Massive cockle raid

The Ministry for Primary Industries seized more than 10,000 cockles from a group of illegal harvesters. Pictured are approximately 2000 cockles.

Ministry for Primary Industries seizes 10,000 cockles illegally harvested.

Vandals wreck predator traps

A vandalised predator trap that was supposed to help to protect endangered birds in Wellington.

Traps meant to protect Wellington's native birds have been attacked by vandals.

Fishermen on the hook

090114 NEWS. Robert Charles/Taranaki Daily News. Tour through the old New Plymouth Power Station, which Port Taranaki purchased late last year and are starting to disassemble. Turbine Hall, Boiler House and top of the chimney. Paritutu Rock, Omata tank farm, left.

The number of prosecutions for fishing in Taranaki marine reserves has doubled as authorities take a hard line.

Elusive moth found

The Thambotricha vates or ‘wonder-haired prophet’.

A New Zealand moth not seen in 20 years is caught in Katikati, Bay of Plenty.

DOC trialing lures for Auckland Island pigs

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt gets up close to some Auckland Island pigs.

Department of Conservation scientists have been trailing lures that could be used in the eradication of pigs on Auckland Island.

Peters to question Stewart Island shark permits

Some Stewart Island residents want shark cage diving banned.

Opponents of shark cage diving hope Winston Peters will help them get permits for the controversial activity revoked.

Growing a good idea

Georgia Lala, 17, with her Root Aquaponics system.

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

Tuatara DNA to yield its secrets

Genetics researcher Stephen O'Brien meets Spike, a resident tuatara of Victoria University. O'Brien, based in Russia, is visiting the country to talk about how the DNA of threatened species like tuatara can help conserve them.

The most important action to save our endangered native species might be taking their DNA sample, a top geneticist says.

Rare sea creature disappears

The oarfish that washed up on a salt marsh on the Aramoana Spit salt marsh on Thursday has disappeared.

A rare three-metre long oarfish that washed ashore last week has disappeared.

Dangers of deep sea drilling

American oil giant Anadarko dropped a seven-tonne platform from its ship off the coast of Canterbury.

An Official Information Act request has revealed a series of serious incidents on deep sea oil drilling ships in New Zealand waters.

Bugs breathe life into school

Horsham Downs School won a $10,000 grant to build an outdoor classroom surrounded by bush. L-R Jorja Wilson (6), Lewis Bennett (7), Ruud Kleinpaste (bug man) and Chloe Lamb (6).

"The bugman" paid a visit to a Hamilton school for their Treemendous School Makeover.

Dirt, arsenic and lead polluting air in industrial Christchurch

Smog over Christchurch in 2013. New research out of GNS Science and Environment Canterbury says dirt and log burners are responsible for air pollution in Woolston.

Dirt, arsenic and lead are polluting air in a largely industrial area of Christchurch, a new report says.

Visiting researcher warns of ocean acidification effects

Mussels are one of the types of ocean organism which could be affected by acidifying oceans, visiting researcher Allanah Paul says.

Increasing carbon in oceans could affect humans' lives, visiting researcher says.

Seawall versus natural solution

Michelle Parker, fourth generation Huia resident, stands by the damaged seawall.

Huia locals in favour of seawall restoration to prevent erosion say they aren't being heard by those who think nature should take its course.

Many factors in mussel troubles - grower

A mussel boat working on a farm at Kenepuru Sound.

Don't read too much into the slump in mussel production. Growers have seen it all before, says Marine Farming Association president Rob Pooley.

A new home on Anchor Island for little spotted kiwi

A little spotted kiwi, one of 20 transferred from Kapiti Island to Fiordlands Anchor Island, finds a good spot to get used to it's new home.

After more than a century little spotted kiwi have returned Anchor Island in Dusky Sound.

'Weird' sea creature washes up

An oarfish washed up on a salt marsh on the Aramoana Spit salt marsh on Thursday

It's rarely seen, can grow up to eight metres long and swims vertically but does it really bite off its own tail?

Drawing attention to climate change

Graphic novel anthology High Water features stories about climate change from 11 of New Zealand's top artists.

Kiwi comic artists concerned over rising sea level, super storms and climate change have put pen to paper.

North, South Islands in the stream

Cloud skirts around New Zealand.

So much for the moniker, Land of the Long White Cloud.

Hidden Auckland wilderness

Joseph Kowhai. Photo: ROSE CAWLEY

Just off busy Hillsborough Rd a pocket of forest known as Wattle Bay Reserve lines the Manukau Harbour. Joseph Kowhai sees it as a little piece of paradise.

Students key to spotted kiwi release

Department of Conservation kiwi biodiversity ranger Sandy Yong releases a great spotted kiwi in the Nina Valley.

Hurunui College students' "inspiring work" leads to release of six spotted kiwi in Nina Valley. 

Alternative power for Stewart Island

Halfmoon Bay Stewart Island.

Stewart Island residents should be able to switch on with alternative energy by 2018, Southland District mayor says.

NZ greenhouse gas levels ease but remain well above 2020 target levels

Trade Minister Tim Groser.

New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions have eased lower but remain well above the target set for 2020.

Rare owl put down due to broken wing

"Hooters" - the morepork owl discovered on Otaio River Rd on Tuesday.

A Timaru hunter clipping the wing of a morepork may have stumbled on the first sighting of that animal in the region for 30 or 40 years.

Weapon against wasps

X-stinguish fipronil bait trials have been successful at killing common and german wasps.

Wasps cost us about $130 million annually, but their days may be numbered following the success of poison bait trials.

Aurora Australis timelapse stuff nation

200 photos make up stunning timelapse

A short timelapse of the Aurora Australis, photographed from Invercargill on April 11, 2015.

Conservation leads to success

Philip Woodward, of Merrill and Ring, at Manuka Island Forest in Northbank.

A Wairau Valley forestry block balancing good business with good conservation was one of the winners at the Marlborough Environment Awards.

Saddlebacks let loose

Trans-location supervisor Kevin Parker, with Project Island Song members Richard Robbins and Anthea Goodwin open the box to release the saddlebacks onto the pest free islands.

The first of two planned releases of saddleback saw 40 birds set free in the Bay of Islands.

Volunteers wanted for kiwi count

The number of kiwi in the Coromandel will be monitored this winter

Kiwi birds in Coromandel will be participating in their own census this winter in an attempt to monitor numbers.

Otago town coldest in southwest Pacific

NearlyawhiteChristmas Summer snow on Mount Ida Gimmerburn, Central Otago 21/12/13
Jan MacKenzie
1432 Barneys Lane


Temperature of -25.6 degrees Celsius at Ranfurly, Central Otago on July 17, 1903 has been confirmed as the coldest ever recorded in the Southwest Pacific.

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