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For many years, structured formal gardens have dominated our idea of what makes a beautiful residential landscape design. But that is changing, as the idea of rewilding and encouraging nature and pollination takes hold. Its a theme expounded by Sir David Attenborough in his book ...

Ministry for Primary Industries director-general Ray Smith says its challenging for rural communities at the moment, and may be for the next year, but the outlook for the countrys products remains bright. Global prices for New Zealands biggest primary sector exports have fallen s...

REVIEW: As anyone who visits the supermarket or vege store more regularly than Sam Uffindell would be acutely aware, food costs have increased significantly in recent times. Last financial year, the price of fruit and vegetables went up by 23%, while meat, poultry and fish all ro...

Kataraina Murrays young age hasnt stopped her from carefully mapping out her financial future, and home ownership is at the heart of the Patea teens pathway to prosperity. It's fair to say this 17-year-old intends to go places, already working part-time while juggling her Year 13...

Jim Tucker is a writer and journalist based in New Plymouth OPINION: Retired columnist/cartoonist Tom Scott has just written a highly favourable review of a book by his friend Denis Welch about former prime minister Norm Kirk, whose achievements included eschewing war, protesting...

January 27 hit, and it changed everything. The relationship with water is a very challenging one for many people now, says Auckland Councillor Richard Hills, speaking at the launch of Septembers Auckland Climate Festival Te Huinga Aahuarangi o Taamaki Makaurau . Founded two years...

Warning: This story reports on suicide and mental health. A coroner has released the harrowing details of a teenagers last months before she died by suicide, including how shed planned her death and hid her mental health from those closest to her. Lincoln University student and p...

Great South is fully committed to working more collaboratively with its shareholders, according to chief executive Chami Abeysinghe. The Invercargill City Council, a leading funder, has made public a report finding that Great South needs to have its constitution and its activitie...

The National Party has unveiled a multibillion-dollar plan of tax cuts and payments to families , to be funded mostly by cuts to the public service, new taxes and cash from the Emissions Trading Scheme. Nationals political rivals say its plan relies on too many variables, and hav...

*Follow Ensembles, Stuffs premium style platform, full NZ Fashion Week coverage here. Memorable runway shows are a piece of theatre. Like Zambesis 2017 New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) opening, theres a set that transports attendees somewhere else, and sashaying models delivering ...

Polar explorer Dr Geoff Wilson is no stranger to peril, but even by his standards his sea and land mission to the Antarctic and Arctic is high stakes adventuring. Australian Wilson, 53, his 22-year-old son Kitale, first mate Alistair Crusty Burton, and sailor and drone pilot Jord...

New Zealand remains significantly off track to meet a promise it made to the United Nations to reduce its net carbon emissions to half of its 2005 gross emissions by 2030, the International Monetary Fund says. But it says doubling the real price of carbon credits by 2030, while p...

Climate conscious pensioner Bill Holvey said he would try and stick around for a bit longer on planet Earth at least until greener ways to be cremated are legalised in New Zealand. The 87-year-old said he had decided to go back on his decision to donate his body to medicine follo...

More small and medium-sized businesses are taking steps cut their carbon footprint, but how easy is that to do if most of their emissions come from freight? Based in Golden Bay at the northern tip of the South Island, natural health and wellbeing online store, HealthPost received...

Rocket Lab, a space launch provider founded by former Southlander Peter Beck , has signed a double launch deal with Nasa to deliver its climate change research mission from New Zealand into low Earth orbit in May 2024. The mission, named Prefire (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-I...

There are 237,000 New Zealanders who rank among the worlds wealthiest 1%, a new report shows. Credit Suisse and UBS have launched the latest edition of the Global Wealth Report, for 2022, which showed a decline in global wealth for the first time since 2008 although a significant...

Awakened by howling winds that tore through his Maui neighbourhood , Shane Treu went out at dawn and saw a wooden power pole suddenly snap with a flash, its sparking, popping line falling to the dry grass below and quickly igniting a row of flames. He called 911 and then turned o...

The fund manager who launched a world first climate investment fund for getting New Zealand to 100% clean energy appointed the CEO of the worlds biggest oil company to its board just two weeks beforehand. BlackRock is an outspoken advocate for moving investments towards clean ene...

