Environment

Wellington's four big threats

Wellington has identified the four big threats to its prosperity, which it needs to plan for.

The four big 'future shocks' that keep Wellington's disaster planners awake at night have been revealed.

Battle looms over ocean sanctuary

A humpback whale and her calf migrating through Kermadec waters.

Conservation group Forest & Bird will go to court to protect the set up of the Kermadec ocean sanctuary.

Check set net rules

Fishery officers have detected nine set net offences across Blenheim and Nelson in the past three months.

One fisherman was fined for setting a net across an entire channel.

Falcons thrive in pine forest

Falcons nest on the ground, leaving the chicks vulnerable to predators.

Logging companies have had to learn to make allowances for falcons, which find plenty of food in pine forests.

Weedkiller use reduced

The Christchurch City Council has decided to reduce its usage of the potentially dangerous cancer-causing weedkiller ...

The Christchurch City Council is being applauded for drastically reducing its use of a potentially dangerous weedkiller.

Is Canty the water 'wild west'?

Environment Canterbury does less consent monitoring than any other regional council.

It finds the most rule-breakers, yet is the least likely to punish rule breakers of all regional councils. What is going on with ECan?

Invertebrates; what's hiding in the backyard

Neve Robertson, 6, takes a magnified look at an earth worm.

A group of people have delved into the tiny world of invertebrates at the Ashhurst Domain.

'Big blue monsters' get makeover

A recycling bin, left, and a rubbish bin near Picton Marina are getting a makeover.

Council grant $20,000 to disguise Picton's 'big blue monsters' with a screen.

Charges to fund coastal monitoring

Owners of boatsheds will have to pay coastal occupancy charges.

Owners of moorings, wharves, and marine farms in the Marlborough Sounds will be charged an annual fee.

Support for fishery changes

Scallops

Drop-in sessions about changes to rules around harvesting scallops and catching snapper have attracted a high level of interest, a marine group says. 

Scientists' coral reef plea

A tourist swims on the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs.

Fish and chips gets ethical video

Making the right choice at the local fish and chip shop could have significant environmental impacts.

Deciding between battered or crumbed is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making the right order at the local fish and chip shop.

Smog report 'innovative'

Smog over Cromwell, Central Otago. Between May 1 to June 13 Cromwell had 10 high pollution days (those days when air ...

A report exploring novel ways to solve Central Otago's smog problem is "innovative" and "comprehensive".

Corolla hybrid comes with warning

The new Toyota Corolla hybrid, joining New Zealand most popular passenger car selection in July.

Toyota launches hybrid Corolla in NZ with some scary warning shots over the future of our environment.

Meridian Energy partners with Kakapo

Kakapo in a viewing enclosure at the Manapouri power station.

Meridian Energy steps in to support the Kakapo Recovery Programme.

VW 'to pay over $13b'

In April, Volkswagen said it would set aside €16.2 billion (NZ$25.44b) and slash its dividend to cover the costs from ...

Volkswagen payout partly to settle claims by nearly 500,000 owners stemming from its US diesel emissions scandal.

The burning question

Heating Marlborough owner Peter Cairns says people should be given two years to replace their old woodburners

Is anyone going to help us replace our old woodburners?

Whales stranded in Northland

The whales were stranded at the Northland coast of Glinks Gully (pictured).

Two pygmy sperm whales have been rescued after getting stranded at a remote beach.

Bird enthusiast meets feathery friend

Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School pupil Hayley Stewart listens to the heartbeat of Nightshade the morepork.

Young bird enthusiast has won the opportunity to get up close to an injured morepork.

Kitten explosion follows warm autumn

Susan McNair  pictured in 2014 with Faith who required vet treatment costing $1300.

Kitten explosion blamed on global warming.

Hutt track finally nearing completion

Craig Cottrill takes in the sweeping views from the Te Whiti Riser track. .

Hutt walking track to open after long delays.

Website a breath of fresh air

Marlborough District Council environmental science and monitoring manager Alan Johnson with a high volume machine ...

Residents can now check their town's air quality online.

Diesel spill on Lake Pupuke gallery

An oil slick floating on Lake Pupuke outside the North Shore Canoe Club.

Clean up of a chemical spill that is "a disaster for wildlife and a serious health concern" is underway.

Salmon surveys show healthy fishery

A helicopter is used to count salmon spawning in a Wairau River tributary

Survey counts in a Marlborough tributary have averaged about 180 fish a year from 2009.

Killing cats an 'emotive issue'

Feral cats are blamed for the destruction of native birds, lizards and insects and for spreading disease.

Controlling the country's feral cat population is not about killing off "domestic moggies", environmental advocate says.

Council scheme you can bag

Seddon School students with Marlborough District Council reusable bags, from left, Thomas van Asch,12, Teresa Campbell, ...

Reusable bag scheme to raise awareness about protecting the environment.

ES receives $245k grant for research

The Alpine Fault runs north from Fiordland along the west coast of the South Island before swerving inland toward ...

Environment Southland has been awarded $245,000 to carry out research to understand the implications of an Alpine Fault rupture.

Ferry just got faster

Strait Shipping ferry the Strait Feronia.

Bluebridge gets green light to increase speed in the Marlborough Sounds.

'Groundbreaking' gannet study

The gannet colony at farewell spit is an internationally renowned bird sanctuary.

An extensive breakthrough study on gannets at Farewell Spit has changed the way scientists thought some species of animals feed. 

Legal threat over nikau palms

Robert Ashe with Green Party Green MP Eugenie Sage in October 2015. Behind them are two of the nikau palms in Woburn  ...

East Harbour Environmental Association threaten legal action to protect trees in Hutt City.

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