Environment

Time to ban glitter

Glitter looks fabulous, but it gets into everything.

Harmless fun or fish-killing menace? Experts say it's no better than microbeads.

Tourism is breaking its social contract

Baxter Roberson from San Francisco is one of a growing number of overseas hunters coming to our shores.



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No one can argue with the concept of Tourism. After all, it is the rock star of the New Zealand economy.

Palmer slams Horizons

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, architect of the Resource Management Act

Regional council's court loss over farm run-off an example of local government failures.

Student vs climate change minister

University of Waikato law student Sarah Thomson will appear early to her court case in Wellington to give a speech on ...

Student will soon have her day in court as she challenges Paula Bennett on climate change.

Virtual power plant on trial

Craig Burt is taking part in a “virtual power plant” trial, designed to support Wellingtonians in the event of a natural ...

Wellington residents could end up sharing electricity with neighbours after a disaster.

$500,000 aviary to protect stilts

A new breeding aviary for black stilt (kaki) will be built near Twizel.

An American group will help fund a breeding aviary for the world's rarest wading bird.

Making Greenhithe predator free

Greenhithe Community Trust eco-facilitator Priscilla Collins.

Another Upper Harbour community is getting onboard to bring back native birds.

I'll have a coffee - hold the plastic

Nicola Turner is urging people to get reusable cups for their coffee.

Cafe rewards its customers for going plastic free in July.

Goodall not giving up hope on humanity

Dr Jane Goodall's studies of chimpanzees were revolutionary.

The 83-year-old chimpanzee expert is visiting New Zealand for a speaking tour over the next week.

Pukeatua students become Kiwi guardians

Pukeatua School visited Maungatautari to find the Kiwi Guardian post.

Collecting guardian medals is something families can now do around the Waikato.

A man and his kereru

Kereru like to flock but are usually only seen in ones and twos.

OPINION: Sometimes you get what you want and it just isn't enough.

Canterbury may be at 'peak cow'

After decades of rising cow numbers in Canterbury, new rules will likely result in a decline.

After decades of rising cow numbers in the region, new pollution rules will likely result in a decline.

Planting future Kowhai

Kowhai Special School with trees they have planted along the Karamu Stream bank.

Growing native plants and life skills in one go.

Blenheim's bug motel

Faalelei Sioveata, 7, Angel Quinton, 9, and PhilipJunior Fodow, 7, have created a bug-friendly motel.

There's a new motel in town, and it's full of creepy crawlies.

'Worried sick' for grandchildren

Titahi Bay Residents Association chairman Graeme Ebbett wants more done to stop the risk of people falling off the ...

"You turn your back for 10 seconds, they'll be straight over."

Landfill bills to rocket

Wellington ratepayers are facing heavy cost increases for dumping over the next two years.

Costs created by gas emissions could mean higher fees and a rise in rates.

Illegal duck cull followed big vet bills

From left: Timothy Peter Donald, Phillip Julian Moore and Nigel Donald McMillan leave court after being sentenced for an ...

Three Canterbury men must pay $2250 to Fish and Game for killing ducks they say were defecating in paddocks and making their livestock ill.

Concrete plans for tired tyres

Tyre mountains such as this could soon become a thing of the past. (File photo).

Government aims to convert unwanted tyre mountains into useful products.

Seabed scans like 'mowing the lawn'

About 30 terabytes of information from the scans will be transformed into free charts for skippers.

Eight months, 30 terabytes and 40,000 hectares later, the Marlborough Sounds seabed has been mapped.

$1.16m to fix flood damage

Cyclone Cook left a Te Aroha property under water after it ripped through the region.

Waikato Regional Council said with the bad March and April weather, it was appropriate to put $1.16 million towards the damage.

Possums in doctor's sights

Dr Chris Hewitt checks a rodent and stoat trap set in the Colinswood Bush near Macandrew Bay, just one in a network of ...

A group of volunteer bird watchers and possum trappers are slowly winning the battle to make the Otago Peninsula pest-free by 2050, Rob Tipa reports.

Breath-taking sunrise time lapse

The sunrise over Alexandra about 8am on Wednesday.

Central Otago residents awoke to a stunning Winter Solstice sunrise on Wednesday morning.

Cement plant turns tyres into fuel

Fletcher's cement plant at Portland in Northland hopes the tyre-based fuel will help reduce its reliance on coal.

The Government and industry band together to use up our growing stockpile of old tyres.

Race to save Bolivian glacier

The ice samples are said to yield around 18,000 years of climatic history.

Scientists rescue ice samples containing 18,000 years of climatic history in bid to stop glacier melting.

Taupo trout stunted by growth

The new fishing season brings a new "family" license and new catch limits to Lake Taupo.

There are too many fish in Lake Taupo, fishery managers say.

How we compare to Aussie

New Zealand is tied in first place globally for water and sanitation.

A global social progress ranking shows NZ rising, and Australia falling.

Protest action 'designed to injure'

Z-nails allegedly hidden under fern on the access road to the New Talisman mine site were 'designed to injure and damage'.

Gold prospectors find Z nails hidden on mine road as conflict turns nasty.

Rat trap record

A24 rat traps work best when placed on a slight angle so that rats can easily put their head inside.

If you're a rat this is one record you don't want to be part of.

Changing face of backyard birdlife

The silvereye (wax-eye) has seen the most significant decline in New Zealand gardens

The variety of birds that visit our gardens has changed significantly in the past decade, new data shows.

Garden bird numbers declining

Silvereye are the most common garden bird in New Zealand, but their numbers are declining.

Some of New Zealand's most common birds are a dwindling presence in local gardens, new research shows.

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