In the South

Pesky gorse not without value

Gorse was introduced into New Zealand around 1835 and although it proved to be useful as a cheap and effective plant for farm hedges and shelter it was declared a noxious weed in 1990.

Poisonous enough to kill an elephant

ABOUT THE SOUTH: Southland's most poisonous plant is tutu, a major killer of cattle in the early days of settlement.

More whales visiting Otago Harbour

Whale visits to Otago Harbour seem to be increasing, a Dunedin Department of Conservation ranger says.

Self-contained food store

A bulb stores its complete life cycle in its underground structure.

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