Environment

Ban on microbeads likely video

Plastic microbeads isolated from face and body scrubs.

Government moves towards ban on microbeads in products like bodywash and toothpaste.

Don't feed the kaka

The fledglings' fate will be decided in three weeks if they are healthy enough to leave the nest.

Two kaka chicks are at death's door after feasting on a junk food diet given by humans.

Copper skinks saved video

This adult copper skink and a juvenile were released into a pest-protected sanctuary east of Hamilton on Monday.

The Waikato Expressway work site is where the wild things are.

Reel Earth promotes young filmmakers

A scene from Sarah Risdale's award-winning environmental claymation film, "Whenua Finds a Future".

The Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival young environmental filmmakers award is open for entries.

Native birds fly on waterfront

The Halo Project celebrates the halo effect of sanctuaries like Zealandia, which have helped increase native bird ...

The Halo Project is a collaborative installation celebrating the beauty and sounds of our country's native birds.

Rivers of gold

The Arawhata River in remote South Westland, near the site of a proposed water export project.

A plan to export Southern Alps glacial water is in its 27th year but its backers are not giving up.

Talking Rubbish: Summer is harvest time

Peach and plum harvest from our tree

Opinion: I love this time of year, because there's so much good food growing in our neighbourhoods, ready to be picked and eaten.

How to stop recycling flying

Frobisher St, Island Bay's Petra Inglin had her recycling taken away despite it being held down with bungy cords.

Wellingtonians will soon be able to pimp their wheelie bins with an anti-wind clip.

CEO practises what she preaches

Ann Coughlan, wearing the cap, enjoys training with Partners Life Dual Scholarship winners.

Busy businesswoman prioritises her health goals.

University student samples real life

Davies takes a break by the van, having just finished wading in Lake Ellesmere.

Student swaps lectures and libraries for overalls and river-wading.

Tui flock to Geraldine

A tui resting on tree branch in Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve in Geraldine on Thursday. Residents have reported hearing ...

Tui song has been filling gardens in the South Canterbury town of Geraldine this summer.

Climate change threats raised

Rats, feeding on eggs, are among pests that could benefit from climate change, affecting native birds.

Concerns raised about Manawatu wildlife's vulnerability to impact of climate change.

Eco-conscious cafes go the green mile

Coffee GoGo in Palmerston North uses biodegradable cups and lids.

Cafes are reducing waste by creating wormeries and in-store recycling facilities.

Chorus of delight

Endangered yellowhead birds on Blumine Island have been breeding.

The future of one of New Zealand's smallest endangered birds is looking brighter after they were discovered caring for young.

Stock access to river 'gutting'

Tasman District Council rules require only dairy herds to be kept out of waterways.

"I wonder how any landowner can live in such a beautiful place and not protect it."

What lies beneath?

Massey student Ben Bridgeman is using new research techniques to survey what microbes and invertebrates are in our soil.

A genetic study will tell us more about the critters in our soils.

Wells overflow after quake

The well has since been fixed.

Water has come "rushing up" Marlborough wells, causing levels to rise by 4 or 5 metres in some.

Bread out, veges in

A goose with "angel wing" caused by poor nutrition.

Healthier items should be on the menu when feeding ducks, a Porirua man says.

Best swimming spots rated

Swimmers in the Pelorus River.

How likely are you to get sick from bathing in one of Marlborough's popular swimming spots?

Carpark construction concern for penguins

Yellow eyed penguins.

Members of the public were concerned about the well-being of nesting yellow eyed penguins next to a construction zone.

Robins thrive at Aspiring Flat after predators removed

Ground-grubbing South Island robins are thriving at Aspiring Flat.

Wanaka conservation volunteers Heather and Stu Thorne devoted to returning robins to Mt Aspiring National Park

Water warning at swim area

A health warning is in place for the Riverside Park section of Blenheim's Taylor River.

Riverside Park was listed as having the worst water quality contamination of 21 public swimming sites in Marlborough.

Chopper landings approved

Gaven Burgess, of Te Anau Helicopter Services, arrives to meet the first hunters allowed to be picked up by helicopter ...

A Te Anau chopper pilot has become the first to be allowed to land commercial passengers in the Takitimu and Eyre Mountains.

Black plumes in harbour

The black streaks close to the shore at Sandy Bay.

Ominous black plumes seen in Lyttelton Harbour are thought to have been left by a departing ship.

Keep an eye on water use

Renwick resident Budyong Hill uses a drip line, mulch and shade cloth to keep moisture in the soil.

Renwick residents warned not to splash out when watering gardens - or risk restrictions.

Kawau Islanders want DOC out

Kawau Islanders are concerned at news some tracks through the pines are likely to be shut for at least a year.

Residents of Kawau Island seeing red as some public walking tracks stay closed indefinitely.

NZ's blood-sucking summer nightmare

The head of a female New Zealand sandfly.

One way to deter sandflies is to walk around carrying a penguin as bait, eating garlic, covered in Dettol and baby oil.

Toxic algae found in Southland river

Environment Southland says the algae found in rivers near Waikaia is likely to be cyanobacteria

Algae found in river can make dogs and people sick

A true scientific love for the ocean

NIWA scientist Dr Stuart Hanchet tagging toothfish during a juvenile toothfish survey in the southern Ross Sea in 2012.

NIWA scientist Stu Hanchet has spent his entire working life focusing on the ocean.

Fishermen told: Clean up your act

Max the pied shag after having the three hooks removed from his beak, wing and leg.

Max the pied shag was found tightly wrapped in fishing line and snared by hooks - next to a marine reserve.

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