Snake, lizards found in mail

An attempt to smuggle live reptiles into New Zealand has been sniffed out by a crafty beagle named Lilly.

Dive bombers to protect vineyards

Native falcon/karearea

A vineyard manager who will bring home three rare, ferocious predators is excited but a little overwhelmed.

Going into bat for native species

Bat

Researchers are hoping to successfully translocate a group of short-tailed bats, a feat never achieved before.

Kaka stripping back trees

kaka

As the kaka population thrives their propensity for stripping tree bark is causing havoc in the Botanic Gardens.

Toxic algae found in lake

do not swim

Traces of a toxic algae have been found in Lake Forsyth, prompting warnings to avoid swimming and fishing in the area.

Greening our cities

Lezette Reid

Meet the city-dwellers fighting to preserve the tiny patches of green that keep our cities alive.

1080 plans for Eglinton

rat

DOC likely to drop 1080 poison on Eglinton Valley in Fiordland National Park.

Mountain men busy in the bush

Maungatautari

Cambridge's George Dingle and his five friends share a unique pastime.

Tiny tuatara survives cannibal teens

Tuatara

In a tale fit for a Bear Grylls-type survival show, a tiny tuatara has beaten the odds and survived six months with a throng of carnivorous tuatara teens. 

Slow going but richly rewarding

John Hickman

Sven Herselman meets a Marlborough farmer who is working hard to conserve the land.

Higher risk of summer storms

Wind Wellington

The risk of tropical cyclones this summer is "slightly higher" than normal.

Toxins found in Auckland lakes

water generic

Auckland Council will review reporting procedures after revelations the public wasn't told a toxic herbicide had got into two reservoir lakes.

Releasing kiwis into the wild

Parawera kiwi

Parawera the kiwi will be tracked and examined to ensure she's ready to roam, breed and forage in a 3500-hectare predator-free haven.

Catching a kiwi

Kiwi

Waikato's Sanctuary Mountain is a self-sustainable haven for kiwi. Rachel Thomas tags along with some bird fans for a kiwi health check.

Maggie Barry endorses 1080

Maggie Barry

The new conservation minister comes out strongly in favour of the pesticide.

Tuhoe banishes hunters in Urewera

DOC, Department of Conservation

Hunters with DoC-issued permits have been kicked out of the Urewera Ranges.

Bees live to buzz another day

Kim Kneijber

Auckland's bees got through winter well and are doing fine, prominent beekeeper says.

Chance for sex lures moths

Male guava moth

Northland Regional Council is using sex as a weapon in the fight against the guava moth.

Whatipu no place for dogs

Dotterel

Despite warning signs, people are still bringing their dogs to Whatipu Beach and they're putting dotterels at risk.

Council approves 1080 aerial drops

1080

Auckland Council has approved the aerial use of 1080 in the Hunua Ranges for mid 2015.

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