Environment

Call for kea recovery plan

The kea is one of the three-quarters of threatened native species which have no management plans to look after them.

There could soon be only a few hundred left, Greens warn.

Climate Justice change mind on Maui

Maui A platform. Shell Todd Oil Services have a applied for a consent to continue operating the filed for 35 years.

A Taranaki environmental advocacy group has changed its tone on the Maui gas field consent application opting to support it under strict conditions.

Car park to ease pressure at cove

Cathedral Cove in Hahei is a popular destination during summer.

A park and ride scheme at Hahei for walkers wanting to visit Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula could be operating by the end of the year.

Big spider found at port

The female spider, located by quarantine officers carrying out a recent inspection, was found clutching its sac of eggs

A big live huntsman spider was found on the side of a shipping container at Auckland's port.

Native bird loses battle for food

Tui and other birds feeding in a garden

A study from the University of Auckland has found that bird feeding – whether bread or seeds – favours some species over others.

Loyal caretakers help garden grow

Kelmarna Gardens manager Adrian Roche.

Kelmarna Gardens is encouraging new volunteers to lend a hand to ensure the city-fringe idyll is sustained for years to come.

Yellow-eyed penguin visits Caroline Bay

A yellow-eyed penguin, with a flipper tag, made a rare visit to Caroline Bay on Monday.

A yellow-eyed penguin made a rare visit to Caroline Bay but disappeared before DOC arrived.

Suspended hearing 'extremely frustrating'

New Chum Beach at Whangapoua, Waikato.

The last-minute suspension of a public hearing for an application to subdivide land at one of the world's top beaches "extremely frustrating".

Native parrots a focus for kids

Nicki Green of the Nelson Provincial Museum with children from Victory School at the Pandemonium of Parrots exhibition at the museum.

Students learn about endangered native parrots at an exhibition at the Nelson Provincial Museum.

Groups clean up for future

Tanya Jenkins, Colleen Philip and Zak Cassels are collaborating to clean up the Heathcote River on May 9.

Organisers of a Christchurch river clean-up hope their efforts will stop people "[dumping] their rubbish for free".

Battle for our birds a success

Heli Otago reloading pre-feed pellets as a part of the largest 1080 drop in the Wakatipu.

The last Battle for our Birds 1080 drops in Southland were carried out in December.

1500 litres of oil spilled

Clean up operations at Tauranga Bridge Marina.

Mobil now estimates that 1500 litres of heavy fuel oil was lost into the harbour.

Antarctic history preserved in pictures gallery

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Historical images of New Zealand???s Antarctic history preserved
An Emperor penguin cr??che with adults on guard

More than 40,000 images spanning 60 years of Antarctic history are being stored at Archives NZ.

Trapped pests set off signal

Campbell Leckie (project manager), Ruud Kleinpaste (project ambassador), Bruce Wills (Hawke's Bay farmer and former Fed Farmers president), Simon Croft (manager wireless technology), Andy Lowe (Cape Sanctuary owner), Reg Kemper (DOC) at the launch of the wireless technology for predator control.

Conservationists might soon be able to know if a predator has been caught in a trap by simply checking their computer or smartphone.

Environmental care combination works

Little Akaloa, Banks Peninsula, farmers Mike and Ruth Williams, winners of the farm stewardship category of the Canterbury Ballance farm environment awards.

Farming couple and a businessman tell how their efforts won them the land stewardship category in the Canterbury Farm Environment Awards.

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

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Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Kauri protester pleads guilty

Kauri protester Michael Tavares leaving the tree in March.

The protester who spent three days up a kauri tree in March has pleaded guilty to trespassing.

Angry endangered birds video

Rovio is teaming up with nature conservationist group BirdLife.

Some of the Angry Birds real-life colourful counterparts in the South Pacific are facing extinction.

Port expansion may affect dolphin

An endangered Hector's dolphin and calf.

The endangered Hector's dolphin could be seriously affected by Lyttelton Harbour developments.

Oil spill source located

The shag that died after being found covered in oil, in Tauranga.

Mobil discovers two holes in pipeline that led to oil spill in Tauranga.

Giant turtle's death a mystery

Te Kopi Bay resident Mark Pengelly found the 2.3-metre long leatherback turtle on Saturday.

Time has run out to find the cause of death of a rare turtle that washed up in the Pelorus Sound.

Maui gas field's costly end questioned

The Maui gas field platform off the Taranaki coast

The Maui gas field platforms will be kept up to 100 per cent for another 35 years and Shell will still be around at the end of it, the company says.

Crown Irrigation dumps statistic

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy

Crown Irrigation Investments has left out a controversial water statistic from its latest business plan.

Wild about Massey

Molecular biologist and conservationist Professor Stephen O'Brien, left, pictured with Dr Brett Gartrell, visited Wildbase at Massey University during his tour of Palmerston North.

Internationally acclaimed conservationist and geneticist Dr Stephen O'Brien praised Massey's work during a visit to the Wildbase.

Helping kids to go green

Newbury Primary School shows off its garden which is part of its successful enviro schools curriculum. From left, Georgia May, 9, Ella, 9, Joshua, 9, Arnika, 9, Riveen, 9, Harry, 9.

Getting primary school pupils interested in doing something for the environment is what this Enviroschools programme wants to do.

Dairy clean up costs revealed

Dr Mike Joy - Massey University freshwater ecologist.

New Zealand dairy farming’s adverse environmental impact and the clean-up costs have been revealed in a United States journal.

Oil spill in Tauranga Harbour gallery

Oil has washed up along the shores of Tauranga harbour after a spill during bunkering at the Port.

Mobil has confirmed the leak came from one of its pipelines

Few dairy farmers attend pilot riparian planting workshops

Discussing the ability of wetlands to soak up excess nutrients are farmer Simone Zillwood, left,  DairyNZ water quality specialist Justin Zitto,  Euan Wilson and Megan Wilson, with son Charlie at her feet.

Only handfuls of the region's dairy farmers turned up for the recent riparian management workshops in Golden Bay, Murchision and Pelorus.

'Putrid scum' offends beachgoers

Globules of oily muck have pooled in stormwater lagoons along scenic Takapuna Beach

Sections of a popular Auckland beach are turning into oily catchment ponds and nobody knows why.

Massive cockle raid

The Ministry for Primary Industries seized more than 10,000 cockles from a group of illegal harvesters. Pictured are approximately 2000 cockles.

Ministry for Primary Industries seizes 10,000 cockles illegally harvested.

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