Marine mammal tours begin in Otago Harbour

Forest and Bird have welcomed applications for small tour groups to view marine mammals around the Otago Harbour and peninsula. Three applications have been lodged with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to view marine mammals around the Otago Harbour...... Read More

Powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake strikes Pacific

A powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean close to the islands of Tonga and Fiji on Sunday, the US Geological Survey (USGC) says. But the undersea quake was too deep to trigger a tsunami, according to the US Pacific Tsunami Warning...... Read More

Rainbow Warrior sailing to NZ to make oil history

The world famous Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior is on its way to New Zealand for a tour of the country to celebrate the Government’s recent oil ban and promote clean energy opportunities. In April, New Zealand made international headlines...... Read More

Ban on whitebaiting causing fears

A commercial ban on whitebait would force trade into a black market, a fishing group says. But other recreational whitebaiters believe it is the greed from money that can be made from selling whitebait that is spoiling the fishery. According to the...... Read More

Wellington submarine pipe to supply water in an emergency

A pipe is to be built under Wellington Harbour, to supply the capital with fresh water in the event of a large earthquake. Greater Wellington Regional councillors voted today to go ahead with a plan to build the cross-harbour pipe - which would help...... Read More

Tauranga hosts largest international marine group

Tauranga is playing host to the final INTERCOAST forum, a major international coastal marine research collaboration and exchange programme between the University of Waikato and Bremen University in Germany, next week. INTERCOAST (Integrated Coastal...... Read More

Water safety skills lagging - Water Safety NZ

Water Safety New Zealand, Swimming New Zealand and The Warehouse are working to address a "lag in vital water safety skills in New Zealand primary school children". Student achievement in Water Skills For Life is recorded in a national database...... Read More

PGF invests in Blue Mussel processing plant

Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau has announced the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest $772,000 for a Blue Mussel processing plant to be established in Marlborough. “This is an incredibly innovative initiative...... Read More

Whale stranding aftermath

After unsuccessful efforts to refloat the surviving humpback whale, of the pair found stranded on Ripiro Beach last week, the whale was euthanised under DOC supervision. DOC has advised both whales will be buried after the adult’s body is flensed...... Read More

Human remains found at Mount identified

The human skull fished up from Tauranga Harbour has been identified. Detective Sergeant Alan Kingsbury says the skull has been identified by a pathologist as a pre-European adult Maori man. The skull was found by a fisherman on August 6 at Salisbury...... Read More