Today marks 10,000 days until 31 December 2050 the deadline of the ambitious goal to rid the country of three of the worst introduced predators devastating our native wildlife: possums, mustelids (ferrets, stoats, weasels) and rats. There isnt a day to waste. The very survival of...

The United States is expanding its aid mission to the Pacific as Washington steps up engagements with the island nations in response to Chinas growing influence. The US agency for international development said the latest show of commitment followed recent tours by Secretary of S...

The Environmental Protection Authority has approved a feed additive that can reduce methane emissions in livestock, but has not been approved by the Ministry for Primary industries for use as a veterinary medicine. DSM Nutritional Products applied to import or manufacture a subst...

The Forever House might have been demolished and sent to landfill, instead its been relocated to Ara Education Charitable Trust (AECT) to be refurbished by students as a real-world hands-on learning project. Heres a recap of the progress and stories so far. Cinelle Nuku and other...

Fonterra, which holds the unenviable title of New Zealands biggest greenhouse gas emitter, is poised to announce targets to reduce its largest source of emissions - those that come from its farmer suppliers. The co-operatives 9000 farmers have been bracing themselves since Fonter...

With the ground sodden after months of high rainfall, now information has shown tens of thousands could be affected across Wairarapa in a severe flood. The Greater Wellington Regional Flood Exposure Assessment obtained from Greater Wellington Regional Council under official infor...

When Prime Minister Chris Hipkins on Tuesday revealed the Government had worked with BlackRock to create a new $2 billion fund for renewable energy, conspiracy theorists once again took to their keyboards. It wasnt the first time New Zealand had got caught up in it all, with Jaci...

The Green Party wants to roll out grants of up to $6000 to push for clean energy upgrades in a push for more solar panels, replacing gas installations with electricity, and better insulation in homes. It estimated the grants would pay for about 25% of the upgrades, promising 10-y...

A lively debate kicking off the election campaign in Nelson tackled climate change, crime, and how to eat jelly babies. The Thursday evening event, hosted by the Public Service Association (PSA) union, saw union members fill the Suter Theatre. On stage, steeling themselves for a ...

NZ Steel got attention with a $140 million Government funding agreement to make greener metal. Yet 60 other companies have had their own, smaller-scale deals to cut their carbon footprints under the same programme. So are these grants turning the environmental heat down? Coal is ...

Tough questions need to be asked as the Pacific confronts climate change, lack of progress in sustainable development and the growing vulnerabilities in the region, Fijis government says. Addressing the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting in Suva this week, Fiji Depu...

State of our Gulf 2023 report at a glance: The latest in a line of reports into the health of the Hauraki Gulf paints a damning picture for the future of one of New Zealands environmental treasures with mass deaths of sealife likely to become more common. The State of our Gulf 20...

Healthcare workers are not paid enough, a room full of healthcare workers have been told. The first debate for the Kaikoura electorate was hosted by the Public Service Association on Tuesday night. Kaikoura National MP Stuart Smith , Labour candidate Emma Dewhirst and New Zealand...

US mega-investor BlackRock has worked with the Government to launch a new $2bn investment fund to help New Zealand reach 100% renewable electricity by 2030. BlackRock says the fund which will invest in projects like solar, wind, green hydrogen, battery storage and EV charging is ...

Taranakis renewable energy industry is well-placed to get a chunk of the $2 billion climate infrastructure fund announced to help New Zealand become the first country to achieve 100% renewable energy. Hiringa Energy director Cathy Clennett welcomed the Governments new partnership...

Auckland has scored badly on productivity, commitment to reducing emissions and for the quality of its cultural offerings, according to a new study comparing it with overseas rivals. Residents were happy with the quality of their neighbourhood environments, but the city risked lo...

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins will this week confront two near impossible problems, tax and climate change. Damien OConnor, a senior minister at the centre of the climate change issue, started the week with a blunt assessment of the tax-climate issue. He told the red meat sector: ...

Dr Jacqueline Rowarth is an adjunct professor at Lincoln University and has a PhD in soil science. She is on the board of directors of DairyNZ, Ravensdown, Deer IndustryNZ and NZ Animal Evaluation Ltd. OPINION: In an attempt to assist with making better policies for food systems,...

