Endangered native seabird rescued after bypassing security at TVNZ in Auckland

An endangered New Zealand seabird bypassed security at TVNZ in Auckland today, needing to be rescued from a stairwell inside the building.

The tuckered out Hutton's shearwater was rescued by TVNZ staff member and self-confessed animal lover Jade Schutte this morning. 

"I found the bird hiding in a little hole, brought it inside and put it in a box and gave it water.

"It was super tired and snuggled up to sleep instantly," Ms Schutte said.

She called the local SPCA, who prioritised the pick-up of the endangered native.

Fenton Rigby from the Auckland SPCA told 1 NEWS it was rare to see the seabird so far away from its natural habitat out on the water.

"It may have been exhausted or hit by a car, it's hard to tell," Mr Rigby said.

After examining the bird Mr Rigby said the wings were still symmetrical and it seemed to be in relatively good health. A vet will inspect it further at the SPCA.

Juvenile seagull rescued from TVNZ in Auckland.
Juvenile seagull rescued from TVNZ in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

The Hutton's shearwater are endemic to Kaikoura and only breed in the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges at high elevation but they're not to fly further afield.

A busy day for birds at TVNZ Auckland also saw a juvenile seagull needing to be rescued by the Auckland SPCA.

The Hutton's Shearwater appeared to be exhausted, appearing far from its natural habitat out at sea. Source: 1 NEWS




Stage Challenge an 'integral part of the lives of many young New Zealanders, ending after 25 years

The annual Stage Challenge and J Rock event has closed its doors after 25 years due to an unstable economic environment. 

Stage Challenge and J Rock producer Helen Sjoquist told 1 NEWS the decision to not proceed with the event was "regrettable".

"Stage Challenge has been an integral part of the lives of many young New Zealanders and it is unfortunate that the event could not continue.

"There are so many memories of wonderful and extraordinary performances put on by schools from Invercargill to Whangarei."

"The passion, dedication and enthusiasm of the liaison teachers supporting their students, the school principals and communities needs to be acknowledged. Students have got to work with industry professionals, including staging, lighting, audio and video production in what has been an inclusive event covering students across all school years."

Lester Taylor, chairman of the Stage Challenge Foundation, penned a letter in November to those involved in the production.

"The current economic conditions are making it difficult for the corporate sector to sponsor charitable events while these same conditions impacted ticket sales in 2017."

"The result is that the Foundation believe that the income generated from sponsorship and ticket sales in 2018 will be insufficient to produce the events to the high standard that has been done in the past."

Since 1992, Stage Challenge saw schools enter performances regionally, with the best going on to compete nationally. 

Auckland's Henderson High School won the overall competition last year.