Takahe to be released


One of our most-threatened native birds will be released to a sanctuary in spring.

Takahe takes flight


Passengers on an Air New Zealand flight were in rare company, with a takahe aboard.

Little-known moth plagues farmers

Plantain moth

A native moth is causing trouble for North Island farmers trying to prepare for drought.

Crackdown on river shanties

Makeshift whitebait huts

Pressure on Port Waikato's whitebait fishery leads to hundreds of unregistered whitebait stands being built.

Tiny killer may end wasp scourge

Mite infected wasp

A wing-munching mite could be the answer to New Zealand's foreign wasp problem.

Pacific atolls resilient to rising seas: study

Pacific island

Rising sea levels caused by global warming are unlikely to swamp the small atoll nations of the South Pacific, a University of Auckland academic claims.

Council look towards zero waste

A range of households from Auckland's North Shore will help to evaluate the Council's waste service.

Cat visits revealed

Lulu strap

The Wellington suburb of Brooklyn has been identified as a feline flashpoint in a new cat-tracking study by environmental campaigner Gareth Morgan.

Mutton bird season under way

Muttonbird, sooty shearwater

The mutton-birding season on the Titi Islands is cranking up.

Kokako thrive thanks to volunteers


Today, thanks to pest control, translocation and an egg swap, there are 30 breeding pairs of Kokako in the Hunua Ranges.

Les Mills boss takes on Nats

Labour Party

Prominent businessman Phillip Mills calls Govt's response to climate change "morally reprehensible", throws support to Labour and Greens.

Sewage flows through manhole covers

Untreated sewage spilled into the Manawatu River and back through manholes in a low-lying Palmerston North street.

Albatross' flight to test nesting spot

A Chatham Island albatross chick

The first group of rare Chatham Island albatross chicks moved to a new breeding site have left their artificial nesting spot.

Kakapo high on world rare bird list


The kakapo has been named one of the most unique and endangered birds in the world.

Turning water into wine

Allan Scott wines

A new system for dealing with wastewater could be a boon for the wine and dairy industries.

Retreat best option for floods

aerial flood pic strap

Abandoning areas in Christchurch under threat from the effects of sea level rise is "painful" but necessary, researcher says.

Climate change trouble for Tuatara


Male tuatara can expect lonely love lives as the climate warms - before they eventually become extinct.

Seabed mining threatens Maui's dolphin

maui dolphin

The world's rarest dolphin could allegedly become extinct if a seabed mining scheme goes ahead.

Monorail seen as threat to bats


Endangered bats in Fiordland could be wiped out if multi-million-dollar monorail project gets go-ahead, critics say.

Threatened bats found on farm


A farm owner's desire to build a small bridge led to the discovery of a roosting area for a threatened native bat.

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