'Swimmable' loses all meaning

Chamberlains Ford on Canterbury's Selwyn River, photographed on Wednesday.

ANALYSIS: The Government wants to define the word "swimmable", but many think it means something completely different.

Penguins shared world with dinos

The ancient penguin was much larger than this Emperor Penguin.

The remains of an ancient, human-sized penguin found in a Canterbury river suggest penguins waddled the earth alongside dinosaurs.

Duck poo major problem at lake

A plan on how to manage Lake Rotoroa and the domain around it attracted just under 200 submissions. Water quality was a ...

We want Lake Rotoroa to be safe to swim in, community tells council.

Auckland Island pigs face doom

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is surrounded by is beloved Auckland Island pigs in 2010. Shadbolt was a huge supporter ...

Introduced to the Auckland Islands as food, pigs that now devour penguins may soon be killed.

New water target 'challenging' video

Environment Minister Nick Smith announces new swimmable fresh water targets.

The Government wants 90 per cent of New Zealand's lakes and rivers to be swimmable by 2040.

Fish kill costs firm $39,000

A culvert pouring toxic chemicals into the small waterway in Paeroa.

Chemwash Hamilton Ltd released toxic chemicals into the Paeroa stormwater system, killing eels and banded kokopu.

Council to lobby Government

The Christchurch City Council has decided to go ahead with a planned electricity contract, despite opposition from ...

The Christchurch City Council will lobby the Government to negotiate electricity contracts only with companies supplying 100 per cent renewable energy.

Hayden Smith cleans up at awards night

The Sea Cleaners Trust are pulling out 18 cubic meters of rubbish a day out of our waterways.

The Sea Cleaners Trust are pulling out about 90 wheelbarrow loads of rubbish a day out of our waterways.

Iwi apply for unprecedented water conservation order

Kaumatua John Ward-Holmes of Ngati Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust at Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay.

A Golden Bay iwi has applied for an unprecedented water conservation order to protect the aquifer that feeds the country's largest freshwater springs.

Lake's portal to another dimension video

Lake Berryessa in California has a 21 metre diameter hole in it to help when water gets too high.

Heavy rains in US trigger giant whirlpool, as 7.5 million litres of water a minute disappear.

Gentle giraffe mourned

NEWS.  Emma Gregory from Vincents Art Workshop gets a close up view of "Tisa" ...

Wellington Zoo's much loved giraffe did not survive a final attempt to save her life with emergency surgery.

Paihia poo outrage

Moana Cross with her partner Tom Power at Te Ti Bay where she has reported seeing human excrement.

The sight of human excrement floating in the water in Paihia has angered a local woman.

Pest plants suffocating Auckland Council budget

Blue morning glory is strangling native plant's in Auckland's Torbay.

A new infestation of pest plants in Torbay has highlighted a heavy reliance on local volunteer groups for pest control as Auckland Council struggles for funding.

Seals may die in SH1 rebuild

DOC's Roy Grose says the public had to accept there could be some mortality of seals in the SH1 rebuild.

Electric fences trialled to keep seals away from quake roadworks - but they may not be enough.

Water quality fears

One of the two Macaskill Lakes used to store back-up water for the region.

Councillors approve over $3 million to install new filters in Wellington's storage lakes after new algae detected.

'Time is of the essence' video

Blackened bush in Ohinetahi Reserve in the hills above Governors Bay.

Conservation groups back at square one after years of work to restore native forests in the Port Hills went up in flames.

'Massive' illegal scallop haul

Two divers were caught with 565 scallops, 300 of which were undersized.

Pair face penalties after being caught with 565 scallops in Northland.

Blue whales in mining area

Whales and the oil and gas industry have co-existed in Taranaki for decades.

An expert says blue whales and seabed mining won't mix well.

Poison laid on rat-infested mountain

The pest control program on Mt Victoria in Devonport, Auckland, will now add rat bait to the existing possum and rabbit ...

"Hopefully we've been poisoning rats, but I haven't seen any dead ones or dopey ones yet," Auckland volunteer said.

Ashhurst's giant cactus

Bill Lockwood has a really big cactus on his Ashhurst property.

A six-metre high cactus that towers over an Ashhurst man's house serves as a memory of his wife.

CEO's shock departure

Hawke's Bay Regional Council chief executive Andrew Newman.

On Friday his pending resignation was written off as 'malicious gossip'. Today he resigned.

De-finned shark washes up

A de-finned shark washed up on Onepoto Beach, Hicks Bay.

The body of a shark with its fin removed has washed up on an East Cape beach.

Lamprey breeding grounds found

The breeding grounds of endangered native lamprey/ kanakana in Central Otago have been located for the first time.

Pheromone tracking helps protect endangered native South Island lamprey  

Freedom campers use beach as toilet

Shane Wilson found human faeces on the beach near the Monkey Island changing sheds on Orepuki Drive left by freedom ...

Shane Wilson was disgusted by what he found - a beach littered with glass, used toilet paper and human faeces.

'Sexual deviant' grubs swarm

Local woman Rachael Campbell snapped this picture of the Tasmanian grass grubs swarming in Hastings.

Napier "a hub for Tasmanian grass grub Tinder" after hordes of the insects invade for mating season.

Native trees 'butchered'

Louise says the trees did not appear to have been professionally cut.

Felling of native trees and bush on a coastal walkway described as "wanton vandalism".

'It doesn't have to be this way' video

One of the places Watercare might build a water treatment plant is across the road from the Robinsons. Family members, ...

Plans for a water treatment plant in a rural heritage suburb of Auckland has locals aghast.

New street lighting on its way

Around half of Auckland Street lighting will be replaced with LED lights by 2020 and all by 2025.

Turning Auckland street lighting to low energy LED's in suburban areas is well under way but are they too bright?

Huge tyre pile "will be going"

The pile of more than 600,000 tyres seen from Racecourse Rd.

 A huge pile of more than 600,000 tyres near Amberley is seen as a fire risk.

Butterfly gully

Yealands Family Wines head gardener James Morrison, left, with Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust founder Jacqui ...

Thousands of butterflies creating a kaleidascope of colour at a Marlborough vineyard have officially found a safe haven.

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