Environment

Celebrity kiwi released into the wild

One of the nation's most famous kiwi was among four released onto Taranaki Maunga at the launch of the Kiwi Recovery Plan/Mahere Whakaora Kiwi 2018-2028 yesterday. Atara, a five-year-old male, hatched while David Attenborough's cameras were...... Read More

Plants don’t like the human touch, study finds

Researchers suggest a look and don't touch approach to your vegetable garden this summer, after finding touching plants can stunt their growth. Professor Jim Whelan of La Trobe University in Melbourne led the research. He says the lightest touch...... Read More

Plan to reverse kiwi decline focuses on protection

The Conservation Minister has announced a new plan to reverse the decline of kiwi at a release of four birds on Mt Taranaki today. Eugenie Sage says the Kiwi Recovery Plan/Mahere Whakaora Kiwi 2018-2028 will focus on protecting kiwi in the wild and...... Read More

Climate agreement ’a big breakthrough’ - James Shaw

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says momentum will start to build now that the Paris climate accord has been agreed. Nearly 200 nations agreed to the accord during marathon talks in the Polish city of Katowice. It will seek to limit global temperature...... Read More

Avoiding swimming after rain

Monitoring data from last summer made available by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa reveals outdoor swimming spots in New Zealand have good recreational water quality most of the time. Project scientists recommend avoiding the water for up to three days after...... Read More

Deadline looming for landlords

The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) monitoring report released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) indicates the number of landlords insulating their rentals is not as high as it needs to be to achieve full compliance...... Read More

Zoo Christmas comes early with birth of red panda

Auckland Zoo is celebrating the birth of a Nepalese red panda cub, describing its delivery, a little earlier than anticipated, as “a precious early Christmas present”. The tiny arrival to first-time parents, mum Khela and dad Ramesh, is...... Read More