Cleaner air, better breathing, stress relief, disease prevention and defense from depression native trees offer a host of health advantages not only for us but for the planet we live on. That's why health promotion charity the Bupa Foundation has teamed up with Trees That Count t...

Giant waves, measuring as high as 4 metres, are becoming more common off Californias coast as the planet warms, according to innovative new research that tracked the surf's increasing height from historical data gathered over the past 90 years. Oceanographer Peter Bromirski at Sc...

New Zealand could nearly double its electricity supply by putting floating solar panels on a fraction of reservoirs and dams, experts estimate. The system doesnt require valuable or productive land, says Rogier Simons, general manager of energy company Vector Powersmart. The wate...

Dr Ganesh Nana is chair of the Productivity Commission. Dr Nana spent 22 years at the consultancy Business and Economics Research Limited. He is a current member of the Government-established Welfare Expert Advisory Group. OPINION: In a world grappling with systemic challenges, p...

Big plans are underway in Golden Bay with the expansion of the port and mussel industry, but with its main town of Takaka on a floodplain, the question of where workers will live has councillors and residents scratching their heads. At the same time, Tasman district councillors a...

Newsable is brought to you by BNZ . Fears droughts and extremely dry conditions over the coming summers in New South Wales could have a devastating impact on the states platypus population, have prompted a purpose-built solution. Taronga Western Plains Zoo will later this year op...

Tsewang Nuru Sherpa is an environmental researcher working on a project related to waste management in the Himalayas and NZ-based social enterprises at Lincoln University. OPINION : Covid-19 has given us a glimpse of a world without tourism, and besides the few optimistic headlin...

Its been raining, for so long, Dragons iconic 1984 lyrics have come true for Tamaki Makaurau, as rain continues to grip the region. Between the Auckland Anniversary flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle , most wont be surprised to learn that its been an especially wet year. From July 20...

Dawid Strauss is on a mission to help New Zealanders access affordable solar power for their hot water. Water heating makes up about 30% of a typical household's energy consumption, so savings in this area can make a big difference to your homes efficiency as well as your cost of...

Jellyfish. Theyre one of our planets strangest and most beautiful creatures. Famed naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough once called them the masters of nomadic existence. And in 2022, he was honoured as namesake for a fossil which is thought to be one of the earliest...

Transport experts dispute the National Partys claim its road-building plans will cut congestion. National unveiled a policy on Monday to spend $16.8 billion on 12 four-lane motorways and bypasses, $600m on a new highway, $5.6b on public transport and $313 million on road resilien...

Newly-elected climate chief Jim Skea has been accused of downplaying threats to the Pacific Islands in his first media interviews in the job. The new head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) told The Telegraph in Britain and German news magazine Der Spiegel th...

Warm weather across most of the North Island contributed to the Earths hottest day in recorded history: July 6. That Thursday when most of the country experienced a fine day the average air temperature across globe (including Aotearoa) was 17.08C, according to the World Meteorolo...

Nationals efforts to convince voters it is more trustworthy than Labour on the economy have been undermined by the transport minister claiming he has found a $2.8 billion hole in their $24bn transport policy . But Nationals plans to build 12 more roads of national significance, i...

Many of us strive to live more sustainably. We take reusable bags to the supermarket, drink our takeaway coffees from reusable cups and check our clothing labels to make sure our garments have been made by a company that values human rights and limits harm to the environment. But...

The National Party is set to unveil its transport policy the opening salvo in what is set to be one of the main ideological battles of the campaign: how to build and fund transport infrastructure in a climate emergency . Leader Christopher Luxon will launch the blueprint in Hamil...

The countrys largest generator of coal and gas-fired electricity, Genesis Energy, is hoping there may be a new way to reduce its environmental impact. Genesis chief operations officer Rebecca Larking said the state-owned power generator had this year begun a partnership with anot...

We like our beauty products to be natural, sustainable and cruelty-free as in not tested on animals. But what about child labour? Currently, theres no requirement for New Zealand companies to check their supply chains to see if modern slavery, including child labour , is being us...

Its four weeks after the fuel tax excise duty cut came to an end and fuel prices have been relatively stable but be warned, theyre about to climb again. On July 1 the 15-month-long tax cut, which removed the 25-cent fuel excise duty from petrol prices, was reintroduced at the pum...

