Environment

Bringing back the birdsong video

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Rats and stoats have no place in Wellington, where an action plan has been announced to get rid of them forever.

Flea plague on the way

Long hot summers and mild winters have stacked up perfect conditions for a flea infestation, a Kiwi vet says.

A mild winter followed by a hot summer are the perfect conditions for a flea plague.

Swan shot with arrow in 'disgusting' act video

A black swan recovers from an arrow wound in the neck. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to talk to ...

"What I think about the person who done it, you can't say in public."

'Widowed' bird looking for love video

Rob, a 33-year-old widower, is the first to arrive back to his old breeding ground.

Rob, 33, has been widowed four times. His return to Dunedin has been heralded by the mass ringing of bells.

Artist's ECan protest video

Ad Sintenie, left, beside a sculpture of his late wife Cathy.

A new sculpture installed in protest outside ECan's headquarters is likely to stay – for now.

Could plastic solve housing crisis?

A group of South Auckland students plan to build a temporary structure out of plastic bottles.

School students may have come up with a solution to Auckland's housing woes.

Pelorus wildlife benefits from traps video

Bat Recovery Project manager Debs Martin with a gas triggered trap used to kill rats and at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

Gas triggered traps are helping to bring down rat numbers at the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

A predator free capital?

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Miramar is rumoured to be the first stage of plans to make Wellington predator-free.

Quarries appeal panel's decision

A group of Canterbury quarries wanting to dig deeper into the ground had their bid rejected by an independent hearings ...

Two Canterbury quarry owners have appealed a decision rejecting their plans to dig deeper.

NZ's only open-range zoo turns 40 video

Tamu, 13, left, and Utani, 32, lock horns over a present, stuffed with lucerne hay.

Hay and nuts among birthday treats as New Zealand's only open-range zoo celebrates 40 years.

Costly search for soil toxins

Property developer Greg Smith with some of the soil at a proposed new subdivision on Old Renwick Rd in Blenheim.

Threat of soil contamination is a pricey practice, subdivision developers say.

Food of the earth

Specialist in plant foraging Mel Wright demonstrated where to find edible plant material and how to use it in meals.

Marlborough iwi reconnect with foraging techniques of yesteryear.

Rowing to save the 'kiwi of the sea' video

Elation on the face of Dean Isherwood as the crew of the Akaroa Challenge surfboat arrive at North Beach.

It started with an outlandish idea over a beer. It ended up being a 90-kilometre, 11-hour slog in a row boat.

Bright blue water mystery solved

The water turned bright blue near a stormwater outlet just behind the Kawaroa Pools.

The glow-in-the-dark water had locals puzzled after it started gushing out of a stormwater pipe in Taranaki.

Stream now 'an open sewer'

The weir that controls the level of Lake Horowhenua which leads into Hokio Stream. Picture as of 2013.

A Horowhenua hapu is heartbroken after watching a stream be polluted for years.

More appeals over Lake Horowhenua cleanup

More court action likely over Lake Horowhenua clean-up

Legal action could stall clean-up operations at Lake Horowhenua.

Staking claim in the river

The Crown, Maori leadership and power over the Waikato River are critiqued in Marama Muru-Lanning's new book, Tupuna Awa.

Flax-roots river communities have been forgotten in the extra layer of bureaucracy

Voting on the climate

Climate Karanga Marlborough members, from left, Pete Wilkinson, Peter Deacon, Bill McEwan, Budyong Hill and Lesley Hill.

A Marlborough lobby group has got the positions of local body candidates on climate change.

Unitary planned appealed on conservation grounds

Tidal estuaries, similar to Shoal Bay, could lose their protection as environmentally special places, if they are ...

Auckland Unitary plan is unlawful, says Forest & Bird.

Method recycling in Australia

Steven and India Korner who own Method Recycling recently won a $50,000 grant and plan to use it to focus on exporting ...

Wellington recycling bin company will use grant to expand across the Tasman.

World River Day clean-up

The Opawa is the continuation of the Taylor River and joins the Wairau River just before it empties into Cloudy Bay.

It's time to muck in with a river clean-up outside Blenheim.

First strike in battle for birds

1080 won't be dropped in the park for several weeks.

"Imagine our grandchildren growing up without ever seeing a kiwi, kaka or a whio."

Te Radar supports Wildbase video

Te Radar takes a selfie with a morepork at Wildbase Hospital.

"This tiny cramped space is one of the major places for rehabilitating [wildlife], it is quite astounding."

Stranded 'whale' a sunfish

An ocean sunfish found on a beach in Timaru in 2015.

What was thought to be a whale turned out to be a sunfish stranded near Thames.

Dolphin drive-through 'risky' video

DOC would like to talk to two people photographed on board a boat named Bolero, about the dolphin incident at Army Bay.

DOC anger after speedboats were filmed driving through a pod of dolphins.

Communication breakdown over One Plan

Horizons Regional Council, 2015

Horizons says Fish and Game stopped talking to the council prior to court action.

Butts choke Wgtn Harbour

Jemma Allwood, 12, Ethan Neru, 11 and Harvey Butler,11, have been studying how rubbish enters Wellington Harbour via ...

Wilford School students predict grim future for our harbour.

Island plan looks a winner

New technologies might immerse tourists in the history of Matiu/Somes Island - without the need to muck around with the ...

OPINION: Bringing the "Peter Jackson experience" to Matiu/Somes Island could be a brilliant idea, if it's done carefully.

Start of greener, cleaner flights

Hawaiian Airlines has introduced Brisbane's second ASPIRE emissions-reducing route.

The inaugural flight of a joint venture saved more than 680 kilograms of jet fuel on a nine-hour journey.

The age of the Anthropocene

University of Washington scientists place a GPS system into the Greenland ice sheet in July 2013 to monitor the ...

Humans have achieved what until now it took asteroids and ice ages to do - introducing a new geological age.

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