Environment

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An application to protect NZ’s largest freshwater springs has begun today near Nelson.

Public hearings begin in bid to protect New Zealand's largest freshwater springs

More than 2000 submissions have been made on Te Waikoropupu Springs in Golden Bay.

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The numbers also show a worrying decline in some places, and a need for more to be done.

Report claiming NZ has turned a corner in improving water quality questioned by expert

The numbers also show a worrying decline in some places, and a need for more to be done.

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The case is being heard in Wellington.

Iwi and environmental groups take fight against iron sand mining to High Court

Court this morning opened with a karakia and waiata by iwi representatives.

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Huge plumes of smoke billowed above a military complex in the suburb of Wattle Grove in the city’s south west.

Over 100 firefighters battle fierce wildfire in Sydney

Huge plumes of smoke billowed above a military complex in the suburb of Wattle Grove in the city’s south west.

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Jacinda Ardern spoke to a huge rally on climate change in Wellington today, after launching her historic oil exploration ban.

PM receives rapturous applause at Victoria uni announcing end to NZ oil and gas exploration

Jacinda Ardern spoke to a huge rally on climate change in Wellington today, after launching her oil exploration ban.

'Shame on NZ First!' - Paula Bennett accuses 'death sentence' for regional NZ caused by oil exploration ban

However, NZ First's Shane Jones said the decision indicated the government was serious about climate change, unlike the "hollow" words of National.

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It is estimated the damage is costing $130m a year.

Scientist wants controversial genetic modification used to virtually wipe non native wasps from New Zealand

Professor Phil Lester of Victoria University says wasps are attacking honey bees and beech forests and costing the country millions.

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The tree has come down in the central suburb of Sandringham.

Thousands of homes and businesses without power after Auckland storm - Vector

More than 100 Vector staff are responding to to downed power lines, faults, power cuts and other damage throughout the region.

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'The Queen's Green Planet' is set to air on UK broadcaster ITV later this month.

Sir David Attenborough and the Queen team up to film documentary

It is said to detail the monarch's concerns for the environment.

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Despite track closures and a rahui, thousands continued to visit the popular area.

Final decision on measures to protect Auckland against Kauri dieback due

A proposal to close areas of native bush will go before the Environment and Community Committee today.

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The disease has been found in Golden Bay in Tasman District which joins eight North Island regions with it.

Government admits it's lost the war, as deadly myrtle rust reaches the South Island

MPI has revealed it will stop trying to contain a serious plant disease from spreading further in New Zealand.

Shane Jones.

Shane Jones says he forgot warning about 'unrealistic' West Coast project

The minister announced a $350,000 feasibility study into a waste-to-energy plant in February.

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Thousands have petitioned Tasman District Council to guarantee there'll be no new water consents granted in the area.

Protesters fight to protect some of the world's clearest water near Nelson

More than 13,000 people to date have signed a petition to protect Te Waikorupupu Springs.

Waimakariri River, Arthur's Pass, Canterbury.

Popularity of Te Araroa trail making solitary NZ wilderness experience harder to find

A report report also notes pressure on private landowners who allow access to their land.

A large New Zealand longfin eel

Hundreds of eels and fish found dead in Canterbury stream

Water samples have been taken from the Kaputone Creek in Belfast and results will take at least two days.

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A new report suggests NZ could save $30 bill with faster action on climate change

Billions could be saved with early climate change action, report finds

The PM says the climate commission will look into the possible change.

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Director Marty Hoffart says the previous National government is one of the reasons why such a scheme has not been introduced in New Zealand.

'We're landfilling about a billion containers' - Renewed push for New Zealand to adopt a drink container refund scheme

Zero Waste NZ says there are now 40 countries in the world that have such a scheme, and New Zealand needs to catch up.

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Christchurch infrastructure company Fulton Hogan came up with the innovative concept four years ago.

Old oil containers turned into new asphalt-like product Plastiphalt in Christchurch

The plastic used was previously considered to be un-recyclable.

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A West Coast walking track that'll serve as a living memorial to the men who died at Pike River mine is starting to take shape.

Pike River 29 memorial walking track taking shape - 'A lot of us are emotionally invested in this'

The West Coast walking track will serve as a living memorial to the men who died at Pike River mine in 2015.

Watch: Is this acceptable? Police excuse officer caught on video elbowing oil-protester five times with his arms pinned

Four people were arrested during an attempted blockade of the Petroleum NZ conference in Wellington yesterday. Police called this "reacting proportionately".

Plant infected by myrtle rust

Wellingtonians asked to report myrtle rust

MPI are investigating after the fungus was discovered on a ramarama tree.

Popular Port Hill bush track set to reopen a year after fire

Fire ripped through Kennedys Bush Track in February 2017.

National criticize PM over statements on gas and oil exploration rights

Climate activists to rally in attempt to block oil summit in Wellington

The Rally for Climate Justice say it is about "standing up to the fossil fuel industry".

Pandora Pond in the Ahuriri Esturary, Napier.

Hawke's Bay company facing a $600,000 fine over discharges into estuary

A as-yet-unnamed company discharged by-product and yard waste into the stormwater system.

Shellfish industry celebrates 25 years of seafood safety since memorable shutdown in 1993

The three-month shutdown brought businesses to a grinding standstill, with many relying on food parcels.

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Nic Turner claims to only have one wheelie bin full of rubbish a year.

Cambridge mum claims she only fills up one wheelie bin of rubbish a year, what's her secret?

Seven Sharp's Maiki Sherman met with Nic Turner to talk about her zero waste lifestyle.

The Rolleston Glacier in February 2016, with a lot of snow on the glacier and surrounding slopes.

New Zealand glaciers in 'very bad shape' after sweltering Kiwi summer temperatures

The snow usually present on Rolleston Glacier is totally gone, researchers say - a sign of climate change.

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