Environment

Many factors in mussel troubles - grower

A mussel boat working on a farm at Kenepuru Sound.

Don't read too much into the slump in mussel production. Growers have seen it all before, says Marine Farming Association president Rob Pooley.

A new home on Anchor Island for little spotted kiwi

A little spotted kiwi, one of 20 transferred from Kapiti Island to Fiordlands Anchor Island, finds a good spot to get used to it's new home.

After more than a century little spotted kiwi have returned Anchor Island in Dusky Sound.

'Weird' sea creature washes up

An oarfish washed up on a salt marsh on the Aramoana Spit salt marsh on Thursday

It's rarely seen, can grow up to eight metres long and swims vertically but does it really bite off its own tail?

Drawing attention to climate change

Graphic novel anthology High Water features stories about climate change from 11 of New Zealand's top artists.

Kiwi comic artists concerned over rising sea level, super storms and climate change have put pen to paper.

North, South Islands in the stream

Cloud skirts around New Zealand.

So much for the moniker, Land of the Long White Cloud.

Hidden Auckland wilderness

Joseph Kowhai. Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Just off busy Hillsborough Rd a pocket of forest known as Wattle Bay Reserve lines the Manukau Harbour. Joseph Kowhai sees it as a little piece of paradise.

Students key to spotted kiwi release

Department of Conservation kiwi biodiversity ranger Sandy Yong releases a great spotted kiwi in the Nina Valley.

Hurunui College students' "inspiring work" leads to release of six spotted kiwi in Nina Valley. 

Alternative power for Stewart Island

Halfmoon Bay Stewart Island.

Stewart Island residents should be able to switch on with alternative energy by 2018, Southland District mayor says.

NZ greenhouse gas levels ease but remain well above 2020 target levels

Trade Minister Tim Groser.

New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions have eased lower but remain well above the target set for 2020.

Rare owl put down due to broken wing

"Hooters" - the morepork owl discovered on Otaio River Rd on Tuesday.

A Timaru hunter clipping the wing of a morepork may have stumbled on the first sighting of that animal in the region for 30 or 40 years.

Weapon against wasps

X-stinguish fipronil bait trials have been successful at killing common and german wasps.

Wasps cost us about $130 million annually, but their days may be numbered following the success of poison bait trials.

Aurora Australis timelapse stuff nation

200 photos make up stunning timelapse

A short timelapse of the Aurora Australis, photographed from Invercargill on April 11, 2015.

Conservation leads to success

Philip Woodward, of Merrill and Ring, at Manuka Island Forest in Northbank.

A Wairau Valley forestry block balancing good business with good conservation was one of the winners at the Marlborough Environment Awards.

Microchip kills Zealandia kaka

A radiograph of the kaka shows the microchip, the size of a grain of rice, in the centre of the bird's head.

Three other birds have needed surgery after microchips injected into their necks ended up in their sinuses.

Saddlebacks let loose

Trans-location supervisor Kevin Parker, with Project Island Song members Richard Robbins and Anthea Goodwin open the box to release the saddlebacks onto the pest free islands.

The first of two planned releases of saddleback saw 40 birds set free in the Bay of Islands.

Volunteers wanted for kiwi count

The number of kiwi in the Coromandel will be monitored this winter

Kiwi birds in Coromandel will be participating in their own census this winter in an attempt to monitor numbers.

Otago town coldest in southwest Pacific

NearlyawhiteChristmas Summer snow on Mount Ida Gimmerburn, Central Otago 21/12/13
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Temperature of -25.6 degrees Celsius at Ranfurly, Central Otago on July 17, 1903 has been confirmed as the coldest ever recorded in the Southwest Pacific.

Senior Treasury official to head Environment Ministry

New Ministry for the Environment chief executive Vicky Robertson

A rising star at the Treasury is quitting to become chief executive of Ministry for the Environment (MfE) as it prepares for overhaul of the Resource Management Act.

Surfer off to save turtles

Seth Marshall will move to Indonesia this week to work with a conservation organisation protecting turtles on the island of Bangkaru.

Seth Marshall has never seen a turtle in the wild but this week he'll move to Indonesia to help save them.

Rare kiwi chicks treated for parasite

Aonach, a Haast Tokoeka kiwi chick, has beaten a life-threatening parasite infection with the help of Wellington Zoo vets.

One Haast Tokoeka kiwi chick pulled through after treatment at Wellington Zoo, but its sibling died from the infection.

Heat may be whales' saving grace gallery video

Thermal imaging footage of a Bryde's whale in the Hauraki Gulf. Research suggests this technology could be used to stop large ships hitting whales.

Scientific study shows thermal imaging technology could stop ships hitting whales in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Red river a red flag

A stream turned red as a result of careless contracting work on a nearby property.

A stream that turned red due to residential waterblasting highlights a common pollution problem, council says.

Protesters leave oil rig

Kwi Johno Smith was part of a protest on an oil rig in the Pacific.

Auckland protester back at sea-level after a five-day Greenpeace protest up an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean.

Tougher water rules needed, says scientist

Fishing in the Rakaia River.

Weak nitrate limits in Canterbury rivers will cause algal blooms, destroy habitats and kill fish, an ecologist says.

Government bids for sanctuary

The late Tony Bouzaid, conservationist and yachtsman.

The Government has announced it will contribute towards a joint bid to buy Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island.

Maori in freshwater bid

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis on his farm showing how waterways are beneficial.

Iwi leader and senior ministers are battling over a proposal to hand some freshwater rights in perpetuity to Maori.

Subdivision on horizon for New Chum

New Chum Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula can only be reached by hiking 30-40 minutes through bush.

The fate of one of the world’s top beaches on the Coromandel Peninsula will be decided at an upcoming hearing.

Breeding like tuataras in Maungatautari

A baby tuatara spotted by Sanctuary Mountain volunteer gardener Nanette Jenkin.

Seeing a baby tuatara in Maungatautari's wetlands was a fitting reward for a volunteer gardener.

Waihi paua poacher fined

New Zealand's paua stock are under threat from poachers.

Waihi paua poacher caught with twice the daily limit tried to get off breaches with a dodgy customary permit.

Discharge to continue despite concerns

Oroua River near Pollock Road, where treated wastewater will continue to be piped.

Non-compliant wastewater will continue to flow into the Tutaenui Stream.

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