Environment

Traps, 1080, 'vital to save kiwi'

WAR ON PESTS: Conservation Minister Maggie Barry supports trapping and poisoning pests as essential tools to save the kiwi.

Trapping and killing pests in your own back yard is "just what you have to do", Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says.

The death of whaling

ALL THAT BLUBBER: Whalers at the Perano whaling station in Tory Channel, in the Marlborough Sounds, discuss a whale brought in for processing.

In 1964, the last whale was harpooned off the Kaikoura coast.

Denmark stakes its North Pole claim

Resource rich area ... A congressional delegation and the Secretary of the Navy walk around the Seawolf class submarine USS Connecticut after the boat surfaced through through Arctic sea ice in 2011.

In time for Christmas, Denmark has claimed Santa Claus's home - the North Pole.

Sea Shepherd intercepts fisher video

INTERCEPTOR: Sea Shepherd's Bob Barker.

Radical environmental group Sea Shepherd says they have intercepted a pirate toothfishing boat in the Southern Ocean.

Fishermen furious at 1080 drop

Fishing guide Peter Carty points to a 1080 pellet in the South Branch Mokihinui

Two fishing tour guides want answers after they found themselves inside a 1080 drop-zone on the Mokihinui River.

Rena report due today

Salvors at the Rena wreck.

Probe into cargo ship's grounding will come to close with the release of investigators' final report today.

'Brainiac' parrot put to the test

NUT CASE: Zealandia kaka, including 1-year-old Amy, eagerly await the challenges set for them by PhD student Julia Loepelt in order to claim their cashew reward.

Zealandia's kaka are turning the notion of "bird brain" on its head.

Iwi drops objection to plant upgrade

Opening of new" Wetox" plant that turns organic waste sludge into water, at wastewater treatment plant Totara Rd.

Horowhenua iwi withdraws objection to Shannon wastewater plant upgrade on the first day of Environment Court hearing.

Environmental record under fire

Native tree seedling

Taranaki farmers are poorer environmental performers than a new report into dairying shows.

Minister defends climate effort

TIM GROSER: "I think we're in very good shape actually, internationally."

Conservation Minister Tim Groser says he hasn't heard of a new climate change report which ranked New Zealand 43rd out of 58 countries.

Curious seal pup gets heave-ho

The seal pup was the centre of attention in Picton's CBD last week.

A young seal found in Picton's CBD has been the talk of the town.

Weakened climate deal agreed video

CHANGING TIMES: Betty Guerrero throws dirty water which was used for laundry, outside her home on the outskirts of Lima. Water will become scarcer in sprawling settlements such as Nuevo Pachacutec on the Pacific coast as the population of Peru's capital surges and global warming thaws Andean glaciers, reducing flows in coming decades as the ice disappears.

A compromise deal salvaged by climate negotiators in Lima sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year.

Great white scourge is down

Golden Bay Department of Conservation biodiversity rangers Brent Hartshorne, top, and Darren Foxwell abseil down to Rocks Road, spraying potential great white butterfly host plants.

The battle to eradicate the great white butterfly from Nelson has entered a new phase.

Kea chicks on show

Three 3-month-old kea chicks have made their public debut.

A brood of baby kea have made their public debut at Orana Wildlife Park.

Ocean plastic in the trillions

Floating debris in the Pacific Ocean.

The first estimate of plastic afloat on the global oceans is a "conservative" 5.25 trillion pieces.

Public concern over mining plans

The Coalition's policies have effectively made Australia more dependent on China, argues William Pesek.

Proposed district plan receives 550 submissions opposing mining in the Coromandel.

Geckos safe on island

Gecko

The future of New Zealand’s Pacific geckos looks bright after 54 were released onto pest-free Motuihe Island.

MPI reveals pest hotline details

Decomposing tree frog and parasitic wasps travelled to our supermarkets on bananas from Ecuador.

Leggy invaders swarm in

Asian paper wasp in a Nelson garden.

Pest control professionals predict a busy summer for white-tailed spiders and Asian paper wasps.

It's a bug's life video

ROCK HOPPING: Niwa freshwater ecologists Dr Richard Storey, left, and Brian Smith examine a rock for insect life as part of a stream restoration project being run near Whatawhata.

Kneeling in the mud under the cover of trees, three scientists are looking out for the little guy.

Call to save Kermadecs

Conservationist Bronwen Golder says the diverse marine habitats in the Kermadec region need
to be protected.

The Kermadec Region could become one of the world's biggest marine reserves if calls for its protection are heard.

Hunting the hunters

Sea Shepherd director Michael Lawry, flanked by Captain Sid Chakravarty, on the Sam Simon - a Sea Shepherd ship set to leave Wellington on a campaign to stop illegal fishing of toothfish in the Southern Ocean.

Sea Shepherd ship Sam Simon leaves Wellington for Antarctic waters today with a crew braced for conflict.

Penguin numbers nearly doubled

A Little Penguin at Manly

Timaru's penguin population has nearly doubled in the past year.

Candid camera: Bambi and others

FREEZE FRAME: Victoria University researchers have discovered deer living close to the Zealandia sanctuary, including this young animal caught on the night cam.

Bambi busted in Brooklyn, appearing on cameras around the borders of Zealandia.

Oil spill closes farms

Coromandel Harbour

Two Coromandel oyster farms put harvesting on hold after a submerged boat leaks oil.

Big summer for wasps

TAKE CAUTION: The start of summer also marks the peak season of wasps.

Summer is set to sting, with the mild winter meaning more wasps, an expert says.

Shedding light on water invention

Eldon Tate will use his AMP scholarship win to develop a cheap water-purification method powered by sunlight.

The lives of almost 800 million people without access to clean drinking water could change.

United we can repel alien raiders

Unwelcome visitor: The 30 million possums in New Zealand are eating their way through native forests, supplementing their diet with birds' eggs.

OPINION: Everyone with even a passing interest in conservation in NZ knows what damage possums can do.

Watch out for wasps

TAKE CAUTION: The start of summer also marks the peak season of the German wasp - easily distinguished from the common wasp by three black dots on its clypeus (nose area). German wasp nests are grey and common wasp nests are brown.

When five German wasps entered a bathroom, one man was soon in a state of panicked nude "swattting".

Opposition to Wairarapa dam grows

Mangatarere Valley, Wairarapa. Site of proposed dam.

Anglers and conservationists are backing residents in opposing the proposed Mangatarere Valley dam in the Wairarapa.