The press box - May

Published 31 May 2016

In case you missed them, here are some snippets of environmental news from the last month.


Renewable energy target called unrealistic

National surfing reserve proposed for coastal Taranaki

RMA reforms 'threaten' local democracy

Government considers bulk-buy of electric cars

Dame Margaret Bazley will retire from Environment Canterbury


Playful dolphins cause mini traffic jam

Danish tourist Rasmus Neilson fined $10,000 for shooting Blue Duck

Dead whale's jawbone hacked off

Tui population recovers on Banks Peninsula

Sixty per cent dip in Selwyn River flow affecting trout population

NZ's largest 1080 operation will cost $20.7 million

80-year-old eel among rescued fish – Canterbury 

New Plymouth DC's eco-corridor plan

Conservation group hits out at fish policy expert

Pest-free islands jewel in Coromandel crown

Shark feeding frenzy captured off Australian coast

Drive for conservation fund boost

Venomous snake found in Taranaki could actually be a native species of New Zealand

Forest park vision for Christchurch red zone

Concern over possible loss of angling amenity

Hovercraft trialled on Tauranga mangroves

'Rare' oarfish found washed up on beach near Kaikoura 


ECan has 'significant concerns' with Govt proposal to clean up lakes Ellesmere and Forsyth sooner

Damning report slams ECan's lack of action over cattle in waterways

Greenpeace plans stealthy protest against Central Plains Water irrigation scheme

Greenpeace protests with dairy sewage

Canterbury facing 'chronic ecosystem failure' without action, ecologist warns

Canterbury's poisonous Lake Forsyth kills sheep, full of green slime

Regional council hands out more warnings over nitrogen leaching in Lake Taupo

Tainui Group Holdings behind Lake Taupo protection breaches

DairyNZ survey shows reduced industry offending

Government invests another $7.85m in Canterbury irrigation

Waikato healthy rivers project underway

Farmer understanding of water quality at odds with regional plan

Consent Hearings/Developments

Wellington Airport runway extension application lodged

CBD-Panmure tunnel to bypass gridlock

New interest in Coromandel fish farming

Hawke's Bay solar-powered pump sold internationally

SkyPath one step closer after wind tunnel tests

Climate Change

How NZ should combat climate change

Editorial: Govt stands idly by on emissions

Genesis Energy to extend life of Huntly power plants

Islands wiped off the face of the Earth

14,000 Northland coastal properties at risk

Science of the autumn heatwave

Researcher weighs in on carbon trading tool

Z's green diesel about to flow

Heat on diplomats as climate talks begin

Air Quality 

Editorial: Environment Canterbury right to take gentle approach to smoke at present

Smoke over Sydney: Welcome to Australia's autumn of the future

Timaru's air pollution the worst in Australasia, figures reveal


Tonnes of rubbish removed in clean up

Diesel spill at Auckland naval base

Asbestos affected construction site next to Auckland kindergarten

Mobil fined over oil spill in Tauranga


White Island alert downgraded

Ruapehu on alert after 20C rise

Meet New Zealand's extreme scientists

‘Relational Values’ to environmental policy considerations

300% increase in noise complaints in Christchurch