Mudfish

Canterbury is home is to one of New Zealands most endangered fish species, the mysterious mudfish. Lets find out what these Cantabrians are up to and what makes them so special. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Mountain Rescue

The Search and Rescue Alpine Rescue Team in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park dedicate their working days to rescuing people off the dangerous Southern Alps. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Living Memorial

Fifteen years ago tukaikino/Wilsons Swamp, in Canterbury, was basically a bunch of damp paddocks. Find out whos helping this wetland get well on its way to being restored. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Kura Tawhiti

Kura Tawhiti in the Arthurs Pass region was once a meeting place for early Maori. Learn about the wildlife that used to live here and what climbers and iwi are doing to protect this special place. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Kaki / Black Stilt

The kak is one of the worlds rarest wading birds. In the 1980s, their numbers plummeted to 23 adult birds. However, the captive management programme at Twizel is making a real difference to their survival. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Kakariki

Nic finds out how DOC staff in Canterbury are fighting the clock to save our threatened species of kkriki. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Kaitorete Geckos

Kaitorete Spit in Canterbury is a great place for lizards. Find out whats so alluring about our native geckos and skinks and how we can help them in our own backyards. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Jewelled Geckos

Check out this video to see some of our more charismatic locals! Nic finds some jewelled geckos in Canterbury. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Hector's Dolphin

Hector's dolphin is New Zealand's smallest dolphin. These native dolphins are endangered in New Zealand. Find out how to behave when sharing the water with Hector's. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Fire Training

Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Coast to Coast

Extreme athletes and conservationists are coming together to help protect one of New Zealand's rarest birds, the blue duck. We meet Robin Judkins, the man bringing this all together. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Avoca Hut

A humble historic homestead in Arthurs Pass has been lovingly restored and is open to receive visitors. Experience early 1900 life on a remote, high country sheep station at Avoca Homestead. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

White Flippered Penguins

Don't confuse them with a little blue penguin! Canterbury is home to the white-flippered penguin. Watch this video to find out how DOC and others are helping out these little locals. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Wheels Rolling Again

The Little River Rail Trail near Christchurch might not have trains anymore, but you can still get on your bike and enjoy it! Find out more about the how the trail is being restored. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Quail Island

tumahua or Quail Island, sits like a jewel, safely tucked away in Lyttleton Harbour. Watch this video to discover how the community are protecting the wildlife there. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Noisy Kiwi Neighbours

High in the Southern Alps, the tiny 40-strong community in Arthurs Pass Village are committed bunch of locals. Find out how this community has a mission to protect kiwi. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Nature Lovers

Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Science Project

The Rotoiti Mainland Island is special because of the scientific work that goes on within it to measure and monitor the restoration of this beech forest and the wildlife that lives within it. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Quarantine

Maud Island is one of New Zealand's best-protected nature reserves, where a surprising number of native species live without the threat of pests and predators. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Pepeke / Frog

The Maud Island frog is one of only four native frog species in New Zealand and theyre not what youd expect from frogs. They have no webbing between their toes, dont croak, and there are no tadpoles. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

NZ Fur Seal

Watch this video from the Nelson/Marlborough region. Nic finds out about how the NZ fur seal is making a return from the brink of extinction. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Molesworth Station

Welcome to Molesworth Station. Watch this video to find out more about this historic station in the Nelson/Marlborough area. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Kakapo

Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.

Electric Fishing

Did you know that New Zealand has at least 35 species native fish? The trouble is many of our fish are tiny and hard to find, so DOC uses electric fishing to monitor them. Meet the Locals is a partnership between DOC and TVNZ 6 and is distributed by Bush Telly with permission.