Environment

Injured penguin sent for treatment

An injured little blue penguin has been sent to Palmerston North for treatment after being found on New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach on Saturday.

Another injured penguin has been discovered on the New Plymouth coastline.

A big noise around town gallery

The trust behind Karori Sanctuary, renamed as Zealandia, is turning 20 on Sunday.

Karori wildlife sanctuary marks 20-year milestone with a weekend of celebrations.

Rainfall up 176 per cent for June

The Patea Dam working hard during the flooding.

The heavy rain that caused flooding made up half of Taranaki's rainfall in June.

Defying snow in Burkes Pass video

John and Barbara cope fine in the wild weather, with Barbara simply heading up the back of the house to sweep snow of their solar panels after June's heavy snowfall.

The Corcorans are off the grid, well and truly, but have no trouble whatsoever dealing with wild weather.

On hydro power in Little River video

Little River resident Murray Peden with his micro hydro plant. It powers batteries 24/7.

Little River resident Murray Peden has lived off grid for 17 years.

Hippies of Dehra Doon video

The Andersons insist they aren't "greenies". They just always had a dream to live off the grid.

Eden-type project for Canterbury

An aerial view of the Eden Project proposed for Christchurch.

OPINION: Christchurch desperately needs a major tourism attraction. People need a reason to visit.

Coastal development rules endorsed

Christchurch's coastline is at high risk of erosion as this 2001 picture of New Brighton beach shows.

The proposed rules will restrict development in areas of Christchurch considered at risk from coastal erosion.

Construcion of big wind turbines begins

Victoria's new wind farm will generate enough power to supply 12,000  homes and boast the biggest turbines in the country.

A A$50 million wind farm to be built in northwest Victoria will boast the biggest turbines in Australia, with a rotor diameter of 117 metres.

Baby seal a downtown delight gallery

A baby seal surprised Aucklanders this morning by paying a visit to the Viaduct

Aucklanders were surprised on their way to work this morning when a baby seal appeared near Britomart.

Paw prints reveal predator

Paw prints of a stoat inside Orokonui Ecosanctuary near Dunedin.

Cute animal paw prints in the snow?

6000 properties risk coastal erosion

Christchurch's coastline is at high risk of erosion as this 2001 picture of New Brighton beach shows.

Nearly 6000 Canterbury properties could be at threat from coastal erosion over the next century, a report says.

No plan for 600 endangered native species

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the Department of Conservation is "absolutely committed" to saving endangered species.

DOC not doing enough to save endangered species, says the Greens

Sonny Tau investigation 'complex'

Sonny Tau was allegedly caught with native birds on a plane.

Conservation Minister defends the time taken to decide whether to lay charges over Ngapuhi chairman's alleged kereru smuggling.

Eden Project plans for Christchurch

Sir Tim Smit, founder of the The Eden Project UK, will be in Christchurch as plans are revealed for a similar project in the red zone.

A project for Christchurch's residential red zone inspired by the Eden Project in Britain will be unveiled this week.

ECan's smoky chimney plan

Environment Canterbury has ramped up its campaign to clean up smoking chimneys

Air pollution officers have started patrolling Christchurch streets to sniff out smoky chimneys and issue warning notices.

A friendly wax-eye pops in

Sugar water is bliss for wax-eyes.

Paul Gay had an unusual visitor in his kitchen.

Rocket launchpad for NZ? video

Computer generated image of proposed rocket launch site, owned by Rocket Lab, for Bayleys Rd, Kaitorete Spit, near Birdlings Flat in Canterbury.

A remote Canterbury paddock could launch New Zealand into the space race.

Warm seas hint at severe drought

Meteorologists are closely watching warm Pacific oceans that reflect the buildup to the El Nino behind the drought of 1997-98.

Ocean temperatures could mean a repeat of the infamous summer of 1997-98.

Space photo captures Galapagos lava

Taken from the Terra satellite, the Nasa picture is a false-colour image with lava generally appearing as black or charcoal and vegetated areas in red.

A picture taken from a satellite looks down the barrel of a volcano soon after it erupted violently.

Seal's Waikato River adventure

"It put its head under the water and popped back up 20 seconds later, it was quite cool," Cullen Matthews said.

It sounded like a goat, but on further inspection what one Hamilton worker was seeing was an adventurous seal.

Rich world's climate funding fail

The Atlantic Ocean washes up at Arpoador rock in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The country's environment minister was among those from developing nations annoyed at the developed world's "continued lack of any clear road map" to provide a promised $100bn per year by 2020 to fight climate change.

Rich countries are very, very far from raising the billions they promised to help poor countries fight climate change.

Mobil pays for oil spill

Oil spill response staff cleaning up the Maungatapu shoreline.

The company will pay almost $700,000 to the council for clean-up costs.

Rodents on the rise this winter

Rat numbers have exploded in Waikato thanks to the longer, warmer summer and an abundance of food.

Rat numbers have exploded in Waikato and the disease-carrying vermin are getting smarter.

Orca discovery excites scientists

An Antarctic  killer whale surfaces in front of Dr Regina Eisert.

Killer whales have been tracked on a 4900km journey from Antarctica to Northland.

Race to recover windfall timber on West Coast

Borer and rot will soon ruin the West Coast's windfall timber.

A year after an urgent bill allowed native timber recovery on the West Coast, a fraction of the available timber has been removed and time is already running out. SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR reports. 

Roof protesters draw attention to security shortcomings

Greenpeace protestors scale the front of Parliament to encourage Prime Minister John Key to act on climate change.

OPINION: Four Greenpeace protesters drew plenty of attention to themselves by climbing on to the roof of a part of Parliament Buildings and sitting there for a day.

Sand dune promenade to be looked at

A concept drawing of the proposed promenade from Waimairi Beach to North Beach along the New Brighton coastline.

City council agrees to fund promenade feasibility study as it pushes to re-invigorate New Brighton.

Mountains to Sea founder honoured

Samara Nicholas receives the special recognition award from Tindall Foundation founders Margaret and Stephen Tindall, left, and Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae, right.

Changing people's lives while protecting the ocean has earned Samara Nicholas and the Mountains to Sea Trust a huge accolade.

Nelson activist claims 'moral high ground'

Greenpeace protestors scale the front of Parliament to encourage Prime Minister John Key to act on climate change.

Woman who climbed on Parliament's roof rejects security risk claims, saying climate change is a bigger threat.

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