Weed killer: how cinnabar moth beats ragwort

Cinnabar moth was introduced in the 1920s to combat ragwort on NZ pastures - its caterpillars feed on the pest.

The cinnabar moth and its cute caterpillars are ragwort’s No 1 enemy – but the battle’s not over yet

Such a beast not seen for hundreds of years

A replica of pre-historic drawings showing horses, rhinoceros and aurochs is seen on a wall at the site of the Cavern of Pont-d'Arc project in France.

Such an animal has not been seen on Czech territory for hundreds of years.

Climate pledges not enough

'If we do not do something, the increase of temperatures will be between 3.8 and 4.7 degrees,' says Miguel Arias Canete.

National pledges fall short of goal to keep global warming below 2 degrees, says Europe's climate chief.

Rotorua poacher strikes again

Fish & Game officer Anthony van Dorp says they're cracking down on poachers.

A Rotorua man failed to learn his lesson after being charged for poaching trout, offending again just over a month later.

Leopard seal spotted on Auckland beach gallery

The leopard seal spent 24 hours chilling at Long Bay beach.

A potentially dangerous leopard seal has paid a visit to a northern Auckland beach.

Mother seal leaves bay

The elephant seal which made Caroline Bay her temporary home has gone back out to sea after the death of her pup.

The elephant seal has gone back out to sea after the death of her pup.

Greenpeace concerned by oil spill numbers

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An offshore oil rig such as this one in Taranaki could make use of MetraWeather's new forecasting technology called Downscaled Super Ensembles).

Greenpeace is raising the red flag about dozens of spill-related incidents at oil fields off Taranaki.

Kat out to save kiwi

Kat Merewether reads her latest book, Kuwi's Huhu Hunt, to her daughters Willow, 4, and Florence, 2. The Te Awamutu woman has written and illustrated the book, which will help raise funds for the charity Kiwis for Kiwi during October.

She's safeguarded 13 kiwi birds for a year, and shows no signs of slowing down.

El Nino turns up heat

El Nino could bring even more hot summer days to Kaiteriteri Beach, but farmers may not be as happy as holidaymakers.

A rare weather phenomenon is set to scorch Nelson this spring and summer, with drought and scrub fires likely.

Auckland Zoo celebrates triple century gallery video

Four-week-old Tihoihoi was released into a custom-built burrow on Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Talkative kiwi Tihoihoi is the 300th chick the zoo has reared and released into the wild.

NZ's oil spill record 'sobering'

Dead birds stricken by oil from the Rena

Almost four tonnes of oil has spilled into New Zealand's harbours and oceans since the Rena disaster.

Water 'worse than a third world country'

Peter Huria holds up a bottle of water that was filled from the tap at his brother Dave Huria's, middle, house in Hokio Beach, with Paul Huria at the Muaupoko expedited hearing in Levin.

Hokio Beach residents have told the Waitangi Tribunal that their water is "putrid".

Baby elephant seal dies video

The elephant seal pup born three weeks ago at Caroline Bay is dead.

The elephant seal pup born on Timaru's Caroline Bay beach has died.

Dead cow rotting in water supply

Dwayne and Hedley Edwards are fed up with the lack of help from local councils to remove a rotting cow carcass from their water supply.

A cow carcass was left to rot and seep into the main water supply of a Waikato school.

Steve-O stunt encourages bath tub protester

Steve-O climbed atop a crane and blew up an inflatable killer whale which had the words "SeaWorld sucks" emblazoned on the side in protest.

Steve-O stunt spurs on Wellington's bath tub orca captivity protester.

Camera traps snare pests on film

Camera trap in the Waitakeres

A University of Auckland summer research project has captured pests in the Waitakere Ranges on camera.

Pureora Forest kokako get help

The kokako of Northern Pureora Forest need protecting from pests and a Pirongia group plans to use grant money to set up bait stations.

A Pirongia group is helping save kokako in Pureora Forest Park.

Rabbit poison in dog park 'clumsy' - council

A dog walker came across this rabbit poison, seen on the left, at about 7.30am on Thursday in an off-leash dog exercise area.

Poisoned carrots left in a dog walking area in Hamilton shouldn't have been there, council says.

Eco-bags prove popular

Emma Saunders, left and Rylee Pettersson of the Green Collective and their re-useable bags.

A Nelson business duo are minimising waste one green bag at a time.

Oil drilling 'sheer lunacy'

The prospect of deep sea oil drilling off the Canterbury coast has the Christchurch City Council worried.

Christchurch's acting mayor is eager to explore all means to stop deep-sea oil drilling off the Canterbury coast.

Salmon farms nearly ready

An existing New Zealand King Salmon farm at Ruakaka Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds will be up and running in the very near future.

Kermadec plan criticised

Among the diverse geological features of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary are black smoker hydrothermal vents

Not everyone is thrilled with plans for NZ's largest marine reserve around the Kermadec Islands.

Landcorp's green accord

Farming consultant Dr Alison Dewes has been especially active in trying to mitigate pollution in the Waikato River.

State-owned farmer invites leading environmentalists to advise it on how to be more sustainable.

Greens weigh in on river clean-up

NZ Green Party co-leader James Shaw says dairy conversions are one of the factors muddying our environment and should be stopped.

An end to dairy conversions is needed if Waikato is serious about cleaning up its waterways, says the Green Party.

Calls for care follow orca calf death

A female orca carries her calf, believed to have been killed by a boat strike off Tiritiri Matangi Island.

The death of an orca calf attributed to boat strike, and the harassment which saw its mother driven off, has prompted a call for boaties to stick to the rules around marine mammals.

Farmer starved cows to death - court finds

Some of the cows found by the SPCA on Gareth Wordsworth's Tawera farm.

A farmer found guilty of starving cows to death has been fined and banned from owning livestock for two years.

English stores bring in plastic bag charges

Retailers with 250 or more employees will have to charge for the bags, while smaller businesses can do so if they wish.

From today, shoppers have to pay for a plastic bag at large stores and supermarkets across England.

Lind's biggest challenge yet

Department of Conservation Te Anau district operations manager Greg Lind

New Te Anau Department of Conservation boss Greg Lind has been at the heart of the organisation since its beginning.

Keep up with the kaka-dashians

People will now be able to tune in to watch a family of Wellington kaka go about their everyday business.

A live video feed is giving people an intimate peek into the life of a family of kaka.

The heat is on from climate change

Mapua's Dr Tord Kjellstrom says heat exposure and stress from climate change will be the greatest threat to human life in the next 100 years.

Mapua professor Todd Kjellstrom says climate change could drive a major global economic decline.

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