Environment

01:58
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says it's time to say good riddance to our bad rubbish.

New Zealand ranked a 'shameful' 10th worst for urban waste - Eugenie Sage

Ms Sage, the Associate Environment Minister says an urgent review is needed.

01:49
The journey to going fully electric has stepped up a gear.

Kiwi tourism sector embracing electric revolution with trial of electric campervan

The government is pledging $1.7 million towards charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Golden Bay man fears tiny house infestation could be destructive Aussie termite

Luke Concannon told RNZ he has sent samples to MPI to be analysed.

02:01
Almost six thousand electric vehicles are already here, but the distance between towns is proving to be a barrier.

Government announces $3.7m for slew of projects aimed at pushing electric vehicles

Charging stations and a qualification for electric car mechanics have been announced among a list of projects.

01:58
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says it's time to say good riddance to our bad rubbish.

Law change to cut waste, tax plastic bags on Government's radar

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says we've got to phase out single-use plastic bags.

Sydney diver shocked to find octopus gripping onto plastic straws, vows to clean-up environment

Harriet Spark has since organised the collection of thousands of plastic straws.

02:06
Some are accusing Fulton Hogan of trying to get locals onside with gift hampers.

'Nobody wants to eat silica' - Locals fear deadly dust if Canterbury quarry goes ahead

Fulton Hogan wants to use the Templeton land to supply aggregate for infrastructure projects.

01:45
Weeds cost the agriculture industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Weed-killing drone a new weapon against agriculture's $1.7 billion pests

Farmers are now looking to the sky for relief from weeds that cost them dearly.

Yellow Pages called 'blatant paper-waste' as users urged to opt out with deadline looming

Hundreds have taken to Facebook arguing the directory isn't environmentally friendly.

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Ridding NZ of rats and possums could have benefits for human health

A researcher says it will benefit native plants and animals, and also human health.

01:58
With numerous people still missing, rescue and clean-up efforts are being hampered by a highly explosive cargo.

Burning Iranian oil tanker explodes and sinks off the coast of China, 32 crew dead

"There is no hope of finding survivors," Iran's maritime agency said.

Young traveler man by the mountain lake contemplates beautiful landscape. Shot in the Fiordland national park on New Zealand's South Island.

Poor and uneducated Kiwis don't visit rivers, study finds

Sixty per cent of Kiwis with no high school qualifications hadn't visited a river or lake in the past 12 months.

02:22
A recent spate of poaching has prompted a warning from the Department of Conservation that they will act with impunity towards poachers.

DOC condemns Marine Reserve poachers, zero tolerance for those caught

A recent spate of poaching has prompted a warning from DOC that they will act with impunity towards poachers.

02:11
The UK government has unveiled a bold plan to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042.

Britain sets down yardstick for the world in the war on plastic pollution

The UK government has unveiled a bold plan to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste by 2042.

Popular leopard seals spotted lounging among million dollar yachts in Auckland marina

Owha and Novy are attracting attention after visiting a number of Auckland marinas this summer.

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Rat hunt on after footprints found on pest-free Tiritiri Matangi Island

Two pest detector dogs and handlers have been sent to the island, and numerous traps deployed.

01:43
Kupe is proving highly effective in the fight against possums and rats.

Meet Kupe the wild piglet, an unlikely ally helping make NZ predator free by 2050

Kupe the Captain Cooker is using his snout to sniff out rats and possums in Coromandel.

02:09
The World Wildlife Fund says the technology has had a successful trial in Fiji.

NZ urged to embrace new device that monitors seafood catch from sea to plate

The World Wildlife Fund says the technology has had a successful trial in Fiji.

00:29
Climate change is being blamed since the sex of the sea turtle is determined by the heat of the sand where they lay their eggs.

Conservationists concerned at growing number of female sea turtles on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

The sex of a sea turtle is determined by the heat of the sand where they lay their eggs.

01:55
Authorities are urging people to dispose of the trees properly.

Seriousness of dumping old Christmas trees highlighted by DOC

"If left [to grow], wilding pines would cover 20 per cent of New Zealand within 20-25 years."

The affected area begins north of Hokianga Harbour and extends down to Pouto in Kaipara.

Lifting of shellfish biotoxin warnings mean NZ free of alerts

MPI say shellfish are now safe to eat for areas of Northland and Bay of Plenty.

Citizen scientists take Hutt River's health into their own hands

Since 2005 12 dogs have died after swimming in the river.

02:24
Kiwi swimmers have been advised to check the water quality at their favourite spots before taking a dip this summer.

Councils grappling with need to upgrade storm water systems after sewage contamination fears at Kiwi beaches

Water New Zealand said some of the water networks are "starting to get a bit tired."

00:36
This study is the first time anyone accurately measured chlorine levels inside the ozone hole.

NASA study shows ozone layer recovering after 1987 Montreal treaty

This study is the first time anyone accurately measured chlorine levels inside the ozone hole.

Beautiful green Christmas background. Christmas tree needles. Evergreen.

Dispose of your Christmas tree properly, DOC urges

Wilding pines, with their adverse effect on native plants and birds, are a major environmental concern.

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