Environment

Megaquake could 'unzip' south video

The Alpine Fault is visible from space where the Southern Alps meet the West Coast.

The Alpine Fault ruptures roughly every 300 years - the last time was in 1717.

YHA hostels go solar

Ben Cloake, left, sales manager at Sunshine Solar and Chris Sperring, central area manager for YHA New Zealand, atop the ...

The charity is investing $2.7m in building one of the largest solar networks in the country.

Erosion at critical point

Punakaiki Beach Camp manager Craig Findlay is worried about the threat of severe coastal erosion.

Top tourism spot hit by severe erosion will be saved by a seawall, but who will pay for it?

Hayward chosen for climate talks

Now that we all agree we have the problem of climate change, what will we do about it, asks Bronwyn Hayward.

A Christchurch academic will help develop new ideas to fight climate change.

Do your bit for biosecurity

These beagle pups are being trained for the frontline in the battle against invasive species.

The Government wants an army of 4.7 million people in the battle to stop invasive species.

How to kill a predator

Possums may one day be a relic of New Zealand's history.

Deadly toxins, genetic intervention and poison from the sky – purging our predators may involve tools befitting James Bond.

World's deepest sinkhole found

Dragon Hole, Parcel Islands. Thumbs only

Mythical tale of a "Dragon Hole" in the sea sparks the discovery of a huge underwater abyss.

Trap happy 'amateurs' warned

The weka which was injured after being caught in a possum trap made a full recovery after treatment at Lochmara Wildlife ...

A predator-free group has called for people to follow the rules when laying traps as weka hurt in Picton.

Parts of coastal hazard report 'misleading'

Parts of a report on coastal flooding and erosion in Christchurch were "not fit for purpose", expert panel says.

Parts of controversial report on coastal flooding and erosion labelled "misleading" and "not fit for purpose" by expert panel.

Doubts over predator-free 2050 goal

The pest-free 2050 announcement has been welcomed by some, others remain skeptical.

'Impossible to say' if the government's new target is realistic or not, experts say.

Solar-powered plane's world-first

Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane piloted by Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, is seen as it prepares to land at ...

For the first time in history, a plane has gone round the world without using a drop of fuel.

Predator-free NZ 'unrealistic'

Ship rats are one of the common pests to New Zealand. They climb trees and eat fantails in their nests.

John Key has a plan to rid the country of pests - is it ambitious or unachievable?

NZ's 'predator-free' target

Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million native birds every year, says PM John Key.

The government is planning to eradicate the country of all pests threatening native birds by 2050.

Should we be paid to recycle?

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Councils urge Government to adopt national cash-for-bottles scheme.

Court orders car limits for Otatara man

The Invercargill District Court.

The number of vehicles an Otatara man can have on his property are now limited.

Court battle over precious kauri

08102015 news photo supplied by Northland Environmental Protection Society. A huge kauri at a log extraction site west ...

Exporters are flouting the rules to ship "the world's most valuable timber" out of NZ, the High Court at Auckland has heard.

400-page river report compiled

Plan change 5 affects the Upper and Lower Waitaki zones, where the water has too much nutrient in it.

Submissions on proposed changes relating to nutrient management in Canterbury leads to "behemoth" report.

Recycling concerns highlighted

Innovative Waste Kaikoura employees, from lft, Gary Lapsley, Tyler James and Patrick Oakes are getting tired of having ...

An upcoming collection method to be added to Kaikoura recycling efforts has highlighted the need for residents to separate their disposals correctly.

Cut plastic waste in one step

Brianne West is a bio-chemist. She was studying at the University of Canterbury when she got the idea for Ethique's products.

Young Kiwi businesswoman tackles beauty industry's rubbish problem.

Canty set for air quality fail

Smog over Timaru on a winter morning in 2015.

A crackdown on home heating has not been enough to bring Canterbury's air quality up to soon-to-be introduced national standards.

Whitecliffs access on shaky ground video

Parani and Russell Gibbs with their granddaughter Harper, 2, stroll along the final stretch of the Whitecliffs Walkway ...

A stoush between a Taranaki landowner and DOC has resulted in the Whitecliffs Walkway being closed to the public.

'I gargled paint stripper'

Environment Minister Nick Smith has released a new EPA report showing child hospitalisations for ingested household ...

If an accidental poisoning can happen to a minister, it can happen to toddlers, Nick Smith says. 

Saving the country's native plants video

Collection curator Finn Michalak at Otari-Wilton Bush where native plants, some rare and endangered, are propagated and ...

Wellington's Otari-Wilton's Bush is home to roughly half of the country's 3000 native plants.

National park given a boost video

Bob Dickinson, left, Chair of the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board, Roy Grose, Department of Conservation, and Nick ...

Nearly 900 hectares of pristine forest and coastline have been added to the Kahurangi National Park.

Hack at whale, face jail

The dead whale will likely sit on Wakanui beach until the sea washed it away.

People responsible for mutilating a whale found washed up on a beach near Ashburton face jail time or a large fine if caught.

Ocean sanctuary gets the go-ahead

Environment Minister Nick Smith said the sanctuary was nearly the size of France.

Tweak the name, make a few adjustments, and continue on, the Environment Minister is told.

Feral cat crackdown in limbo

Hopes for a solution to the feral cat problem at Foxton have gone on hold due to a lack of funding.

A crackdown of feral cats is on hold, and the bird breeding spring season looming.

Plastic beads dumped illegally

Millions of plastic polymer beads slightly bigger than these were illegally dumped at a property in Hawera.

A literal bus-load of plastic beads has been illegally dumped at a cleanfill site in Hawera.

No vehicle access for isolated beach

Wenderholm from Te Muri Regional Park

It's a gem along the coastline and now Te Muri beach looks closer to retaining its "splendid isolation."

Summer set netting banned

Chris Martin from Insight Security with set nets he pulled from Omaha beach

Auckland Council confirm a ban on set netting at Omaha beach, and there are talks to for further restrictions.

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