Water 'worse than a third world country'

Peter Huria holds up a bottle of water that was filled from the tap at his brother Dave Huria's, middle, house in Hokio Beach, with Paul Huria at the Muaupoko expedited hearing in Levin.

Hokio Beach residents have told the Waitangi Tribunal that their water is "putrid".

Timaru's baby elephant seal dies

The elephant seal pup born three weeks ago at Caroline Bay is dead.

The elephant seal pup born on Timaru's Caroline Bay beach has died.

Dead cow rotting in water supply

Dwayne and Hedley Edwards are fed up with the lack of help from local councils to remove a rotting cow carcass from their water supply.

A cow carcass was left to rot and seep into the main water supply of a Waikato school.

Steve-O stunt encourages bath tub protester

Steve-O climbed atop a crane and blew up an inflatable killer whale which had the words "SeaWorld sucks" emblazoned on the side in protest.

Steve-O stunt spurs on Wellington's bath tub orca captivity protester.

Camera traps snare pests on film

Camera trap in the Waitakeres

A University of Auckland summer research project has captured pests in the Waitakere Ranges on camera.

Pureora Forest kokako get help

The kokako of Northern Pureora Forest need protecting from pests and a Pirongia group plans to use grant money to set up bait stations.

A Pirongia group is helping save kokako in Pureora Forest Park.

Rabbit poison in dog park 'clumsy' - council

A dog walker came across this rabbit poison, seen on the left, at about 7.30am on Thursday in an off-leash dog exercise area.

Poisoned carrots left in a dog walking area in Hamilton shouldn't have been there, council says.

Eco-bags prove popular

Emma Saunders, left and Rylee Pettersson of the Green Collective and their re-useable bags.

A Nelson business duo are minimising waste one green bag at a time.

Oil drilling 'sheer lunacy'

The prospect of deep sea oil drilling off the Canterbury coast has the Christchurch City Council worried.

Christchurch's acting mayor is eager to explore all means to stop deep-sea oil drilling off the Canterbury coast.

Salmon farms nearly ready

An existing New Zealand King Salmon farm at Ruakaka Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds will be up and running in the very near future.

Kermadec plan criticised

Among the diverse geological features of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary are black smoker hydrothermal vents

Not everyone is thrilled with plans for NZ's largest marine reserve around the Kermadec Islands.

Landcorp's green accord

Farming consultant Dr Alison Dewes has been especially active in trying to mitigate pollution in the Waikato River.

State-owned farmer invites leading environmentalists to advise it on how to be more sustainable.

Greens weigh in on river clean-up

NZ Green Party co-leader James Shaw says dairy conversions are one of the factors muddying our environment and should be stopped.

An end to dairy conversions is needed if Waikato is serious about cleaning up its waterways, says the Green Party.

Calls for care follow orca calf death

A female orca carries her calf, believed to have been killed by a boat strike off Tiritiri Matangi Island.

The death of an orca calf attributed to boat strike, and the harassment which saw its mother driven off, has prompted a call for boaties to stick to the rules around marine mammals.

Farmer starved cows to death - court finds

Some of the cows found by the SPCA on Gareth Wordsworth's Tawera farm.

A farmer found guilty of starving cows to death has been fined and banned from owning livestock for two years.

English stores bring in plastic bag charges

Retailers with 250 or more employees will have to charge for the bags, while smaller businesses can do so if they wish.

From today, shoppers have to pay for a plastic bag at large stores and supermarkets across England.

Lind's biggest challenge yet

Department of Conservation Te Anau district operations manager Greg Lind

New Te Anau Department of Conservation boss Greg Lind has been at the heart of the organisation since its beginning.

Keep up with the kaka-dashians

People will now be able to tune in to watch a family of Wellington kaka go about their everyday business.

A live video feed is giving people an intimate peek into the life of a family of kaka.

The heat is on from climate change

Mapua's Dr Tord Kjellstrom says heat exposure and stress from climate change will be the greatest threat to human life in the next 100 years.

Mapua professor Todd Kjellstrom says climate change could drive a major global economic decline.

Indian capital vows to improve air

Smoke billows from a power station during sunset in New Delhi, ten years ago.

India's capital, New Delhi, set to impose pollution tax, car-free days in effort to improve air quality.

Hot start for south

Thick cloud keeps things toasty in the south today.

Christchurch has woken to 23 degrees - and is heading for 27C .

Group of boys 'harassed' seal, pup

An elephant seal pup shelters itself from wind-blown sand on Timaru's Caroline Bay on Tuesday.

A group of about 40 "growling" boys have been seen harassing Timaru's elephant seal and her pup.

DoC 'useless' at stopping poachers

The haul of fish seized by the Department of Conservation rangers who say the catch was caught by poachers.

An illegal fishing bust in Taupo last week has seen four people facing court but a local angler said the bust was a small win in a wide-spread poaching problem.

Curbs on cats under island plan

Oban, Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island.

Life would never be the same for cats on Stewart Island under a predator-free plan.

Deadly waste clean up bill

The Te Kowhai Rd site where Waikato District Council spent $90,000 removing hundreds of tonnes of asbestos and arsenic contaminated rubble  that had been illegally dumped.

Ratepayers face $90,000 bill after cowboy demolishers dump poisoned rubble.

New research centre to capitalise on environmental opportunities video

The CIEE's first project will be to create a digital model, like this one, of Auckland. It will be overlaid with real-time environmental data.

A new centre for environmental engineering research promises to deliver for the public and private sectors.

Land swap paves way for Ruataniwha dam

An artist's impression of the proposed Ruataniwha Dam.

The Department of Conservation has agreed to a land swap that would allow the controversial Ruataniwha dam to proceed.

Water made easy in Kenya

Kiwi engineer Kevin Smith will be installing ram pumps - water pumps that don't use electricity - in Kenya following a visit from Dr Cleophas Lagat, governor of Nandi County, Kenya.

Waikato-made water pumps could soon save Kenyan women from back-breaking labour.

'Horrible' conditions at troubled lake

Cows are not blocked from wading into Lake Ellesmere, despite rules forbidding stock from accessing natural waterways.

The country's most polluted lake looks "horrible as never before," as new images show apparent environmental breaches - but authorities say the lake is not dead and can be saved.

El Nino 'worst in 18 years'

Farmers will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the dry conditions of previous El Ninos, especially those who suffered during last summer's drought.

The biggest El Nino since 1997-98 could damage the national economy.

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