Pacific governments warn if the global community does not stand together to curb the threat of greenhouse gas emissions, small island states will bear the brunt of extreme weather events. The warning came as regional attorney-generals and legal officers gathered in Fiji this week...

Climate change is loading the dice in favour of La Nina, the pattern partly responsible for the run of tropical storms over summer, according to a new study. La Ninas slowly build up warm water, which is pushed via trade winds to the west of the Pacific. When this heated water re...

Tom Powell, a climate activist with Climate Karanga Marlborough, explores climate issues in a conversational column featuring his partner Marg. Here they look into the practice of offsetting carbon. OPINION: Tom is sitting at the kitchen table, looking over the news. He looks up ...

Were you disturbed to learn that only plastics 1, 2 and 5 can be recycled though New Zealands kerbside bins? Take a moment when next at the supermarket to check the bottoms of containers. Youll find a surprising number of common products fall outside the range. The simplest way t...

The Government has backtracked on its decision to keep a tight lid on the carbon price, shortly after losing a court case to climate-concerned lawyers. The Zero Carbon Act is meant to remove carbon pricing from the swings of the election cycle, by requiring the government of the ...

The fingerprints of climate change are all over the intense heat waves gripping the globe this month, a new study finds. Researchers say the deadly hot spells in the American Southwest and Southern Europe could not have happened without the continuing buildup of warming gases in ...

A Swedish court on Monday fined climate activist Greta Thunberg for disobeying police during an environmental protest at an oil facility last month. Thunberg, 20, admitted to the facts but denied guilt, saying the fight against the fossil fuel industry was a form of self-defence ...

Imagine a future where a series of extreme weather events unfold in New Zealand over three months, killing people and devastating property. Theres a scientific consensus that climate change made them worse. The public has a surge of concern, and elects a new Government with a str...

The Green Party focussed on poverty and climate action at its election campaign launch in Wellington on Sunday, pledging to guarantee everyone a warm home, in a pitch which appeared to be angled towards would-be voters and those disillusioned with Labour. Party co-leader James Sh...

K (Guru) Gurunathan is a former Mayor of Kapiti and a regular opinion contributor. OPINION: Best I declare my card straight away. My wife and I are doting grandparents to our first grandchild, and a second is on the way. So, I am deeply concerned for the planets ability to provid...

It was the white-gold rush of the 1970s, that became a cautionary tale of overfishing . When stocks of orange roughy began to crash, drastic catch reductions were imposed and fisheries closed to allow populations to recover. The rescue mission was trumpeted around the world with ...

Aotearoas climate pollution has dropped 9% in three years, according to new Statistics NZ data. Last year, the country produced 75.3 million tonnes of greenhouse pollution, the lowest level since the statisticians started collecting emissions data in 2014. The tail-end of the pan...

The Government is permanently giving councils the power to test out changes to streets around schools and elsewhere, without going through a lengthy legal process. Councils will be able to try before they buy, when it comes to testing changes such as filtering or restricting traf...

We all hope for amazing sunshine filled days on holiday best combined, of course, with grey and dreary days back home. July 2023 could be a tipping point, with heatwaves across three continents Europe, North America and Asia making the usual peak summer holiday period unbearable....

The Government has announced it will partner with Fonterra in an attempt to cut coal use in the dairy industry, and reduce agricultural emissions. The relationship will see the dairy giant commit to cutting coal usage across six of its manufacturing sites which it says will resul...

Firefighting aircraft and ground crews from other countries headed to Greece on Thursday to help battle wildfires that have intensified as a heatwave baked much of southern Europe in temperatures above 40C. New evacuations were ordered on Wednesday as wildfires raged near Athens....

Officials warned residents and tourists packing Mediterranean destinations on Tuesday to stay indoors as a second heat wave in as many weeks hit the region and Greece, Spain and Switzerland battled wildfires. In Italy, Red Cross teams checked on the elderly by phone while in Port...

One of the most harsh and dramatic landscapes on the planet, the Arctic Circle is the focus of a recent architectural wonder in Greenland, designed to highlight the effects of climate change. The Kangiata Illorsua - Ilulissat Icefjord Centre, designed by Dorte Mandrup, sits on th...

