Environment

Koura death inquiry continues

The Oraka Stream in Putaruru had dead koura floating downstream in December last year.

Council are confident the stream is now supporting a healthy ecosystem, but are still trying to determine the cause of the deaths.

Smelly South American invader strikes

Clusters of purple flowers develop into large round berries.

Woolly nightshade can damage farm pasture and prevent the establishment of native plants beside waterways.

HUHA finds sanctuary in Hutt

Carolyn Press-McKenzie set up HUHA, Helping You Helping Animals. The organisation is moving to a new property at ...

"We were trying to fit our dreams into 18 acres"

'Major tourist drawcard' for Rodney

The views over Omaha from Rodney Rd on the proposed Big Omaha Trail.

The public gets a say on a network of walkways and cycleways between Puhoi and Pakiri including the Big Omaha Trail.

Tanks run dry on Waiheke

Water companies are struggling to meet demand as summer's 'dry' continues.

Summer's 'dry' is starting to hit families on un-reticulated Waiheke.

Respect returns to Taupo's mountain

Locals and visitors enjoy a sunny day atop Mount Tauhara.

One year after Mount Tauhara was reopened to the public the landowners are thanking hikers for respecting their sacred maunga. 

Wasp shortage

There's a wasp shortage in Manawatu.

Pest control services feel the sting as a cool summer keeps wasps nests away from the Manawatu.

Iceland's volcanic timebomb

The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 led to the cancellation of 100,000 flights.

Under Iceland a monster is beginning to awaken.

Dog ban loophole bites councillor

Hamilton city councillor Siggi Henry had a hunting permit from DOC believing that gave her access to walk her jack ...

A Hamilton City Councillor was called out for walking her jack russell on a bush track where dogs are not allowed.

Penguins make home in woodpile

Karla Evans and her fiance, Aaron Cranston, discovered a little blue penguin nest in their woodpile at their home near ...

Baffled by mysterious calls in the night, a Colac Bay family discovered a nest of penguins at their home.

Toxic bloom shrouds lake gallery

Green streaks beneath a blue sky.

Swans paddling through green algae on Lake Forsyth make for an eerie sight.

Sex scent snares stoats

The lure of a fertile female could be the "holy grail" for controlling one of New Zealand's most devastating predators.

The lure of a fertile female could be the "holy grail" for controlling one of New Zealand's most devastating predators.

Clever rubbish bins

The Queenstown Lakes District Council is trialling two new state of the art Big Belly bins at Earnslaw Park in central ...

Two new "Big Belly" smart bins are being trialled in central Queenstown.

Rescue penguins' luxury life video

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Avon the little penguin at his new temporary home in Halswell

It's the luxury Christchurch hotel where fish is always on the menu for guests.

New Zealand's hidden wonders gallery

Electrum is a sculpture on Alan Gibb's Makarau farm.

From the strange to curious, these seven wonders will inspire awe and wanderlust.

Why is Wellington so windy?

Wind is one of Wellington's defining characteristics.

The best little capital in the world. Sure. But why is it always so bloody windy?

Club buzzing four months on

The club's apiary opening.

The club's youngest member, two year old Perry, has his very own hive, and enjoys learning beekeeping skills.

Fireman's fishy invention video

Tran Lawrence has invented a fish release device called a Keepa which he thinks should be on every New Zealand fishing boat.

Removing a hook from the mouth of a flapping fish has never been easy. Until now.

Penguins killed by dogs

This Little Blue penguin was brought in with an injured flipper and one leg torn off..

Dogs attack Little blue penguins three times in one week on the Coromandel.

Pollution at Waitara Beach

Joe Rauner, deputy chairman of the Waitara Community Board has concerns about the high level of e.coli at the town's ...

"What do people do in Waitara when it gets hot - they come down here."

'Climate's always changed' - right? video

The timeline shows how the earth's temperatures have changed since the last ice age.

Well yes... but not like this, says cartoonist behind timeline which shows why we should worry about that "hottest on record" badge.

2016 broke temperature records - again video

NASA's Surface Temperature Anomaly map for December, comparing averages to those from 1951-1980.

Unprecedented heat in India and ice melt at the poles: 2016 was hot. And it's costing us already.

Inbreeding threatens kiwi colony

A little spotted kiwi from Zealandia in Wellington.

Little kiwi population thought to be thriving is inbreeding itself out of a future.

Dead penguins found

A dead penguin was found on South New Brighton beach on Monday, the fourth in a week.

Dog attacks and starvation are to blame for the dead birds along the Canterbury coast.

First penguin hospital opens video

Wildlife veterinarian, Lisa Argilla, treats a yellow-eyed  at Otago Polytechnic's Hoiho Hospital

A critically-endangered penguin with bites on its feet is the first patient at the South Island's only penguin hospital.

Up close and personal with kea video

A new walk-through kea aviary will open on Saturday for Wellington Anniversary Weekend.

Wellington Zoo's newest residents will be sharing their aviary with the public this weekend.

Algal blooms hit swim spots

Cyanobacteria mats (also known as blue-green algae) have been found in the Tukituki River.

Dogs and swimmers advised to stay away from spots on the Tukituki River

Weedkiller in the gun

Julian Bartrom is among those campaigning to have Auckland Council stop using the herbicide glyphosate as part of its ...

"No one wants to be poisoned by a carcinogenic chemical."

Crackdown on motorbike hoons

A council sign warning against riding motorbikes in the area has been vandalised itself.

Residents are fed up with motorbikes being ridden along a south Auckland walkway.

Warming planet sees wasps thrive

A new study has found that the success of common wasps is heavily dependent on spring weather.

Kiwi scientists have discovered a link between climate change and rising wasp numbers in New Zealand.

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