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Enough is enough: Residents want Pan Pac held accountable for leaking pipe

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Whirinaki Rd resident Kerry Le Geyt is on the brink of leaving. Since September, Pan Pac Forest Products' broken wastewater pipe has been leaking brown, foamy water onto her doorstep - Whirinaki Beach. And she has had enough. But...

Cam Hosie: Carbon capture and hydrogen from fossil fuel can help the climate

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

COMMENT: Hydrogen and carbon capture have finally hit a tipping point, and they provide the world with a fighting chance to limit global warming.It is tempting to think our existing tools are sufficient. Yet, are we so sure that...

Editorial: Auckland Council picks ugly route to pine removal

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Pine trees have been standing for too long in some of Auckland's parks. Old and scrubby, they have lost the shape and density that must have made them appealing to generations long ago. Today some of them are standing above regenerating...

Suspicion and sorrow at Opito Bay - Inside the harbourside arborcide and the hunt for a killer

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

It's a midsummer murder and the killer is elusive. The four victims - poisoned - are yet to die yet there is certainty they are on a gradual slide to oblivion.So far, the Opito Bay pohutukawa give only hints of their slow death.It...

Learning local: Whitianga students find links to global warming in local estuary

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Schools are being encouraged to develop localised teaching units now that national standards have been abolished. Simon Collins reports in the second of a five-part series. When Whitianga schoolgirl Nikita Russell started gathering...

Adrian Rurawhe: Rural roads get $20m safety boost

Monday, January 21, 2019

WHILE many whānau are still finalising their new year's resolutions, the Government was back and getting on with the job of delivering for the Manawatu-Whanganui rohe.Already $20 million in rural road safety improvements, designed...

Tree war at Western Springs on hold while council talks with upset residents

Monday, January 21, 2019

Tree wars in Auckland's Western Springs have been put on hold for 24 hours while the council holds talks with affected neighbours.Auckland Council is using emergency powers to chop down 13 pines trees considered to be an immediate...

Stoat sleuthing on Great Barrier Island reveals nothing suspicious

Monday, January 21, 2019

The hunt for two rogue stoats on Great Barrier Island is to be scaled back after biosecurity teams have failed to confirm the stoats' presence.The search began two weeks ago after a resident of the island reported seeing a pair...

Pine trees in Western Springs will come down tomorrow, despite late plea from local councillor

Monday, January 21, 2019

Auckland Council is proceeding with emergency provisions to start felling 13 pine trees in Auckland's Western Springs tomorrow, despite opposition from locals with the backing of local councillor Mike Lee.Lee has emailed council...

Local Focus: Hamilton high-rise houses on the rise

Monday, January 21, 2019

It's been a record year for Hamilton, with new City Council data showing record growth in the number of building consents issued over the past twelve months - up 28% on 2017. Hamilton City Council's 2018 data shows 1440 new homes...

Tree wars: Auckland Council accused of flouting resource consent process over felling Western Springs pines

Monday, January 21, 2019

Tree wars have erupted in Auckland's iconic Western Springs as residents accuse Auckland Council of flouting its own resource consent process.Planning commissioners have asked the council to answer questions by this Friday about...

Visual: Inside a tiny penguin's incredible 7000km trek

Monday, January 21, 2019

It was one of the biggest surprises scientists got in 2018: an elusive native penguin species that proved it could swim the equivalent distance between Auckland and Indonesia in just eight weeks.The endangered Fiordland penguin...

Cook's petrel returns to Hawke's Bay - this time with a friend

Friday, January 18, 2019

Waitangi the tītī has returned to his nesting site in northern Hawke's Bay, and this time he's brought friends with him.Almost six years ago 113 tītī (Cook's petrel) chicks were brought from Little Barrier Island...

Phil Goff making progress on illegal dumping but not confident of slapping litter fine on unruly travellers

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is trumpeting a crackdown on illegal dumping in the same week he called the unruly travellers who dumped rubbish on Takapuna Beach "trash". In an explosive interview with bFM's Mikey Havoc, the mayor labelled...

Cruise Lines International aims to cut emissions by 40 per cent in next 10 years

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The cruise industry has committed to cut the rate of carbon emissions across the global fleet by 40 per cent by 2030.Progress toward the target will be measured against a 2008 fleet baseline, and emissions rates will be calculated...

Electricity company PG&E may be the world's biggest climate-change casualty yet

Thursday, January 17, 2019

First, more than a decade ago, severe weather bankrupted an electric company in New Orleans. Then it helped take down one in Houston. Now, in California, it has pushed PG&E Corp. to the brink, in the biggest warning yet about the...

Rare footage: Ever wondered how kiwi drink?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ever wondered how a kiwi drinks?Rare footage captured on Stewart Island in August answers that very question.Kiwi researcher Emma Feenstra posted the footage to her Stewart Island Kiwi Facebook page and told the Herald it...

Tim Mackle: Dairy farmers leading charge to clean up water

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

COMMENT: In the past week, I've opened two newspapers to two cartoons that constitute a cheap shot at dairy farming, both frustrating and offending the dairy farmers of New Zealand.One cartoon portrayed a dairy cow polluting...

Our Treasures: Pest eradication programme at Kiwi North to protect native NZ animals

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Kiwi North offers a range of activities and fun experiences to be had from checking out the latest Museum exhibitions to discovering ancient tuatara and visiting "Glorat" a Grade II historic homestead built in 1886. But probably...

Did you know?

Ocean 'Gyres' are networks of currents that move around the planet circulating water.

An ocean Gyre is formed from a web of currents influenced by wind and the rotation of earth.

The result is a slow-moving whirlpool system of water covering huge patches of ocean and capable of accumulating an immeasurable amount of rubbish.

Debris gets caught in the cycle and flows towards the centre of the spinning Gyre.

There are 5 major oceanic 'Gyres' in the world collecting decades of garbage from every corner of the globe.

Ocean Gyres may be far out at sea, but they are exposing the harsh realities of ocean pollution; and world pollution.

Please be aware of your consumption of disposable plastics and materials that will never degrade from our planet. The ocean cannot carry the weight of our waste forever.

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