Environment

Breeding success for kiwi

DOC conservation services ranger Hannah Edmonds with a little spotted kiwi, believed to be one of the parents of the chick.

Population growth of little spotted kiwi looking brighter after chick discovered on Fiordland island.

Plan to bring whitebait back

Volunteers install hay bales along the Heathcote River to create spawning points for whitebait.

Scientists are hoping to bring whitebait back to Christchurch's rivers, following years of apparent decline.

OPINION: Marine park

Sustainability key to marine debate

Wild juvenile paua are pictured with seven spat (light blue seeded paua). The spat are taken from adult paua then farmed and released into the wild to increase the overall biomass. This work is carried out by paua quota owners throughout New Zealand.

What will Marlborough choose: recreational fishing parks or sustainable fisheries?

Food banks to receive unsold food

Big supermarket chains in France must donate goods no longer fit for sale to charities or farms for use as animal feed or compost.

A new anti-food waste law will require large French supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities or farms.

City council criticises quarry ploy

The operators of a quarry in Yaldhurst want to excavate closer to groundwater in order to retrieve more gravel for Christchurch's quake rebuild.

Christchurch City Council opposes ploy to deepen region's quarries because of risk to city's drinking water.

Meet the Johnny Cash tarantula

The "Johnny Cash" tarantula, or Aphonopelma johnnycashi, is one of 14 new species of tarantulas identified.

If one bites you, it will burn, burn, burn like a ring of fire.

Water trees plea from Wanaka's Te Kakano Trust

A tourist enjoys pitching in with Te Kakano Trust members to water native plants near Stoney Creek, at Wanaka.

Wanaka's forest regeneration projects hampered by drought.

Kea die in stoat traps

A kea on the Milford Rd in Fiordland

Seven kea have died after being inadvertently caught in stoat traps in the Murchison Mountains.

Backcountry compliance disappoints

The Greenstone Valley control period has commenced.

Fish & Game disappointed with large number of unlicensed anglers caught in Otago.

ETS 'undermined and ineffective'

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says a new report shows the Government's Emissions Trading Scheme is failing.

The Greens say National has weakened the Emissions Trading Scheme so its no longer effective.

Cattle in water a 'marketing disaster'

Cattle grazing on the shore of Lake Ellesmere, as seen from the Little River Rail Trail.

Criticism mounts about stock in waterways as figures show some farms received complaints about it repeatedly.

Buzzkill brought about by humans

The virus is a strain that emerged in Europe.

The global spread of a honeybee-killing virus was caused by humans, a study has found.

Protest falls on deaf ears

Time ran out for Tina Lopdell, Herta Miehe and Bruce McIntyre who tried to organise a protest to save the trees at Kindergarten St Reserve.

Protesters in Tokoroa were unable to stop the South Waikato District Council from removing trees in a community reserve.

Marlborough farms up for sale by receivers

Marlborough dairy farmer Phillip Woolley.

Six farms are put up for sale to clear a debt of more than $30 million.

Battle to save Lake Karapiro's world-class status

Early morning training hampered by weed on Lake Karapiro.

The reputation of Waikato's premier water venue is at risk from the aquatic weed infestation.

Trees vandalised for views

The view of the lake someone has taken it upon themselves to kill trees to protect.

Trees lining Lake Taupo are being poisoned and felled under the cover of darkness.

Wetland jewel emerges

Volunteers from Pernod Ricard Winegrowers clearing weeds from Para wetland to replant native trees.

Thousands of willows have been cleared to reveal a large wetland between Blenheim and Picton.

Indonesia's waste problem

A man walks beside scattered plastic trash at Kuta Beach, Indonesia, in 2014. The influx of waste has become an annual phenomenon as piles of debris are carried to the beach by strong currents during the winter months.

Indonesia has a big rubbish problem and one New Zealand charity wants to help.

A history of non-compliance

The Feilding Wastewater Treatment Plant's non-compliance has been scrutinised by environment commissioners.

Feilding wastewater treatment plant slammed by commissioners over history of non-compliance.

No luck in injured shark search

A great white shark.

DOC's search for a shark reportedly injured off Stewart Island has been fruitless.

Cyclone season 'getting busy'

A Nasa satellite image shows Cyclone Ula's eye forming in January.

New Zealand not off the hook as cyclone season gets busy.

Marine mammals are Clement's specialty

A Hector's dolphin and calf.

Deanna Clement works with all the marine mammals that live or visit the top of the South Island: Fur seals, orca, dolphins, and whales.

Marine park meetings next week

Recreational fishing will be enhanced in the Marlborough Sounds by a ban on commercial fin fishing, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

"People will be able to draw their own conclusions and ask if this is good for Marlborough, and what does the region really want?"

200kg of litter dumped daily at Pukekohe park

Julia Konings, 83, collects two bags of rubbish everyday from a Pukekohe park.

A walk in a Pukekohe park has turned into a litter picking expedition for two local residents, one an 83-year-old grandmother.

First tuatara born outside NZ

A tuatara at Wellington Zoo.

It took 238 days, but a zoo in the UK has become the first outside NZ to successfully hatch a tuatara.

Taupo carp farm 'minimal impact'

A carp farm to supply Auckland restaurants is proposed for Taupo.

Tuwharetoa relies on DOC advice, resource consent hearings ahead.

Cat curfew could be introduced

Feral cats are posing issues for wildlife in some parts of Southland.

Cat curfews could be introduced in some Southland areas.

Five-star luxury for weta

Weta hotels along the Momorangi Forest Experience Track have been hosting plenty of six-legged visitors.

Have you ever wondered where weta live? Wonder no more.

Protecting our waterways

The photograph of cows in Lake Taylor that sparked fresh debate about fresh water.

OPINION: The uproar around the Lake Taylor herd of thirsty cows has highlighted the challenges of getting practical solutions to stock exclusion.

Native plantings in Kaikoura

Trees for Travellers Kaikoura manager Lorraine Diver mows a newly-planted area at the top of Tom's Track in Kaikoura.

The Trees for Travellers programme in Kaikoura is providing labour and funding for an extensive upgrade to popular walking track, Tom's Track.

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