Environment

Unravelling the mystery of lake snot

Muck in a beaker: Landcare algae researcher, Dr Phil Novis, worries about next step in the lake snot story.

First there was didymo. Then came lake snot. And everything we knew was wrong it seems.

Station land status investigated

The publicly-funded Mt White Bridge is used to access land that is incorrectly placed under a pastoral lease.

A century-old bureaucratic error that put land earmarked for a national park into a pastoral lease is now being investigated.

Call for ban on all leg traps

An illegal gin trap, such as the one that caught Jeffrey the cat.

Jeffrey the cat was stuck for three days in a steel-jawed trap in Wairarapa.

Vege garden in the city centre

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Wellington City Council horticulture team leader Phillipa Garratt amongst  ...

Brightly coloured silverbeet sprouts among the traffic along Lambton Quay.

DOC issues warning on Mt Taranaki

DOC warn tracks on Mt Taranaki will be icy underfoot after a southerly storm passes through

If you are heading up Mt Taranaki expect slow progress with heavy snow and icy tracks.

The secret possum rescuers video

Dawn the baby possum is four months old and thriving.

They're one of our most hated pests. But there's an underground network trying to save them.

Wellingtonian Q&A: David Harkness

Predator Free Brooklyn leader David Harkness.

A $20,000 grant has allowed Predator Free efforts to ramp up in Brooklyn with hundreds more traps made available to households in the suburb.

'Symbolic' campaign to reduce waste video

Plastic bottles are being sent to associate minister for conservation Scott Simpson to raise awareness of the need for ...

Will Scott Simpson take note of his message on a bottle?

Call to increase tip levy

Bruce Sherlock warns that increasing the waste levy for the Silverstream Landfill could cost ratepayers $10 million.

Three million tonnes of waste could be saved

Tourism concessions fail conservation

Roughly a third of DOC's budget goes into indirectly subsidising tourism infrastructure.

DOC is spending a third of its budget subsidising tourism, but getting little in return.

Collecting for a tangi

The men had collected 251 paua between them.

Two men were caught with 251 paua, 191 of them undersized.

Land buying 'baseball bat'

The Hurunui River in North Canterbury.

Irrigation developers apply for "brutal" land buying powers in Canterbury, breaking a promise they made to farmers.

Rare kotuku shot

An X-ray shows pellets lodged in the kotuku's body.

There are only 100 left in New Zealand but someone has shot a kotuku. Now the hunt is on for the perpetrator.

Change possible - Falloon

National Party candidate Andrew Falloon met ECan representatives on Thursday, following heated public debate about the ...

Retrofitting plan still on the table, National Party candidate suggests.

Waikato support for plastic bag levy

90 per cent of mayors support a compulsory levy on plastic bags.

Plastic bag levy will see the cost of groceries go up.

Mediation good for shore birds

Forest & Bird's appeal was successful in making sure coastal homes for the dotterel, are safe from development.

Auckland's environmental future is looking brighter, especially for its coastal birdlife

Why NZ should copy UK on climate change video

A new report says New Zealand has no plan to meet its current climate change targets.

Parliamentary commissioner calls on Govt to make bolder and more specific plans for how to reach our emissions targets.

Searching for volunteers

Taranaki LandSAR volunteers are regularly called out to help people in distress on Mt Taranaki.

It's time consuming and unpaid but search and rescue volunteers do it with a passion.

Not glowing over LED lights

Geoff Reid is worried about the effect of LED lighting on New Zealand's moths.

Native moths are at risk with the rollout of new LED street lights, an environmentalist says.

Levin landfill too smelly

The Horowhenua District Council has been slapped with an abatement notice, after residents complained about a stench ...

A pong permeating from a landfill could bring two councils to the Environment Court.

Plastic bag petition presented

Four students from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School presented a 17,800-signature-strong petition calling for a plastic ...

A 17,800-strong petition calling for a levy on plastic bags was presented to the Government.

Slow carbon credit overhaul

Thinktank Motu says the ETS proposals go partways towards its own recommendations over carbon credit prices and supply.

But NZ polluters will still be able to buy carbon credits with "no environmental credibility", critic says.

Threat to Chch water

The Waimakariri River is the primary source of Christchurch's drinking water.

Nitrates from dairy farming may put the future of Christchurch's public drinking water at risk.

Napier's water stays chlorinated

Chlorination will continue for Napier's water supply until at least October.

Council says infrastructure is no longer “up to scratch” as it extends chlorination for three months.

Disaster averted at sanctuary video

About 230mm of rain fell over the sanctuary between Thursday and Sunday, causing blocked drains, several small slips and ...

The quick actions of staff and volunteers helped avoid a ''catastrophic disaster'' at a Dunedin ecosanctuary during last weekend's storm.

Birds mess with water quality

Water quality in rivers in Taranaki was reduced due to a wet summer.

A wet summer made swimming unpleasant in some Taranaki rivers and beaches.

Wanaka trappers target cats, stoats, possums, rats

Paul Hellebrekers, project manager for the Matukituki Trust.

Trappers plan to increase cat catch in the West Matukituki Valley.

Ancient swans hunted to extinction

A black swan and cygnets on the Avon River. The species was introduced from Australia in the 1860s and is distinct from ...

New Zealand's black swans are not native, they're imports from Australia, new research finds.

Bottle drive a 'win-win'

The New Lynn bottle collected 1457 empty bottles and cans drive on July 22.

More than a thousand discarded bottles and cans were collected at the New Lynn bottle drive.

Rabbit control a 'train wreck'

Pest contractor Robert Andrews, of Galloway, says the Otago Regional Council's response to rabbit poisoning has been a ...

Central Otago's rabbit control is a "train wreck" with the ORC allegedly disrupting winter poisoning programmes.

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