Environment

Is this Christchurch's most polluted beach?

Some samples of plastic found on the beach.

Tiny particles of plastic are washing onto Canterbury shores, polluting beaches and threatening fish.

'Prudent time' for questions about Invercargill storm drains

Invercargill's storm drainage systems are below the New Zealand standard.

Invercargill MPs say it is time for voters to ask questions of councillors and council candidates.

$800k property with asbestos surprise

The Bond family have been left wondering after asbestos was found in the soil and building debris on the section they ...

The site of a Christchurch family's dream home is now just a pile of contaminated dirt.

No need for winter woolies

Unseasonably warm temperatures in Blenheim have seen shoppers bypass coats and scarves.

Blenheim takes early lead in sunshine race, but Nelson is making a move.

Hunting the perfect quack

Duck caller Russell West is among the world's best.

WARNING: Video sounds like a drunk Donald Duck. If in public, hit mute now.

Porirua: the perfect storm

Flooding in Titahi Bay Rd, Porirua, on Thursday.

Warm seas, a fast-moving front and dry autumn ground combined to cause flooding.

Dam slammed by Greenpeace

Greenpeace claims the Opuha Dam has damaged the Opihi River, but Opuha Water says it has developed a better flushing ...

Greenpeace has taken a swing at Opuha Dam claiming it is an "environmental disaster" but the Opuha Water company says it has developed an improved flushing regime. 

The future's electric video

The government wants 64,000 electric vehicles on New Zealand roads by 2021.

The Government wants to have 64,000 electric vehicles on roads by 2021 but measures fall short the Green Party said.

Blenheim won't take Chch's scrap

Blenheim's landfill will not be a dumping ground for Christchurch scraps.

Blenheim refuses to be "dumping ground for the South Island" and won't take Christchurch's rubbish.

Lagoon growth 'phenomenal'

Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust general manager Greg Byrne says the growth at Tutaepatu Lagoon in the past five years is ...

30,000 native plants and 800 pests trapped at Tutaepatu Lagoon in five years.

Feathered enemy gives DOC a ring-neck problem

Have you seen one of these?

Feathered yes, but friends? Not so much.

RMA reforms ignore 'invisible legions'

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright is concerned about limiting notification on planning ...

Govt want to limit who has their say on building and planning changes.

Faster ferry passes test

Cook Strait ferry Strait Feronia travels through the Marlborough Sounds.

Wave tests reveal Strait Feronia is still compliant at a faster speed.

Mother of all clean-ups on Saturday

Long-time river campaigner Zak Cassels is leading river clean-up efforts near The Tannery.

Hundreds of volunteers wanted to pick up 10 tonnes of rubbish from the city's rivers and Estuary.

Tainui comes clean on nitrogen breach

TGH allowed stock to graze on a block consented only for forestry near Lake Taupo.

Tainui Group Holdings outs itself and apologises after council cover up of their rule breach.

Big US quake warning

earthquake, seismic

California's San Andreas fault "locked, loaded and ready to roll" with big earthquake, expert says.

Working to preserve our avian originals

The tieke, or saddleback.

OPINION: Keeping tabs on tabby could help a native bird survive.

Appeal lodged over ancient bush video

The late Graham Cheesman worked for 18 years to protect the centuries-old forest fragment on his land until his death in ...

The fight to protect Cheesman's Bush in Manukau is heading to the Environment Court.

Water bottlers face the heat

Water is sourced from the South Waikato municipal supply for about $1 for every 100 litres.

Gallons of water extracted by bottlers and sold for massive profits have prompted calls for fairer payment structures.

'Beautiful' walkway restored

A section of the Conifer Grove walkway will be upgraded this year.

 Work is about to start on fixing the Pahurehure Inlet walkway.

Milestone in drive to bring robin call back gallery

A robin at Bream Head two weeks after the first release on April 8.

Trust takes another step in goal to re-establish noisy, bird filled splendour to Northland scenic reserve.

She hasn't emptied the bin in 2 months

In Kristy Lorson's efforts to live waste free she has discovered that making toothpaste is easy and only requires 1 ...

A family of three have not had to empty their kitchen rubbish bin for the past two months.

Record backing to protect sharks

Sharks are hopefully going to get more protection, as record backing grows against the fin trade. "This is probably the ...

"This is probably the most important thing that could happen for sharks and rays this year."

Watch: Stunning new jellyfish video

The mesmerizing creature was thought to have been out hunting when captured on film.

Amazing new jellyfish found prowling one of the deepest oceans in the world.

New interest in fish farm

Tender proposals for fin fish farming back on the agenda in the Coromandel.

'Undisclosed party' interested in Coromandel fish farming, financial flamboyance required.

Spray drift still unmonitored

Grape growing is a low-risk industry in terms of spray drift, a New Zealand Winegrowers manager says.

Efforts to track vineyard spray drift are still in the pipeline nine years after a report highlighted gaps in the data.

Massey teams up with US to train for oil spills

A little blue penguin gets the star wash treatment at the Oiled Wildlife Response Centre after the Rena oil spill in 2011.

"The faster we can get to animals and get them into care, the more likely they will survive after being oiled."

Taking a stand

A lawyer, a locksmith and a bailiff speak with police at Kieran Venning's front gate.

Plans to transfer property bought to make way for the Wairau Valley hydroelectric scheme have hit a road block, with one man refusing to leave his home.

Battling the dry conditions

Lake Elterwater, near Ward, remains dry as farmers wait for rain.

For sheep and beef farmers in eastern Marlborough there has been no significant rainfall for two years.

Eco Art celebrates milestone

Innovative Waste Kaikoura staff Trish Mulvaney, left, and Lorraine Diver prepare bags of assorted goodies for this ...

Plans are brewing for a "Refest" month, with a focus on reduce, reuse, recycle.

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