75 properties in flood path video

The Hutt River in flood in 2005, a 1-in-25-year event. The council wants to increase protection to prevent major damage from a 1-in-440-year event.

Seventy-five homes and businesses beside Hutt River could be taken for flood protection

Reusable coffee cup a winner

Co-owner of Ideal Cup Steph Fry with some of her award-winning reusable coffee cups.

A revolutionary new coffee cup made in Motueka has won two major awards in as many months.

Marine reserves 'won't save Sounds'

Sedimentation at Hitaua Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.

More marine reserves in the Marlborough Sounds will do nothing to save the seabed, fishermen say.

New air rules spare roasters

Fences keeping stock off wetlands, streams and lakes will be mandatory in greater Wellington in seven years' time.

No new open fires in Masterton, but coffee roasters get a reprieve.

Ridley the turtle recovering video

Ridley the endangered sea turtle is eating and gaining strength at Wellington Zoo.

Ridley the injured turtle has recovered enough to move to Auckland next week.

Sirocco back at Zealandia video

Sirocco, one of only 125 living kakapo, gets acquainted with his new enclosure at Zealandia.

The flightless parrot, whose amorous antics made him a YouTube star, returns to civilisation to see his public.

Sludge found in Kapiti stream

The oily sludge discovered in Wainui Stream on Sunday.

A man used rubbish gloves and an icecream container to "bail out" sludge from a Kapiti stream.

Recycling scheme for plastic bags won't work

Plastic bags are a menace to wildlife.

Opinion:A national levy is needed to reduce the plague of plastic bags.

Protest over Sydenham 'dump'

About 50 people protest against plans for a waste transfer facility on Colombo St, in Sydenham.

A Christchurch community is protesting against a "rubbish dump" in Sydenham.

Walkway start of changes to come

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chairperson Simon Randall.

The Manukau Harbour is slowly changing for the better.

Helping hands for kea

Tamsin Orr-Walker, chair of the Kea Conservation Trust, reads Kaha the Kea book to Hope School pupils during their visit to Natureland Zoo.

Pupils taught about living in harmony with and safeguarding the future of the curious kea.

Authorities deny chemical claims

A river protection group have presented Ecan with test results suggesting high levels of toxic chemical dieldrin on Lake Opuha's bed, seen here in drought in February

Local goverment and medical authorities have denied renewed allegations of chemical contamination in South Canty's drinking water.

Good clearout for sick turtle

Critically injured Ridley, the olive ridley sea turtle, was eating shrimp and swimming on Wednesday.

It's all systems go, albeit slowly, for critically injured Ridley the turtle.

BNZ ends Kiwi Recovery funding

Saving Kiwis is an urgent national priority.

Bank ends its annual gift to save New Zealand's iconic bird.

'We are talking about extinction'

California Governor Edmund "Jerry" Brown speaks during the "Modern Slavery and Climate Change" meeting at the Vatican on Tuesday. Some 65 mayors and governors from around the world are there urging global leaders to take bold action at this year's UN climate change summit.

California's governor warns that the world may already have "gone over the edge" on global warming.

Beach use restrictions proposed

A family at Woodend Beach in Canterbury. If a proposed bylaw goes ahead, dogs will have to be under "continuous and effective control" at the beach.

Recreational driving may be banned with dog-walking and horse riding restricted on some Canterbury beaches.

Tyre recycler eyes Waikato site

Used tyres, including those abandoned at a Frankton debot, could be relocated to Tokoroa.

Hundreds of tonnes of used tyres could soon be stockpiled in Tokoroa.

Albatross chick attacks GoPro video

GoPro caught a curious Royal Albatross chick getting up close and personal.

A lonely albatross chick has got up close and personal with a GoPro camera.

Hottest June ever

Global land and ocean temperatures broke new records in June.

Global temperatures last month were the highest in 136 years of record-keeping.

Bag scheme won't change attitudes

23/01/09  PHOTO SAM BAKER:
Plastic bags for Saturdays feature. FOR BELINDA.

Plastic bag recycling scheme being used to undermine support and introduce levy, environmentalist says.

Simple, lethal pest combo video

John Barrell has caught six possums in the past few weeks using the same half apple in his trap, at his Huatoki St home in New Plymouth.

How many apples does it take to catch a possum? Not even a whole one, apparently.

Rainbow Warrior returns to Auckland

The Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior is visiting Auckland, the site where it's name-sake ship was blown up in 1985.

Greenpeace brings its ship back to the site where the original Rainbow Warrior was bombed 30 years ago.

Puppy finds lost seal pup video

A seal pup discovered on the banks of the Waikanae River in Kapiti.

SPCA says there's little they can do for a "really tired" baby seal found 5km inland.

Survey films orange roughy in the deep video

Orange roughy at 900 metres.

New technology developed by the NZ seafood industry and Australian scientists has filmed orange roughy at a depth of 1km.

Hidden killer of native wildlife

PhD student Rafael Barbieri handles a wasp nest as part of research on controlling them in New Zealand.

Besides killing and starving natives, wasps cost NZ's economy $75m each year.

All eyes on bumblebees as bee peril deepens

The bumblebee is being eyed as the alternative pollinator as honey bee numbers dwindle.

There are some high-flying hopes around for one of our favourite pollinating characters.

Boss fined for chemicals in water

Recreational water users at Pandora Pond in Napier, near the slipway where chemicals were discharged.

Director fined for discharging contaminants into Napier's inner harbour.

Big buses with no carbon emissions

The zero-emissions electric double-decker bus, built in China, will start operating London routes in October 2015.

London's iconic double-decker buses get a carbon-friendly makeover from a Chinese manufacturer.

Sea throws curveballs at lifeguards

Keagan Gaarkeuken, convener of lifesaving, Trust Waikato Raglan Surf Life Saving Club standing atop heavy erosion that's prevented access to the beach for lifeguard vehicles.

Crumbling beaches cause headaches, blocking access ways and putting patrol towers at risk. 

Green end for plastic bags

Nick Smith: "We need to do better as a country in how we manage plastics."

Plastic shopping bags will now be recyclable under $1.2 million government project.

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