Environment

Deadline looming for landlords

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) monitoring report released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) indicates the number of landlords insulating their rentals is not as high as it needs to be to achieve full compliance...... Read More

Zoo Christmas comes early with birth of red panda

Auckland Zoo is celebrating the birth of a Nepalese red panda cub, describing its delivery, a little earlier than anticipated, as “a precious early Christmas present”. The tiny arrival to first-time parents, mum Khela and dad Ramesh, is...... Read More

Slip forces evacuation of Dunedin houses

The occupants of four St Clair houses were ordered to evacuate their properties immediately last night, following the discovery of a dangerous landslip on the hill above. Four dangerous building notices were issued by the Dunedin City Council, to one...... Read More

First lava flow in six million years

While Christchurch has had its share of natural disaster hazards it has been relatively lava free, until now. At the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts, real lava has been pouring out of a new research facility – the Lava Laboratory...... Read More

Death highlights risk of old buildings in quakes - Coroner

The death of a man when his historic homestead collapsed in the Kaikōura earthquake highlights the dangers of old buildings in a quake, a coroner has ruled. Albert Louis Edgar, 74, was struck by falling debris and crushed to death in his Elms Homestead...... Read More

Māui dolphin found dead on Auckland beach

The body of a juvenile dolphin, thought to be a Māui dolphin, has been found washed up on an Auckland beach. The dead dolphin was reported to the Department of Conservation (DOC) yesterday by a member of the public at Karioitahi Beach. DOC Marine...... Read More

Rain no relief for drought-hit Gore

Recent rain hasn't halted water restriction discussions in Gore, which was hit hard by drought last summer. Drought was declared in the Southland region in January with stringent water restrictions imposed on the district's residents. The...... Read More

No birds at anti-1080 protest died from poison

Autopsies of the birds laid on the steps of Parliament during an anti-1080 protest in September show none died from the poison and one protected species had been shot. Six birds - including kererū, weka, red-billed gull and kingfisher - were strewn...... Read More

Sunscreens test shows products not meeting claims

Consumer NZ’s latest test of sunscreens found products not meeting label claims. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said six out of 10 products tested didn’t provide the sun protection claimed. One product – Coola Classic Body...... Read More