Environment News - Climate, Natural Events

Paula Bennett.

Time for Nats to 'own' the environment - Bennett

She hopes the Greens' woes will put more focus on her own party's track record.


Antarctic visitor could force rethink of species' lifestyle

The travelling leopard seal has been to Otago, Auckland and now Whangarei.

The local environment could be ruined.

The real impact mining will have on the seabed

Officials seem satisfied everything will be hunky dory as the Taranaki seabed is torn up. Are you?


Massive mining project off Taranaki gets go-ahead

Trans-Tasman Resources will be able to mine 50 million tonnes of iron ore sand off the coast each year.

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Greenpeace claims it has caught spies in the act

The group was tipped off by a source some months ago.

The study from the School of Biological Sciences was released on Tuesday.

Native bees don't like farming - study

A study has found the more farming intensifies in New Zealand, the less our native bees like it.

Environment Minister Nick Smith

New rules for plantation forestry

New rules for New Zealand's 1.7 million hectares of plantation forestry have been announced, designed to protect the environment and cut compliance costs.

They say this would safeguard not only New Zealand's future, but also that of communities in the developing world.

Aid groups want zero NZ emissions by 2050

Fourteen New Zealand aid agencies have called for political action that will result in New Zealand cutting its carbon emissions to zero by the mid-century.

Environment Minister Nick Smith

Govt puts $44m into river cleanup projects

The Government is putting $44 million into projects to clean up 100 rivers and lakes around the country.

Organisers say the guide, Feeling Rubbish, is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Feeling Rubbish guide for Auckland blind

Blind and vision impaired Aucklanders are getting a guide to help them to sort out their household rubbish by touch as the city targets zero waste by 2040.


Labour to announce water bottling levy

Jacinda Ardern dropped a hint about the policy last week.

Fishers in Fiji often operate without licences.

Rule-breakers putting Fijian fisheries at stake

Another bust off the coast of Nadi has environmentalists concerned.


DoC issues warning to poachers

The department will be undertaking more investigations into law-breakers.


Curious great white shark nibbles on GoPro

She just wanted to say hello to the researchers.

Great white butterfly.

DoC's butterfly eradication scheme wins award

The Department of Conservation has won the inaugural Supreme New Zealand Biosecurity Award.

The lodge in Helena Bay.

60,000 litres a day to keep oligarch's lawn looking fresh

Russian rich-lister Alexander Abramov says his lawn has to look nice to impress visitors to NZ.

Animals, 1080, Otago

Calls for 1080 tests on dead animals found in Otago

Seven deer and two pigs were found dead on a Waianakarua beach.

Climate Change Issues Minister Paula Bennett responds to the report on Thursday.

Government urged to think decades ahead on climate change

The Environment Commissioner wants parties to join together to pass legislation on climate change.

Last year, the Green Party lobbied for a levy, but then Prime Minister John Key said it wasn't on the Government's agenda.

Thousands call for levy on plastic bags

They want a 10 cent charge for every bag.

Electric car

Pedal to the metal for electric vehicles

The Government's electric vehicle registrations target for 2017 has been achieved five months early.