Insurance company Tower warned it may report a full-year loss due to a challenging claims environment in New Zealand. The company said underlying profit after tax could range between a loss of $2 million and a profit of $3m in the year to the end of September. Thats a downgrade f...

News that climate activists won a lawsuit late last week appears to bumped up the faltering carbon price. This year, the cost for big emitters to produce greenhouse pollution went into freefall limiting the Governments ability to cut the countrys carbon footprint. But the carbon ...

Aucklands new public transport plan seeks to increase patronage by 50% in the next eight years, with more low-carbon travel, but falls far short of what the citys own emissions reduction plan requires . The Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) has a goal of 150 million boardings...

Craig Hickman is an equity manager on a 1000-cow dairy farm in mid-Canterbury. OPINION: A friend once told me that current Green Party policy will be Labour Party policy within 10 years. It was said to get me thinking about the possibility of a future ban on the importation of pa...

Todd Niall is the senior Auckland affairs reporter for Stuff. ANALYSIS: In May, mayor Wayne Brown represented Auckland at the World Climate Industry Expo in South Koreas Busan. Brown followed the footsteps of predecessor Phil Goff, travelling overseas to present Aucklands record ...

Earth smart. Natural. Green. Nontoxic. Planet-friendly. If a company or its products make claims that sound good, but are essentially vague or meaningless, then let the warning bells ring. It could be greenwashing. We have power as consumers to choose products from companies that...

Scorching temperatures across Europe forced the closure of the Acropolis in Athens for a second day as officials warned Saturday of even hotter weather next week, when the mercury is forecast to top 40C in several popular Mediterranean tourist destinations. Elderly people, young ...

Tourists in central Athens huddled under mist machines and zoo animals in Madrid were fed fruit popsicles as southern Europeans suffered through a heat wave that was projected to get much worse heading into the weekend. Temperatures in parts of Mediterranean Europe were forecast ...

New Zealand is giving almost $19 million to help people living in wetland areas in Asia adapt to climate change and avoid displacement. It will go to the Asian Mega-Deltas initiative which develops climate change-resilient rice, horticulture and aquaculture farming systems in Mek...

The Government has failed to follow its own climate law, it admitted in court today. In December, Cabinet led by then-Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern chose to keep a tight lid on how much companies pay for heating the planet. A group of lawyers sued the Government, saying it had br...

Every society clings to myths to live by. Ours is the myth of economic growth, says economist, author and playwright Tim Jackson, who is in New Zealand this week. As a society, were rushing headlong in the opposite direction of where we need to go. But we stay locked in a cycle o...

Electricity is a necessity, while jetting on holiday isnt but they are still charged the same rate for each tonne of climate pollution. That is unfair and less likely to change peoples polluting behaviour, according to new research. University of Leeds environmental economist Yan...

Back in 2019, the government launched the first phase of a plan to eradicate single-use plastic in New Zealand, introducing a ban on plastic shopping bags. The ban has kept one billion plastic bags out of our environment, and in July this year, a second phase of the strategy bega...

Martariki is not new, but its new to many. For us newbies, its a chance to embrace some new food traditions that help us better appreciate the significance of the season. Christmas traditions involve oranges, almonds, gingerbread and other spices, Christmas minces, ham or turkey ...

President Joe Biden and King Charles III, ageing leaders who've waited decades to reach the pinnacle of their careers, used their first meeting in their respective roles on Monday to highlight the generational issue of climate change as they prod private companies to do more to b...

ANALYSIS: The Green Party is dreaming big, but its facing down an election that may not be so dreamy. It claims its internal polling shows one in three voters are considering the Greens as a real option this election. Imagine if they got all those voters and filled 33% of Parliam...

James Shaw focused on climate change, talking up his efforts to create a relatively less bad future, while facing questions himself about his future as the Greens co-leader yesterday. The Green Party election year conference kicked off in Auckland on Saturday, with a speech from ...

The price of carbon credits has fallen further, casting a shadow over forestry investments and other initiatives to tackle climate change. Investment bank Jarden reported that carbon credits were trading for just $34 on Wednesday, down from their high of more than $88 last year, ...

Green Party co-leader James Shaw tried to balance a sense of frustration over the pace of climate action while insisting the Greens have delivered wins in Government. Amongst those wins, he detailed Government plans to reward farmers and other landowners for conservation work on ...

