Environment

'Swimmability' only part of story video

Freshwater quality debates largely focus on swimming, not what lives there 24/7.

ANALYSIS: The longfin eel, whitebait and lamprey. All are threatened, and it is our fault.

Weevil welcomed by pest group

Bulls farmer Alistair Robertson is part of the Rangitikei Horsetail Group looking to control the weed in Rangitikei.

A Rangitikei pest group has been granted $174,000 to mass-rear weevils.

Return of the cluster flies

Cluster fly larvae have had perfect conditions with the wet warm weather recently, and many people are finding the flies ...

It sounds like a horror movie plot - swarms of cluster flies besieging North Island homes.

Little spotted kiwi returning to Auckland

Zealandia Reserve in Wellington had the only mainland population of little spotted kiwi.

They haven't run wild in Auckland for well over 140 years, but spotted kiwi will soon released at Shakespear Open Sanctuary.

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.

NZ rivers under threat

Swimming at the Oroua river in Awahuri in Manawatu.

Three quarters of NZ's native freshwater fish species are threatened by the state of our water, Government report says.

Gorge closure costs mount video

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.

The true cost of NZ water

Councils are under pressure to reclaim some of the water permits they handed out decades ago. Pictured is Coes Ford on ...

The Government says nobody owns the water, but that hasn't stopped people making a fortune selling it.

Peter Yealands opts for trial

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

One of NZ's leading wine producers denies allegations he illegally dumped a winemaking byproduct.

Extension to park considered

DOC is looking to expand the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park boundaries to include Godley and Tasman braided riverbeds.

Discussions are under way to consider expanding the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park boundary.

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.

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.

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

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