Takapuna Beach no place for swimmers

16022015. Sport. Photo:Supplied/Not for sale.Surf Lifesaving New Zealand are on hand each week at the State Beach Series at Takapuna Beach.

Warning signs are up at one of Auckland's most popular beaches after tests revealed poor water quality.

DDT found in red zone waste


Banned insecticide DDT and other hazardous substances found on residential red zone properties.

Great depths for silverfish study gallery

Terra Nova Bay. Photograph by Dave Allen on 21 February 2015.

An echosounder will sit deep under the water off the coast of Antarctica for 200 days in a bid to learn more about a key species in the area's food chain.

How Niagara Falls freezes gallery

A partially frozen American Falls in sub freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

It's a stunning sight: Niagara Falls, the world's most famous waterfall, apparently frozen in place.

Orcas return to Taranaki waters

SIGHTINGS: The large killer whales were spotted off Port Taranaki this week.

It is orca spotting season in Taranaki, and DOC is asking people to record their sightings.

Avian botulism may have killed birds

Outbreak of avian botulism feared to be reason for dead birds along Kapiti Coast waterways.

Mine clean-up to cost $3m

Abandoned mining town Waiuta, near Reefton, site of the Prohibition and Blackwater mines within Victoria Forest Park, West Coast.

The country's two most contaminated mine sites will be cleaned up, at a cost of $3 million.

Timelapse captures cosmic light show video

Timelapse animation of Aurora Australis taken from MJUO on the February 23rd.

Vivid pink bands of light painted the skies above the South Island during a stunning cosmic light show.

Fears of avian botulism outbreak

12092014 Generic Photo:Dean Kozanic ThePress/FairfaxNZ.  Christchurch CBD inner city spring weather shag airs it's wings on the banks of the Avon River.

Kapiti SPCA has suspicions over what's behind second mass bird kill in region.

Tuatua boom could put toheroa at risk

PLENTIFUL: Hordes of people gather tuatua at Ripiro Beach.

People gathering the bountiful tuatua this season may accidentally be picking up the rare and treasured toheroa shellfish instead. 

ECan's $1.8b plan

HIGH POLLUTION: ECan will focus on improving air quality in Timaru, Geraldine and Waimate.

ECan plans to spend almost $1.8 billion over the next 10 years and will spend more on air quality and water management.

Lagoon leak still mystery

Blue dye which put into the lagoon has not revealed where it is leaking.

Palmerston North's Hokowhitu Lagoon is continuing to leak faster than a bore running at 12 litres a second can top up.

Taha told to remove premix

The Kennington site, near Invercargill, where Taha Asia Pacific has applied to store 11,400 tonnes of Ouvea Premix.

Taha Asia Pacific ordered to dispose of potentially hazardous material by Saturday.

'Curious George' a summer star

CURIOUS GEORGE: People aboard an Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari check out a juvenile Bryde's whale.

Forget the city of sails, Auckland is actually the 'city of whales'.

Odour costly to solve

The Eltham eader.

Fixing Eltham's odour issues once and for all will come at a cost.

Oil spill off Taranaki

The Raroa.

Maritime NZ not able to find any signs of an oil sheen this morning following a spill off the Taranaki coast on Friday.

Reserve needs lifeline

A kiwi chick is released into the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust main enclosure.

Ratepayers are expected to foot the $900,000 bill for the Maungatautari Ecological Island.

Horizons probing stream

The Mangaone stream near Eketahuna.  Farmer Peter Spring says it shows pollution by effluent and he says the smell alerted him to the contaminant.

The Horizons Regional Council is investigating an alleged effluent spill in a creek near Eketahuna.

People urged to report dead whales

DoC staff, Project Jonah trained volunteers and others work to save 28 long-finned pilot whales stranded at Farewell Spit

The Department of Conservation is urging the public to report any dead whales found after last weekend's mass stranding on Farewell Spit.

Dry year highlights dam benefits

Mangatarere River, east of Carterton.

Wairarapa Water Use Project chairman Bob Francis says the dry conditions highlight benefits of large-scale water storage.

Quake fears over dam location

Mangatarere river.

Dam Free Mangatarere Society are not against the Wairarapa irrigation project, they just want their river excluded.

Pictures: Through the ice gallery video


These stunning photos and time-lapse video were sent from the Niwa research vessel Tangaroa, which is cruising through Antarctica's Ross Sea.

Pesticide, bees death link review call welcomed

Beechworth Honey. Bees.
Images supplied by Kathryn Jones - marketing@beechworthhoney.com.au

Greens welcomed a report calling for a Govt review of a pesticide that has been partially banned overseas and may be responsible for bee deaths.

King tide shows signs of things to come

TRICKY ACCESS: Good weather is forecast for Saturday’s king tide so little flooding is expected. Low spots subject to flooding include parts of the Orewa Estuary pathway and the northwestern motorway’s cycleway between Waterview and Te Atatu, pictured being used by a stand-up paddleboard rider.

I's unlikely to be a high drama affair, but this week's king tide will be of particular interest for some.

DOC declares war on wasps

TAKE CAUTION: The start of summer also marks the peak season of the German wasp - easily distinguished from the common wasp by three black dots on its clypeus (nose area). German wasp nests are grey and common wasp nests are brown.

The DOC is hoping to take the buzz out of the bush with a bait station scheme to control wasps.

Bees on the radio video

BUZZING OUT: Ashleigh Weatherall.

Waikato student Ashleigh Weatherall has been attaching radio transmitters to bees.

Wandering no Peti problem

ESCAPE NINJA: Peti the takahe’s wandering days are over now that she’s living on an island.

Adventurous young takahe Peti's escapades have seen her sent off to predator-free Motutapu Island.

Lack of action angers

Dead animals and plastic were just some of the items dumped on the banks of the Opihi River last week, and Timaru's Allan Davidson is angry about Environment Canterbury's reaction to his complaint.

A Timaru man is furious with Environment Canterbury's reaction to rubbish being dumped on the banks of the Opihi River.

Rescuers refloat whales

Department of Conservation staff, Project Jonah-trained volunteers and others worked through the day and night to save pilot whales that stranded at Farewell Spit.

Sixty stranded pilot whales have been refloated at Farewell Spit near Nelson.

Work of dedicated greenie on view

A forest.

A lifetime's work by a farmer to lay out a tree canopy on his property, the envy of many farmers, is to be opened up to visitors.

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