Environment

Russell forest possums ’down 80 percent’ since 1080 drop

The recent 1080-poison drop on Northland's Russell State Forest has been declared an outstanding success. The Department of Conservation (DOC) said results showed rats had been all but wiped out and possum numbers had dropped by 80 percent. The...... Read More

Minister welcomes new conservation legislation

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says conservation, including marine reserves and sports fish like trout, will be better protected as a result of new law passed last night by Parliament. The Conservation (Infringement System) Act enables the Department...... Read More

Plastic shopping bag phase out set for 1 July

Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage has today confirmed retailers will no longer be able to sell or give away single-use plastic shopping bags from 1 July 2019, after Cabinet agreed to the proposed regulations for a mandatory nationwide...... Read More

Calls for better protection for wetlands

Scientific evidence in a new report on long-term wetland loss in Southland shows our wetlands urgently need better protection, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says. Published online in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology, the scientific report details...... Read More

Green light for Waihi mining project

Further mine development in Waihi has been given the green light following the Project Martha hearings. OceanaGold (NZ) lodged resource consent applications in June with the Hauraki District and Waikato Regional Councils for its proposed Project Martha....... Read More

DOC spent more than $1m to protect staff from protesters

The Department of Conservation has spent more than $1 million protecting its staff from threats and abuse from anti-1080 protesters but says that doesn't reflect the full cost of what they're dealing with. Incidents over the past 18 months...... Read More

Celebrity kiwi released into the wild

One of the nation's most famous kiwi was among four released onto Taranaki Maunga at the launch of the Kiwi Recovery Plan/Mahere Whakaora Kiwi 2018-2028 yesterday. Atara, a five-year-old male, hatched while David Attenborough's cameras were...... Read More

Plants don’t like the human touch, study finds

Researchers suggest a look and don't touch approach to your vegetable garden this summer, after finding touching plants can stunt their growth. Professor Jim Whelan of La Trobe University in Melbourne led the research. He says the lightest touch...... Read More

Plan to reverse kiwi decline focuses on protection

The Conservation Minister has announced a new plan to reverse the decline of kiwi at a release of four birds on Mt Taranaki today. Eugenie Sage says the Kiwi Recovery Plan/Mahere Whakaora Kiwi 2018-2028 will focus on protecting kiwi in the wild and...... Read More