Environment

Gorge closure costs mount

Saddle Rd is being upgraded to make it a quicker and safer alternative route to the Manawatu Gorge.

Engineers are assessing a large slip in the Manawatu Gorge to see when it is safe to start clearing.

Baby whales 'whisper' to mums

A humpback whale mother and her calf. Scientists have found calves "whisper" to their mothers to avoid being heard by ...

The quiet communication helps them avoid attracting the attention of predators and male humpbacks looking for mates.

Peter Yealands opts for trial

Peter Yealands won the Lincoln University Foundation's South Island Farmer of the Year in 2013. (File photo)

The charges carry a maximum penalty of $300,000 each or a jail term of two years.

Approval likely for divisive fence

A classic farming vista at Flock Hill Station.

Ratepayers are set to fund a $44,000 fence to protect wetlands on a high country station leased by Americans.

Fight to keep weed out of Wakatipu

The invasive weed lagarosiphon is spreading in the Kawarau River and a new plan is being developed to keep it out of ...

Taking action to protect Lake Wakatipu

A late run of gold

Tayjs Russell, 5, Kobe Wildbore, 5, and Dylan Enables, 5, have been having a sun drench holiday thanks to a long run of ...

It's better than Summer but like all good things the good weather won't last.

Burnoff billows over horizon

Smoke drifts across the Wairau Valley from a forestry burnoff.

Huge clouds of smoke are from a farmer's burnoff, rural fire says.

Childrens protest prompts DOC to ban freedom camping

A site visit still shows the bus shelter is being used as a place to go to the toilet.

A community of children who protested against freedom campers defecating at the school bus shelter and carpark have been heard.

The moment a river come to life

Sarah McCall and her family stand on the banks of the Eyre River, normally a dry riverbed, which surged to life on Good ...

When they got near, the Canterbury riverbed was dry, but within minutes it was clear something was happening.

Ocean's fifty-five at sea

Marlborough girls Holly Wills, left, and Anna Frisken at the Sir Peter Blake Trust's Youth EnviroLeaders Forum (YELF) in ...

A pair of Picton teenagers were selected from among 500 hopefuls to help tackle environmental issues.

Snail conundrum closed

The mystery behind the eccentric grass snails seems to be over.

Questions over the sudden appearance of thousands of miniscule snail shells have finally been answered.

Any luck with the water, mate?

The days of fly-fishing with nary a thought for the future health of our waterways has caught up with us.

OPINION: We didn't know how lucky we were. Now we can't swim in our rivers, let alone drink from them.

Manawatu Gorge could be closed for weeks

About 3,500 cubic metres of earth is blocking the Woodville end of State Highway 3 through the Manawatu Gorge.

Manawatu Gorge set for another long closure after two slips block lanes.

Kokako preparations continue for Mt Pirongia

Peter Smits, Dave Bryden and Beckie Trigg, working on sites in Pureora forest.

Ecologist leads work to catch kokako which will eventually return to Mt Pirongia in the Waikato.

This worm could save the world video

Researchers are excited at the discovery of a waxworm's ability to break down even the toughest plastics.

A waxworm capable of eating through plastic at great speeds may solve the global plastic bag crisis.

Massive bull shark caught

A massive bull shark caught from Swansea Channel.

A bull shark caught off the coast of Australia has people both excited and angry.

'I'm shaking right now, that thing is massive.' video

Craig Hudson managed to capture the shark circling his boat.

A fisherman films a 16 foot shark that circled his boat moments after his son's hands were in the water.

Rare falcon shot dead

DOC is outraged after a kareakea was killed in Nikau Valley, Paraparaumu. (FILE PHOTO)

DOC furious over killing of protected bird, which could lead to a two-year jail sentence or a $100k fine.

Seabed mining decision expected late June

South Taranaki iwi oppose Trans Tasman Resources to mine the seabed for iron ore

New seabed mining information sought will add to costs for opposition groups fighting proposal

Greens keen on transition period

Taranaki could be a renewable energy powerhouse, Green Party energy spokesman Gareth Hughes says.

Gareth Hughes thinks it's better to plan on a transition than leaving it to fate, and people losing jobs.

Herald Island's goal to be predator-free

The programme for pest control started in 2016 but now the group have funding for traps on private land.

A West Auckland community is extending their predator free programme to private landowners.

Night sky alight a rarity

Tim Bond has wanted to capture the Aurora Australis for years, finally succeeding Sunday night at Dawson Falls.

A night time photo shoot of the Taranaki sky offered a sight rarely seen so far north.

A roving we will go

Willing workers lay out framework for a board walk through Mataia farm bush.

Young Scout and Guide leaders give nature a helping hand at the national Moot

Three great whites caught

This great white was caught at the North Cape in the Far North earlier this month.

Fishermen aiming to catch, tag for research and release bronze whaler sharks "blown away" when three great whites took bait.

Heritage bush walk stops short gallery video

The river includes a series of natural weirs.

A gap of just 2 metres is stopping the completion of a loop river walk through rare bush in suburban Auckland.

Boomerang bags a boom

Queenstown's Boomerang Bags organisers Fiona Davies and Georgia Todd.

Reusable bags made of recycled material could change Queenstown for the better, volunteers hope.

Polluted stream frustrations video

A dead eel found in the stream earlier in April.

Clean-up reveals mayor's anger with slow progress - but council's own landfill also under fire.

Honey centre for Qtown

Honey bees.

A Queenstown bee centre will enable families to come together and get stuck in.

Jane Goodall holds on to hope

Dr Jane Goodall at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. She first travelled to Tanzania in 1960 at the age of 26.

Ahead of her NZ visit Goodall says why there is hope for our planet and its inhabitants.

NZ towns that are going under video

Hector resident Lynn Stoddart had a huge wave come through her front yard.

Thousands of New Zealanders are in the path of rising seas. Many are among the least equipped to deal with it.

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