Search for missing fisherman – boat reported found

The inflatable boat used by the fisherman missing since Thursday off the Karikari Peninsula in Northland has been found. The inflatable boat was found upright on the water by another boatie around 10.30 am on Saturday. Its discovery was reported to...... Read More

Yachtie convicted for sailing despite conditions

A boatie who sailed a yacht in an unsafe condition from Wellington to Westport has been sentenced to community detention, after ignoring conditions imposed by Maritime NZ that the vessel could not be operated outside Wellington Harbour. John Whatuira...... 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

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

Six rescued from sinking yacht

Six people have been rescued from the Mokohinau Islands after a yacht sank early this morning.  Police were called at around 5am following reports a 30 foot catamaran had struck rocks. Six people on board managed to get into a tender and make...... Read More

Offshore observatories recording largest fault

Two world-class subseafloor observatories are now operating at the northern Hikurangi subduction zone where the Pacific Plate dives beneath the North Island, thanks to an international team of earth scientists and engineers. The observatories were...... Read More

Poacher pays ‘high price’ for trout

Trout poached from Fish & Game’s Ngongotaha hatchery were “anything but a free feed” for a Rotorua teenager, who has paid dearly for his catch. Duncan Scowen, 19, pleaded guilty in the Rotorua District Court to charges of fishing...... Read More

Fish friendly guidelines landed

Freshwater fish will have a better chance of survival under guidelines launched today, says Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today. “Some freshwater fish need to be able to move freely between lakes, rivers, streams and the ocean in order...... Read More

Whitebaiter nets fine for regulations breach

A Porangahau man has been prosecuted by the Department of Conservation for two breaches of the Whitebait Fishing Regulations. DOC became aware of the offending on August 19 2017 after New Zealand Police were tipped off by a frustrated member of...... Read More