Environment

Another milestone for One Billion Trees

The Government’s goal of planting more trees to create sustainable jobs and address climate change is receiving a $240 million boost, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has today announced. As part of the One Billion Trees programme, Cabinet has approved...... Read More

Mitre 10 to phase out neonicotinoids

Mitre 10 New Zealand has today announced products containing neonicotinoids will be phased out of its 82 stores from 1 November 2018. The decision from the country’s biggest garden retailer comes following an in-depth review, which began earlier...... Read More

Scientists mark anniversary of deadly tsunami

A group of scientists is heading to the Chatham Islands this week to mark the 150th anniversary of New Zealand’s only documented fatal tsunami. The tsunami was caused by a large seafloor earthquake off the coast of Peru on 14 August 1868 and...... Read More

Taupō teenagers fright as sinkhole forms under them

Two teenagers have described how "frightening" it was to see land moving from under them when a large sinkhole formed in Taupō. Jono Park and his mate, Bailey Malloy, were enjoying a bike ride home on Saturday evening, when the sound of...... Read More

Beads wash-up on Mount Main Beach

They’re small tiny bits of plastic that get washed up the beach. They have been washing up on Mount Main Beach since the Rena struck Astrolabe Reef on October 5, 2011 - and they are back again. During the recovery period following the grounding,...... Read More

Minister to ask EPA to consider Roundup on hazardous list

The Environmental Protection Authority will be asked to consider adding the weed-killer Roundup to its list of hazardous substances up for reassessment, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says. Chemical giant Monsanto, which makes Roundup,...... Read More

Toxic algal blooms still flourishing despite the cold

There is an unusually high number of toxic algal blooms around the country for this time of year, the Ministry for Primary Industries says. There are currently four warnings in place against shellfish collection due to algae - Bay of Islands, Pelorus...... Read More

Ten-metre sinkhole opens up in Taupō

A large sinkhole that has opened up in Taupō after a water main broke could take weeks to fix. Two teenage boys raised the alarm about 5.30pm yesterday after they noticed a water leak on Arrowsmith Avenue - between Chesham Avenue and Weka Road. Emergency...... Read More

Extension for exceptional employer awards

Associate Minister for Agriculture, Meka Whaitiri has extended the nomination period for the Primary Industries Good Employer Awards. The reason for the extension is to recognise more outstanding employers from the sector which employees around one...... Read More

Two dead cows found washed up on a beach

Cantabrians are scratching their heads over how two dead cows ended up on a Christchurch beach. A Christchurch City Council spokeswoman says rangers were alerted to a dead cow on New Brighton beach on Sunday morning. A second cow was also found in...... Read More