Toxic algae bloom closes once-pristine lake

Toxic algae bloom closes once-pristine lake

Lake Clearwater in Ashburton Basin lakes is closed as of 21 December 2020 until further notice after potentially toxic blue-green algae (planktonic cyanobacteria) was found in the waters. Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health unit issued a health warning saying...
Keep an eye out for Māui this summer

Keep an eye out for Māui this summer

With more Kiwis purchasing boats and getting out on the water this summer, Department of Conservation (DOC) is asking people to report any sightings of Hector’s and Māui dolphins. These smallest species of dolphins are only found in New Zealand and their dwindling...
Coromandel kiwi deaths a cause for concern

Coromandel kiwi deaths a cause for concern

Department of Conservation (DOC) and kiwi protection groups are urging dog owners to train their pets to avoid kiwi, after recent reports of dead Coromandel brown kiwi were discovered in three locations: Tairua, Whenuakite, and Matarangi. The birds killed at Tairua...
13-year-old tags two striped marlin

13-year-old tags two striped marlin

The Bay of Islands Swordfish Club saw a good start to the year at the Harcourt’s Juniors Fishing Tournament held on 2 and 3 January. The two-day event, which was open to all kids under the age of 16, saw 30 teams and 80 anglers participate, with two tagged marlin from...
Energy company fined for system failure

Energy company fined for system failure

Contact Energy Limited has been convicted and fined $162,500 over a major incident at their Wairakei geothermal field, impacting on the Huka Falls and Waikato River in February 2019. On 2 December, judge David Kirkpatrick released his sentence for the company’s...