Environment

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.

War on wasps in the Abel Tasman National Park video

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

Visitors in the Abel Tasman will not have to worry about wasps, thanks to an extensive control programme.

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.

Giant waves in UK storm gallery video

Newhaven Harbour wall and lighthouse take a battering from Storm Imogen, the ninth named storm to hit the UK this season.

A 19-metre wave has been recorded as phenomenal seas and high winds batter Britain.

Plan to bring whitebait back

Volunteers install hay bales along the Heathcote River to create spawning points for whitebait.

Scientists hoping to bring whitebait back to Christchurch's rivers following years of decline.

Soft plastic only

Jamie Moffitt of Innovative Waste Kaikoura with a selection of items which cannot be recycled with plastics.

A simple test for soft plastics should ensure no banned substances end up being sent for recycling.

Breeding success for kiwi

DOC conservation services ranger Hannah Edmonds with a little spotted kiwi, believed to be one of the parents of the chick.

Population growth of little spotted kiwi looking brighter after chick discovered on Fiordland island.

OPINION: Marine park

Sustainability key to marine debate

Wild juvenile paua are pictured with seven spat (light blue seeded paua). The spat are taken from adult paua then farmed and released into the wild to increase the overall biomass. This work is carried out by paua quota owners throughout New Zealand.

What will Marlborough choose: recreational fishing parks or sustainable fisheries?

Food banks to receive unsold food

Big supermarket chains in France must donate goods no longer fit for sale to charities or farms for use as animal feed or compost.

A new anti-food waste law will require large French supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities or farms.

City council criticises quarry ploy

The operators of a quarry in Yaldhurst want to excavate closer to groundwater in order to retrieve more gravel for Christchurch's quake rebuild.

Christchurch City Council opposes ploy to deepen region's quarries because of risk to city's drinking water.

Meet the Johnny Cash tarantula

The "Johnny Cash" tarantula, or Aphonopelma johnnycashi, is one of 14 new species of tarantulas identified.

If one bites you, it will burn, burn, burn like a ring of fire.

Kiwi visit Renwick kindy

Department of Conservation biodiversity ranger Iain Graham, right, shows Renwick Kindergarten pupil Max Campbell one of two rowi kiwi that visited the kindergarten.

The two kiwi were part of Operation Nest Egg, a programme which helps incubate, raise and protect young kiwi until they can fend for themselves.

Water trees plea from Wanaka's Te Kakano Trust

A tourist enjoys pitching in with Te Kakano Trust members to water native plants near Stoney Creek, at Wanaka.

Wanaka's forest regeneration projects hampered by drought.

Kea die in stoat traps

A kea on the Milford Rd in Fiordland

Seven kea have died after being inadvertently caught in stoat traps in the Murchison Mountains.

Backcountry compliance disappoints

The Greenstone Valley control period has commenced.

Fish & Game disappointed with large number of unlicensed anglers caught in Otago.

ETS 'undermined and ineffective'

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says a new report shows the Government's Emissions Trading Scheme is failing.

The Greens say National has weakened the Emissions Trading Scheme so its no longer effective.

Cattle in water a 'marketing disaster'

Cattle grazing on the shore of Lake Ellesmere, as seen from the Little River Rail Trail.

Criticism mounts about stock in waterways as figures show some farms received complaints about it repeatedly.

Buzzkill brought about by humans

The virus is a strain that emerged in Europe.

The global spread of a honeybee-killing virus was caused by humans, a study has found.

Protest falls on deaf ears

Time ran out for Tina Lopdell, Herta Miehe and Bruce McIntyre who tried to organise a protest to save the trees at Kindergarten St Reserve.

Protesters in Tokoroa were unable to stop the South Waikato District Council from removing trees in a community reserve.

Marlborough farms up for sale by receivers

Marlborough dairy farmer Phillip Woolley.

Six farms are put up for sale to clear a debt of more than $30 million.

Ad Feedback
special offers