Oil spill exercise at Raglan

Ensuring Waikato Regional Council staff are trained to protect Waikato waters is the aim of a marine oil spill exercise at Raglan tomorrow. “This training is essential to bring new staff up to speed with how to respond, as well as refresh the...... Read More

Five Hector’s dolphins killed in fisher’s net

The government may consider a total ban on set net fishing after five nationally endangered Hector's dolphins were killed in a single net. The deaths were discovered a month ago off Banks Peninsula on the east coast of the South Island, where it...... Read More

White Island crater lake refills

Rain from recent cyclones passing through the Bay of Plenty is believed responsible for White Island’s crater lake refilling. Scientists from a GeoNet monitoring team visiting the island last week noticed the change. Volcanologist Brad Scott...... Read More

Chicken producer fronts community

Protecting Kaipara’s designated outstanding natural landscapes was a key concern for Mayor Jason Smith and Councillor Victoria del la Varis-Woodcock at last Monday’s Tegel Information Forum organised by MP Matt King. Eight Tegel Foods Ltd...... Read More

Insight into Antarctica at public talk

Professor Ian Hawes from the University of Waikato’s Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga will present a talk on Antarctica at Café Scientifique in Tauranga this evening. Analogue sites - places where conditions are believed to mimic...... Read More

Myrtle rust found in new region

Myrtle rust has been detected in Manawatu for the first time, the Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed today. The fungus was found on a young ramarama (Lophomyrtus) in a planted area off Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North. Myrtle Rust Response...... Read More

MPI accused of failing to protect seabirds

The Ministry for Primary Industries is being taken to task over a lack of progress on reducing seabird deaths, including endangered yellow-eyed penguins, or hoiho, due to fishing. Its critics say the only reason estimated capture rates have decreased...... Read More

Edgecumbe residents contest repair work

Members of the Rangatāiki Community board are contesting work which is currently planned to repair the stopbank in Edgecumbe. The stopbanks of the Rangatāiki River burst at Easter in 2017, causing massive flooding and widespread, severe damage to...... Read More

Diversity sought for conservation boards

Nominations for Conservation Boards have been reopened to ensure they reflect the diverse communities they serve, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The Department of Conservation re-opened the nomination process for recruiting a broader...... Read More

Tourism BOP seeks funding increase

  Tourism Bay of Plenty is seeking an increase in funding of $621,000 in order to manage the region’s exponential tourism growth, so that it doesn’t impact negatively on the environment and local communities. The funding is being sought...... Read More