Environment

Virtual cave tour

Ruakuri Cave will be the first cave system in New Zealand to be brought onto Google Maps.

Google goes underground, allowing you to explore one of NZs hidden gems from home.

Dairy's up, so are nitrates

Increased dairy production in Taranaki has coincided with a rise in nitrate levels in groundwater.

Dairy effluent discharges onto land needed to be well managed to reduce groundwater nitrate levels.

Watch out for low-flying kererū

New NZTA signs warn drivers of low flying kererū.

New Zealand's native pigeon will have extra protection from drivers thanks to new NZTA signs.

The Bay's mass murder problem

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is on a crusade to eradicate the family of Rooks (like the one pictured) before they ...

The hunt is on to kill five Rook Crows causing issues in the Bay of Plenty.

Toilet training in paradise

Raglan hopes to stop any unnecessary wastewater overflows by reminding people of what should and shouldn't go into the ...

Holiday destination plagued by sewage spills takes toilet etiquette to the street.

New weapon to track pests

Used from a helicopter, Jordan Munn said the Thermal Animal Detection Systems (TADS) could make wildlife management much ...

An innovative company using thermal imaging to detect New Zealand's mammalian pests is up for a conservation award.

Taranaki lakes at mercy to aquatic weed

Hornwort aquatic weed threatened Taranaki lakes

Regional council urges boaties to clean gear when leaving lake

The brainiest of beings

Dolphins use sea sponges as tools.

Whales and dolphins live in societies at least as complex as what has been observed in primates.

Wildlife haven plan for Orewa estuary

Godwits are just one of the 50 species of bird that can already be found in the estuary.

Orewa estuary may soon return to a thriving wildlife haven if plans to restore its borders are successful.

Backyard trapping volunteers sought video

Wanaka resident Kris Vollebregt caught three rats in her first two weeks of backyard trapping.

If you have a compost bin, you have rats. And that possum in your tree? It's yours, too.

Coal mine on public reserve

Mt Te Kuha looking towards Westport.

An application to build an open-cast coal mine on a public reserve risks setting a nation-wide precedent, Forest & Bird says.

Brace for spring sizzle

NIWA forecaster Ben Noll said the potential near-record temperatures would be caused by a warm air flow extending from ...

It's going to be 15C warmer than normal in parts of the South Island this week.

'Game over for Pacific Islands' video

Tire, 10, uses a car tyre inner tube to swim in a flooded area of his home village of Eita. South Tarawa, Kiribati.

NZ needs to consider how it's going to accommodate climate change refugees, climate campaigner says.

Furnace plans spark action group

Alan Hall, foreground, is leading the resurrected Blenheim Residents and Ratepayers Association to fight a proposed ...

After "investing their life's savings" into their new homes, residents have banded together to fight the furnace to the bitter end.

Rivers documentary finding an audience

Seven Rivers Walking looks at the state of Canterbury's waterways and talks to the people who care about them.

Fresh from success at the NZ International Film Festival, a Kiwi documentary is now trying to reach an even wider audience.

Meat-eating snail found in Sounds

A DOC ranger holds two endangered snail shells; the rhytida o'connori, left, and the powelliphanta. (File photo)

The elusive gastropod, dubbed the Sumo wrestler of the snail world, is rarely seen in the Sounds. Then two show up at once.

Chickpeas and chooks the future of farming

Meat and milk production will face increased competition from "lab protein" in the future.

There are some big challenges ahead for farming toward a carbon zero New Zealand.

Seal pups killed by dogs

A seal pup on the beach at Tangoio in 2015. One was killed by a dog at the seaside town north of Napier last month.

Second young fur seal mauled to death in Hawke's Bay within the past month.

Walkers warned off 'Mt Doom'

The Department of Conservation doesn't want people walking up Mount Ngauruhoe this summer.

People will be told not to climb "Mount Doom" at the Tongariro Alpine Crossing any more.

Tom Carr takes out Tidy Kiwi Award

Tom Carr in action during his daily walk to work.

Fonterra's Tom Carr wins national Tidy Kiwi Award.

Pest plan proposal looks at pet cats

Possum control is achieving regional council targets

Environmental groups want cats micro chipped to protect wildlife

Dog used to track penguins

A detector dog will be used to survey Eastbourne's penguin population.

Specially trained dog deployed to sniff out Little Blue Penguins ahead of new Eastbourne pathway.

Get behind dawn chorus

The South Island Robin would have been part of botanist John Banks' 'dawn chorus' when he anchored at Queen Charlotte ...

Volunteers are trapping predators in a bid to save birdlife.

Birds, pests and cats

Cat cartoon for Bob Brockie science column of Oct 16, 2017.

Domestic cats do more good than harm, but exterminating them could see rodents and rabbits overrun the country.

Trusts to pay council

Lake Horowhenua is often contaminated with potentially toxic algae, making it a bad spot for swimming.

 They make $6000 a year, but have been told to cough up $100,000 after appeal fails.

River project test of links

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kuia manager Raymond Smith is pan-iwi representative on the Marlborough District Council's ...

Iwi want better engagement in projects such as Taylor River Improvement.

'Sailors' turn beaches blue

Velella are about 7cm long, and small stiff "sail" that catches the wind.

Ocean creatures have beached by the millions on Wellington's west coast.

Clutha River safety debated

Albert Town Community Association spokesman Nathan Weathington.

A proposed change to powered craft speed limits on the Clutha River is "sneaky'', an Albert Town resident says.

Where have the fish gone?

Have you seen a salmon lately?

Is Southern Lakes fishing as good as it used to be? Otago Fish and Game Council review anglers' perceptions.

NZ has no official flower

Taxonomist Peter de Lange says the kākā beak is unique to New Zealand and should be considered for our national flower.

Unlike many other countries, we lack floral representation - here are some contenders.

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