Environment

Toxic slugs suspected in dog deaths

Karla Reeves’ Chihuahua Miley started panting after a walk on a Thames Coast beach. Thirty minutes later, her treasured pet died in her arms. Karla tells a Fairfax reporter, her vet suspected Miley had come in contact with a poisonous sea slug,...... Read More

Concern over chemical weed killer

A Bay of Plenty resident has expressed concern about the use of the chemical glyphosate to rid Katikati's Yeoman Walkway of weeds, given its close proximity to the Uretara Stream. Anton van Rotterdam, a regular user of the walkway, was...... Read More

Powerco upgrading Hutt Valley gas supply

A section of the gas network that supplies the Hutt Valley is going underground. Powerco will start work mid-January to replace the existing 40-year-old gas regulating station on Riddlers Crescent with modern, underground equipment. Powerco Gas Operations...... Read More

Manic magpie mauls man

A magpie is terrorising the streets of Te Puke. Willie Jarvis, a resident at Poucher St, says he has been attacked by a magpie twice on his daily walks. He says he was first attacked on Wednesday. “There’s a house near Cameron Road I...... Read More

Pohutakawa poisoned on Tauranga’s The Strand

Disappointment is the word being used to describe the actions of someone who poisoned a tree on The Strand in Tauranga A SunLive reader emailed this morning to say she noticed a large amount of salt had been poured over the roots of a Pohutakawa tree...... Read More

Bugs continue to plague New Zealanders

Tauranga is one of many locations around the nation currently facing a plague of insects. Pest control companies around the country have reported a big increase in demand for their services this month. Pestworks Tauranga owner Patrick Allen says while...... Read More

MPI prosecutions against fishers takes a dive

The number of prosecutions taken against commercial and recreational fishers has fallen dramatically. Figures provided to RNZ News by the Ministry for Primary Industries show a 20 percent drop in the number of cases making it to court in 2016, followed...... Read More

Three sets of traffic lights out on SH25

UPDATE: Three sets of temporary  traffic lights are out after an incident earlier this morning. Police were notified by a traffic control coordinator at around 6.30am that three sets of temporary traffic lights covering a 30km stretch of...... Read More

Time to turn around NZ’s rubbish record on waste

New Zealand’s position as 10th worst nation for creating urban waste per capita is shameful, says Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage, who will review how the Waste Minimisation Act is being implemented. Recent news reports have highlighted...... Read More

Fine for plant smuggler

An air passenger has been fined $2250 for following his cousin’s advice to smuggle plant cuttings and seeds into New Zealand. Deo Rajan Gounder, a New Zealand resident, appeared in the Manukau District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty...... Read More