Environment

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Environment Minister Nick Smith says the current rules are a mish-mash and he wants to introduce one regime for the whole country.

New 1080 poison rules will take control out of councils' hands

Environment Minister Nick Smith says the current rules are a mish-mash and he wants to introduce one regime for the whole country.

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2007, file photo, the beaches adjacent to the Tijuana Estuary are posted with signs declaring them unsafe due to pollution that flows through the estuary after feeding in from Tijuana, Mexico in Imperial Beach, Calif.  Officials in California are crying foul after more than 140 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in Mexico and flowed into the U.S. for more than two weeks. A report released Friday, Feb. 24, 2017,  by the International Boundary and Water Commission says the spill was caused Feb. 2 by an apparent rupture in a sewage collector pipe and wasn't contained until Thursday.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Large sewage spill in Mexico flows north of border

The sewage spilled into the Tijuana River and flowed north of the border for more than two weeks.

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Nick Smith has taken use of poisons like 1080 and brodifacoum into the hands of the Government.

Backlash expected as Govt takes pest control into its own hands

The move is likely to inflame 1080 protesters as it will take pest control decisions out of the hands of regional councils.

Controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes say the pipeline threatens their drinking water.

02:12
Conservation Minister Maggie Barry believes the levy should go up to help DOC workers rebuild.

Tourist levy not enough to maintain pristine Auckland Islands

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry believes the levy should go up to help DOC workers rebuild.

Snow surrounding Lake Wanaka

Government launches ambitious campaign to clean up dirty rivers and lakes

More than 9/10 NZ lakes and rivers will be clean enough to swim in by 2040, they say.

Police begin arresting Standing Rock protesters as deadline to leave camp passes

Some protesters set fire to wooden structures as a part of a ceremony of leaving.

00:31
Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty said 12,000 New Zealanders want swimmable rivers now, not in the future.

'They want swimmable rivers now' - 12,000 sign petition calling for cleaner NZ rivers

A Green Party MP said she hopes Nick Smith will make change the fresh water policy.

04:50
There are 37 irrigation bans in drought-prone Hawke's Bay, bet bottling companies are taking the local water for free to sell at a profit.

'You go to the supermarket and pay $3.50 for our water they've bottled for free' - fuming Hawke's Bay resident

Nearly a dozen companies have been granted consent to take water from underground aquifers.

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David Trubridge from Havelock North is so fired up about water bottling plants.

Opinion: It's time we charge those who use our precious water to make a profit

Gill Higgins says water should be valued similarly to gold.

Savage! Watch as heron casually swallows baby alligator

It's a bird eat gator world out there when it comes to survival of the fittest.

Watch: Cacophony of chirps as over 1000 day-old chicks found abandoned in English field

Over 1000 day-old chicks were left abandoned in Cambridgeshire.

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The record number was drawn by an unusually abundant haul of small fish.

Watch: Awe-inspiring views as over a million penguins gather at Argentinian peninsula to migrate

The Magellanic penguins were drawn by an unusually abundant haul of small fish.

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Despite freezing temperatures, protesters are still holding their ground and resisting the Dakota Access pipeline.

Dakota Access pipeline protesters compared to terrorists by oil executive

According to the exec, protesters have "assaulted numerous pipeline personnel".

01:56
1 NEWS reporter Will Hine looks at the science behind whale strandings.

Golden Bay stranding: Why are pilot whales so drawn to Farewell Spit?

Kiwis have been asking our reporters at Farewell Spit this question. 1 News' Will Hine put it to the experts.

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These volunteers are doing all they can to keep the whale wet, but the tide is coming in.

With fears of 'exploding' carcasses on Farewell Spit, how will dead whales be disposed of?

As whales decompose there's is a chance there will be "eruptions of those whales".

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Kelsey from Collingwood Area School has been at the spit all day for her first whale rescue.

Concerns as rescued Farewell Spit whales mill around low tide mark, unwilling to swim out

About 50 whales have been refloated today, but many seem unwilling to leave the rest of their imperilled social group.

03:27
These winemakers have embraced years gone by in their property.

'You're out in the free' - Marlborough vineyard sprayers go back to the horse and cart

No fuel, no motor, no noise - just clean air and the clip clop of hooves on this vineyard.

01:50
Matt Watson was fed up at seeing fish heads scattered across beaches, so he did something about it.

Fishing celebrity Matt Watson's waste-reducing fish head app attracts thousands of users

Fishermen can make contact with fish head lovers to collect the unwanted leftovers.

18:12
Dakota Access Pipeline protests continue as authorities violently fight back at the reservation.

Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline feared by Standing Rock Sioux tribe

The stretch under Lake Oahe is the final big chunk of work on the 1900km pipeline.

03:51
Seven Sharp put people to the test in Auckland as to how they react when see a litterbug.

'You might get your head kicked in' - Kiwis reluctant to call out litterbugs

A Seven Sharp experiment showed only two out of 12 passers-by picked up litter a man dropped on the street.

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The visibly sick, two-tonne whale had no food in its intestine and had to be euthanised in Norway.

Plastic bags found in beached whale's stomach

The visibly sick, two-tonne whale had no food in its intestine and had to be euthanised in Norway.

A stretch of the Waikato River through Hamilton.

Save your water - 27,000 Hamilton residents on high water alert after major leak in city's water main

A collapsed riverbank has damaged one of the city's most important water mains.

'Unusual' Taranaki quakes may explain how NZ's landmass was created

A new study shows the deep quakes in Taranaki may have caused mountains to rise above sea level.

Army Corps told to approve Dakota access pipeline easement

The Army Corps of Engineers ordered to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under Missouri River crossing.

Kauri dieback survey in Bay of Plenty this month

The aerial survey is a way to identify symptoms early or confirm the area is disease-free.

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