The press box - June

Published 4 July 2016

in case you missed it, here are some snippets of environmental news since the last newsletter.  


Greens target 10 waterways in campaign

The environment not agriculture is New Zealand's economic backbone

Editorial: DOC cuts threaten not just flora and fauna but tourism and lives as well


Penguin colony at mercy of tourists

Stranded whale refloated at Christchurch's Waimairi Beach

Great spotted kiwi moved into Kahurangi National Park

Majority support ocean sanctuary

Bay of Plenty RC targeting water pests

Pest management facility opens

Watercare to undertake ecological study of Manukau Harbour

ECan apologises for criticising work it had approved

Environment Commissioner welcomes step toward saving longfin eels


More complaints about top judge Dame Sian Elias' cows, but farm says rules 'ridiculous'

Rare 'lake snot' mysteriously spreading through South Island lakes

Mike Yardley: Charging for water a possible council election 'lightning rod'

Promising results from Gisborne District Council wetlands trial

Charges laid over Waihi Dam contamination

Millions of litres of water illegally taken: Is ECan doing enough?

Editorial: Do we have to wait for the new ECan council to enforce water rules?

Consent Hearings/Developments

Nature - not a digger - straightened stream, Taranaki farmer tells court

Taranaki farmer found guilty over straightening stream

2000 Waimakariri properties at 'high risk' of flood in natural hazards maps

ECan opposes quarry operators consent to dig into groundwater table

Quarry hearings: Residents, council say contamination risk too high

Rich lister Philip Carter gains consent for quarry in Christchurch's west

Renewals of Marlborough marine farm renewals could cost millions

Climate Change

Renewable energy surges to record levels around the world

Climate change claims first endangered species

Air Quality 

Source of putrid gas smell narrowed down to two sites

Whangarei District Council turns waste methane into power

Central Otago smog report "innovative", "comprehensive"


How neighbours from hell are damaging our vineyards – (Effects of spray drift)

Toxic chemicals clean-up needed

Toxic site clean-ups delayed by 10 yrs