Water woes worry women

Margaret Webster of Turakina and Kathy Reardon of Marto

Rural women are concerned about water quality, but believe a lot of the degradation comes from cities and towns.

Canterbury NZ's 2nd smoggiest

canterbury smog

Greens blame ECan for pollution problems because it took away the "carrot" and relied on the "stick".

Demonstrating conservation

Blue Duck

Endangered creatures flourish as a family figures out how to combine farming with eco-tourism.

Cleanup helps whitebait

Matthew Bloxham

Whitebait are great swimmers but they can't jump so streams need to be clear of obstacles for fish to flourish.

Young plea for climate change 'conversation'

Climate change

A group of proactive young New Zealanders wants a "national conversation" about climate change.

New park for Great Barrier

great barrier island

More than 12,000 hectares on Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf has been declared a new conservation park.

Crown's Rena consultation a wreck

The wreck of the Rena

The Crown has been described as "incompetent" by Bay of Plenty Maori for its handling of the Rena wreck.

To bee or not to bee

bee

A dispute between neighbours over bees has hobby keepers worried they will need resource consent to keep hives.

What a grape idea

Bush falcon swoops in to save vineyards

falcon

Ferocious predator described as the V8 supercar of the skies is to help guard vineyards.

Maui's dolphins in mining spots: Greens

Maui dolphins

The Green Party says mineral mining permits have been granted across a third of a marine sanctuary inhabited by Maui's Dolphins.

Whale numbers rise

Humpback sightings up

humpback whale

Ninety-two humpback whales were seen over a four-week period this year - the second highest sighting on record.

'As damaging as DDT'

Honey bee

Bees, butterflies, worms and birds among those at serious risk from neonics pesticides.

1080 plan meets strong opposition

Pests

The planned aerial 1080 drop in the Waikaia Forest has met with strong opposition.

Greens push river protection plan

Waikato River 300

Moves to control dams on protected rivers and farm pollution are part of Green Party's "environment priority".

'Battle for our birds'

Stoat trap

Govt launches largest pest control programme to fight a "biblical" plague of rats and stoats.

Greens: clean up rivers

Waikato River 300

A protected rivers network is among the The Green Party's plan to improve New Zealand's water quality.

$40,000 fine after river turns pink

Generic money

Allowing piggery effluent to flow into a stream lands a Waikato disposal company with a large fine.

NZ rivers will be 'like Yangtze'

orari river

Ecologist says the latest national water quality standards are a scam and warns against building the Waimea Community Dam.

Fisheries fight 'strip mining'

Hoki

Seafood industry argues against a plan to suction-mine the Chatham Rise.

Sewage discharge costs $56,250

sewage warning sign

District Council fined $56,250 for discharging five million litres of partially-treated sewage into harbour.

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