Environment

National park given a boost video

Bob Dickinson, left, Chair of the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board, Roy Grose, Department of Conservation, and Nick ...

Nearly 900 hectares of pristine forest and coastline have been added to the Kahurangi National Park.

Hack at whale, face jail

The dead whale will likely sit on Wakanui beach until the sea washed it away.

People responsible for mutilating a whale found washed up on a beach near Ashburton face jail time or a large fine if caught.

Ocean sanctuary gets the go-ahead

Environment Minister Nick Smith said the sanctuary was nearly the size of France.

Tweak the name, make a few adjustments, and continue on, the Environment Minister is told.

Feral cat crackdown in limbo

Hopes for a solution to the feral cat problem at Foxton have gone on hold due to a lack of funding.

A crackdown of feral cats is on hold, and the bird breeding spring season looming.

Plastic beads dumped illegally

Millions of plastic polymer beads slightly bigger than these were illegally dumped at a property in Hawera.

A literal bus-load of plastic beads has been illegally dumped at a cleanfill site in Hawera.

No vehicle access for isolated beach

Wenderholm from Te Muri Regional Park

It's a gem along the coastline and now Te Muri beach looks closer to retaining its "splendid isolation."

Summer set netting banned

Chris Martin from Insight Security with set nets he pulled from Omaha beach

Auckland Council confirm a ban on set netting at Omaha beach, and there are talks to for further restrictions.

Success for endangered snails in Abel Tasman

The critically endangered Rhytida oconnori snail is found at only two sites in New Zealand, both in the top of the South ...

There are more carnivorous land snails in the national park than previously realised.

1080 drops near you?

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announces this year's Battle for our Birds programme at Bob's Cove near Queenstown on ...

Preventing "catastrophic explosion'' of rats essential for native birds, Minister says. DOC brainwashing public, 1080 opponents say.

Beached whale robbed of fins

The 8.9 metre juvenile humpback whale, washed up on Ashburton's Wakanui beach on Friday the 8th of July.

People have hacked pieces off the distinctive, tail-less whale that washed up near Ashburton two weeks ago.

'Contaminated' land not checked

ECan flagged 11,000 Christchurch properties as "potentially contaminated" in 2014.

Two years after Environment Canterbury identified 11,000 potentially contaminated Christchurch properties just 1210 have been tested for poisonous chemicals.

Waging war on wasp sex

A project that aims to radically decrease wasp populations is making progress, with researchers developing a pathogen ...

Scrambling the sex life of summer's stinging villain could be the key to their demise.

Niwa's data raises questions

Where have the real bone-crunchingly cold Christchurch frosts been this winter? There's been nothing like this minus 4 ...

COMMENT: Niwa's choice of a built-up, urban site to show Christchurch temperatures are rising was strange.

Are male birds more colourful?

The study confirmed that in polygamous species, males tended to be more colourful than females, but in monogamous ...

The plumage colour of nearly 6000 bird species has been analysed in a study.

Iraq heat hits 53C

A man washes his face to cool off from the scorching summer heat in Baghdad.

Iraqis endure searing temperatures of up to 53 degrees Celsius as heatwave hits.

Antarctica gets chilly again

"We're certainly not saying that global warming has stopped. On the contrary... We're highlighting the complexity of ...

Once fast-warming, Antarctica is now getting colder - but chill may not last long.

Worm your way into helping the environment video

Cambridge's Nicola Turner with her worm farm. Inset: Tiger worms are decomposing food waste.

Knowledge on dairy farming is fairly common, but how about worm farming?

Farmer's thousands of trees

Finlay Weatherburn has planted thousands of trees on his Te Tipua farm.

Southland's Finlay Weatherburn isn't just a sheep farmer - he farms trees too.

Mild winter fuels stoat numbers

Stoats caught near the Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre jumped from two to 31 over a month.

Stoat numbers at Mt Bruce reserve spike just months after four kiwi were killed by a ferret.

Southland farmers passionate about water

Elya Holdings farm managers Craig and Rachael Horrell with one of their nutrient traps in the background.

Protecting the environment is a priority for farm managers at Elya Holding

Family farming environmentally

George Mcmeeken and Jamie Edwards on their family farm in Eastern Bush.

George Mcmeeken and Jaimee Edwards are making a farm for future generations.

No reprieve for wallabies

The public has roundly opposed the idea of removing wallabies' "pest" status.

Wallabies seem set to stay designated a 'pest' in Canterbury - could a tax help to manage them?

Council considers 1080 drop for Whanganui

Horizons Regional Council are considering an aerial 1080 drop next year.

Horizons Regional Council may aerially drop the poison for the first time in years.

Raceway animals to blame?

Canterbury medical officer of health Alistair Humphrey speculated horse races at Addington Raceway could have been ...

Animal waste from Addington Raceway could be to blame for a spike in nitrate levels at a water bore, health official says.

'Big, bold step' to save Sounds

Heavy steel doors from trawling can damage and destroy extensive areas as they are dragged over the seabed.

Bottom trawling and dredging to be banned at ecologically significant marine sites in the Marlborough Sounds.

Park life

The memorial where the Sheppards' ashes are interred.

Sheps' Park, in Blenheim, is to get a new look which will include a playground.

Second rare turtle dies video

The olive ridley turtle was transferred to Auckland Zoo for treatment.

Two endangered turtles washed ashore in NZ have died within weeks of each other.

Topsy-turvy weather week

Strong winds are forecast for the Waikato on Tuesday.

It'll get windy this week - bad enough that driving could be a problem.

Is climate change killing paua?

Paua commercial catch in the Marlborough region has decreased, but the stock is still not increasing.

Nothing can escape climate change, not even one of New Zealand's national treasures.

2818kg of hazardous materials

These barrels were among nearly three tonnes of hazardous materials found at a Horotane Valley residential property.

DDT and many cases of asbestos contamination have been found in Christchurch Port Hills properties.

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