Environment

Tide turns on Mahurangi River siltation

A $4 million restoration project for the Mahurangi River started last month after almost 10 years of planning and negotiation. Auckland Council has granted the Mahurangi River Restoration Trust a 33-year resource consent to dredge the river, from the...... Read More

Rain signals the end of autumn

Tuesday looks like being the end of a very foggy period over New Zealand. In many places, people will wake up to extensive fog and low cloud, especially over inland parts of the North Island.  “Travellers should be prepared for possible...... Read More

Deluge causes Tauranga flooding + pics

Heavy early morning downpours caused flooding on Saturday that saw a Tauranga house flooded. MetService forecaster Lisa Murray says the heaviest rain was early Saturday morning. “Wow. There was one hour that you got 18.2mm at the airport,...... Read More

Fed up with flooding

Residents in a Tauranga suburb are frustrated after heavy rain flooded their properties yet again. A downpour early on Saturday morning brought water almost a metre high into the home of David and Fiona Brown in Bellevue. Fiona says it’s the...... Read More

MetService issue heavy rain warning

Heavy rain is forecast for the Hawke's Bay and Gisborne areas on Sunday after causing some problems in the Bay of Plenty. The MetService says a low to the east on Sunday will direct a moist south to south-easterly flow and rain to the east of the...... Read More

Auckland drivers on alert ahead of king tide

Police are asking motorists in Auckland to avoid Tamaki Drive due to possible flooding. A king tide is expected this evening, with the peak of the tide likely at around 8:45pm. A police spokesperson says: "This event may cause flooding on Tamaki...... Read More

Zespri grower returns sag but volumes up

New Zealand's statutory kiwifruit exporter, Zespri, achieved distributable profit for its grower shareholders of $34.8 million in the year to March 31, on a 19 per cent increase in turnover of $2.26 billion. The Tauranga-based business signalled...... Read More

Winter driving warning from Southland Police

Winter may not officially start until June 1st, however, we’ve already had some cold days to remind us it is on its way. And according to police officials, this is a timely reminder for drivers to take care in winter conditions. "We...... Read More

Managing risks during big annual stock shift

Recent finds of myrtle rust and the pest plant velvetleaf in the Waikato region underline why it’s crucial for farmers to take precautions as they move stock and equipment at this time of year. Moving Day occurs in the week leading up to and...... Read More

Autumnal murkiness to end the month

Fog shrouded parts of the upper North Island and the lower South Island, causing delayed flights and murky conditions on the roads this week. The chance of fog remains high from the Waikato to Wairarapa, warns the MetService. It’d be a...... Read More