A pollution solution

Brandon, Nick and Valentine Picton of Enviroreel, which recycles plastic bags in Auckland.

The Waste Minimisation Fund is providing a possible solution to recycling plastic bags, but one Auckland company says the answer is already here.

Divers take Opuha samples after chemical claims

Divers retrieve sediment samples last week from Lake Opuha near Fairlie in South Canterbury.

Divers have taken new samples from the South Canterbury lake at the centre of chemical dumping.

Whitebaiters joined by researchers

Whitebaiters on the Hokitika River on the first day of the West Coast season last year.

West Coast whitebaiters are heading back to the water, joined by researchers surveying which species are caught where.

Quarry digs too close to groundwater

Environment Canterbury commissioner David Caygill has moved to assure Yaldhurst residents that there is no cause for concern over recent reports of groundwater being contaminated through quarrying activity.

Christchurch quarrying company has been hit with an abatement notice after digging too close to the water table.

1500 trees lose protection

Barbara Stewart, pictured with her husband Robert, fears an "orchestra of chainsaws" will be unleashed.

Christchurch's Garden City reputation is at risk as the council proposes to remove the protected status of 1500 trees.

Native bat under threat

A short-tailed bat covered in purple after pollinating New Zealand fuchsia flowers in Fiordland.

New Zealand's only native land-based mammal is under threat from logging and predators like cats, stoats and possums.

Lake cleanup opposed

Lake Horowhenua trustee Charles Rudd on the shore of the waterway in 2013.

Three members of the Lake Horowhenua Trust are opposing the latest steps to improve the health of Lake Horowhenua.

That sinking feeling video

A sinkhole is seen on the shore of the Dead Sea

Sinkholes can be the stuff of nightmares. The ground opens up and swallow people, buildings, and vehicles.

New law to confirm ECan governance

Labour's Environment spokesperson Megan Woods is trying to stop the Government's mixed governance model for Environment Canterbury.

Bill on table to confirm Government's governance model for Environment Canterbury

El Nino to give farmers rough ride

Te Whanga farm, east of Masterton, during the last dry spell in March.

Rainfall could drop by 15 per cent in some parts of the country, climate scientists say.

Paua smuggler hides loot in tree

A Whitianga man has admitted to stashing 40 paua, which he collected illegally, in a Coromandel tree.

A case of paua in a pohutakawa tree landed a Whitianga man a hefty fine on Thursday.

This tiger's feeling pawly gallery video

Jaka undergoes an examination by vets.

Auckland Zoo's tiger Jaka gets his sore paw looked at.

Maui's dolphin in New York

The plight of the Maui's dolphin has reached the New York Times.

Debate around the conservation of Maui's dolphin in NZ has reached the New York Times.

Government to outlaw animal test

Animal rights campaigners said the Draize test left some rabbits with such badly irritated eyes they had to be killed.

The Government is removing a testing regime for hazardous substances that leaves rabbits with irritated eyes.

A trail of perilous sinkholes

Israel's shrinking Dead Sea leaves a trail of perilous sinkholes

The Dead Sea, a top spot for tourists, is shrinking at a rather alarming rate.

Avalanches spark volcano worries

Crack lines reveal where the avalanches occurred from near Mt Ruapehu's crater lake.

Hikers up to Mt Ruapehu's crater lake are being warned of small geyser-like eruptions.

Sea levels will not stop rising: Nasa

The village of Ilulissat, in Greenland, is seen near icebergs that broke off from the Jakobshavn Glacier on July 24, 2013. A sea level rise of 91.44cm has likely been "locked in" by warming that's already happened, but some predict that's just the tip of the problem.

A glacier that has just shed a massive chunk of ice alone holds back enough ice for a significant sea level rise.

Rena cleanup worked well - scientists

The Rena soon after its grounding on Astrolable Reef.

The cleanup of the Rena wreck in the Bay of Plenty has cost hundreds of millions of dollars but long-term environmental damage is slight, scientists say.

Biosecurity threat from soft rules

A contractor sweeps up the road after two spillages of imported US maize this week.

The Ministry of Primary Industries is being slammed for relaxed quarantine measures in the wake of two maize spillages. 

Synthetic drilling mud spill

Contractors work to clean up a synthetic drilling mud spill at the Mangati Stormwater treatment system in Bell Block, north of New Plymouth.

About 200 to 300 litres of synthetic drilling mud is being removed from a Taranaki stormwater system after a spill on Wednesday.

Keeping up with the kokako

Threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki gives the keynote address at the Wildbase Recovery Conference in Palmerston North.

New Zealand's first threatened species ambassador says she would have an easier job if her fellow Kiwis cared as much about native species as they did reality television stars.

More money for Wildbase

An artist's impression of the planned Wildbase Recovery centre in Palmerston North.

Fundraising for the Wildbase Recovery centre has crossed the $2.5 million mark.

Geothermal gold in Taupo

Geoscientist Stuart Simmons has spent four years testing geothermal wells in Taupo for precious metals.

More than a million dollars worth of gold and silver is passing through deep geothermal pools in the Taupo Volcanic Zone each year according to a geoscientist.

School's plastic pool plan video

Willem Cahil-Chiaroni helps classmates with the massive clean up effort.

An Auckland school filled its 200,000 litre pool with plastic bags in a bid to raise awareness about the state of waterways.

Beached whale now swimming free video

The whale is beached near Pt Chevalier in Auckland.

A Minke whale beached in Auckland harbour for seven hours is now swimming free and "heading in the right direction".

Kea reportedly shot in forest

A group of kea have reportedly been shot in Nelson's Golden Downs forest.

A group of endangered kea have reportedly been shot at a forestry site in Nelson, sparking a DOC investigation.

Peti the wandering takahe safe from hunters.

Peti the wanderer wasn't among takahe shot on Motutapu Is.

The move to Motutapu Island was meant to protect Peti the wandering takahe but instead put her in harms way.

From waste land to wetland

Hamiora Robinson, Shiloh Cayless, Charli Capper, Cyrus Karaitiana, Andy Duncan, Mariyah Namana and Addison Burland at Carterton District COuncil planting south of the waste water plant.

Planting of 2000 plants is the first step in turning Wairarapa waste land into a wetland area.

Prehistoric fish needs help from Southlanders

Iain MacCallum checks the monitoring nets in Aparima river

Environmentalists are calling on Southlanders to help protect a fish that predates the dinosaur.

Fears for future of whitebait

The sale of whitebait is a reality and one threat to its sustainability.

An urgent review of whitebait stocks is needed before the native fishery becomes extinct.

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