Environment

Canterbury water management strategy criticised

Environment Canterbury councillor Peter Scott says the Canterbury Water Management Strategy has achieved a lot of its goals.

 A report looking into the Canterbury Water Management Strategy suggests it had failed in its goals to protect the health of rivers and the environment.

City aiming to be predator-free video

Edwards checks a trap in Halswell Quarry.

More than 700 traps have been installed around Christchurch as residents work together to rid the city of pests.

Years-long court battle dropped

Police have abandoned a three-year court battle to have activist Philip Taueki charged with trespassing on his iwi's land.

Environmental activist will no longer be pursued for trespassing on his tribal land in Horowhenua.

Excess runoff inundates Nelson properties

In just the first six months of this year alone, council has received 11 complaints over the development.

A massive retirement village development is causing all sorts of problems for nearby residents and their properties.

'Cruel, malicious' attack

Kaikōura Wildlife Rescue manager Sabrina Luecht said nine birds in total were killed, but there were likely more injured ...

GRAPHIC: At least nine threatened red-billed gulls have been shot, stomped, run over or left for dead.

Inventor warns of copied Doc traps video

The DOC 200 design was not patented as it was hoped others would copy and improve the traps, with NAWAC endorsement

Inventor of pest trap endorsed by DoC says knock-off traps may be causing unnecessary pain.

Matariki calendar celebrates region

Kane Hartill's 'Midnight Light From Onekaka, Mohua' - Golden Bay is one of the photos in the calendar.

A bilingual calendar celebrating the Māori New Year has painted the top of the south in the most beautiful light, says a man who knows what he's talking about.

It ain't easy being green

Nadine Higgins loves spending time with her dog, Rico. He is athletic, intelligent - and his bowels move like clockwork.

OPINION: We should feel confident to use our wallets to exercise our conscience, without being sold a pile of dog do.

Te Kuha coal mine declined video

Te Kuha, near Westport.

Government turns down controversial mining application on West Coast conservation land.

Costly commuting in NZ's car capital

Commuters can save thousands of dollars a year by swapping their cars for the bus to travel into Christchurch.

Commuting by bus could save Christchurch drivers about $7500 a year but mean an extra two weeks in traffic.

Lower Waitaki E Coli scare

An Otago Regional Council map of the catchment affected by the EColi scare south of the Waitaki River.

Over 120 properties in the Lower Waitaki have been told to boil their drinking water after high levels E-coli was found in the aquifers.

Volunteering to save endangered species

Retired teacher Pat Murphy has long involvement in conservation and environmental causes in Taranaki.

Environmentalist photographer Pat Murphy describes himself as an ordinary person who wants to makes a difference.

Wetland wonder may get Ramsar nod

Mayor Richard Kempthorne says Mangarakau Swamp is very special.

Mangarakau Swamp, Whanganui Inlet and Lake Otuhie, near Farewell Spit, may receive international recognition.

Zoo welcomes 'little rock stars'

Cuteness alert: Auckland Zoo has welcomed two baby cotton-top tamarins.

Auckland Zoo is "buzzing" about the arrival of two critically endangered cotton-top tamarin babies.

The key to successful farm environment plans

Voluntary farm plans are tailor-made recognising that every farm is different and that people learn in different ways.

One-size-fits-all compulsory farm environment plans will not be successful, argues Jamie McFadden.

Kiwi volunteer is a 'good egg'

Darren Peters, pictured working in Hawaii in 2009, has been awarded a kiwi conservation prize for his volunteer work ...

Taranaki volunteer awarded kiwi conservation project prize

Snot algae found in Taupō

"Lake snot" clogs a water filter in the South Island.

Nuisance algae found for first time yet it may've been there for years.

Shaw catches carbon curveballs

Climate Change Minister James Shaw discusses the Zero Carbon Bill at Hamilton's Claudelands Events Centre on Thursday night.

Doing nothing to lower emissions isn't an option, he told crowd. Not everyone agreed.

Don't tell foreigners to take a hike

Completing New Zealand's nine Great Walks. FFX-travel

OPINION: Tourists already pay plenty - it's just not going towards the great outdoors.

Water chlorine costs spiral

The costs of making Christchurch's drinking water safe are escalating.

The cost of keeping Christchurch's drinking water safe has spiralled to almost $40million – more than 25 times the city council's initial estimate.

Kiwi expert on why he cares

Among other awards were the Kiwi conservation image of the year, given to Tara Swan for this photograph of a young kiwi ...

Arapata Reuben wants to see kiwi "run rampant" across the country.

Kiwi death toll on the rise video

The first batch of kiwi bred successfully at the open sanctuary and none of the birds have been killed by predators.

Little spotted kiwis in Auckland's Shakespear park have died as a result of an unmanageable disease.

Greater river bed protection call

Cattle grazing in the Tasman river delta near Mt Cook. (File photo).

Stronger measures are needed on cattle grazing near high country river beds according to the outgoing chairman of the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board.

Kiwi are long-term residents at the Harmans' farm

Northland's Supreme Winners of the 2018 Ballance Farm Environment Awards - Craig and Greta Harman

Kiwi leave their footprints in the clay tracks on the Harmans' Northland farm.

Warnings over water quality

People are being warned not to go in the water at Titahi Bay Beach for a couple of days after heavy rainfall caused a ...

Heavy rains mean people should stay out of the water in Porirua or risk getting sick.

GDC was warned over debris risk video

The aftermath at Tolaga Bay, Gisborne.

Gisborne Council knew about storm threat from forestry debris, as farmers ask who will pay for $10m cleanup.

Methyl bromide solution thwarted

Workers vent methyl bromide after a fumigation at the Port of Tauranga.

A forestry services company had a plan to cut the use of a toxic gas, but the port can't make it work.

The final straw

Cafe Home co-owner Nicole Pybus wanted to reduce waste so ditched plastic straws for metal versions.

Plastic straws have been scrapped from a busy cafe as owners take them off the menu.

Dire warning for Antarctic ice

Scientists believe Antarctic ice melt is causing sea levels to rise faster today than at any time in the past 25 years.

Antarctica is losing about the volume of Wellington Harbour every day in melted ice.

The mystery of the whales

One of 13 sperm whales  washed up in South Taranaki.

Why 13 whales died in South Taranaki recently remains unknown, but science is revealing some of their secrets.

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