Environment

Thursday’s warmer than usual set up for many

The large high across New Zealand is helping to boost temperatures above normal for November - in fact up to 10 degrees above normal for some inland areas like parts of Central Otago. The Central North Island will be up to 8 degrees above normal,...... Read More

Blue whale fear as exploration ship heads for NZ

An oil exploration ship at the centre of a storm of controversy for its seismic blasting agenda earlier this year in New Zealand is on its way back. The Schlumberger-owned Amazon Warrior, the world’s largest seismic exploration ship, is just two...... Read More

Toxic smelter waste must go - campaigner

Tiwai aluminium smelter should take back thousands of tonnes of toxic waste left in dumps around Southland, a campaigner says. At least 24,000 tonnes of partially-processed smelter waste has been stockpiled in Mataura and Invercargill since the processing...... Read More

Waikato communities take action to protect kauri

Waikato Regional Counci officials have claimed It is "fantastic" to see local community groups taking action to protect threatened kauri. “With these iconic forest giants increasingly threatened by kauri dieback disease, we’re...... Read More

‘Too little, too late’ - Fish & Game

Fish & Game is critical of Dairy NZ’s strategic vision for the dairy sector, saying it is a decade late and the industry must act sooner to protect the environment and regain public support. The just-unveiled strategy’s number one pledge...... Read More

Storm yields flooding and funnel cloud

As most of you know a large belt of high pressure is crossing New Zealand and will take the rest of November to do so. It's the same block of high pressure that is giving Melbourne and Hobart their (potentially) warmest November since records began...... Read More

Sticky situation after massive molasses spill on road

A truck carrying 14 tonnes of molasses rolled near Ngahape in the Waikato this morning, spilling five tonnes of the sugary syrup on the road. The Fire Service was called to the truck roll on Ngahape Road shortly after 7.30am. A spokesman says the...... Read More

Auckland Zoo orangutans about to fly south

Auckland Zoo’s three Bornean orangutans will fly south to Christchurch in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Thursday) bound for their temporary new home, Orana Wildlife Park. Male Charlie and females Melur and Wanita will have a two-year stay...... Read More

Rare Tūturuatu washes up in Hawke’s Bay

One of New Zealand’s rarest animals the tūturuatu or shore plover is now even closer to extinction after one was found dead in Westshore this past week. The bird – named Obow after her leg bands - was found by a member of the public -...... Read More

Hawke’s Bay showcases biodiversity transformation

Hawke’s Bay has shared with the rest of New Zealand what the future of biodiversity and predator control could look like at a three-day conference held here in Napier. More than 280 of the best and brightest from the sector descended on the city’s...... Read More