Environment

'They've ruined our life'

The view of Mount Cook, a landscape being invaded.

Wilding pines grow five times faster in NZ than the US and are taking a huge toll on farmers.

Service dogs of NZ

Casper the hearing dog.

You've heard of guide dogs and police dogs, but we'll bet you haven't heard of some of these service dogs before.

Bacteria won't stop kids fishing

Signs were put up at the Patea River in Stratford, warning people not to swim in, drink from or fish in the Patea river, ...

Dozens of kids are signed up to go fishing in a river contaminated with E.coli.

Free the Paekakariki 4000

About 80 community members gather on Sunday for the Free the Fish campaign, at the Wainui Stream, in Paekakariki.

Environmental group accuses NZ Transport Agency of imprisoning native fish.

A mountainous amount of respect gallery

International Mountain Day began 13 years ago on December 11, 2003.

A day to appreciate mountains? Sounds like a big deal.

Jellyfish wash up in big numbers

A large number of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up at Lyall Bay.

Swarm on Lyall Bay beach likely to have been driven by unusually warm sea.

Epic journey: Standing up for Standing Rock

Queenstown man Nick Cowan is heading to North Dakota on Saturday to join the oil pipeline protest at Standing Rock. ...

He's jetting of to North Dakota to take action for a cause he's passionate about.

DiCaprio talks environment with Trump video

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's latest movie deals with the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio met with Donald Trump to discuss the environment, and gave him a copy of his latest film.

Blue ducks not thrown in the deep

Six whio ducklings were released into the Tongariro Trout Centre in Turangi in a bid to help build up their population.

With New Zealand's blue duck/whio classified as nationally vulnerable, a release of six baby ducks has high hopes of re-population.

The impact of road dust on waterways

University of Canterbury masters student Christopher Sampson has been investigating the impact of road dust on urban ...

Heavy braking on roads can lead to more than just worn brake pads, it can have an impact on the environment.

Eiffel Tower disappears in thick smog

A small-particle haze hangs above the Eiffel Tower.

When viewed from Paris' tallest skyscraper, the city's worst winter pollution in a decade is clearly visible.

Council denies gastro charges

Havelock North gastro outbreak: Charges laid against Hastings District Council

Hastings District Council pleads not guilty in Havelock North water case after thousands had gastro.

1080 protesters deny tree felling

Two felled maitai trees that were discovered by Department of Conservation staff blocking the Cobb Valley Rd as they ...

The matai trees had stood tall for 200 years, but now they are gone. DOC says 1080 protesters are to blame.

Time to ban commercial whitebaiting

Whitebait are the juvenile fish of a number of species that migrate upstream to live out their lives before spawning.

OPINION: Allowing a few commercial operators to take unlimited numbers of whitebait is threatening the fishery for ordinary Kiwis, write two freshwater ecologists.

Hydro scheme hearing runs dry

The Morgan Gorge on the Waitara River in Westland.

The four-day hearing concluded on Thursday, with a decision on the $100 million scheme due by mid-2017.

Taupo's falcon chicks learning to fly

The Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary falcon chicks are learning to fly.

Taking full advantage of a predator proof fence, three New Zealand Falcon chicks are growing up quickly.

Waste along the waterfront

Casey Chambers cleaned up 2.2kgs of plastic on a recent walk along the Nelson foreshore, she wants a change in our ...

A Nelson woman is appalled by the amount of plastic rubbish she found on her walk back from the beach.

Otago vineyards' new spray-drift tool

Recent damage from an agrichemical spray drift incident in Central Otago.

Central Otago winegrowers hope to prevent multi-million damage to vineyards from agrichemical spray drift.

Hydro scheme for West Coast river?

The Waitaha River on the West Coast.

An environmental battle is raging over a hydroelectric scheme that would tame a ferocious stretch of water known as the "Mt Cook of rivers".

Mud slinging in archaeological dispute

The Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve is located next to a Special Housing Area in Mangere.

Auckland housing developers planning to develop more than 450 homes in an area next to the Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve.

Dolphins, orca surprise family

Nelson man Chris Ratcliffe captured the moment a dolphin put on a show for a group of young boaties near Momorangi Bay ...

Dolphins and a pod of orcas were surprise guests at a weekend family gathering in the Marlborough Sounds.

Whale recorder found 185km away

A retrieved audio device from the South Taranaki Bight in a life ring.

A $7000 device used for recording whale song washed up off Kapiti Island after drifting all the way from Taranaki.

How to survive lightning video

Lightning strikes during an electrical storm over Christchurch.

On Monday night in Australia lightning strikes injured several people and took the life of American tourist Sam Beattie. 

Shark tours continue, for now

No cage diving permits have been issued for the season, so far.

Despite having no permits, shark cage operators are continuing to take tours.

Sustainability to enhance, not only protect, environment

Brent Mountfort has fenced off bush and wetlands on his farm near Whakatane.

An environment-enhancing and profitable farming operation can go hand in hand, a Bay of Plenty sheep and beef farmer tells Anne Boswell.

New boost for critical bird population

Shore plover are critically endangered but progress has been made in establishing populations on four restricted access ...

Pukaha Mt Bruce has three different breeding programmes bearing precious fruit.

Native bush proposed to replace pine forest

Pine trees hug much of Moirs Hill Rd.

Pine forest to make way for native bush between Puhoi and Warkworth.

Being lizard-friendly

Rocks are a great way to make your garden lizard friendly.

COLUMN: You can make your garden a great place for native lizards to live, writes Department of Conservation community ranger Wendy Sullivan.

Water helps young minds soak up knowledge

Leamington School pupils Mitch Chilcott, Roman Stewart, and Nicholas Grawler, enjoy a glass of water each.

More students from Leamington Primary School are filling up their drink bottles and slurping from drinking fountains.

Society plans for return of kokako to Mt Pirongia

There was a great response from the Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society's call for volunteers to take part at ...

Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society is gearing up for a momentous year in 2017 and it is all about kokako.

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