$4.8m to river clean-up

The 25ha Mangaotama Wetland restoration near Ngahinapouri in the Waipa catchment is one of the projects to receive funding. The wetland is home to rare species such as spotless crake and long-tailed bat.

The Waikato River Authority has announced it will allocate $4.8 million to a further 33 projects to help clean up the Waikato and Waipa river catchment following its latest funding decisions.

Water use project to cost $636,000

The Opihi River is in the catchment zone for a publicly-funded water resources model.

The Irrigation Acceleration fund and Environment Canterbury (ECan) are spending $636,000 on a water use model for South Canterbury.

Algae warning extends to Waihi River

Children play at the Waihi River at Geraldine in 2013. A stretch of the river at Winchester is the subject of a toxic algae warning.

Potentially toxic algae has been found at another South Canterbury river site.

Protesters: 'No Planet B' gallery

Protesters carry cut-outs depicting polar bears during a march ahead in Hong Kong.

Activists around the world march in climate change rallies ahead of Paris summit.

Big skate hooked at Hook

Mike Skelton with the 48 kilogram skate he caught at the Hook Beach fishing contest on Sunday.

A skate as wide as a ute deck surprised the South Canterbury fisherman who landed it on Sunday.

Call for action on climate change

The protesters made their way to the band rotunda in Blenheim's Forum, waving their signs and chanting.

Dozens of people gathered in Blenheim to highlight the need for action on climate change.

Can she save the planet?

If the Paris talks are successful, Christiana Figueres will be entitled to the lion's share of the credit.

If the Paris climate change talks are a success, Christiana Figueres deserves most of the credit.

No prowling for clown cats

Brightly coloured collars could reduce the amount of prey caught by cats.

Colourful cat collars are being trialled in Wellington to help protect native birds.

Eat less meat. Save the planet

Fruit and vegetables are relatively low in greenhouse gas emissions and provide significant health benefits.

OPINION: Our diets are a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. How can we change that?

Climate talks - where less means more

Lady Elliot Island, on the southern Great Barrier Reef, is home to a variety of marine megafauna.

OPINION: How can emissions trend up, as targets are being met?

You down with ADP?

Heard of REDD-PLUS? It refers to efforts to protect forests.

Don't know your INDC from your CBDR? Here's a guide to help you understand the UN climate talks.

Epic weather disasters are here now

'The speed of climate change is proceeding even faster than we thought it would two decades ago,' says Princeton University's Bill Anderegg.

In Kyoto, 1997, climate change was an idea. Today, in Paris, we're trying to save a hotter, wetter, wilder world.

Riot police clash with Paris protesters video

Demonstrators clash with riot policemen near the Place de la Republique after the cancellation of a planned climate march.

Tear gas fired at climate change demonstrators amid crackdown on public demonstrations, ahead of international talks.

Hector's dolphin baby spotted video

Hector's dolphins are among the most endangered species in the world. These two were spotted near Akaroa on Sunday morning.

The first Hector's dolphin calf of the season has been spotted by tourists in Akaroa Harbour.

Climate march attracts hundreds video

The Hamilton march's aim was to create political will for climate action, organisers said.

'Children [in Kiribati] are going to school wading in knee-high water when it's high.'

Japan whaling condemned

Japan has announced it will resume whaling for 'scientific research' despite an international recommendation they cease.

New Zealand expresses "deep disappointment" in Japan's Antarctic exploits but little will be done to stand in their way.

Environment report snubs Southland

Strong winds create choppy waters in Bluff Harbour.

Southland overlooked in major Government climate change study.

Climate of change as NZ marches gallery video

The Wellington march heads to Parliament in the hope the Government will hear their calls for more action.

Thirty five rallies nationwide demand the Government do more to prevent catastrophic climate change.

'Quit fossel fuels before they kill us'

As a former pack-a-day smoker, Greenpeace NZ executive director Russel Norman says fossil fuels are like cigarettes: addictive and dangerous.

OPINION: Deliberately, knowingly, destroying the stable climate on which our civilisation depends, is insane.

Flooded with 'fatbergs'

Wellington's Waiwhetu Stream turns purple from pollutants. It is one of the region's most degraded waterways.

Billions of dollars are needed to clean up the country's waterways which are clogged with fat, sanitary items and trees.

'We owe it to the children' stuff nation video

A boy carries supplies through waist-high floodwater in the Philippines, caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana.

OPINION: What does the future hold for the people of Kiribati?

Giraffe wows Timaru crowd video

Shira the giraffe, moments after touching down in Timaru on her way to Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch.

The hundred hardy souls who had waited hours in the cold to see Shira the giraffe got a treat.

Lizard island scholarship

Jamie Darbyshire won a Sir Peter Blake ambassador scholarship through DOC to study lizards on Maud Island.

A student from Hawera has won a chance to go and study endangered lizards in Nelson.

Saving the seabed

The heavy steel doors from trawling can damage and destroy extensive areas as they are dragged over the seabed.

"These habitats are like the rainforest of the sea, when they are removed you create deserts."

Wetlands are winners

Kaiwaiwai farmers Neville Fisher and Aidan Bichan, with Ian Gunn from the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and the constructed wetland.

Wetlands are making a comeback in the Wairarapa

NZ stays cool despite record world heat

While the globe is on course for the warmest year on record, New Zealand isn't quite as hot.

The world is heading for a record warm year, but New Zealand isn't looking so hot.

No animals in rivers: report

All cattle, deer and pigs should be kept out of rivers, lakes and wetlands, says the Land and Water Forum in its latest report.

Land and Water Forum presses to exclude livestock on plains and lowland hills from waterways.

Freshwater plan delayed

Taranaki's current Freshwater and Land Management plan hasn't been renewed since 2001.

The Taranaki Regional Council has pushed back the proposal for the Freshwater and Land Management plan by up to five years.

Upcycling with heart

Tanaya and Albert Neho test out a seat made out of an old bath.

An upcycling project isn't just about reducing the waste going to landfill.

Boys' battle against ban video

Tobbi Jones, 17, left, and Waka Goldsworthy, 17, in the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary.

Two Nelson teenagers took their fight against a volunteering ban to the Human Rights Commission.

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