Environment

West Coast flood could cost lives

Westport could suffer extensive damage and loss of lives in a major flood event, the West Coast Regional Council has warned.

Lives could be lost and millions in damage caused if a major flood were to hit a small West Coast town.

National rules for 1080 drops

1080 is an important tool used to protect New Zealand's wildlife and native bird species, Minister Nick Smith says.

The Government says 70 per cent of public submissions favour a change around 1080 drops.

Sea Shepherd arrives in Dunedin video

A Sea Shepherd helicopter has tracked Japan's whaling fleet.

Footage of a dead minke whale on board a Japanese whaling vessel was a key moment in the battle against Japanese whalers, a Sea Shepherd captain says.

Fancy a dip in the Taylor?

A sign warning against swimming in the Taylor River in January because of high levels of E coli.

It got a 'very poor' grade last year, but the Blenheim river is 'swimmable' under new government freshwater guidelines.

Fiordland Marine Plan approved

280711 News Photo: The Invercargill Eye Photo credit: K. Blakemore (DOC). The invasive weed Undaria on a mooring line in ...

Environment Southland Councillors have approved a plan to to protect the Fiordland marine environment.

Smith defends swimmable water plan

Rueben Perry stops for a drink in the Opihi River during the Coast to Coast race. It has "excellent" water quality, but ...

More groups have joined a critical chorus against the Government's proposed swimming water-quality guidelines.

Region eyes 'swimmable' targets

Horizons Regional Council monitors water quality at 16 Manawatu sites, and 36 in its catchment. Over the past 10 years ...

Manawatu "well ahead of some of the other regions" for 'swimmability' pledge.

Swimmable river 'caused rash'

Green party members kayak Lucas Creek as a part of raising awareness for the Swimmable Rivers campaign.

Albany's Lucas Creek is not swimmable, regardless of government guidelines, says Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

Predator-free aim gathers steam

Conservation minister Maggie Barry checks out the mega herbs on the subantarctic Auckland Islands, 460km south of Bluff, ...

"To have a place free of predators is a wonderful thing."

Omaui Landcare Trust gets trap funding

Omaui Landcare Charitable Trust secretary Casie Heron with one of the old traps that will be replaced.

Rats in the Omaui reserve are entering their final days.

DoC's $60 park fee idea video

DoC is considering entry fees for national parks including Aoraki Mount Cook.

Could NZ follow South America's example of charging locals to access tracks and double hut fees for tourists?

STOS methanol spill not toxic

The Maui A platform off the Taranaki coast.

So 3000 litres of methanol spilled into the ocean. Fortunately it's water soluble.

Wasps to fight stink bug

The brown marmorated stink bug has the potential to cause huge damage to NZ horticulture.

A parasitic wasp may be unleashed on a potentially devastating insect.

'Swimmable' loses all meaning video

Chamberlains Ford on Canterbury's Selwyn River, photographed on Wednesday.

Chamberlains Ford is all but withered into a puddle, filled with slime. But its swimming quality is marked as "good".

Fish kill firm: 'We got it wrong'

A culvert pouring toxic chemicals into the small waterway in Paeroa.

Lots of distressed and dead eels and fish were seen after Hamilton firm's chemical spill.

Penguins waddled with dinos

The ancient penguin was much larger than Happy Feet, the emperor penguin who came ashore in New Zealand.

The remains of an ancient, human-sized penguin found in a Canterbury river suggest penguins waddled the earth alongside dinosaurs.

Duck poo major problem at lake

A plan on how to manage Lake Rotoroa and the domain around it attracted just under 200 submissions. Water quality was a ...

We want Lake Rotoroa to be safe to swim in, community tells council.

Auckland Island pigs face doom

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is surrounded by is beloved Auckland Island pigs in 2010. Shadbolt was a huge supporter ...

Introduced to the Auckland Islands as food, pigs that now devour penguins may soon be killed.

New water target 'challenging' video

Environment Minister Nick Smith announces new swimmable fresh water targets.

The Government wants 90 per cent of New Zealand's lakes and rivers to be swimmable by 2040.

Council to lobby Government

The Christchurch City Council has decided to go ahead with a planned electricity contract, despite opposition from ...

The Christchurch City Council will lobby the Government to negotiate electricity contracts only with companies supplying 100 per cent renewable energy.

Hayden Smith cleans up at awards night

The Sea Cleaners Trust are pulling out 18 cubic meters of rubbish a day out of our waterways.

The Sea Cleaners Trust are pulling out about 90 wheelbarrow loads of rubbish a day out of our waterways.

Iwi apply for unprecedented water conservation order

Kaumatua John Ward-Holmes of Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust at Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay.

A Golden Bay iwi has applied for an unprecedented water conservation order to protect the aquifer that feeds the country's largest freshwater springs.

Lake's portal to another dimension video

Lake Berryessa in California has a 21 metre diameter hole in it to help when water gets too high.

Heavy rains in US trigger giant whirlpool, as 7.5 million litres of water a minute disappear.

Gentle giraffe mourned

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NEWS.  Emma Gregory from Vincents Art Workshop gets a close up view of "Tisa" ...

Wellington Zoo's much loved giraffe did not survive a final attempt to save her life with emergency surgery.

Paihia poo outrage

Moana Cross with her partner Tom Power at Te Ti Bay where she has reported seeing human excrement.

The sight of human excrement floating in the water in Paihia has angered a local woman.

Pest plants suffocating Auckland Council budget

Blue morning glory is strangling native plant's in Auckland's Torbay.

A new infestation of pest plants in Torbay has highlighted a heavy reliance on local volunteer groups for pest control as Auckland Council struggles for funding.

Seals may die in SH1 rebuild

DOC's Roy Grose says the public had to accept there could be some mortality of seals in the SH1 rebuild.

Electric fences trialled to keep seals away from quake roadworks - but they may not be enough.

Water quality fears

One of the two Macaskill Lakes used to store back-up water for the region.

Councillors approve over $3 million to install new filters in Wellington's storage lakes after new algae detected.

'Time is of the essence' video

Blackened bush in Ohinetahi Reserve in the hills above Governors Bay.

Conservation groups back at square one after years of work to restore native forests in the Port Hills went up in flames.

'Massive' illegal scallop haul

Two divers were caught with 565 scallops, 300 of which were undersized.

Pair face penalties after being caught with 565 scallops in Northland.

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