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Did conservation come out a loser? 1 hour ago

Forest & Bird says DoC is facing millions in cuts to biodiversity funding.

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MAY 24:  Pope Francis meets United States President  Donald Trump at the Apostolic Palace on May 24, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican. The President Trump will return on Italy on Friday attending the Group of 7 Summit in Sicily.  (Photo by Vatican Pool/Getty Images)

Pope gifts Trump texts on peace, environmentalism

Asked how the meeting went, Mr Trump said: "Great. He is something. He is really good. We had a fantastic meeting."

Myrtle rust: More sites infected by disease

The newly confirmed infected sites are all in Taranaki.

Myrtle rust poses a threat to many plants including pohutakawa, rātā, mānuka and feijoa. (supplied)

Myrtle rust found in Taranaki

It has spread since being discovered in Kerikeri earlier this month.

A Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), aka Hoiho, listed by the IUCN as Endangered, emerges from the ocean at Curio Bay, New Zealand and rests before proceeding to its nest at sunset

Hoiho faces NZ extinction in 25 years

The yellow-eyed penguin, seen on our $5 note, could become extinct on the mainland within decades.

This Pacific Island is one of the most polluted places on Earth

It's a stark reminder of plastic's effect on the environment.

An expected increase in rats and stoats poses an increased threat to vulnerable native species (Getty)

New $21 million poison programme

It's aimed at protecting vulnerable species.


Revamp could turn cave to 'theme park'

DoC's plans to revitalise a small West Coast settlement is facing controversy.


Towing icebergs from Antarctica: Would it work?

A Kiwi scientist has poured cold water on the idea.


It's time for the Government to pay for our conservation future

New Zealand’s threatened species will pay the ultimate price otherwise, writes Kimberly Collins.

New Zealand fur seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) hauled out near Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand, Pacific

Kaikōura road workers given permission to kill seals

Taking, killing, injuring, herding or disturbing the animal are all permitted.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 21:  One of ten little spotted kiwi is released on Motuihe Island, a conservation pest-free island close to Auckland, on March 21, 2009 in Auckland, New Zealand. Eventually up to 40 endangered kiwi birds will be relocated to the island. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

DoC funding too dire to ignore - conservationists

It's not a Budget announcement, so new money is not expected.

Small iceberg up close photographed from a zodiac. The iceberg from an Antarctic glacier is a deep electic blue.

Icebergs for sale?

The UAE is short of water and wants to transport icebergs from Antarctica.

Deadly myrtle rust fungus may have spread

Symptoms similar to those of the disease have been found at another Northland nursery.

Plant growers on lookout for Myrtle Rust

It's feared the fungus could endanger New Zealand's export reputation.


Poop emojis float in lake at Waikato protest

It's happening as the National Party conference kicks off in Taupō.


Giant crack on Antarctic ice shelf splits into two

The resultant iceberg would be three times the size of Stewart Island.

Albino orangutan

Albino orangutan rescued in Indonesia

The pale-haired, blue-eyed orangutan had been held captive by locals.


Report reveals serious challenges for NZ rivers

Now 72 percent of native fish are considered threatened with extinction.

Helen Plylar says the snakes should be treated with care and respect, not hate and fear (sssnakeysci / Twitter)

Camouflaged killer: Can you spot the culprit in this photo?

A scientist's proven how effective the creature is at camouflage, posting a photo which has stumped the internet.