Kokako chasers head into hills

The elusive and distinctive South Island kokako.

Searchers want to find out if the South Island kokako has survived in the Marsden Valley hills.

Groundwater won't suffer

SAFE: A  review of New Talisman Gold’s water management plan for their mining activities in the Karangahake Gorge has satisfied Waikato Regional Council.

A gold mining company’s bulk sampling activities won't affect Karangahake Gorge's water, review says.

Message on plastic floats their boat

Samantha Collings, left, and Kelly Bingham, both of Auckland, take part in the plastic bottle kayak project in Abel Tasman National Park.

A thousand discarded plastic bottles have helped 22 young people from all over New Zealand paddle Abel Tasman National Park to educate Kiwi kids about waste and sustainability.

Plastic not as fantastic

Fisherman Byron Carter was impaled in the chest by a dorsal fin spike from an elephant fish while fishing in Wellington
Harbour. Now he plans to have the last word by eating his opponent for dinner.
Inset: Where the elephant fish lanced Byron Carter in the chest.Photos:

Despite eight months of hard work, a campaign to rid Picton of plastic bags has yet to take off, but volunteers driving it say they won't be deterred.

Ban gas heaters - health authorities

Gas heater

Health authorities want the "poor person's heater" to be phased out of homes.

Student fosters gibbon

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Wild thing: There was no sign of the baby gibbon's group when the wild animal was discovered. Victoria University student Naven Hon rescued a baby gibbon in Cambodia last week

A Victoria University Masters student became an impromptu foster mother in Cambodia.

Real life homework on trip to Kermadecs

KERMADEC ADVENTURE: The Mahurangi College student had the trip of a lifetime.

Excuses for getting off school don't get much better than 14-year-old Riley Hathaway's from Snells Beach.

Weed may turn into biofuel


Invasive weeds choking the region's waterways could be harvested and turned into valuable biofuel.

North Shore pond in 'terrible state'

SICKLY: The sight and stench of the pond is hard to avoid, say neighbouring residents.

The pond in Onepoto Domain remains toxic despite Auckland Council's plan to control the issue last winter.

Kiwi chick star of open day

CHICK IT OUT: Ana Hay, 6, left and her sister Skye Hay, 9, get up close and personal with a rowi (Okarito brown kiwi), at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary open day on Sunday.

The forecast for rain didn't stop a big crowd from turning up to see the country's rarest kiwi and interact with the Bug Man at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary open day.

Canine shows support for whio

Department of Conservation ranger Malcolm Swanney dresses "Fern", a german short-haired pointer, with the clothing and equipment she wears when sniffing out and locating whio.

The star attraction of Whio Day at Palmerston North's Victoria Esplanade was not a bird, but a dog.

Fishing industry threatened

Seafood exports from New Zealand were worth $1.375 billion in 2014, up 3 per cent on the previous year.

Poor water quality is threatening the future of one of Southland's biggest industries, fishermen say.

The 'tide of a century' gallery

A man stands on an embankment as the incoming high tide surrounds the Mont Saint-Michel 11th century abbey off France's Normandy coast March 21, 2015. At the Mont Saint-Michel, where some of the biggest tides in the world occur, visitors earlier gathered to watch the tide disappear out of sight, exposing areas of beach and rock visible only every 18 years. Towns on France's North Atlantic coast braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the full moon and this week's solar eclipse combined to create an ocean surge not seen since 1997. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

A supertide turned France's famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island and then retreated out of sight.

TRC 'bias' slammed

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Shell Todd Oil Services' multi-million dollar drilling rig the Archer Emerald is currently drilling a third sidetrack well from the offshore Maui A platform in Taranaki.

An "impartial" submission on a resource consent hearing by the Taranaki Regional Council has been questioned by one of the council's own.

Drone maps lagoons video

Mapping the
inter-tidal area
and vegetation
of the Wairau
Lagoons, in
using drones
and field work
are, from left,
scientist Dr Paul
Moyang Li, Lisa
Peacock and
Celine Dufour.

The Wairau Lagoons bared a striking resemblance to the Transformers movie during the first survey of its kind in the region.

Surfers ride surging river wave video

River Severn surfers

No sandy beaches and crashing waves here. These surfers in the United Kingdom are hitting a naturally occurring wave in an estuary on the River Severn.

Red Rocks project wins award

This place rocks: Te Kopahou entranceway on Wellington’s south coast has been crowned supreme winner at the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects’ awards.

Wellington's wild south coast entranceway to the Red Rocks walkway has won a supreme award.

Plant pest cleared from island

Island rescue: Liz Mellish, a trustee on the Matiu/Somes Charitable Trust and Te Atiawa kaitiaki board for Wellington’s three harbour islands, shows her five-year-old grandson, Atarau Hollywell, a newly-unveiled mural to celebrate a conservation group’s volunteer efforts on Matiu/Somes Island.

Volunteers has cleared Matiu/Somes Island of a pest plant after a decade of hard work.

Skifields dread DOC plan

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Canterbury club skifields fear they will be "phased out" if a "derogatory" new DOC plan is approved.

Database snapshot of tree coverage

Recorded: Tens of thousands of red-zone trees have been tagged and logged in a Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) database as it nears the end of its land clearance project.

Ten of thousands of red-zone trees have been tagged and logged in a Cera database as it nears the end of its land-clearance project.

Geckos make a move video

NEW HOME: 45 geckos have been released into Riccarton Bush.

After being turfed out of their home on Christchurch's Port Hills, 45 gecko are now roaming Riccarton Bush.

Lake's red patches blooming awful

Red algal bloom has been discovered on Lake Karapiro.

The discovery of red algal bloom on Lake Karapiro was the catalyst for Thursday night's discussions about ways to reverse the water's declining state.

One more woodburner given tick

The Jayline Walltherm is the first approved
ultra-low-emissions woodburner.

A second clean woodburner has been approved for use in Canterbury.

An aurora of rare grandeur gallery video

The aurora over the Mackenzie District, taken by Maki Yanagimachi.

The colourful light show seen above parts of New Zealand was one of the best aurora displays in years, an expert says.

DOC snub upsets mountain group

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The Blue Lake, Nelson Lakes National Park. 

South Island backcountry file generic hiking tramping back country te araroa

A national association of tramping and mountaineering clubs is dismayed DOC "ignored" its submissions on a Canterbury conservation strategy.

Henry the penguin's saga

HENRY THE PENGUIN: Hungry, thirsty and moulting - far from home.

A rare penguin found hundreds of kilometres from home is en route back to the sea.

Auckland ducks in distress

DUCK RESCUE: Glen Eden resident Chris Hilton has been acting as an ‘‘ambulance’’ taking ducks between the Brandon Rd stormwater catchment ponds and the bird rescue centre in Green Bay.

The dry summer months are causing a fatal outbreak of avian botulism especially in West Auckland.

Trip to Antarctic was life-changing

University of Otago students Blake Hornblow, left, and Zac Penman, of Nelson, have returned from a six-week expedition in the Antarctic.

There was no shortage of spectacular sights on Nelson student Blake Hornblow's six-week Antarctic whale research mission.

Surfer's stand saves cabbage trees

Environmentalist Chris Wilkes with the stand of cabbage trees he saved from the chop.

A patch of cabbage trees have been saved from the chainsaw by environmentalist Chris Wilkes.

Hunters out to get goat

UNWELCOME PESTS: Feral goats destroy native forests.

Weekday walkers in the Hunua Ranges may want to rethink plans as goat hunters move in for the kill.

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