Environment

Repair cafe connects neighbours

A volunteer from Bike Kaipatiki fixes a bike brought to the repair cafe.

The repair cafe event saw a community connect over items given a new lease on life.

Iwi challenge water bottling

Te Waikoropupu Springs is considered sacred to local iwi.

A plan to bottle thousands of cubic metres of water from a Tasman spring has been dealt a blow after a local iwi appeal.

Talley's hits back at some proposed conditions, consent term

Talley's has applied for a 35-year term for a bundle of permits it seeks.

Independent commissioners are hearing Talley's application for consent to continue discharging into sea, air.

What happens to hotel toiletries?

There's no need to feel guilty about restocking your bathroom with leftover hotel toiletries.

You no longer need to feel guilty about pilfering the toiletries from a hotel room.

From rubbish tip to pristine beach video

More than 5 million kilograms of rubbish cleared off India's Versova Beach

85 weeks later, 5,000,000 kilograms of litter lighter, this beach in India is now pristine.

Six months on the water

Picton Harbourmaster Luke Grogan says every bay in the Marlborough Sounds has its own personality.

There was no tsunami risk right up until someone said, "there's a tsunami and it's hitting Kaikoura right now", remembers Marlborough harbourmaster.

Praise the paua pearl video

Pearl inserts are used to grow the stones.

Paua farmers on the edge of the Marlborough Sounds say their love of the marine mollusc borders on worship.

Sea lions could scupper fishery

A juvenile sea lion in Port Pegasus in January 2016. In New Zealand sea lions are ranked as "nationally critical" on the ...

A new investigation is being put together to examine whether a new aquaculture project on Stewart Island would have a negative effect on its growing sea lion colony.

Budget opens taps for capital

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Generic photos of potable drinking water from the tap. This is water from ...

$6m to protect water supply may be first of several post-quake funding packages.

Taranaki worst hit by rust

Myrtle rust has been detected on an established pohutukawa hedge in Taranaki

Myrtle rust continues to spread but mostly in Taranaki. Twenty-five sites now affected.

Rust could kill generation of trees

Pohutukawa trees are one species potentially affected by myrtle rust.

DOC staff are so worried about a catastrophic myrtle rust outbreak, they're flying to remote areas to collect seeds.

Road threat to kokako being managed

Volunteers carry the kokako into the Pirininihi Forest after an eighteen-year absence.

At risk kokako have returned to Taranaki after a twelve year absence.

The business of water

Water is a precious commodity.

Water is big business. From investing in irrigation to maintaining drinking quality, there are hundred of entry points for investors.

Attacking Muriwai's rat problem

Street co-ordinator Warwick Peterson, Gecko NZ Trust's Richard Chambers and chairman of MEACT Gerry Henley have worked ...

"If you are hitting the rats, you are going to get the mice," Warwick Peterson says.

Inspiring people to take pride video

The tags have been covered up and will be removed by the centre's management.

The Clendon Pride Project hopes to stamp out vandalism, rubbish and anti-social behaviour.

Pretty pests still a problem

From left, Tom King, Brian and Mary Paki, Shirly Herbert, and Albert Vahaakolo.

Residents are still battling local government to remove messy pin oaks 15 years on.

Taranaki nursery to reopen after rust scare

Taranaki plant nursery Big Jim's has been cleared to reopen, two weeks after after myrtle rust was detected on plants.

Positive myrtle rust findings grow as nurseries reopen

Shark leaps into boat

The great white shark was an unwelcome visitor on Terry Selwood's fishing boat.

Terry Selwood was enjoying the solitude of an afternoon's fishing when all hell broke loose.

Seven months to fix tip

T&T Landfills will take seven months to do remediation work to stop contaminating Owhiro Stream.

Do the work and worry about the paperwork later, Wellington council tells landfill operators.

When protection is poison

Tim Mitchell protesting outside the Nelson City Council against the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary poison drop .

The science and ethics of using poison to protect native wildlife in Nelson's Brook Waimarama Sanctuary.

Champion of science

Dave Hansford wrote a book about the pest poison 1080 because "someone had to".

"A great deal of anti-1080 sentiment isn't about 1080," says author.

Water bottling consent $63 per year

Blair Colligan plans to bottle water alongside the Waimangaroa River in Buller.

There may soon be signs of life in a dormant, West Coast coal mining town: a water bottling plant.

New Gorge damage revealed

Higgins contractors work on a fallen section of road at the Manawatu Gorge.

The Manawatu Gorge road has been closed for more than a month after several slips and a new gouge in the road was discovered.

Shoring up the Domain's banks

Work has commenced on a temporary fix for the erosion problems on the right bank of the Manawatu River where it has been ...

Ashhurst Domain work to reduce threat to a major transport link and the area's ecology.

Citizen scientists monitoring Lake Wanaka video

Laura Watkins, 11, is a keen sailor and loves Lake Wanaka.

Swimmers and schools unite in citizen science investigation of Wanaka's water quality.

Independent economic report sought

Central Otago District Council economic development manager Warwick Hawker.

The public need 'robust data' to make understand the impact of proposed water changes in Central Otago.

Penguin killed in dog attack

A penguin has been killed by a dog in central Wellington (File photo).

A dead little blue penguin in Wellington is being used as a reminder to keep dogs on leashes.

Back in the saddle video

A newly banded tieke.

A project to band and follow tieke living outside the safety of the Zealandia has begun.

Wind testing site consented

An 80-metre wind monitoring mast at Meridian Energy's Mt Munro, Masterton wind farm – similar to what will be installed ...

Winds sweeping across the north-west will now be monitored at Woodhill Forest.

Would you drink treated sewage?

Raveen Jaduram says other countries are already reusing treated wastewater.

Aucklanders' future water supply may come in the form of treated sewage.

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