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Scientists listen to the sound of photosynthesising seaweeds

Press Release – NIWA

NIWA scientists are hoping they may one day be able to listen to kelp forests in the waters around New Zealand to find out how they are faring. Read more »

Sewage Spill – Kawakawa, Bay of Islands

Press Release – Northland DHB

The Public Health Unit (PHU), Northland District Health Board, has issued a public health warning following a sewage spill at Kawakawa Hospital. Read more »

Truck crash and chemical spill a danger to Taupō Swamp

Press Release – Queen Elizabeth II National Trust

QEII National Trust was concerned to hear about the serious truck crash this morning on State Highway 1 between Pukerua Bay and Plimmerton, north of Porirua. Reports are that the truck was carrying hazardous chemicals. Read more »

Wanaka helicopter crash

Press Release – Game Animal Council

A helicopter crash near Wanaka has claimed the lives of pilot Nick Wallis and Department of Conservation staff Paul Hondelink and Scott Theobold. Read more »

Profound loss for DoC and New Zealand conservation

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The deaths of three men in yesterdays helicopter crash in Wanaka is a huge and deeply felt personal loss for the Department of Conservation (DOC) whanau and New Zealand conservation, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said today. Read more »

Opening new section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail

Press Release – Westland District Council

Ready for the summer season, the newest off-road section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail is set to open. Read more »

Locals getting to grips with lake “snow” of a different kind

Press Release – Otago Regional Council

The Wanaka swimming community has come together on another Touchstone citizen science project to further share information about water quality in Lake Wanaka. Read more »

Council aims for sustainability

Press Release – Waikato District Council

Economic and environmental sustainability have been high on a list of goals for a number of major Waikato District Council projects this year according to the Councils annual report which is being distributed in an easy-read summary for residents and … Read more »

Drink coffee, save the world

Press Release – Love Titirangi

Drink coffee, save the world. Around ONE MILLION disposable coffee cups go to landfill EVERY MINUTE across the world. One Million. Every Minute. After its success with reducing plastic bag use in the West Auckland suburb, Love Titirangi have their sights … Read more »

No ceiling on recycling opportunity

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Auckland-based business Asona is getting $185,000 from the Waste Minimisation Fund to help develop a recycling system for acoustic ceiling panels, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. Read more »

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