It’s time to care about the insects

While reports last year on insect decline calling the situation an ‘insect apocalypse’ have been widely criticised for their methods, Dr... Read More

A sunrise paddle to start the New Year and decade

It was the early hours of New Year’s Day. On the last day of the year I’d been working until well after midnight so was planning a sleep... Read More

Beware dangerous beach swells from ex-cyclone

Weatherwatch advises that Cyclone Tino which is heading towards Tonga today will churn up some New Zealand beaches early this week. “Tropical... Read More

American university group aids conservation effort

A values-driven tourism group from the University of Delaware got stuck into Bay of Plenty conservation efforts this week. The American university group... Read More

Gas and steam continue to vent from White Island

Whakaari/White Island remains in an elevated state of unrest. Very hot gas and steam continues to discharge from vents created by the eruption on December... Read More

Total watering ban Waihi and Waikino

A total watering ban is now in place in Waihi and Waikino "River levels in Waihi and Waikino are low and we need to save water now," says... Read More

Police tried to recover body from water

  Police have confirmed they unsuccessfully tried to recover a body from the water off Whakaari/White Island two days after the eruption.   The... Read More

Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting

With several native whitebait species in decline, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has released proposals to standardise and improve management... Read More

Minor volcanic unrest at Mt Ruapehu

Minor volcanic unrest is continuing to be monitored by GNS scientists. Over the last 5-6 months, measurements of Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake (Te... Read More

Thousands appeal for koalas to be introduced to NZ

More than 3500 people have signed a petition calling for koalas to be introduced to New Zealand in the wake of devastating wildfires in Australia, but... Read More

Koekoeā make long-awaited return to Rotorua forest

A large native bird with very particular nesting habits has begun returning to Dansey Scenic Reserve near Rotorua after a seven-year pest control effort. Rotorua... Read More

Our glowing orange ‘Wolf’ Moon

On Saturday night, Dave Greig, who is the president of the Tauranga Astronomical Society, headed up to the Minden Lookout at Te Puna to see if he could... Read More

The cool and windy week explained by MetService

The MetService had forecast a cold and windy start to the last week as a cold front crossed over the far south of the South Island. The lingering southerly... Read More

Our protected native estuary gone says resident

Angela was at home in Windermere on Friday when the vegetation fire broke out in the nearby reserve. She was one of the first to call emergency services. “The... Read More

Total watering ban for Whitianga and Hahei

The Thames Coromandel District Council have advised that a total watering ban is now in place for Whitianga, and Hahei also remains on a total watering... Read More