Environment

Hapu chains off freedom camp

The surf spot Graveyards is named for the burial ground in the adjacent paddock.

As soon as the council opened a spot for freedom campers next to a Maori burial ground, the "destruction" began.

City living proves popular with tui

Tui are finding more foods they can eat in city gardens.

Tui numbers have definitely increased in Auckland's urban area, the Bird Lady says.

New e-waste drop off in Nelson city

Karen Driver, left, and Ruth Seabright at the new Nelson Environment Centre in Vanguard St where you can drop off your ...

Old TVs and other unwanted electronics can be dropped off for recycling at the Nelson Environment Centre's new store.

Antarctica presence 'not sustainable'

Sending hundreds of scientists to Antarctica each summer may be a thing of the past.

Technology is set to replace big groups of scientists working in Antarctica, the Antarctic Office says.

Unexpected find in harbour

The most unusual item recovered from Wellington Harbour's annual spring clean on Sunday was a bottle containing the ...

Clean-up dive in Wellington Harbour fishes up a biosecurity surprise, starring a snake and a scorpion.

A ride inclined to be interesting

Overseas visitors David Duncan and Rebecca Colvin, from America and England respectively, at the start of their Rimutaka ...

The Rimutaka Incline is easy going in the saddle and, with its history, something different.

What lurks beneath gallery video

Seahorses are welcome features of Wellington Harbour's seaweed line. Shopping trolleys are not.

Wellington Harbour holds many treasures, and a whole lot of junk too.

Boring tui song due to city living video

Urban tui tend to be louder and have a more simple song than their forest cousins.

For tui living in cities, the daily grind means they have more monotonous tunes than their forest cousins.

Scott Base celebrates 60 years

Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Peter Beggs says the 60th anniversary of the opening of Scott Base in Antarctica ...

It's been 60 years since Scott Base opened in Antarctica, with celebrations taking place in Christchurch and on the Ice.

A Life Story - Bob Stothart

Bob Stothart, physical educator and conservationist.

Educator and conservationist Bob Stothart.

This Kiwi dream is being washed away

A seawall built of concrete blocks in an effort to protect properties in Haumoana, Hawke's Bay.

Councils' plans to fight rising sea levels threaten coastal property ownership.

Cemetery rabbits to be shot

There are too many rabbits at Waikumete Cemetery.

The game is up for hundreds of rabbits running rampant in the country's biggest cemetery.

Koura death inquiry continues

The Oraka Stream in Putaruru had dead koura floating downstream in December last year.

Council are confident the stream is now supporting a healthy ecosystem, but are still trying to determine the cause of the deaths.

Smelly South American invader strikes

Clusters of purple flowers develop into large round berries.

Woolly nightshade can damage farm pasture and prevent the establishment of native plants beside waterways.

HUHA finds sanctuary in Hutt

Carolyn Press-McKenzie set up HUHA, Helping You Helping Animals. The organisation is moving to a new property at ...

"We were trying to fit our dreams into 18 acres"

'Major tourist drawcard' for Rodney

The views over Omaha from Rodney Rd on the proposed Big Omaha Trail.

The public gets a say on a network of walkways and cycleways between Puhoi and Pakiri including the Big Omaha Trail.

Tanks run dry on Waiheke

Water companies are struggling to meet demand as summer's 'dry' continues.

Summer's 'dry' is starting to hit families on un-reticulated Waiheke.

Respect returns to Taupo's mountain

Locals and visitors enjoy a sunny day atop Mount Tauhara.

One year after Mount Tauhara was reopened to the public the landowners are thanking hikers for respecting their sacred maunga. 

Wasp shortage

There's a wasp shortage in Manawatu.

Pest control services feel the sting as a cool summer keeps wasps nests away from the Manawatu.

Iceland's volcanic timebomb

The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 led to the cancellation of 100,000 flights.

Under Iceland a monster is beginning to awaken.

Dog ban loophole bites councillor

Hamilton city councillor Siggi Henry had a hunting permit from DOC believing that gave her access to walk her jack ...

A Hamilton City Councillor was called out for walking her jack russell on a bush track where dogs are not allowed.

Penguins make home in woodpile

Karla Evans and her fiance, Aaron Cranston, discovered a little blue penguin nest in their woodpile at their home near ...

Baffled by mysterious calls in the night, a Colac Bay family discovered a nest of penguins at their home.

Toxic bloom shrouds lake gallery

Green streaks beneath a blue sky.

Swans paddling through green algae on Lake Forsyth make for an eerie sight.

Sex scent snares stoats

The lure of a fertile female could be the "holy grail" for controlling one of New Zealand's most devastating predators.

The lure of a fertile female could be the "holy grail" for controlling one of New Zealand's most devastating predators.

Clever rubbish bins

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is trialling two new state of the art Big Belly bins at Earnslaw Park in central ...

Two new "Big Belly" smart bins are being trialled in central Queenstown.

Rescue penguins' luxury life video

11012017 news photo Alden Williams/Fairfax NZ

Avon the little penguin at his new temporary home in Halswell

It's the luxury Christchurch hotel where fish is always on the menu for guests.

New Zealand's hidden wonders gallery

Electrum is a sculpture on Alan Gibb's Makarau farm.

From the strange to curious, these seven wonders will inspire awe and wanderlust.

Why is Wellington so windy?

Wind is one of Wellington's defining characteristics.

The best little capital in the world. Sure. But why is it always so bloody windy?

Club buzzing four months on

The club's apiary opening.

The club's youngest member, two year old Perry, has his very own hive, and enjoys learning beekeeping skills.

Fireman's fishy invention video

Tran Lawrence has invented a fish release device called a Keepa which he thinks should be on every New Zealand fishing boat.

Removing a hook from the mouth of a flapping fish has never been easy. Until now.

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