Environment

Suspended hearing 'extremely frustrating'

New Chum Beach at Whangapoua, Waikato.

The last-minute suspension of a public hearing for an application to subdivide land at one of the world's top beaches "extremely frustrating".

Native parrots a focus for kids

Nicki Green of the Nelson Provincial Museum with children from Victory School at the Pandemonium of Parrots exhibition at the museum.

Students learn about endangered native parrots at an exhibition at the Nelson Provincial Museum.

Groups clean up for future

Tanya Jenkins, Colleen Philip and Zak Cassels are collaborating to clean up the Heathcote River on May 9.

Organisers of a Christchurch river clean-up hope their efforts will stop people "[dumping] their rubbish for free".

Battle for our birds a success

Heli Otago reloading pre-feed pellets as a part of the largest 1080 drop in the Wakatipu.

The last Battle for our Birds 1080 drops in Southland were carried out in December.

1500 litres of oil spilled

Clean up operations at Tauranga Bridge Marina.

Mobil now estimates that 1500 litres of heavy fuel oil was lost into the harbour.

Antarctic history preserved in pictures gallery

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Historical images of New Zealand???s Antarctic history preserved
An Emperor penguin cr??che with adults on guard

More than 40,000 images spanning 60 years of Antarctic history are being stored at Archives NZ.

Trapped pests set off signal

Campbell Leckie (project manager), Ruud Kleinpaste (project ambassador), Bruce Wills (Hawke's Bay farmer and former Fed Farmers president), Simon Croft (manager wireless technology), Andy Lowe (Cape Sanctuary owner), Reg Kemper (DOC) at the launch of the wireless technology for predator control.

Conservationists might soon be able to know if a predator has been caught in a trap by simply checking their computer or smartphone.

Environmental care combination works

Little Akaloa, Banks Peninsula, farmers Mike and Ruth Williams, winners of the farm stewardship category of the Canterbury Ballance farm environment awards.

Farming couple and a businessman tell how their efforts won them the land stewardship category in the Canterbury Farm Environment Awards.

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

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Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Kauri protester pleads guilty

Kauri protester Michael Tavares leaving the tree in March.

The protester who spent three days up a kauri tree in March has pleaded guilty to trespassing.

Angry endangered birds video

Rovio is teaming up with nature conservationist group BirdLife.

Some of the Angry Birds real-life colourful counterparts in the South Pacific are facing extinction.

Port expansion may affect dolphin

An endangered Hector's dolphin and calf.

The endangered Hector's dolphin could be seriously affected by Lyttelton Harbour developments.

Oil spill source located

The shag that died after being found covered in oil, in Tauranga.

Mobil discovers two holes in pipeline that led to oil spill in Tauranga.

Giant turtle's death a mystery

Te Kopi Bay resident Mark Pengelly found the 2.3-metre long leatherback turtle on Saturday.

Time has run out to find the cause of death of a rare turtle that washed up in the Pelorus Sound.

Maui gas field's costly end questioned

The Maui gas field platform off the Taranaki coast

The Maui gas field platforms will be kept up to 100 per cent for another 35 years and Shell will still be around at the end of it, the company says.

Crown Irrigation dumps statistic

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy

Crown Irrigation Investments has left out a controversial water statistic from its latest business plan.

Wild about Massey

Molecular biologist and conservationist Professor Stephen O'Brien, left, pictured with Dr Brett Gartrell, visited Wildbase at Massey University during his tour of Palmerston North.

Internationally acclaimed conservationist and geneticist Dr Stephen O'Brien praised Massey's work during a visit to the Wildbase.

Helping kids to go green

Newbury Primary School shows off its garden which is part of its successful enviro schools curriculum. From left, Georgia May, 9, Ella, 9, Joshua, 9, Arnika, 9, Riveen, 9, Harry, 9.

Getting primary school pupils interested in doing something for the environment is what this Enviroschools programme wants to do.

Dairy clean up costs revealed

Dr Mike Joy - Massey University freshwater ecologist.

New Zealand dairy farming’s adverse environmental impact and the clean-up costs have been revealed in a United States journal.

Oil spill in Tauranga Harbour gallery

Oil has washed up along the shores of Tauranga harbour after a spill during bunkering at the Port.

Mobil has confirmed the leak came from one of its pipelines

Few dairy farmers attend pilot riparian planting workshops

Discussing the ability of wetlands to soak up excess nutrients are farmer Simone Zillwood, left,  DairyNZ water quality specialist Justin Zitto,  Euan Wilson and Megan Wilson, with son Charlie at her feet.

Only handfuls of the region's dairy farmers turned up for the recent riparian management workshops in Golden Bay, Murchision and Pelorus.

'Putrid scum' offends beachgoers

Globules of oily muck have pooled in stormwater lagoons along scenic Takapuna Beach

Sections of a popular Auckland beach are turning into oily catchment ponds and nobody knows why.

Massive cockle raid

The Ministry for Primary Industries seized more than 10,000 cockles from a group of illegal harvesters. Pictured are approximately 2000 cockles.

Ministry for Primary Industries seizes 10,000 cockles illegally harvested.

Vandals wreck predator traps

A vandalised predator trap that was supposed to help to protect endangered birds in Wellington.

Traps meant to protect Wellington's native birds have been attacked by vandals.

Fishermen on the hook

090114 NEWS. Robert Charles/Taranaki Daily News. Tour through the old New Plymouth Power Station, which Port Taranaki purchased late last year and are starting to disassemble. Turbine Hall, Boiler House and top of the chimney. Paritutu Rock, Omata tank farm, left.

The number of prosecutions for fishing in Taranaki marine reserves has doubled as authorities take a hard line.

Elusive moth found

The Thambotricha vates or ‘wonder-haired prophet’.

A New Zealand moth not seen in 20 years is caught in Katikati, Bay of Plenty.

DOC trialing lures for Auckland Island pigs

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt gets up close to some Auckland Island pigs.

Department of Conservation scientists have been trailing lures that could be used in the eradication of pigs on Auckland Island.

Peters to question Stewart Island shark permits

Some Stewart Island residents want shark cage diving banned.

Opponents of shark cage diving hope Winston Peters will help them get permits for the controversial activity revoked.

Growing a good idea

Georgia Lala, 17, with her Root Aquaponics system.

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

Tuatara DNA to yield its secrets

Genetics researcher Stephen O'Brien meets Spike, a resident tuatara of Victoria University. O'Brien, based in Russia, is visiting the country to talk about how the DNA of threatened species like tuatara can help conserve them.

The most important action to save our endangered native species might be taking their DNA sample, a top geneticist says.

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