Environment

New emissions trading scheme floated

Smoke billows from factory stacks in Shanxi, China. Motu says the world has to act quickly to stop carbon gases ...

New Zealand can't put off setting a carbon price any longer, researcher says.

Jack-up rig proposed

The Tiro-Tiro Moana with Ensco-107 jack-up drilling rig attached and a semi-submersible drilling rig in the background.

Shell Todd have applied for marine consents to drill off Taranaki

Terminal turtle washes ashore in Southland

The 27-kilogram turtle, believed to an olive ridley sea turtle, was found alive by a member of the public who reported ...

Invercargill had an unexpected visitor when a terminally ill turtle normally found in the tropics washed ashore.

In praise of greenies

Landcorp's forestry to pasture conversion near Taupo saw it come under fire and eventually change course.

Working together appears to be paying off for environmentalists and Landcorp.

Battle to access water

Okuru Enterprises has been chipping away at the plan for 27 years but is yet to extract a drop of West Coast water for ...

The biggest water bottling operation in NZ will go to whoever comes up with the money first.

Rammed earth house saved

Sue and Julian Pirie are celebrating alongside their neighbours, having heard that Watercare no longer has its sights on ...

"It's been a hell of a ride," says homeowner Julian Pirie on hearing Watercare will not be taking his land.

No WTP for Oratia video

One of the Oratia options for a water treatment plant was across the road from the Robinsons. Family members, from left: ...

A community living in fear their countryside homes would be demolished can breathe easier.

Sinkhole opens in car park

A sinkhole at the main entrance of the Dolly Varden car park in Mana, Porirua.

Waterside car park in Mana blocked off while pizza-sized hole is repaired.

Oil industry faces glut

A rise of green energy could result in an oil glut.

Increasing take-up of electric vehicles could have a huge impact on large oil companies.

Rust could kill generation of trees

Pohutukawa trees are one species potentially affected by myrtle rust.

DOC staff are so worried about a catastrophic myrtle rust outbreak, they're flying to remote areas to collect seeds.

Farmers fined for effluent discharge

Te Wae Wae Dairies Ltd acknowledged the operations manager had not undertaken the appropriate checks of the effluent ...

Carelessness was behind waterway pollution by two Southland dairy farms, leading to a fine of $52,000 for the owner.

Rust infected pohutukawa hedge destroyed

More properties have been identified with myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii) nationwide

Another myrtle rust infected property is identified in Taranaki

Repair cafe connects neighbours

A volunteer from Bike Kaipatiki fixes a bike brought to the repair cafe.

The repair cafe event saw a community connect over items given a new lease on life.

Iwi challenges water bottling

Te Waikoropupu Springs is considered sacred to local iwi.

A plan to bottle thousands of cubic metres of water from a Tasman spring has been dealt a blow after a local iwi appeal.

Talley's hits back at some proposed conditions, consent term

Talley's has applied for a 35-year term for a bundle of permits it seeks.

Independent commissioners are hearing Talley's application for consent to continue discharging into sea, air.

What happens to hotel toiletries?

There's no need to feel guilty about restocking your bathroom with leftover hotel toiletries.

You no longer need to feel guilty about pilfering the toiletries from a hotel room.

From rubbish tip to pristine beach video

More than 5 million kilograms of rubbish cleared off India's Versova Beach

85 weeks later, 5,000,000 kilograms of litter lighter, this beach in India is now pristine.

Six months on the water

Picton Harbourmaster Luke Grogan says every bay in the Marlborough Sounds has its own personality.

There was no tsunami risk right up until someone said, "there's a tsunami and it's hitting Kaikoura right now", remembers Marlborough harbourmaster.

Praise the paua pearl video

Pearl inserts are used to grow the stones.

Paua farmers on the edge of the Marlborough Sounds say their love of the marine mollusc borders on worship.

Sea lions could scupper fishery

A juvenile sea lion in Port Pegasus in January 2016. In New Zealand sea lions are ranked as "nationally critical" on the ...

A new investigation is being put together to examine whether a new aquaculture project on Stewart Island would have a negative effect on its growing sea lion colony.

Budget opens taps for capital

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Generic photos of potable drinking water from the tap. This is water from ...

$6m to protect water supply may be first of several post-quake funding packages.

Taranaki worst hit by rust

Myrtle rust has been detected on an established pohutukawa hedge in Taranaki

Myrtle rust continues to spread but mostly in Taranaki. Twenty-five sites now affected.

Road threat to kokako being managed

Volunteers carry the kokako into the Pirininihi Forest after an eighteen-year absence.

At risk kokako have returned to Taranaki after a twelve year absence.

The business of water

Water is a precious commodity.

Water is big business. From investing in irrigation to maintaining drinking quality, there are hundred of entry points for investors.

Attacking Muriwai's rat problem

Street co-ordinator Warwick Peterson, Gecko NZ Trust's Richard Chambers and chairman of MEACT Gerry Henley have worked ...

"If you are hitting the rats, you are going to get the mice," Warwick Peterson says.

Inspiring people to take pride video

The tags have been covered up and will be removed by the centre's management.

The Clendon Pride Project hopes to stamp out vandalism, rubbish and anti-social behaviour.

Pretty pests still a problem

From left, Tom King, Brian and Mary Paki, Shirly Herbert, and Albert Vahaakolo.

Residents are still battling local government to remove messy pin oaks 15 years on.

Taranaki nursery to reopen after rust scare

Taranaki plant nursery Big Jim's has been cleared to reopen, two weeks after after myrtle rust was detected on plants.

Positive myrtle rust findings grow as nurseries reopen

Shark leaps into boat

The great white shark was an unwelcome visitor on Terry Selwood's fishing boat.

Terry Selwood was enjoying the solitude of an afternoon's fishing when all hell broke loose.

Seven months to fix tip

T&T Landfills will take seven months to do remediation work to stop contaminating Owhiro Stream.

Do the work and worry about the paperwork later, Wellington council tells landfill operators.

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