Environment

Protecting fund drives hard bargains

Wairarapa farmers Bruce and Sue McKenzie and their protected forest Pati Tapu.

Over the last 25 years, the Nature Heritage Fund (NHF) has protected 341,881 hectares of conservation land, or 1.3 per cent of New Zealand's land area.

Quest to rid island of pest under way video

The Million Dollar Mouse project to rid Antipodes Island of mice is underway. Two helicopters were loaded aboard the ...

Time is running out for the mice on Antipodes Island.

DOC name Fiordland 1080 drop sites

Mohua in the Eglinton and Grebe Valleys are one of the many species DOC will try to protect in the 2016 Battle for our ...

Ten sites in Fiordland set for 1080 drops.

The battle for Northland's forests stuff nation video

Dean Baigent-Mercer is calling for help for Northland's native forests.

DOC needs an extra $10-20 million over 10 years to save Northland's neglected native forests.

Storm erodes years of dune restoration

It's hoped people will take care of the dunes, in turn, protecting the beach and coast.

Crossing protective barriers causes weakness in sand dunes, perfect storm conditions finish the job.

'End of energy as we know it'

Lecturer Tony Seba outlines a world with little centralised power generation, 100 per cent electric vehicles and minimal ...

Revolution in solar, batteries will render conventional energy, transport "obsolete in 15 years".

Al Gore was right - mostly

Former US vice-president Al Gore released his controversial documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, 10 years ago.

Ten years after the release of An Inconvenient Truth, we look at its scorecard.

Southland conservation needs funding - MP

Green MP Kevin Hague, in Invercargill, says tourism to the region would benefit from more government conservation spending.

An MP visiting Southland says Government spending could boost conservation.

Farmer allegedly diverted stream

Colin David Boyd is facing eight charges of breaching the Resource Management Act.

He's accused of using a digger to move a stream crossing his property.

'We do have some ratbags'

Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries, says campaigners wanting McDonald's to drop hoki from their menu are just ...

Primary Industries Minister moves to fast-track fisheries monitoring after fish dumping.

Ammunition problem in DOC park still ongoing

More blanks have been found in Kaimanawa Forest Park. The seven on the left are still live.

Live ammunition is still being found in the Kaimanawa Forest Park.

Slow down around dolphins video

A dolphin struck by a boat.

Boats speeding through dolphin pods can disrupt their feeding, sleeping and socialising.

West coast concerns over increasing fishing numbers

Bill Rewi-Wetini is concerned about the number of recreational anglers at Kawhia and the tonnage they can catch.

 Recreational fishers keep an eye on the west coast fishery as the number of anglers increases.

Grandmothers mourn for tree video

Juliet Batten, centre, with members of the Grieving Grandmothers. They held a ceremony to "mark the passing" of native ...

Six women joined hands, laid flowers and cried for a puriri tree which will be bulldozed for a motorway.

Hunt for pest parakeets

Escaped Indian ringnecked parakeets near Paeroa to be hunted down and removed from the wild.

The hunt is on for a population of about 15 pest parakeets roosting near Hikutaia.

New creche for kiwi

Rowi kiwi chicks will learn how to find food at their new home in the Marlborough Sounds.

Raising babies is never easy, but raising the rarest kiwi chicks in the world needs a team effort.

Bayly helps out kokako project

Funds will help to keep kokako tune going strong in Hunua

Whale tour's test run

It includes a tour of the National Whale Centre, a boat trip to the Perano Whaling Station, a walk through Picton Museum, and a chat to an original whaler.

Shark feeding frenzy captured

Tiger sharks in a feeding frenzy.

Dozens of sharks feasting on a whale carcass filmed by drone.

Water woes 'depressing reading'

Fish & Game says its new report shows ECan has failed to adequately protect our streams, rivers and lakes.

New Zealand's freshwater crisis is nowhere so pronounced as in Canterbury, writes ecologist Lan Pham.

Record heat wave's 51C

Local residents fill their empty containers with water from municipal corporation tanker on a hot summer day in ...

Temperatures hit 51 degrees in record Indian heatwave, killing people and melting roads.

Woolly protest yarn

A group of 25 protesters led by Lucy AitkenRead, pictured, occupied the Newcrest Mining drilling site on the edge of Mt ...

Creative and colourful tactics employed by environmental protection group on the slopes of Mt Karangahake.

Aquaculture rules delay

Planning rules around aquaculture in the Marlborough Sounds have been shelved until next year.

Ten years worth of work on Marlborough Sounds marine farming is put on hold by council due to fears of legal action.

Learning about fish life

Students at Christchurch's Opawa School learn about fish during World Fish Migration Day.

Hundreds of Christchurch children have been given a glimpse into what life is like for fish.

'A pretty weird looking fish'

Tim Wilding found the unusual-looking oarfish washed up on a beach south of Kaikoura.

A rarely seen but 'quite beautiful' fish has washed up near Kaikoura.

Noisy new neighbours raise smiles video

A kakariki (NZ parakeet) seems to contemplate its new home in Pukaha Mt Bruce's new aviary.

Rugby World Cup experience inspires a unique conservation initiative in the Wairarapa.

Comedian meets kakapo

Comedian and ornithologist Bill Oddie at the Department of Conservation kakapo rearing facility in Invercargill.

Garbed in green, fluffy looking, and entertaining to watch - Bill Oddie in good company with kakapo chicks.

Jail time for poacher

Eastern Fish & Game staff and police caught the poachers with 29 trout on July 6, 2014, including 15 mature spawning females.

A second man who was involved in "one of the worst cases of poaching in the area for the best part of a decade" has been sentenced.

Weedy issue

Aquatic weeds, like those in the Taylor River in Blenheim, can be just as much of a problem as their land-based cousins.

COLUMN: Department of Conservation community ranger Wendy Sullivan talks about how to properly dispose of garden weeds.

Dam charges laid

The rocky bottom Waihi, Wairoa and Waiau Rivers have been coated in a thick layer of silt from the Waihi dam.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has laid charges after Waihi Dam spewed silt into rivers.

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