Earth's average temperature set a new unofficial record high on Thursday, the third such milestone in a week that already rated as the hottest on record . The planetary average hit 17.23 degrees Celsius, surpassing the 17.18-degree mark set Tuesday and equalled Wednesday, accordi...

If cargo ships were a country, theyd produce more climate pollution than South Korea, the worlds eighth-largest emitter. Officials from 178 countries are currently negotiating in London about how to tackle the 667 million tonnes of carbon dioxide produced by the global shipping i...

The entire planet sweltered for the two unofficial hottest days in human recordkeeping Monday and Tuesday, according to University of Maine scientists at the Climate Reanalyser project. For two straight days, the global average temperature spiked into uncharted territory. After s...

Oil importer Marsden Point could one day create millions of litres of sustainable aviation fuel out of water and gas. The Whangarei-based factory which used to release more than a million tonnes of pollution from producing petrol and diesel wants to become one of the worlds first...

As if we needed another reason to stop cutting down trees in our cities , latest research now suggests trees may play a part in slowing down our bodies ageing process. Yes, you read that correctly. According to a long-term study involving more than 900 people in the United States...

Is the governments sluggish climate change response due to the fact that most current voters, and the politicians empowered to pass the legislation, will likely be dead before the full consequences of their inaction is felt? Climate destruction is increasingly impacting New Zeala...

Aotearoa and the Pacific is due to get a dramatic change in weather over the next few months as we shift climate cycles from a triple dip La Nina event to the opposite direction. During the last three years, a significant amount of warm water built up in the western Pacific Ocean...

Climate change will become one of the major challenges producers face in continuing to grow the regions $4 billion food and fibre industries, organisers of an upcoming public meeting on the issue in Timaru say. Ensuring the region remains an important food bowl for national and i...

In one of the worlds most vulnerable places to rising sea levels and other extreme weather events, tens of thousands of honeybees are helping to restore protective ecosystems and rebuild families incomes in their fight against the climate crisis. The tiny, buzzing climate champio...

Ganesh Nana is chair of the Productivity Commission. OPINION : Systems change and systems thinking seem to be all the rage right now. In our A Fair Chance for All inquiry, we considered how well the public management system in Aotearoa New Zealand is operating. Our inquiry engage...

Do you find it hard to get affordable, nutritious food near your home? You might be living in a food swamp or a food desert. If there are no shops selling heathy food like fresh fruits and vegetables within a manageable walk, or trip on public transport, then you might be in a fo...

Jim Tucker is a journalist and writer based in New Plymouth. OPINION: In what feels like the last great era of books, its both encouraging and alarming to find a new one that might become the most influential of our time. Professor James Renwicks account of whats happening with c...

A British environment minister who is close to former Prime Minister Boris Johnson quit on Friday, accusing the current government of apathy toward climate issues. While Zac Goldsmith cited environmental policies as his reason for resigning, it came after he was asked to apologis...

From Saturday, single-use plastic produce bags will be consigned to history. The Government wants to phase out 10 hard-to-recycle plastic items by 2025 , following on from the plastic grocery bag ban in 2019. At the supermarket, reusable plastic bags will be available to buy, and...

Kiwi cash invested in Big Fossil nearly doubled in a year, says a sustainable finance charity. Cash with companies planning to expand their fossil fuel operations rose from $1.6 billion to $2.9b in 12 months, according to new analysis by Mindful Money. Founder Barry Coates said t...

Jason Mika is an associate professor at Te Raupapa Waikato Management School and Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato. OPINION: It is a sobering fact that Indigenous peoples are affected by poverty and climate change to a higher degree than other people. At t...

Horizons Regional Council is pledging to try to cut its carbon emissions by 43% by 2030 to play its part in responding to climate change. But what largely stands in its way is a fleet of 102 diesel utes, with no hybrid or electric vehicles yet available to replace them. The counc...

The Prime Ministers office says flying a backup plane for Chris Hipkins trip to China was justified in case of a breakdown, but says it did not travel all the way to Beijing and is instead waiting in Manila. Hipkins is in China for a week doing a series of high level political me...

