Timaru's summer pollution day

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Timaru has recorded its first high pollution day for the year - in the middle of summer.

Toxic algae found in Hutt River

Mangaroa River, Upper Hutt.

Dog owners have been warned to keep their animals away from the Hutt River after toxic algae were found in it.

Fury at wastewater dumping consent

Oroua River near Pollock Road, where treated wastewater will continue to be piped.

Feilding tangata whenua "furious" wastewater will still be piped into Oroua River.

Tonga's new island of ash won't last forever gallery

First close-up images of Tonga's new volcano.

Tonga's disruptive volcano has gone quiet, leaving behind a temporary island of ash.

Work begins on lake's makeover

Lake Ngaroto

Efforts stepped up to improve health and longevity of treasured Waipa water attraction.

Saved from the deep-fryer video

Shark Rescue

Wellington's blue shark is has hook embedded in it after a brief flirtation with a fishing rod.

Shark in Wellington harbour video

IN THE SHALLOWS: The blue shark in Wellington harbour was about 1 metre long.

People have been warned not to get too close to a Blue Shark seen in a Wellington Lagoon.

Water plan green lit despite conflicts

Oroua River near Pollock Road, where treated wastewater will continue to be piped.

Plan for Feilding wastewater approved despite clash with Horizons plan and River Leaders' Accord.

Flood of cash for river upgrades

Manawatu River

More than $70,000 has been committed to projects aimed at enhancing the Manawatu River.

Swapping islands 18,000km apart

FAR AND WILD: Charlotte Parker, 23, came all the way from Britain to donate her time to the conservation of Maitu-Somes and Mokopuna-Leper.

Thousands of people give up their holidays to volunteer for the Department of Conservation.

Symposium targets 'climate justice'

DESTINATION ITALY: University of Waikato academics Debashish Munshi, left, and Priya Kurian.

A prestigious grant is allowing two Waikato professors to organise an international climate justice debate.

Acid spill near Feilding

ON THE ROAD: The containers of sulfuric acid came off the truck as it took a corner.

A truck has spilled 500 litres of toxic acid near Feilding, on the road to Awahuri.

Big dry sparks fire ban


A total fire ban comes into force at midnight tonight for rural South Canterbury as the region's drought-like conditions continue.

Natural glow is partly our fault

Glow-in-the-dark blue waves caused by the phenomenon known as harmful algal bloom or 'red tide', are seen at night near Sam Mun Tsai beach in Hong Kong.

Eerie fluorescence off Hong Kong's seashore is magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic.

Doomsday clock: It's 3 minutes to midnight video

3-T0-DOOM: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Doomsday Clock.

Citing unchecked climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons, scientists have moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight.

Beach residents fear for godwits

Godwits are becoming a rarer find at Foxton Beach.

Residents of Foxton Beach are concerned their godwit population is being threatened by kite boarders and jet skiers.

Manawutu River ebbs and flows video

Manawatu River

The changing seasons and their effect on the Manawatu River over two years have been captured on camera.

National venture to eradicate pests

Hart Pest Management  director Jeremy Hart with a possum trap.

The Abel Tasman and Marlborough Sounds are test sites for a plan to wipe out all of NZ's pests.

Stickers on windows could save birds

There has been a spate of kereru flying into windows lately with several ending up at Wildbase for treatment. Injured Kereru from Levin has dressing changed by Wildbase vet Pauline Conayne.

Something as simple as a sticker could save a kereru from a potentially lethal collision with a window.

Antarctic fish find surprises

DISCOVERY: A fish swims in the freezing waters.

Polar scientists have been startled to find fish living deep under ice a thousand kilometres south of New Zealand's Scott Base in Antarctica.

Climate change concerts planned

Al Gore and Pharrell Williams appeared together at Davos.

A Live Earth music event to demand action on climate change will be held across seven continents, including Antarctica.

Business keeps DOC on track

Momorangi Bay, on Queen Charlotte Drive, is the location of a partnership between
Kathmandu and the Department of Conservation.

Commercial input from businesses is helping to protect more of New Zealand's assets than DOC can do on its own.

Snapper NZ's favourite catch

A year long survey has revealed snapper makes up 27 per cent of all finfish taken recreationally

Snapper is the most popular catch for New Zealand’s recreational fishing folk.

Standoff: Navy boss backs captain


Navy captain who called off bid to board three Southern Ocean toothfish pirate ships wins strong backing from his boss.

Health warnings lifted

Blue green toxic algae, cyanobacteria, Matai River

Two Canterbury rivers have been declared safe, but potentially toxic algae continue to affect others.

Mana Island's only residents

ISLAND RESIDENT: Jeff Hall and his family are the sole occupants of Mana Island.

The Hall family escaped the world to become the sole occupants of an island off the coast of Porirua.

1080 may have killed rare birds

POISON FEARS: A 1080 drop may have hurt a population of endangered bird the rock wren in the South Island’s Kahurangi National Park.

$10m campaign may have almost wiped out population of the very species it aimed to protect.

Climate catch as giant fish arrive

Rochelle Potter is claiming a world record for this kingfish.

Record-sized game fish are being caught in warm New Zealand waters - a sharp warning of the impact of climate change, scientists say.

Fears for rare birds after drop

CONCERN: The fate of 25 rock wren in Kahurangi National Park is unknown.

Campaign may have almost wiped out a population of the very species it aimed to protect in Kahurangi National Park.

Toothfish poachers fly false flags

WANTED SHIP: The Yongding operates alongside the Kunlun.

Three boats snared illegally fishing in the Southern Ocean were not registered in Equatorial Guinea as they claimed.

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