Thousands of shellfish were found dead in a north Auckland estuary in March.
Now could be the time to invest in reusable bags.
Xi Jinping says the country must fight against waste and irrational consumption.
"Even though a step has been taken, there is still plenty of work to do."
Are retailers striking a blow for the environment by banning plastic bags, or jumping on a bandwagon?
They'll be replaced with compostable bags by the end of the year.
A special tribunal is being held for a protection order on the Te Waikoropupu springs.
Literally a new low for humanity's treatment of the marine environment.
"There's rocks sticking out everywhere."
It will eventually phase single-use bags out of all stores.
Tracks in the Waitakere ranges already closed to prevent the spread of disease.
They've filled 200 shipping containers with loose litter and collected more than 60 million pieces of rubbish.
Ninety percent of New Zealand's Muehlenbeckia Astonii is found on Brent Thomas' farm.
"In our view this is as important as clearing an area of beech forest."
A carbon neutral economy will require a shift in the behaviour of New Zealanders, experts say.
A petition is fighting against two companies, set to take up to 24 million litres of water a day.
A new report from the Productivity Commission warns of a hard road ahead to reach a zero-carbon future.