Environment

Birds returning as fence goes up

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary project co-ordinator Rick Field at a section of the 14km fence being built to protect the sanctuary from predators.

Slowly, native birds are returning to the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, safely behind a a $4.7 million pest-proof fence.

#WeaselPecker becomes online sensation

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It looks like a scene from a Disney movie - but is this photo too good to be true?

2015 - The Year of the Godwit

ON THE WING: The bar-tailed godwit refuels in Miranda after a 12,000km journey from Alaska.

Keith Woodley is a man who knows a thing or two about one of the Miranda's most celebrated travellers.

Japanese couple make rare find

Japanese bird-watchers Satoshi Kakishima and Tomoe Morimoto on their first visit to New Zealand, spotted a Dusky Woodswallow on Stewart Island while walking to Golden Bay. This is the first recognised sighting of the bird in NZ.

A Japanese couple who made a rare sighting of a bird on their first trip to NZ have had their sighting officially confirmed.

When redback spiders fight snakes video

The redback spider with its victim on Neale Postlethwaite's farm.

They said it rarely happened, but redback spider versus snake duels have been captured in Australia - twice.

Is feeding ducks a death sentence?

FATAL FEED?: A woman throws bread in the lake while a deformed goose with "angel wing", caused by poor nutrition, rushes over.

An avian botulism outbreak at Western Springs Park has been made worse by people throwing bread into the lake.

Cutting the ice video

Tangaroa through ice

How do you steer a 2500 tonne ship safely through thick Antarctic ice?

Slushy waves amaze

slushy waves

Cold weather in the United States is creating slushy waves.

The benefits of rent-a-kakapo

Endangered animals can be big business.

OPINION: Wildlife is critical to the economies of nations.

Pelorus Sound under microscope

Pelorus Sound, Marlborough.

Scientists begin study of how the Pelorus Sound seabed has changed in the past 500 years.

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

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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.

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