Environment

Hawke's Bay water limit reached

Hawke's Bay's commercial water users, including those who farm using irrigation, have been warned they can't take more ...

Region of wine, fruit and farms can't handle any more as council turns tap off on all new consents.

Electric car runs on $10 a week video

Nathan Murrell says his Nissan Leaf is "dirt cheap" to run, and loves Wellington's hills.

Owner sings praises as electric vehicle numbers in Wellington double in a year.

Auckland Zoo farewells tiger

Jaka, one of Auckland Zoo's three Sumatran tigers, was put down on Friday at age 17.

Zoo vets found an inoperable tumour in Jaka's intestines, which had spread to other parts of his body.

Slurry of iron sand mining

Patea resident Hemi Ngarewa is hugged by his daughter Debbie Ngarewa-Packer after the decision to allow seabed mining in ...

Sea bed mining activists say more mining planned after South Taranaki application set precedent.

Tunnel project not boring

Traffic needn't worry about Watercare's latest $14 million project.

A boring machine for an exciting tunneling project on Auckland's North Shore

Candidates at woodburner meeting

Environment Canterbury councillor Peter Scott would also be going to the meeting as an observer.

What could be Timaru's final woodburner meeting will be attended by ECan staff as well as election candidates, and follows months of unease around the rule.

No sex, we're trampers

Dr Phaedra Upton is the first female president of the Hutt Valley Tramping Club, which was formed in 1923.

First female tramping president a far cry from tight shorts and chaperones for women.

Lagoon walkway mooted

An aerial view showing Washdyke Lagoon.

A dual-use track would give the public better access to Washdyke Lagoon, known for its rich wildlife - but not everyone is happy with the idea.

A hard to fathom decision

A split vote to allow iron sand mining could be a legal vulnerability any appeal might seek to exploit.

OPINION: It may have been approved but iron sand mining is far from a certainty off the Taranaki coast.

Tui Glen Reserve to be transformed?

The Moths and Butterfly New Zealand Trust want to build a national butterfly centre in Tui Glen Reserve.

West Auckland could be the resting place of a national butterfly centre, after moth and butterfly experts floated the idea.

Kindy tree replaced years after poisoning

Trent Goodwin digs a space for the new tree at Cambridge Kindergarten.

Sounds of excitement were heard from Cambridge Kindergarten children when their new tree was planted.

Owha's new home video

Leopard seals are apex predators and can be aggressive, people are warned not to approach them.

One long-term resident leopard seal has scientists scratching their heads - are there more of them out there?

Award-winning dog

Dog handler John Taylor with his border collie Rusty, after winning the 2017 Dave Galloway Innovation Award for bio ...

The velvetleaf-detecting dog, Rusty, is making waves again, this time winning an award for his sniffing skills.

Tasman swim spots 'among best'

Seth Hope leaps from rocks into the Lee River during the summer of 2015. The Lee is a popular swimming spot.

Are you happy to swim in Tasman district rivers and off its coast?

200k trees to troll Trump

Adrien Taylor launched the Trump Forest campaign.

Christchurch man Adrien Taylor thinks Trump's a "dangerous idiot" with an anti-science view. So he's planting 200k trees in his name.

Clean air cash unspent

Homeowners can upgrade their woodburners with the Hot Swap loan scheme, and those who qualify for the Rates Rebate ...

Timaru election candidate says ECan must spend clean air fund cash.

'I own the sea' says poacher

Napier man Apirana Robinson was caught with 66 paua under the legal size limit. (File photo)

Paua poacher inadvertently walks straight toward a group of fishery officers

Spring comes early to island

Tiritiri Matangi is a degree warmer than the mainland and this sees kowhai blooming earlier.

Spring regularly comes early to Tiritiri Matangi Island with kowhai trees already smothered in bright yellow flowers

Pest programme calls for sponsors

Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust manager Simon Collins sets a robin trap.

A native bird sanctuary which had 25,000 visitors last year wants to expand but doesn't have the dough.

Rare birds seen outside Shakespear Sanctuary

Native whitehead (popokatea) have been seen checking out the Whangaparaoa peninsula

Success as rare chattering whiteheads spotted exploring the Whangaparaoa outside of sanctuary

A spectacular climate change score

Climate change will effect different countries in different ways but New Zealand will probably escape the worst of it.

Ever wondered how climate change will effect your life? the University of Notre Dame has the answer.

Group to file against Watercare

Simon Kitson from the Titirangi Protection Group.

People who don't want native bush cut for a new water filter station in a west Auckland suburb are heading to court.

Dunes breaking the waves? video

Long-time surfer Phil Wallis and Piha Ratepayers and Residents Association president Ken Cowan in front of the sand dune ...

Piha 's famed waves are under threat from a growing menace, surfers say - the sand dunes. But has the damage already been done to the iconic surf beach?

Botany v bikes in bush battle video

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From left, Chris Horne, Sunita Singh and Marg Pearce have co-signed a letter to the ...

Botanists fear Porirua's new mountain bike track will destroy a native reserve.

Shocked, less than shocked

Jeff Hynes found this pile of rubbish dumped near the Grovetown Lagoon on Friday.

Two very different responses as illegal dumping cases pile up in Marlborough.

NZ island's five-day 'shake down'

DOC is currently recruiting rangers to work on Raoul Island.

DOC will let you onto this island paradise, but you'll have to survive a Survivor-like challenge first.

Seal makes splash in suburbia

A 2-year-old toddler seal was found roaming the streets of Auckland.

A young seal was found wandering the streets of an Auckland suburb on Wednesday morning.

Extinct penguin 'never existed'

A Snares crested penguin moulting at a colony on Snares Island, south of Stewart Island, the sole breeding place for ...

Scientists thought a Tasmanian penguin was long-extinct, until DNA testing showed its "bones" were from three different species.

Massey dumps less rubbish

Dr Allanah Ryan and masters student Sarah Sandilands are helping make Massey University clean and grean with new compost ...

Massey University is no longer dumping more than 90 per cent of its waste.

Bottles replace biscuits at factory video

Flight Plastics chief executive Keith Smith with a handful of processed PET flakes and a fruit punnet made of recycled ...

A new plastic processing facility means 200 million bottles a year can be turned into recyclable food packaging.

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