Environment

A more normal April weather pattern

Now that the country has been sitting under a ridge of high pressure and enjoying settled weather, you could be forgiven for forgetting the showery start to the week. On Monday, the North Island saw heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms as a low...... Read More

NZ bird data highlights importance of Yellow Sea

Populations of iconic birds that spend most of the year in New Zealand and Australia have been declining for decades, despite conservation efforts. A new study has revealed a major hurdle far from the birds’ Australasian habitat—a problem...... Read More

Cause of Hutt’s contaminated water still unknown

The recent chlorination of Lower Hutt’s water supply is to continue while investigations into the source of recent positive E.coli test results are underway. A sample from a bore in the Waterloo wellfield returned a positive E.coli result on...... Read More

Green Party slams Pacific trade deal

New Zealand appears to have pushed for a trade deal that could undermine Pacific Island countries’ ability to support their local economies and restrict their right to regulate in their own interests, the Green Party says. Negotiations for the...... Read More

Kaikoura highway closed for three more weeks

The main highway south of Kaikoura is to remain closed for three more weeks. State Highway 1 has been shut since Easter following a slip near Rosy Morn, between Peketa and Goose Bay.  The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) had hoped...... Read More

Insurance advisory service for North Canterbury

The government will fund a free and independent advisory service to assist North Canterbury residents with insurance claims, says Civil Defence Minister and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee. This pilot programme will...... Read More

Councils blown away by volunteer numbers

The number of people who have put their hand up to help clean-up Edgecumbe since floodwaters have receded has blown away local councils. More than 1190 people have registered with the Ngati Awa Volunteer Army since it was initiated on Monday, April...... Read More

NASA’s sixth balloon launch attempt cancelled

UPDATED: NASA balloon launch attempt has been postponed due to high surface winds.  NASA postponed the sixth launch attempt of its super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 6.45am. due to high surface winds not conducive for launch.   "The...... Read More

Kakariki released into Abel Tasman

The recent wet weather did not dampen the excitement as 16 kakariki (yellow-crowned parakeet) were released into the Abel Tasman National Park earlier this week. A total of 54 kakariki have now been released into the Park by Project Janszoon and the...... Read More

Fine weather settles in for the weekend

Any remaining showers in the current southwest flow will ease tomorrow as a ridge of high pressure builds from the west. However, Northland continues to hang onto showers. “In fact, the east of the South Island and central North Island can look...... Read More