Environment

Tree poisoning angers residents

Three mature protected pohutukawa trees on the Arkles Bay foreshore are the subject of an investigation by Auckland Council, which suspects they have been deliberately poisoned. The poor health of the trees was discovered by Council during a routine...... Read More

Himalayan tahr control operation proceeding

The Minister of Conservation welcomes the planned start this Thursday, weather permitting, of the Department of Conservation’s Himalayan tahr control operation following discussion and consultation with hunters and other stakeholders on the Tahr...... Read More

Wandering stock no threat

In the aftermath of a potential Mycoplasma bovis threat in Northland when wandering stock were placed into a neighbouring paddock for safety, Biosecurity New Zealand has reassured communities that systems are in place to mitigate against the spread...... Read More

Dump proposal faces zoning hurdle

Waste Management could face “some difficulty” in obtaining permission to develop a landfill in the Dome Valley, which is zoned as rural production land in the Auckland Unitary Plan, according to Auckland Council. Landfill is a non-complying...... Read More

Crayfish crisis worries marine scientists

Auckland University scientists are calling for an expansion of the Cape Rodney-Okakari Point (Goat Island) Marine Reserve to stop crayfish numbers dwindling to an all-time low. The university operates the Leigh Marine Laboratory, and the reserve was...... Read More

Rodeo keeps bucking bulls despite bovis

Warkworth Rodeo will push ahead with cattle events despite continuing concerns over the spread of the disease Mycoplasma bovis. Following advice from the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), the Warkworth A&P Show has cancelled its cattle section...... Read More

Tauranga Moana launches biosecurity collective

National and international biosecurity experts will converge on Tauranga this week, for a series of biosecurity-related events and the launch of a new initiative. Local and national government, iwi, businesses and other organisations have banded...... Read More

Cemetery runs out of room

Warkworth residents hoping to be buried at the Auckland Council-run cemetery in McKinney Road are out of luck. Only about 17 body burial plots remain and these have all been reserved by customers, pending their demise. Auckland Council cemeteries...... Read More

Tauranga man drowns trying to save child

News a man drowned while trying to save a child has sparked an outpouring of tributes for the Tauranga man. Angelo Tuyay drowned at Hot Water Beach, in the Coromandel, on Sunday. In a post on Facebook, Couples for Christ New Zealand says “it...... Read More

Net may have killed rare dolphin, expert says

A marine mammal expert is casting doubt on a report that says a rare dolphin most likely died from blood poisoning. The pathology report in to the death of what is believed to be a critically-endangered Māui dolphin, was released just over a week...... Read More