Environment

Toilet debate flushes out concerns

Toilets at Ohau Waterfall could be too costly for the ratepayer.

Toilets at Kaikoura seal waterfall could be but a pipe dream.

Halting black market cray trade

Hendri with his son Joshua​, 6, from Indonesia, enjoying crayfish at Waipapa Bay retail shop.

Changes to crayfishing at the top of the South Island are aimed at stopping recreational "rat bags" from ruining it for all.

Stand-off over sand suck

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says that that TTR has been deliberately misleading in their application.

"We think they're deliberately misleading the government that they have iwi mandate."

Weather brings season to end

Saul Piper lands a jump at Rainbow Ski Field's opening day last year.

Poor weather ends Rainbow Ski Field season.

Dairy farming threat to weta

The "march" of dairy farming across the Mackenzie basin has threatened the survival of local weta and grasshopper ...

Their home is disappearing - Mackenzie basin weta are losing habitat as dairy farming expands into the region.

Missiles in the Arctic video

The northeast portal to Camp Century in 1964, just before the base was abandoned.

Far above the Arctic Circle, an abandoned US military base is buried in the ice. But that ice is melting.

Big jellyfish swamp beaches

A Lion's Mane jellyfish washed up under the Sunderland Marine Pier at Port Nelson.

An influx of Lion's mane jellyfish, the largest known species, are invading South Island beaches.

1500th kiwi hatched and released

Supporters of the Operation Nest Egg programme celebrated the 1500th kiwi released.

Mighty Dash returned back to Tongariro Forest where she was removed one year ago to save her life.

Environmentalist gets to heart of littering

#CleanEarth movement's Kiri Danielle with some of the rubbish she has collected.

#CleanEarth movement's Kiri Danielle calls for cultural change to combat littering.

Bird braces for injured kiwi video

A Haast tokoeka kiwi has recovered from a fractured beak thanks to a set of braces.

Vets get inventive to save the beak of a rare kiwi.

In love with our national parks

Tammy Duchesne, who is the superintendent of two Hawaiian national parks, during her visit to the Nelson district.

New Zealand's national parks have won the heart of an American expert visiting the country.

Hayley Holt sends clear message

Hayley Holt and James Shaw in Queenstown for the launch of the #lovesnow campaign over the weekend.

Hayley Holt wants people to join her in taking action to save New Zealand's culture and industry.

Rena images accent reef demise

Mahurangi West photographer Darryl Torcklers images of his time photographing on the Astrolabe Reef have helped to ...

The regeneration of the Astrolabe Reef was the one silver lining of the Rena disaster.

Keep a brolly handy

Omihi Valley in North Canterbury showing a false green tinge at the start of spring following a dry winter in the ...

We can see it's damp today - but what are forecasters predicting for the next few months?

Dire prediction spells doom video

This image shows a view of the Arctic on September 10, 2016, when sea ice extent was at 4.14 million square kilometres. ...

Our planet could warm by as much as 7 degrees over the next 1000 years - and change the world as we know it.

Bringing back the birdsong video

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Rats and stoats have no place in Wellington, where an action plan has been announced to get rid of them forever.

Flea plague on the way

Long hot summers and mild winters have stacked up perfect conditions for a flea infestation, a Kiwi vet says.

A mild winter followed by a hot summer are the perfect conditions for a flea plague.

Swan shot with arrow in 'disgusting' act video

A black swan recovers from an arrow wound in the neck. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to talk to ...

"What I think about the person who done it, you can't say in public."

'Widowed' bird looking for love video

Rob, a 33-year-old widower, is the first to arrive back to his old breeding ground.

Rob, 33, has been widowed four times. His return to Dunedin has been heralded by the mass ringing of bells.

Artist's ECan protest video

Ad Sintenie, left, beside a sculpture of his late wife Cathy.

A new sculpture installed in protest outside ECan's headquarters is likely to stay – for now.

Could plastic solve housing crisis?

A group of South Auckland students plan to build a temporary structure out of plastic bottles.

School students may have come up with a solution to Auckland's housing woes.

Pelorus wildlife benefits from traps video

Bat Recovery Project manager Debs Martin with a gas triggered trap used to kill rats and at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

Gas triggered traps are helping to bring down rat numbers at the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve.

A predator free capital?

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Miramar is rumoured to be the first stage of plans to make Wellington predator-free.

Quarries appeal panel's decision

A group of Canterbury quarries wanting to dig deeper into the ground had their bid rejected by an independent hearings ...

Two Canterbury quarry owners have appealed a decision rejecting their plans to dig deeper.

NZ's only open-range zoo turns 40 video

Tamu, 13, left, and Utani, 32, lock horns over a present, stuffed with lucerne hay.

Hay and nuts among birthday treats as New Zealand's only open-range zoo celebrates 40 years.

Costly search for soil toxins

Property developer Greg Smith with some of the soil at a proposed new subdivision on Old Renwick Rd in Blenheim.

Threat of soil contamination is a pricey practice, subdivision developers say.

Food of the earth

Specialist in plant foraging Mel Wright demonstrated where to find edible plant material and how to use it in meals.

Marlborough iwi reconnect with foraging techniques of yesteryear.

Rowing to save the 'kiwi of the sea' video

Elation on the face of Dean Isherwood as the crew of the Akaroa Challenge surfboat arrive at North Beach.

It started with an outlandish idea over a beer. It ended up being a 90-kilometre, 11-hour slog in a row boat.

Bright blue water mystery solved

The water turned bright blue near a stormwater outlet just behind the Kawaroa Pools.

The glow-in-the-dark water had locals puzzled after it started gushing out of a stormwater pipe in Taranaki.

Stream now 'an open sewer'

The weir that controls the level of Lake Horowhenua which leads into Hokio Stream. Picture as of 2013.

A Horowhenua hapu is heartbroken after watching a stream be polluted for years.

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