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Unique Partnership To Enhance Soil Health And Test Regen Ag Practices

Press Release – Synlait

New research on farms across New Zealand will measure and provide farmers tools to enhance soil health, including identifying where regenerative agriculture practices can make a difference. Read more »

‘Protecting Hector’s Means Prohibiting Set And Trawl Nets’ Say Advocates

Press Release – Maui and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders

Fisheries New Zealand has been consulting on protection options for South Island Hector’s dolphins. Submissions close today Monday 6 December at 5pm. But dolphin advocates say Fisheries officials’ recommendations are fundamentally flawed. Read more »

Coal Again Stopped In Its Tracks, One Year On

Press Release – Extinction Rebellion Otepoti

One year after stopping KiwiRail’s coal train at Dunedin Railway Station, Extinction Rebellion Ōtepoti & Ōtautahi land protectors have today again stopped coal in its tracks, this time by climbing onto a coal cart before it leaves Dunedin. Read more »

Health Warning – Potentially Toxic Algal Bloom In Wainono Lagoon

Press Release – Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health unit has issued a health warning after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in Wainono Lagoon. People should avoid the lake and animals, particularly dogs, should not be allowed near the water until the health warning has been lifted. Read more »

Changing Causes And Impacts Of Unwanted Fires In Our Forest And Rural Landscapes

Press Release – NZIF

Commercial forests and climate change are regularly cited as contributors to an increase in unwanted rural fires in New Zealand. However, evidence suggests other factors are exacerbating the causes and impacts of fires. The New Zealand Institute of Forestry is concerned. It is calling for current Crown land management policies to be re-examined to improve prevention rather than cure. Read more »

New Research On Crushed Glass As A Wastewater Filter

Press Release – Te Pukenga

2A concrete sand is the most commonly used sand filter in New Zealand’s wastewater treatment systems, but it’s expensive, and not always available – so what about crushed glass? Read more »

Case Study Delivers Insights On Low Carbon Building

Press Release – Innovatek

Building with engineered wood instead of concrete and steel offers a significant win for the environment, a new case study revealed. The study used Clearwater Quays apartments in Christchurch as its test case. Read more »

Award-winning Mural Unveiled In Howick, Auckland

Press Release – Keep New Zealand Beautiful

Auckland artist, Joel Nicholls, has unveiled his award-winning mural titled, ‘Water, Water, Water Everywhere’ across from the New World carpark in Howick. 
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Canterbury Museum: New Research – Bald Haast’s Eagle Feasted On Moa Guts

Press Release – Canterbury Museum

New Zealand’s extinct Haast’s Eagle (Hieraaetus moorei), the largest known eagle, gulped down viscera like a vulture and may even have been bald, new research suggests. Read more »

Temporary Road Closure First Step In Restoring Waipopo Wetland

Press Release – Land Information New Zealand

Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand is working with Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua and the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai (DOC) to restore the Waipopo wetland north of Timaru. Read more »

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