New footage of bulldozer mucking in to save four-wheel drives

New footage has emerged of the retrieval of the four-wheel-drive vehicles stuck on Old Man Range between Waikaia and Roxburgh.

A bulldozer was used in the recovery effort and after two days of careful concentration and hard slog through the deep snow, all the four-wheel-drives are now safely off the hill.

Some have fared better than others - steam could be seen pouring from one vehicle as it slowly made its way along the dug-out road, pulled in a convoy behind the bulldozer.

Volunteer Clifford Hiscock, said: "All the house-keeping was done behind them, all that's left behind are footprints, and some tracks".

Thirty-eight people were rescued after becoming stranded in the vehicles two weeks ago.



Otago farmer left with no choice but to slaughter entire herd after one gets tuberculosis

An Otago farmer is upset that he has to slaughter his entire herd of cows after one of them contracted tuberculosis.

Merrall MacNeille, a raw milk supplier, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is trying to force him out of business, and says that he has already euthanised the animal which tested positive.

MPI regulations mean that if one animal in a raw milk herd tests positive, all of them need to go.

"I spend, let's just say ... 60 hours a week with these girls - they are lovely hard-working, nice cows," Mr MacNeille said.

"It's the worst thing in the world."

Mr MacNeille has been selling raw milk from his farm near Dunedin for more than a decade, but MPI Director for Animals and Animal Product Mat Sytone says that, while the ministry sympathises with the farmer, the most important thing was protecting customers from risks.

As it stands, the cows will all be slaughtered by the end of the week.

The farmer says the MPI wants to see raw milk suppliers forced out of business. Source: 1 NEWS

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'This has been a dose of reality' - Paula Bennett checks out impact of climate change on Kiribati

New Zealand is urgently looking for ways to help as rising sea levels in central Pacific islands like Kiribati becomes more of a problem.

It is estimated that by 2050, up to 54 per cent of the main island, South Tarawa, will be inundated by sea water.

Much of the land is less than three metres above sea level, and king tides, which hit for several months each year, are doing increasing amounts of damage.

The village of Eita was first flooded by king tides in 2002, and each year residents prepare for floods just a little bit worse than the last.

Betio Hospital has previously been evacuated due to flooding, and nothing but a wall stands between them and the sea now.

New Zealand ministers, including Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett, have arrived to see the impact for themselves.

"This has been a dose of reality," she said.

"You can read about it, you can hear the stories, but when you are faced with it in reality, it is incredibly stark."

In the last five years, five people have sought asylum in New Zealand citing climate change as their reason.

If one of those claims succeeds, it will then set a precedent for the 100,000 people living in Kiribati.

New Zealand is looking at ways to assist the country, including building a housing project to ease overcrowding, as well as filling in land to raise it higher above sea level.

By 2050 it's estimated up to 54 per cent of the nation’s main island will be inundated with sea water. Source: 1 NEWS