Environment

Fewer Kiwis doing Great Walks

Tramper Mark Wilson, left, of Auckland, and his namesake, Hump Ridge Track manager Mark Wilson, of Tuatapere.

Kiwis are becoming a minority in their own backyard, only making up a quarter of walkers on iconic tramps.

Muso Jamie McDell on a mission to clean up the Hauraki

Sustainable Coastlines is partnering with Contiki and musician Jamie McDell to do a clean up of Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf at the end of February.

Kiwi songstress Jamie McDell is not afraid to get her hands dirty for a good cause.

More kakariki released into Abel Tasman

One of the 16 kakariki released from the Wainui hut aviary in the Abel Tasman National Park.

The population of kakariki in the Abel Tasman National Park has had another boost.

Two-headed snake is one of a kind

An academic said the double-headed snake would need extra care.

A snake breeder in Australia did a double take after one of his eggs hatched.

When a kiwi comes calling

A kiwi paid a late-night visit to Northland woman Laura Jerome's Doves Bay home, where it hunted around on her deck for about an hour.

Laura Jerome suspected a burglar - but her late-night visitor turned out to be a kiwi.

Farming and conservation go hand in hand at Blue Ducks Station

The hill and back country of Blue Ducks and Retaruke Stations, which the Steele family farm and protect.

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A new farming model video

Dan Steele believes his farming system at Blue Ducks Station, based on low input agriculture and a diversified income, could be a template for other farmers on a similar type of land class.

Dan Steele has a vision for the future, and it doesn't look like its past.

No autopsy needed for dead eels

Nobody has come forward with information to help identify the source of a contaminant that killed hundreds of eels in a Marlborough creek.

It was possible someone had dumped thousands of litres of a chemical and not even considered their actions were illegal.

Cleaning up the Kepler video

Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track.

More than 30,000 people are expected to walk the Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park this season.

History of the Pureora Forest

Pureora Forest is famous for its kokako population.

Neville Ritchie talks about the rich history of the Pureora Forest, as outlined in his new book.

Council turns focus to organic waste management

New Plymouth District Council's monitoring committee discussed plans to look at organic waste diversion at Tuesday's meeting.

The New Plymouth District is unnecessarily sending 25,000 tonnes of organic waste to landfill each year.

Trees to be trimmed

29 trees on Ladies Mile will be trimmed and are safe while the long-term solution is being found

Trees on SH6 in Queenstown will stay where they are for a while longer as Delta agreed to a short-term solution of trimming. 

War on wasps in Abel Tasman video

Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger John Henderson installs Vespex in a bait station in the Abel Tasman National Park.

No more holidays ruined "by tripping over a wasp nest or not watching a jam sandwich closely enough".

Concerns raised about park

Government representatives address the public regarding the proposed Marine Protected Areas consultation document.

Quota owners would receive compensation, but there was no provision for operators who leased quota.

Dead eel creek should be tested

Hundreds of eels have been found dead in a creek near Blenheim.

Forest and Bird says the council should be doing more to catch the culprit.

Seven kiwi hospitalised in January

One of the young kiwi being cared for at Wildbase.

Seven kiwi were hospitalised last month, including one run over by a car.

Overseas anglers share their experiences

Canadian angler John Andrew has been fishing in the Mossburn area.

Anglers from around the world visit NZ to explore our rivers, enjoy summer and experience what Kiwis take for granted.

Cyclists and mountainbikers share trail

The upper Oreti River, where the dispute between Southland District Council and Fish & Game is taking place.

Anglers and mountainbikers are sharing access on the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.

Testing the waters

Ministry for the Environment chief executive Vicky Robertson has pinpointed maintaining and improving freshwater quality as her highest priority.

The state of the country's fresh water is at the top of the agenda for this public service boss.

Fees to use national parks?

Milford Sound in Fiordland is visited by 1000 vehicles a day at peak times.

"We can't stick our head in the sand." DOC says it's considering making overseas tourists pay to use our parks.

What's killing off the wildlife?

A creek near Rarangi, north of Blenheim, is full of dead eels.

A mystery toxin is being blamed for wiping out the fish and plants in a creek north of Blenheim.

Shark dive operator shifts

A great white shark.

Move to mainland not because of tensions on Stewart Island, shark dive operator says.

Hamilton's lake a survivor

Waikato University Professor Brendan Hicks checks Lake Rotoroa's water quality.

It's a glorified pond, but it's famous in Hamilton and its days are far from numbered.

This is the face of the sea thing

The face of the mystery creature.

Intriguing remains of a sea creature found bobbing in surf have been identified.

Cats could avoid curfews video

Invercargill cat lover Julie Redhead with one of her siamese cats, Tola in the cat enclosure she has had built in her backyard.

Keep cats in enclosures rather than impose curfews, says Southland woman.

Earth in 10,000 years

"If you just look at this, it's stunning that we can make such a long-lasting impact that has the same magnitude as the ice ages," says  Anders Levermann.

Seas could be 52 metres higher than they are now if we let climate change rip, scientists say.

How much ice can we afford to lose?

"The heart of this paper is a method for telling us which ice sheets are most vulnerable in Antarctica so we can raise the alarm bells," says Professor Nathan Bindoff.

Large areas of Antarctic ice sheets could melt away into the ocean if ice shelves continue to disappear.

'You can't put a price on this'

Natures Wonders Wildlife on the Otago Peninsula is up for sale.

A 172-hectare slice of rugged coast, pristine beaches, and endangered wildlife is up for grabs.

Shark attacks hit record high

More shark attacks were recorded in 2015 than ever before.

Fancy a swim? Sharks attacked people around the globe a record 98 times in 2015.

Bee event hit with Southlanders

Southland Bee Society member Rhonda Bragg inspects one of her hives.

Southlanders will have the opportunity to see a bee hive in action at the Southland Bee Society Bee Friendly Gala day at Limehills school this Sunday.

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