How Chch's energy scheme works

Roger Sutton, left, recently unveiled the district energy scheme at the Pita Te Hori Centre with Christchurch Mayor ...

It was supposed to a "world-leading" response to the earthquakes and demolitions in Christchurch.

Cycleway must be included: court

Moir Hill will be the centre of a proposed development removing pine forest and replanting with natives

The prospect of being able to cycle through regenerating bush on a trail from Warkworth to Puhoi has come a step closer.

Greens face return to the sidelines

The Greens rebounded from the doledrums under James Shaw's steady leadership.

OPINION: Another spell outside of Government will be tough to swallow for the Greens.

New priorities reshape the mighty Waimakariri

The Waimakariri, one of seven major braided rivers in Canterbury, is internationally significant for its ecological values.

A rebalancing of priorities along the Waimakariri is providing cause for celebration this World Rivers Day.

Water issue remains hot

Marnie Prickett (left) and Tom Kay, water quality campaigners.

Campaigners vow to continue the fight for improved water quality: "It's going to get louder. It's too important."

Te Papa to go fully solar

The Age
picture Justin McManus.
Hoppers Crossing has the highest number of Solar Panel instillation in ...

Wellington museum plans to power itself entirely by sunlight within a decade.

Water quality progress struggling

The Rakaia River in Canterbury.

Canterbury is behind on its regional water quality targets, but is making strong progress on irrigation goals.

Tyre mountain 'a fire danger'

Waikato Regional Councillor Kathy White said used tyres need to be made a priority under the Waste Minimisation Act.

Industry insiders say they're shocked at a tyre stockpile growing by "thousands" each day.

Whale sounds wash over Dunedin

Caro McCaw, of Otago Polytechnic, listens to the recorded sounds of whales at an exhibition in Dunedin.

It'll be easy having a whale of time in Dunedin, just don't forget an umbrella.

A year's rain in 9 months

Waikato residents have been forced to find shelter where they can over the past nine months (file photo)

Rainfall records smashed as Waikato wades through wettest year ever.

Dealing with death at Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo's Sumatran tiger Jaka was put down in August after vets found a large inoperable tumour in his intestine.

Zoo animals continue contributing to science in death.

Grants help unlock walkways

NZ Walking Access Commission chief executive Eric Pyle walks Daltons Track between Daltons Bridge and Pelorus Bridge. ...

Kiwi's love of the outdoors is being supported by cash as more funding for walkway access is up for grabs.

Tree scarcity reflects poverty

University of Auckland biology senior lecturer Margaret Stanley says it will take years before new trees provide mental ...

Auckland is a city divided not just by incomes and house prices, but also, by trees.

Small steps from greatness

Anakiwa, at the start, or end, of the Queen Charlotte Track, depending on what way you go.

Spectacular vistas? Check. Easy tramping? Check. Marlborough Sounds tramp ticks all the Great Walk boxes.

New chief executive for Pukaha

New Pukaha Mount Bruce chief executive Emily Court.

Emily Court is set to become Pukaha Mount Bruce's CEO

Gold mining firm dug up stream

Gold mining company Crescent Creations has been fined $17,000 for unauthorised excavation that damaged Waimea Creek on ...

Crescent Creations illegally excavated 290 metres of a stream bed, blaming lack of understanding.

Fight for 'exceptional' Okura

The land is owned by Okura Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Todd Property.

"If we lose this, what on earth is left?" Residents of seaside Okura fight a 1000-home development in court.

High temperatures set for NZ

The sun sets over the Pacific Ocean behind Bixby Bridge on Highway 1 north of Big Sur, California, December 19, 2013. ...

Warm air set to bake Australia in temperatures above 30C will then hit NZ, MetService says.

A farmer's son's letter to his father

Fears of an inheritance tax and water taxes have dominated farmers' election discussions.

OPINION: The urban/rural flame war is being stoked by a cynical Government and is not as deep as farmers believe, writes a farmer's son.

Can't mine land with $126m of gold

Judge Pope, of Canvastown, is pleased the gold mine resource consent has been turned down.

Judge knocks back American bid to start a mine near Marlborough gold rush town because of risk to river.

Mystery pollutant in marina

Seaview Marina, where Greater Wellington Regional Council is working with other local authorities to discover the source ...

Seaview boaties concerned, but no-one knows what's causing rainbow sheen.

Regional air plan approved

South Canterbury Regional Air Plan Liaison Committee chairman Mark Rogers with committee members Doug Cleveland, centre, ...

Grey Power president says it was "too much" to expect woodburner rule to be ditched.

Blue whale carcass washes ashore gallery video

A blue whale carcass washed ashore at Glenburn Station in Wairarapa on Wednesday.

A blue whale has washed up on a beach near Flat Point in Wairarapa.

US calls NZ out over dolphins

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency has added the Māui's dolphin to its endangered species list.

United States takes "extraordinary" step of labelling our dolphins as endangered, suggesting it has no faith in Government protection efforts.

How NZ stacks up on plastic bags video

2017 has seen mounting public awareness about the environmental toll of plastic bags and increased pressure on the ...

There have been calls for a charge or ban on plastic bags in NZ. What's the rest of the world doing?

Environment judge called in

Leachate run-off and ponding from grape marc dump sites in Marlborough. (File pic)

A prominent winemaker and a new company he is linked to - dubbed the "complete solution" to grape marc - are to be dealt with by the Environment Court.

Recycling in the bag

Pak 'n Save owner Mark Elkington with their new soft plastics recycling bin.

Millions of plastic bags destined for landfill can now be recycled.

Serial sea lion killer at large video

A sea lion found shot on a Catlins beach in Southland in April.

A serial killer may be targeting New Zealand sea lions, with a $5000 reward on offer in exchange for the culprit.

New life on the Kaikōura seabed

Life returns to areas of the Kaikōura Canyon where nothing existsed after the November earthquake. The picture shows a ...

The Kaikōura earthquake caused a violent current that swept away seabed life, but it is coming back.

Kiwis want water to cost

Farmers protested perceived attacks from politicians in Morrinsville on Monday, September 18. A new survey shows the ...

The majority of Kiwis want to see farmers pay for water use, a new survey shows.

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