Environment

New Zealand's disappearing coastline, from above

Beach Road near Oamaru fell into the sea after years of coastal erosion.

Coastal erosion has eaten away roads, car parks and houses, satellite images show – and it will only get worse.

'Drop in the bucket' for water

Environment Minister Nick Smith, middle, pictured swimming in the Manawatu River, has announced $100 million for ...

Government's $100m for water quality is "a drop in the bucket", says clean water advocate.

Polluters to pay full cost of emissions

The two-for-one deal allowed companies to effectively pay half price for their carbon emissions. That has now been scrapped.

Will scrapping the bargain deal on carbon units help NZ meet its climate change targets?

TDC to pick over gravel extraction 'sore'

Zane Mirfin says the TDC needs to have a review of how it manages the rivers.

The "festering sore" of gravel extraction from Tasman District rivers was scratched at a council committee meeting on Thursday.

Lake Horowhenua goes to court

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Appeal against clean up plans for Lake Horowhenua heard in the Environment Court

Cute penguin chicks hatch early

A little blue penguin hatches from its egg at the Kaikoura penguin colony, the first chick of the season.

Little blue penguins in Kaikoura think Spring has sprung.

Waiwhakareke land deal signed off

Waiwhakareke Advisory Group chairman and restoration ecology Professor Bruce Clarkson.

​After a prolonged debate, a 5.1 hectare parcel of land has been added to Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.

Flash flooding in the Waikato

Waikato residents should prepare for flash flooding as another weekend of wet weather sets in.

Heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding to some Waikato areas.

Guilty of diverting stream

Inglewood farmer Colin Boyd was found guilty of diverting a stream on his property.

Farmer guilty of diverting a stream on his property despite claiming its happened naturally.

Is warmer NZ here to stay?

Stormy weather during the past week or so was a reminder the country had been enjoying a long run of generally pleasant ...

NZ is on course for a temperature record. The question is, how much will it cool down again?

Ihumatao SHA gets the tick

Hundreds of people created a human chain around the special housing area in March to protest the development.

Locals are vowing to keep fighting a controversial special housing area after it received the go-ahead from commissioners.

Protecting fund drives hard bargains

Wairarapa farmers Bruce and Sue McKenzie and their protected forest Pati Tapu.

Over the last 25 years, the Nature Heritage Fund (NHF) has protected 341,881 hectares of conservation land, or 1.3 per cent of New Zealand's land area.

Quest to rid island of pest under way video

The Million Dollar Mouse project to rid Antipodes Island of mice is underway. Two helicopters were loaded aboard the ...

Time is running out for the mice on Antipodes Island.

DOC name Fiordland 1080 drop sites

Mohua in the Eglinton and Grebe Valleys are one of the many species DOC will try to protect in the 2016 Battle for our ...

Ten sites in Fiordland set for 1080 drops.

The battle for Northland's forests stuff nation video

Dean Baigent-Mercer is calling for help for Northland's native forests.

DOC needs an extra $10-20 million over 10 years to save Northland's neglected native forests.

Storm erodes years of dune restoration

It's hoped people will take care of the dunes, in turn, protecting the beach and coast.

Crossing protective barriers causes weakness in sand dunes, perfect storm conditions finish the job.

'End of energy as we know it'

Lecturer Tony Seba outlines a world with little centralised power generation, 100 per cent electric vehicles and minimal ...

Revolution in solar, batteries will render conventional energy, transport "obsolete in 15 years".

Al Gore was right - mostly

Former US vice-president Al Gore released his controversial documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, 10 years ago.

Ten years after the release of An Inconvenient Truth, we look at its scorecard.

Southland conservation needs funding - MP

Green MP Kevin Hague, in Invercargill, says tourism to the region would benefit from more government conservation spending.

An MP visiting Southland says Government spending could boost conservation.

Farmer allegedly diverted stream

Colin David Boyd is facing eight charges of breaching the Resource Management Act.

He's accused of using a digger to move a stream crossing his property.

'We do have some ratbags'

Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries, says campaigners wanting McDonald's to drop hoki from their menu are just ...

Primary Industries Minister moves to fast-track fisheries monitoring after fish dumping.

Ammunition problem in DOC park still ongoing

More blanks have been found in Kaimanawa Forest Park. The seven on the left are still live.

Live ammunition is still being found in the Kaimanawa Forest Park.

Slow down around dolphins video

A dolphin struck by a boat.

Boats speeding through dolphin pods can disrupt their feeding, sleeping and socialising.

West coast concerns over increasing fishing numbers

Bill Rewi-Wetini is concerned about the number of recreational anglers at Kawhia and the tonnage they can catch.

 Recreational fishers keep an eye on the west coast fishery as the number of anglers increases.

Grandmothers mourn for tree video

Juliet Batten, centre, with members of the Grieving Grandmothers. They held a ceremony to "mark the passing" of native ...

Six women joined hands, laid flowers and cried for a puriri tree which will be bulldozed for a motorway.

Hunt for pest parakeets

Escaped Indian ringnecked parakeets near Paeroa to be hunted down and removed from the wild.

The hunt is on for a population of about 15 pest parakeets roosting near Hikutaia.

New creche for kiwi

Rowi kiwi chicks will learn how to find food at their new home in the Marlborough Sounds.

Raising babies is never easy, but raising the rarest kiwi chicks in the world needs a team effort.

Bayly helps out kokako project

Franklin Local Board member Bill Cashmore, Hunua MP Andrew Bayly, Auckland Council Kokako project manager Su Sinclair, ...

Funds will help to keep kokako tune going strong in Hunua

Whale tour's test run

Bytesize productions film-maker Paul Davidson explores Picton Museum.

It includes a tour of the National Whale Centre, a boat trip to the Perano Whaling Station, a walk through Picton Museum, and a chat to an original whaler.

Shark feeding frenzy captured

Tiger sharks in a feeding frenzy.

Dozens of sharks feasting on a whale carcass filmed by drone.

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