Environment

Nature sanctuary secures funding

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust, a breeding ground for tuatara, kiwi and other native species, has convinced council its worth continued funding.

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust will get $300,000 per year for three years, as long as they can prove the money's well spent.

Taupo mayor furious video

Tyres dumped on a Puketapu Rd farm, near Lake Taupo.

The saga of Hamilton's 150,000-strong tyre mountain has made its way to Taupo.

Creating conservationist kids

A wildbase representitve tells Palmerston North Intermediate Normal pupils that soon they might be able to hold a live kiwi, once the centre has been built, (left) Advisor to the Wildbase Community Trust Scott Bruce, Nikeysia Butler, principal David Jopson, Kaiya Lloyd , Junior Sewabu and Jamie Dennis.

A passion for the environment has prompted Palmerston North pupils to raise funds for a Wildbase Recovery centre.

Campaign to stop animal test requirement

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society is calling for a change to government regulations that support Draize testing.

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society launches campaign to ban testing on rabbits' eyes.

Stuff joins global climate change network

Stuff.co.nz has joined a network of 25 media organisations from around the world to create a network for sharing climate change stories.

Stuff has joined 24 other media organisations from around the world in a network sharing climate change stories.

Takahe released on Rotoroa Island video

A pair of endangered Takahe have been released on Rotoroa Island in hopes that they will breed there.

Two critically endangered takahe have been released at Rotoroa Island.

Company knew but didn't act

Raetihi locals were forced to rely on water tankers after the spill

How can a skifield operator spill 19,000 litres of diesel into the local water supply and not notice?

Millions of pizza boxes dumped video

Jordan Davidson prepares to tuck into one of the million-odd pizzas consumed by Kiwis every week.

We Kiwis love our pizza. The trouble is the mess we leave behind after the noshing stops.

Turn red zone to native park

Christchurch community group Greening the Red Zone wants to turn the Avon River red zone into a native forest park and have it looking like this by 2115.

Christchurch's abandoned Avon River red zone could become a native forest park if plans come to fruition.

Kauri tree neighbours attacked video

Kauri tree protester Aprilanne Bonar says she's had her own garden slashed in retaliation.

Neighbours of the Titirangi kauri at the centre of protest action say they are victims of retaliatory attacks.

Climate truths still inconvenient

A United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December aims to finalise a worldwide binding agreement.

An award-winning film combating climate change sceptics to hit screens worldwide

Budget 2015: MetService on the move

MetService headquarters in the Wellington suburb of Kelburn.

MetService will use Budget funding to safeguard itself against the threat of a Wellington earthquake.

Toxic spills affecting stream

Karori West Normal School pupils Thomas Newman, left, and Henry Fricke, stand on the bridge of Waipahihi stream feeding the eels.

Pollution at a Karori stream is so bad teachers at a nearby school can smell diesel in their staffroom.

Takahe bound for Hauraki Gulf island

A breeding pair of takahe will be released on Rotoroa Island  on Saturday.

Aucklanders will have the opportunity to watch two rare takahe be released on Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Protecting endangered mudfish

Diane and Rory Foley with their farm stream which is teeming with endangered mudfish.

They look like black whitebait, but the mudfish on the Foleys' farm will not be turned into patties anytime soon.

Dolphins stay close to home

A Kaikoura Hector's dolphin and her calf, photographed during this year's research by KORI

New research into Hector’s dolphins along the Kaikoura coast has shown that there are two distinct populations.

More details needed before weed spray change

Aucklanders must wait a while longer to find out if a controversial weed spray product will continue to be used in their area.

Coastal flood risk rises

A park bench and pine tree were both knocked off their perch at Cooks Beach when sands were eroded away by storm seas in September, 2013.

As sea levels rise, so too does the risk of flooding along the Coromandel coast, Niwa says.

Climate change campaigners finish fast video

Robbie McEwan and his father Bill McEwan pictured with weavings donated to them at the end their week-long fast to create awareness of climate change.

A father and son who fasted for seven days and nights in a call to action over climate change have ended their fast weak but resilient.

Communities have the power

Waikato support for plastic bag reduction.

'Evil' predator kills seven kiwi

This rare white kiwi chick and one other are among seven North Island brown kiwi killed at Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre, north of Masterton in the last three months.

Young kiwi are "dying at an incredible rate", expert says, as reserve loses seven in three months - including two rare white ones.

El Nino possible but too early for panic

Average summer rainfall  during El Nino. The deep reds indicate parts which receive 78- per cent of normal rainfall, while the dark blues represent 120  per cent or greater average rainfall.

El Nino patterns have formed at sea, but advice from weather experts is not to panic, yet.

Plastic not so fantastic

Green Party MP and waste spokesperson Denise Roche is leading a revolt against plastic bags.

The Greens have come up with a new plan to try to keep the country's clean image in the bag.

Scientist Mike Joy ruffles dairying feathers again

Mike Joy has upset dairy industry advocates with a new report on the cost of dairying to society.

"Some dairy farmers regard me as the devil", says Dr Mike Joy with a grin.

Tree lovers on a mission

An image of Pureora Forest, taken as part of the NZ Tree Project.

A dream, a 41m tall rimu in a Waikato forest and some skilled tree-lovers have come together in a month-long mission.

There's always a bigger squid

A giant squid was found washed ashore at South Bay, Kaikoura on Wednesday.

This giant squid's body revealed a terrifying story: It had been attacked by an even-bigger beast.

Cooler, stormy weather ahead

Meteorologists say the chances of an El Nino are high, meaning a cooler winter and stormy spring.

This winter is likely to be cooler than usual and the spring stormier, with scientists confirming El Nino is here.

More kiwi for Kahurangi gallery

Friends of Flora kiwi expert Robin Toy with helicopter pilot Toby Reid and a kiwi captured for the community group's 2013  translocation.

Friends of Flora hope to relocate a final group of Great Spotted Kiwi into Kahurangi National Park.

Protecting Wellington's town belt

The Wellington Town Belt at Mt Victoria.

One hundred hectares could be added to Wellington Town Belt if a bill before Parliament gets the nod.

No sightings of pest promising

Be vigilant for great white butterfly eggs and caterpillars like these and report any you find to the Ministry for Primary Industries hotline 0800 80 99 66.

DOC says no great white butterflies have been found over autumn but wants Nelson residents to keep a lookout for the pest.

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