Environment

Protest falls on deaf ears

Time ran out for Tina Lopdell, Herta Miehe and Bruce McIntyre who tried to organise a protest to save the trees at Kindergarten St Reserve.

Protesters in Tokoroa were unable to stop the South Waikato District Council from removing trees in a community reserve.

Marlborough farms up for sale by receivers

Marlborough dairy farmer Phillip Woolley.

Six farms are put up for sale to clear a debt of more than $30 million.

Battle to save Lake Karapiro's world-class status

Early morning training hampered by weed on Lake Karapiro.

The reputation of Waikato's premier water venue is at risk from the aquatic weed infestation.

Trees vandalised for views

The view of the lake someone has taken it upon themselves to kill trees to protect.

Trees lining Lake Taupo are being poisoned and felled under the cover of darkness.

Wetland jewel emerges

Volunteers from Pernod Ricard Winegrowers clearing weeds from Para wetland to replant native trees.

Thousands of willows have been cleared to reveal a large wetland between Blenheim and Picton.

Indonesia's waste problem

A man walks beside scattered plastic trash at Kuta Beach, Indonesia, in 2014. The influx of waste has become an annual phenomenon as piles of debris are carried to the beach by strong currents during the winter months.

Indonesia has a big rubbish problem and one New Zealand charity wants to help.

A history of non-compliance

The Feilding Wastewater Treatment Plant's non-compliance has been scrutinised by environment commissioners.

Feilding wastewater treatment plant slammed by commissioners over history of non-compliance.

No luck in injured shark search

A great white shark.

DOC's search for a shark reportedly injured off Stewart Island has been fruitless.

Cyclone season 'getting busy'

A Nasa satellite image shows Cyclone Ula's eye forming in January.

New Zealand not off the hook as cyclone season gets busy.

Marine mammals are Clement's specialty

A Hector's dolphin and calf.

Deanna Clement works with all the marine mammals that live or visit the top of the South Island: Fur seals, orca, dolphins, and whales.

Marine park meetings next week

Recreational fishing will be enhanced in the Marlborough Sounds by a ban on commercial fin fishing, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

"People will be able to draw their own conclusions and ask if this is good for Marlborough, and what does the region really want?"

200kg of litter dumped daily at Pukekohe park

Julia Konings, 83, collects two bags of rubbish everyday from a Pukekohe park.

A walk in a Pukekohe park has turned into a litter picking expedition for two local residents, one an 83-year-old grandmother.

First tuatara born outside NZ

A tuatara at Wellington Zoo.

It took 238 days, but a zoo in the UK has become the first outside NZ to successfully hatch a tuatara.

Taupo carp farm 'minimal impact'

A carp farm to supply Auckland restaurants is proposed for Taupo.

Tuwharetoa relies on DOC advice, resource consent hearings ahead.

Cat curfew could be introduced

Feral cats are posing issues for wildlife in some parts of Southland.

Cat curfews could be introduced in some Southland areas.

Five-star luxury for weta

Weta hotels along the Momorangi Forest Experience Track have been hosting plenty of six-legged visitors.

Have you ever wondered where weta live? Wonder no more.

Protecting our waterways

The photograph of cows in Lake Taylor that sparked fresh debate about fresh water.

OPINION: The uproar around the Lake Taylor herd of thirsty cows has highlighted the challenges of getting practical solutions to stock exclusion.

Native plantings in Kaikoura

Trees for Travellers Kaikoura manager Lorraine Diver mows a newly-planted area at the top of Tom's Track in Kaikoura.

The Trees for Travellers programme in Kaikoura is providing labour and funding for an extensive upgrade to popular walking track, Tom's Track.

Project Hotspot gaining momentum

A video of an orca surfing at Pungarehu has gone viral and seen conservation project Project Hotspot gain support across the globe.

A surfing orca has seen a Taranaki conservation project reach an international audience

Dam builder visits hydro power station after 70 years

Alan Peart visits Maraetai hydropower station near Mangakino - 70 years after he surveyed the land it was built on.

Alan Peart, at 93-years-old, visited Maraetai power station 70 years after he helped build it.

Rubbish dampens community pride in south Invercargill

South Alive relaunches the adopt a street programme

South Alive is relaunching a project to help beautify South Invercargill after a decline in volunteers.

A whale of a time

An orca that was part of a pod swimming close to shore in the Queen Charlotte Sound on Friday.

"Once you see them roam free, it makes you truly appreciate and respect the life of this wild animal."

Paua washup explained

Thousands of Paua have washed up on a beach near Nugget point.

Thousands of paua washed up on a beach near Nugget Point likely to be the result of a natural event

Hawke's Bay water study a 'good investment'

The Heretaunga Plains aquifer supplies water to Napier, Hastings and surrounding rural areas.

Regional council set to debate a multi-million dollar study into Hawke's Bay's primary underground water source.

Choose clean water

07012016 News. Robyn Edie. Southland Times/Fairfax NZ.  Enjoying a swim in the Oreti river, at Branxholme near Invercargill, and filming part of a short film is Jordan Hopa, 21, of Invercargill. Jordan has attended Otago University and is now heading to live in Melbourne. Contact 027 784 6088. For story on water quality in Southland river's.

Freshwater campaigners say aiming for wadeable waterways is disingenuous.

Stamps for wetlands

The new Fish & Game habitat stamp is being launched on Tuesday to mark World Wetlands Day.

Para Wetland in Marlborough will benefit from the sale of a new Fish & Game postage stamp.

Midges make residents 'prisoners' video

Shortland St man David Porter and his wife, Heather, have experienced major problems with midges.

More Christchurch residents experiencing midge issues, with one family left prisoners in their own home.

Too dirty to swim

Cows in Lake Grassmere in 2014.

OPINION: Cantabrians shouldn't be stuck with the embarrassment of rivers too dirty to swim in.

Regional climate targets challenging

Looming clouds forming over Central Southland, near Wreys Bush.

Getting councils on board for Southland to set climate change targets could prove challenging.

Tyre stockpile under regional council spotlight

Waikato Regional Council staff are trying to confirm the owners of a large tyre stockpile in North Waikato.

Waikato Regional Council has launched an investigation into a tyre operation in North Waikato.

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