Environment

Wildlife too precious for music events centre

Tern it down:  Rare birds like the fairy tern weren't expected to appreciate loud music blasting in their back yards for ...

Endangered birds won't handle 160 days of music festivals, Environment Court rules.

Weed funding 'laughable'

Motueka Valley weedbusting volunteers head into native forest to battle old man's beard.

Pest plant groups less than impressed by government's $38,400 contribution to wiping out weeds.

Respect, just a little bit

Kiwi Can leaders, parents, teachers and a DOC Ranger with the senior class at Linkwater Primary School - proudly showing ...

COLUMN: Conservation and wacky wigs - A happy collusion for a double good cause.

The little weed threatening NZ

Seddon farmer Tim Struthers discusses the spraying programme he has introduced to fight Chilean Needle Grass on his property.

It used to be a farmers' problem, but it could threaten the country's other 'cash cow': tourism.

Farmers, bottlers 'must pay'

There is large public support for charging bottled water exporters - but what about farmers?

Gareth Morgan wants to charge commercial users of water for every litre they use - even farmers.

A tale of two parks

The Government wants to turn the Marlborough Sounds into a recreational fishing park, while Marlborough Marine Futures ...

Conservationists want a marine park. Government wants a recreational park. Their plans will likely overlap.

Opinion: Let's talk rubbish

Paul Cronin.

Opinion: Final chance to have your say on how district deals with waste.

Rust may spare manuka honey industry

Could bees transfer myrtle rust from plant to plant? MPI says it is a possibility, although no rust spores have been ...

Comvita says early signs are myrtle rust's impact on manuka will be slight, although MPI cautions it's too soon to tell.

War in the Antarctic

Adelie penguins walk behind Weddell seals lying atop ice at Cape Denison, Antarctica.

A fight for resources could break out in a warming Antarctica if new species start competing for more hospitable habitats.

Restrictions to beat myrtle rust

Myrtle rust is a fungal disease that is found on plants such as pohutukawa and manuka.

Massive restrictions now in place for moving myrtle species plants in and out of North Taranaki .

Brighter lights for city streets

Hutt City Council hopes to replace the street lights in residential streets and minor roads by the end of 2018 with LED ...

Council plans could see LED street lights brightening the streets of Lower Hutt.

Poachers killed dolphin: MPI

Hector's dolphins are endangered, with about 15,000 living in the waters around New Zealand. (File photo)

Hector's dolphin found dead on a West Coast beach died from illegal set-netting, inquiry finds.

Students say ban the bag video

Carisbrook School students Caitlyn Petrie, left, and Imogen Yates-Aitken presenting a 3600-strong petition to Parliament ...

"We are the future - ban plastic bags," schoolchildren chant outside Parliament.

Mackenzie fish the biggest

Timaru resident Jade Heney of Timaru fishing in the canal above the power station on Lake Pukaki. Mackenzie's canals ...

The Mackenzie Basin canals are not only the most popular New Zealand fishery- they are home to the biggest fish, a new report shows.

Cows behind health problems

Is it my fault?

Greenpeace launches campaign to decrease cow numbers by stopping Government funding big irrigation.

Climate change case wraps up

Student Sarah Thomson spoke to a small crowd outside court on Monday.

Judge will decide whether Government should revisit emission targets after legal challenge.

New focus on farm management of wet land

E.coli readings have fallen on the Pomahaka River.

Test results showing a cleaner Pomahaka River are inspiring farmers to do better.

NZ GM ryegrass trialled

AgResearch scientist Greg Bryan says GM ryegrasses will undertake five years of trials in the United States.

Genetically modified grass developed by AgResearch in NZ to cut greenhouse gas is being tested overseas.

ECan rates rise 3.5 per cent

Federated Farmers South Canterbury chairman Mark Adams welcomes the addition of new ECan staff to educate farmers about ...

The biggest change in this year's annual plan for Environment Canterbury will be the addition of three new education and compliance staff.

Winton air quality concerns

Winton Community Board chairman Brian Somerville who supports moves to improve Winton's air quality.

It's cold outside and people are burning their home fires, but in Winton that could be affecting the air quality.

Diversion for Norman?

Russel Norman swims in front of oil ship

The ex-Greens co-leader head of Greenpeace may avoid a conviction following an open-sea protest.

Southland's bad recycling habits

Southland disAbility Enterprises workers John Kemp and Mary-Ellen Joyce sort recycling on the conveyer belt.

First it was sex toys. Then live ammo. Now some Southlanders are putting dead animals in the recycling.

Swimming deer stuns mussel farmer

Clearwater Mussels owner John Young spotted this deer taking a swim through one of his mussel farms, on the western side ...

Deer makes like a dolphin and takes a midwinter dip in the Marlborough Sounds.

Dam decision puts jobs 'in jeopardy'

Waimea Nurseries director Bruno Simpson warns the company may have to move its operations to the North Island if it ...

Waimea Nurseries boss could move from Nelson to North Island if dam doesn't get built, taking 75 jobs with him.

River runs through dam debate

Rhys Barrier, of Fish & Game, in the Waimea River as it flows at about 3700 litres a second.

Dam or no dam, Fish & Game manager says maintaining "life force" of Waimea River is essential.

Christchurch's secret tyre mountain

A tyre mountain on a suburban Christchurch property is being slowly dismantled after complaints and environmental concerns.

In a green pocket of suburban Christchurch hides a tyre pile so vast it can be seen via satellite.

Firm and fluffy, but go easy on the swing

Firm and fluffy glass sand used in golf bunkers

Enjoy a cold one after fighting to escape a firm and fluffy glass sand bunker

Climate change case 'impractical'

Sarah Thomson is taking Environment Minister Paula Bennett to court over an alleged failure to set and monitor targets ...

Government lawyers question court's ability to rule on emissions targets.

How did parasite escape?

Flat oysters, also known as Bluff oysters, will be removed from the Marlborough Sounds as a precautionary measure ...

Angry oyster farmers demand to know how deadly Bonamia ostreae got out of quarantine in Marlborough.

Antarctic balance on thin ice

A whale breaches in icy waters around Antarctica.

Visiting Antarcitca, we take nothing, we leave nothing. But the actions of others are having a bit impact.

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