Plastic bag phase-out rubbished

Single-use plastic bags should be phased out, charged for and eventually banned in New Zealand, marine conservation group Our Seas Our Future says.

A push to phase out single-use plastic bags has been shot down by the environment minister who says it's not justified.

Beach 'reeked of rotting shellfish'

Dead cockles like these have turned up in large numbers in the Ngunguru Sandspit area.

A multi-agency investigation is under way into large-scale shellfish deaths at the coastal location of Ngunguru.

Trout poacher to serve time in jail

Thomas Tawha recorded  on surveillance camera with poached trout must do jail time.

A home detention bid for a trout poacher has been denied.

'Slot rule' may be dropped

Mark Baxter fillets a blue cod while still on a boat in the Marlborough Sounds,

Proposed changes to the blue cod fishing rules will be announced at meetings in Nelson and Blenheim next week.

Giant squid stumps experts

Fisherman "Noodle" looks on as a large squid surfaces.

Fisherman snare large mysterious sea creature off Auckland coast.

Contraception gone to the birds?

Pigeons on Browns Bay Village Green.

They're scaring school kids and taking over a small Auckland suburb. But is birth control the answer to Browns Bay's pigeon population?

Maui's dolphin numbers falling

The Maui's dolphin is the smallest and rarest marine dolphin on earth. So much so that sightings are few and far between.

New figures suggest Maui's dolphin population numbers have dropped to below 50. 

Nominate a fuel-efficient unsung hero

Energizer has launched a nationwide search to track down Kiwis harnessing the power of positive energy to make small changes with a big impact.

Mystery of the disappearing whales video

The Niwa Antarctic voyage spotted almost 50 humpback whales in three days around two of the Balleny Islands, near Antarctica, but none at all at a third.

The disappearance of whales from an Antarctic island has left experts puzzled.

Freedive for dolphins video

William Trubridge Plunge Free Dive.

Wellington game studio teams with NZ's top free diver to help save endangered dolphins.

Nature sanctuary secures funding

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust, a breeding ground for tuatara, kiwi and other native species, has convinced council its worth continued funding.

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust will get $300,000 per year for three years, as long as they can prove the money's well spent.

Taupo mayor furious video

Tyres dumped on a Puketapu Rd farm, near Lake Taupo.

The saga of Hamilton's 150,000-strong tyre mountain has made its way to Taupo.

Creating conservationist kids

A wildbase representitve tells Palmerston North Intermediate Normal pupils that soon they might be able to hold a live kiwi, once the centre has been built, (left) Advisor to the Wildbase Community Trust Scott Bruce, Nikeysia Butler, principal David Jopson, Kaiya Lloyd , Junior Sewabu and Jamie Dennis.

A passion for the environment has prompted Palmerston North pupils to raise funds for a Wildbase Recovery centre.

Campaign to stop animal test requirement

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society is calling for a change to government regulations that support Draize testing.

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society launches campaign to ban testing on rabbits' eyes.

Stuff joins global climate change network

Stuff.co.nz has joined a network of 25 media organisations from around the world to create a network for sharing climate change stories.

Stuff has joined 24 other media organisations from around the world in a network sharing climate change stories.

Takahe released on Rotoroa Island video

A pair of endangered Takahe have been released on Rotoroa Island in hopes that they will breed there.

Two critically endangered takahe have been released at Rotoroa Island.

Company knew but didn't act

Raetihi locals were forced to rely on water tankers after the spill

How can a skifield operator spill 19,000 litres of diesel into the local water supply and not notice?

Millions of pizza boxes dumped video

Jordan Davidson prepares to tuck into one of the million-odd pizzas consumed by Kiwis every week.

We Kiwis love our pizza. The trouble is the mess we leave behind after the noshing stops.

Turn red zone to native park

Christchurch community group Greening the Red Zone wants to turn the Avon River red zone into a native forest park and have it looking like this by 2115.

Christchurch's abandoned Avon River red zone could become a native forest park if plans come to fruition.

Kauri tree neighbours attacked video

Kauri tree protester Aprilanne Bonar says she's had her own garden slashed in retaliation.

Neighbours of the Titirangi kauri at the centre of protest action say they are victims of retaliatory attacks.

Climate truths still inconvenient

A United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December aims to finalise a worldwide binding agreement.

An award-winning film combating climate change sceptics to hit screens worldwide

Budget 2015: MetService on the move

MetService headquarters in the Wellington suburb of Kelburn.

MetService will use Budget funding to safeguard itself against the threat of a Wellington earthquake.

Toxic spills affecting stream

Karori West Normal School pupils Thomas Newman, left, and Henry Fricke, stand on the bridge of Waipahihi stream feeding the eels.

Pollution at a Karori stream is so bad teachers at a nearby school can smell diesel in their staffroom.

Takahe bound for Hauraki Gulf island

A breeding pair of takahe will be released on Rotoroa Island  on Saturday.

Aucklanders will have the opportunity to watch two rare takahe be released on Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Protecting endangered mudfish

Diane and Rory Foley with their farm stream which is teeming with endangered mudfish.

They look like black whitebait, but the mudfish on the Foleys' farm will not be turned into patties anytime soon.

Dolphins stay close to home

A Kaikoura Hector's dolphin and her calf, photographed during this year's research by KORI

New research into Hector’s dolphins along the Kaikoura coast has shown that there are two distinct populations.

More details needed before weed spray change

Aucklanders must wait a while longer to find out if a controversial weed spray product will continue to be used in their area.

Coastal flood risk rises

A park bench and pine tree were both knocked off their perch at Cooks Beach when sands were eroded away by storm seas in September, 2013.

As sea levels rise, so too does the risk of flooding along the Coromandel coast, Niwa says.

Climate change campaigners finish fast video

Robbie McEwan and his father Bill McEwan pictured with weavings donated to them at the end their week-long fast to create awareness of climate change.

A father and son who fasted for seven days and nights in a call to action over climate change have ended their fast weak but resilient.

Communities have the power

Waikato support for plastic bag reduction.

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