Environment

Operator fined for reckless harvesting

A forest owner and harvesting company responsible for a 197 hectare pine forest in steep mountainous terrain south-east of Ōpōtiki have received a hefty fine for their environmental offending. The charges relate to disturbance of stream beds and...... Read More

Long dry summer leads to explosion in rodent numbers

An unusually long, dry summer has caused an explosion in rat and mice numbers, creating extra work for groups working towards a predator-free New Zealand. Pest controllers in Auckland are gearing up for an especially busy winter as hoards of pests...... Read More

Vehicles seized in black market paua operation

A group of Wellington divers are facing charges for gathering excess pāua and offering to sell it on the black market. The charges come in the wake of a Ministry for Primary Industries operation that was recently concluded with the...... Read More

Another 50 years of oil exploration possible - Minister

There could still be oil and gas exploration going on in New Zealand in 50 years' time, despite government moves against the practice, says the Energy Minister. The government has decided to stop issuing new permits for offshore exploration as...... Read More

Marae helps residents without homes

Edgecumbe residents who lost their homes in a major flood a year ago will have secure housing again, in new homes built on a local marae. About 1600 people were evacuated when a stop bank on the Rangitāiki River at Edgecumbe breached during ex-Cyclone...... Read More

Whitebait at risk of quick extinction

All five species of whitebait may be extinct in 16 years, according to an open letter published online. The letter -  from the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board - urges three ministers to take action on whitebait preservation. The letter addresses Minister...... Read More

Eat it all for Earth Day

Putting its rubbish where your mouth is, NZ burger chain Better Burger is challenging its customers to take a stand this Earth Day (Sunday April 22) and eat everything on their plate, including the packaging! The New Zealand owned and operated company...... Read More

Move to rid Papamoa waterways of weeds

Ministry for Primary Industries is working with the Tauranga City Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council to contain and eradicate an infestation of the aggressive aquatic weed Salvinia molesta in the Wairakei Stream in Papamoa. Salvinia...... Read More