Environment

Sewage splashes across Porirua footpath

Sewage speckled with paper leaked across the footpath at Papakowhai Rd, Porirua on August 19.

Sewage leak stench stops Pokemon hunter in his tracks.

Plastics for recycling pile up

Plastic recycling bales ready for recycling. (File photo).

Horowhenua's plastics are piling up after China stopped accepting plastics for recycling.

Worries over Wellington penguin safety video

Little blue penguin have had to change their nesting places as the urbanisation of Wellington has spread, and have been ...

Little blue penguin have been spotted in Lyall Bay, right beside the dog beach.

Ice limited lava flows, scientists say

Mt Ngauruhoe

A new book sheds light on the relationship between ice and lava.

Beach ban enforced in Kāpiti

Kāpiti whitebaiter Chris Turver says a vehicle ban on Waikanae Beach is overkill.

The signs and the bollards went up just days before the whitebait season began.

Leopard seal left hurt

Leopard seals are easily identified by their long slim bodies and disproportionately large heads. (File photo)

A seal with a badly bloodied face has disappeared after a suspected dog attack in Porirua.

$3.1m grant to reuse waste

Auckland's construction industry contributes about 85 per cent of waste to landfill each year.

More avocados will be grown using fertiliser from recycled plasterboard thanks to new funding.

The zero-waste town

Xtreme Zero Waste's new chief entrepreneurial officer, Cheryl Reynolds, wants to solidify what the organisation has ...

Recycling and waste reduction has become second nature for Raglan.

Pond price tag doubles

A trial to clean Modellers Pond using nanotechnology to starve the food source for the algae is about to get under way, ...

Nanotechnology is the latest tool in the battle to clean up the Modellers Pond, but it comes at a high cost.

Waste centre out of sorts

Council operations and maintenance engineer Stephen Rooney at the conveyor belt at the Waste Sorting Centre in Blenheim.

Marlborough has played guinea pig to a recycling experiment hoping to reduce NZ's landfill habits.

C for 'see you next year'

Marlborough's 54 dairy farms get inspected every year on short notice.

Top marks for farm inspections, but team could do better with follow-up visits and penalties, report finds.

Don't flush your contact lenses video

Putting those contact lenses down the drain after you use them isn't a good idea for the environment, a new study says. ...

New study warns wearers that flicking them down the drain is causing a big problem in our oceans and lakes.

Compost scheme needs council support

Ben Bushell's Community Compost scheme is already at maximum capacity and is calling on the council to step in and help ...

Nelson's community composting scheme is asking for Nelson City Council funding to expand the service.

DOC redacts names

DOC received 153 submissions in regards to the proposed building of accommodation in Fiordland.

DOC has redacted names from submissions on a controversial concession application despite submission forms saying names were available to media and the public

Gita's fallout six months on video

The path of destruction through homes and businesses is obvious from the air above the Brooklyn Valley, near Motueka, ...

Six months on, some Tasman district residents are still dealing with the fallout from ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Million dollar fix for Abel Tasman

Trampers on a bridge at Anchorage in the Abel Tasman National Park that was damaged during Cyclone Fehi.

Storm repairs in the Abel Tasman National Park after ex-tropical cyclones Fehi and Gita have taken six months and cost more than $1 million to complete.

Greens zero in on waste

Tyre mountains are unsightly and a fire risk.

First the Government stomped out plastic bags, now it has tyres and batteries in its sights.

Engineering the Thai rescue

Kiwi software by Christchurch company Seequent, was behind the Thai cave rescue.

Kiwi software was behind the Thai cave rescue.

Students muck in video

Kukutāruhe Education Trust chairman Vic Arcus says it will take 50 years to restore the gully.

A working bee involving Dio and Fairfield students is helping restore the Kukutāruhe Gully in Hamilton.

Here comes the sun video

The sun will reach the horizon of Antarctica for the first time on Sunday, August 19.

There are only three hours of sunlight a day during winter, but on Sunday the sun will breach the Antarctic horizon for the first time in four months.

Expect spring to be like spring video

This could be the best opportunity to enjoy a regular old spring.

After a brass monkey winter, Niwa says conditions could be near normal in spring. But be warned: an El Nino summer approaches.

Change in the pipeline

New Zealand's water services are in desperate need of an overhaul, an issue epitomised by this overflow pipe spewing ...

New Zealand's water services face a multi-billion overhaul. Could creating "super-regions" or a special tax could help fix the creaking infrastructure?

Getting under the ocean's skin

English author Philip Hoare is sharing his passion for the sea with New Zealand audiences.

For acclaimed author and broadcaster Philip Hoare the sea was a "compulsive but also repulsive place". Not any more.

Trees transplanted for shade video

A Treetech tree spade truck transplanting a pōhutukawa tree by the splash pad at Aotea Lagoon in Porirua on August 16.

Big pōhutukawa on the move to provide shade for Porirua splash pad.

Chch's water woes

The Heathcote River at Curletts Rd has the unhealthiest water in Christchurch - exactly the same situation as two years ago.

Heavy metals and E.coli - Christchurch's waterways are not up to scratch.

Climate changing approach to skifields

Fox Peak Skifield cameras show a paucity of snow at the complex on August 17, 2018.

Skifields could face more regulation as concern mounts about climate change and the viability of their operation.

Trout move 'red herring'

Fish and Game chief executive Martin Taylor has criticised Horizons' moves around trout, saying they should concentrate ...

Regional councillor draws parallels between trout hatcheries and stoats. Fish and Game says he is "uneducated".

School project to paper project

Renwick Supervalue owners Pip and Chris Elliffe are giving customers the option of brown paper bags.

Renwick's only supermarket goes "old school", giving customers brown paper bags for their weekly shop.

Dumpers hide in darkness

Illegally dumped rubbish off Ihumātao Rd in Māngere, south Auckland.

Auckland Council CCTV cameras monitor illegal rubbish dumping. But it seems they aren't that effective at night.

Eruption day: Hope it's not calm

This deposit map shows where ash would move in one of the thousands of possible simulations following a hypothetical ...

If it's a windless day, it's not just residents near the Central Plateau that will need to duck for cover.

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