Whale stranding aftermath

After unsuccessful efforts to refloat the surviving humpback whale, of the pair found stranded on Ripiro Beach last week, the whale was euthanised under DOC supervision. DOC has advised both whales will be buried after the adult’s body is flensed...... Read More

Human remains found at Mount identified

The human skull fished up from Tauranga Harbour has been identified. Detective Sergeant Alan Kingsbury says the skull has been identified by a pathologist as a pre-European adult Maori man. The skull was found by a fisherman on August 6 at Salisbury...... 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

Wounded seal on Mount beach

A baby seal has been found on Mount Main Beach with a gash in its side. Mount Maunganui resident Rosalie Liddle Crawford is down on the beach this morning and says she can see the seal lying at the entrance of Moturiki/Leisure Island. “I have...... Read More

Plastic bag ban could lead to job losses

On Friday the government pledged to halt the use of the bags by July next year. E tū industry co-ordinator Ron Angel says it was a good move, but the transition needed to be fair. "The issue for us is it is a compressed time period and they...... Read More

Bone found in water at Mount Maunganui

A bone has been found in the water at Mount Maunganui, days after a human skull was reportedly "fished up" nearby. Police say someone has "found a bone in the water that they believe may possibly be human". However, there...... Read More

Biosecurity partnership for national science chall

The BioHeritage National Science Challenge has joined an award-winning Port of Tauranga biosecurity partnership that is committed to biosecurity excellence. It is the third Flagship Site for the BioHeritage Challenge, with this collaboration being...... Read More

Canterbury mudfish slipping towards extinction

A new report shows serious concerns remain for the continued existence of the native Canterbury mudfish, which is on the brink of extinction. Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage released the New Zealand Threat Classification System report on freshwater...... Read More

Threatened freshwater fish thrown a lifeline

A vital step towards better protecting indigenous freshwater fish was taken with today’s introduction of a new indigenous fish conservation bill in Parliament. Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish)...... Read More

Group of teenagers involved in shooting of seal

Four teenagers were involved in the shooting of a protected leopard seal in Northland, Dargaville police say. The seal was shot in the face near Glinks Gully Beach just outside Dargaville two weeks ago. A member of the public, who spotted the seal...... Read More