Environment

SAFE calls on councils to reject chicken mega-farm

SAFE is calling on two councils to think about the wellbeing of millions of birds, as well as the negative impacts on local people through increased traffic and pollution, when they hear a consent application for a huge chicken farm in Waikato. Matamata...... Read More

Space start-up wins $100k in entrepreneurship comp

A $25,000 boost from a University of Auckland entrepreneurship competition will help a start-up company send more satellites into space. Arts and commerce student Will Haringa and engineering students Max Arshavsky and Sebastian Wieczorek founded spaceflight...... Read More

Ohope Beach named NZ’s most loved

Ohope Beach has once again been named as New Zealand’s most loved beach in the AA’s new 101 Must-Do’s This Summer list, which showcases the country’s hidden gems and local favourites.   Tourism Bay of Plenty CEO Kristin...... Read More

Bees swarming across the Bay of Plenty

Residents around the Bay of Plenty have reported bee swarms around various parts of the region. Apiculture New Zealand says swarming season across New Zealand can begin as early as August and run through until January. Swarms are the act of colony...... Read More

Potato virus cannot be eradicated

Potato growers have become resigned to having the so-called "potato mop top" virus remain in their midst. The virus is not a health hazard but it lowers growth in potato plants and so reduces the yield from a crop. Both Potatoes New Zealand...... Read More

The sound of seaweed and health of coral reefs

Sound generated during photosynthesis in seaweed may help monitor the health of coral reefs, new research shows. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) marine acoustician Giacomo Giorli said gas bubbles released by seaweed...... Read More

New conservation project targets polluted Chch stream

A polluted stream just south of Christchurch had its second round of what will become annual wildlife monitoring this week. Snake Creek is part of the restoration of Silverstream catchment - 1500 hectares of land that is mostly made up of farms. High...... Read More

Live snake pops out of ute dashboard

A Te Anau man was out for a Sunday drive when a live snake slithered out of the dashboard and dropped between his feet. Jimmy Calder had recently imported his Nissan Navara in from Australia, where he had kept the vehicle to drive while on holiday....... Read More

More diesel found in Christchurch suburb

More diesel has been discovered in the Christchurch suburb of Addington. In July, the city council revealed a damaged fuel line at its Horncastle Arena may have been leaking for years. Residual diesel from the damaged line has also been found in a...... Read More