Environment

Going Against the Grain!

The humble grain silo is turned into an innovative and eco-friendly nine unit serviced apartment complex in idyllic Little River!

National Battle to Protect Whio Ramps Up

The Battle for our Birds continues with the spotlight shining on whio next month. The whio is the unique native duck only found in New Zealand’s fast flowing waters. With fewer than 2500 whio left nationwide Genesis Energy and the Department of Conservation have partnered together in a five year programme to secure the future […]

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Fence Could Start in May

Brook Waimarama Sanctuary - Nelson, New Zealand

Construction of a $4.7 million pest-proof fence around the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary could begin as early as May this year. General manager of the trust behind the fence, Hudson Dodd, says an application for the remaining $1.5 million needed is being considered and he is “fairly confident” of a positive result. “If that doesn’t work […]

UNPACKIT Awards 2013 – Supermarkets take out Worst Packaging Award – Again!

For the second year running supermarkets have been voted as the worst packagers in the country – with the Unpackit Worst Packaging Award going to Countdown, owned by Progressive Enterprises. The Awards were decided by 15,632 votes. Rethink Reusable Fresh Produce bags took out the Best Packaging Award. One third of voters chose fruit and […]

Arsenic used in home-building materials

Kiwi homes are being wrapped with plywood containing an arsenic treatment banned in several overseas countries because of toxicity concerns. Bracing plywood treated with the preservative copper chromium arsenic (CCA) is increasingly being used for residential repairs and rebuilds in Canterbury. Both arsenic and chromium compounds pose a potential health hazard in certain conditions. Public […]

Forest & Bird to present DOC’s famous lost submission at Ruataniwha hearings

A 32 page Department of Conservation submission on the environmental impacts of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s planned irrigation dam, which was substituted for a two paragraph submission in unusual circumstances, will be made public after all – but not by the department. The Hastings-Havelock North branch of Forest & Bird will present DOC’s original […]