When it comes to flying, going green may cost you more. And it's going to take a while for the strategy to take off. Sustainability was a hot topic this week at the Paris Air Show, the worlds largest event for the aviation industry, which faces increasing pressure to reduce the c...

Cycling is now the fastest growing mode of transport in several cities and towns across New Zealand, says Waka Kotahi. "There's no doubt more and more people are getting on their bikes, says Patrick Morgan, project manager with Cycling Action Network, New Zealand's national cycli...

Principals in even middle-income schools are reporting unprecedented levels of need as the cost of living crisis bears down on some of the youngest New Zealanders. They are speaking out now, under the condition of anonymity to protect their students, as schools and early childcar...

Atom Em and Summer Jayne are animal advocates and educators. OPINION: In early June, around 50 animal advocates gathered on Wellingtons waterfront to commemorate National Animal Rights Day, an event observed worldwide to remember the estimated tens of billions of land animals, an...

Some of the hype around disruptive food may be starting to slow, a Rabobank analyst says. Rabobank senior consumer food analyst Thomas Bailey said in the next few years the global consumer food industry would see a shift in innovation strategies. That would mean fewer disruptive ...

Electric commercial van champion LDV is the first brand to release an all-electric ute into the New Zealand market. We took a shiny bright blue one for a weekend spin to see how we liked it. Last year, 40,000 utes were sold in New Zealand and despite the growing popularity of ele...

Trees suck in greenhouse gas, clean the air and water, and provide homes to native wildlife. Well need a lot more of them to address the climate and biodiversity crises. Too often, climate policy and forestry expert David Hall warns, people have an all-or-nothing mindset: either ...

People in a Gisborne town have been told to evacuate now due to rising river levels as heavy rain and thunderstorms batter parts of the countrys east coast. Northland, Tairawhiti/Gisborne and parts of Auckland saw the worst of the rain on Wednesday night, with the east coast of b...

Renovating a derelict house is no mean feat. Especially when much of the work is being done by students, learning as they go how to transform a building into a warm, liveable, sustainable home. Thats the challenge taken on by the team at the Ara Education Charitable Trust (AECT),...

It is described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change a broken system but a massive proposed overhaul to the working of local government is not likely to deliver rates relief to households. A government report into the future of local government has made 17 key recommenda...

Choosing clothes made from cotton over those made from polyester should be an easy decision. One is a natural fibre, the other a plastic made from petroleum. But not so fast! Lets look at whats good and not so good about the two materials. Invented in 1941, polyester became uber-...

Mike Casey gets pretty excited about the latest tech and the latest new gadget for his orchard is an electric Monarch tractor, the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Casey sold the tech company he co-founded to Seek in 2019. Since then, he and his wife Rebecca have been running...

As an accountant, Greg Rathbun knew enough about lifestyle horticulture businesses to know that plenty of clients lost money chasing their dream. But that didnt stop him, a self-confessed greenhorn with a city background, and his partner Tann Duangprasit, from buying an avocado o...

New Zealand has long been a food-growing nation, but with agriculture (largely for export) making up half of the countrys emissions, people are looking for ways to grow food more cleanly . A raft of business and research leaders think we can tap new markets in more sustainable wa...

With less than two weeks to go before the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopts a revised strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, the industrys climate negotiators have been told it is still possible to translate aspiration into action. The call t...

New Zealand has long been a food-growing nation, but with agriculture (largely for export) making up half of the countrys greenhouse emissions , and being a major contributor to soil and water pollution, we must find ways to do it more sustainably. If farming is to survive, it ne...

Even a summer of terrible weather hasnt dampened Jenny Luxs enthusiasm for her organic and regenerative market garden. Lux established her farm in Ngongotaha, a short drive north of Rotorua, in 2016. Today, she grows a highly diverse range of organic produce from herbs and microg...

The Government isnt happy that its key climate policy is planting oodles of carbon-absorbing trees instead of driving clean energy. It has publicly presented ideas and an opportunity to sew elements together to get its Emissions Trading Scheme (or ETS) to more effectively reduce ...

The draft plan for the Emissions Trading Scheme is expected to be released by the Government on Monday, with the aim to incentivise greater emissions reduction instead of just planting trees. The ETS scheme is a government-run market where polluters buy credits for what they emit...

At least 96 people died in two of India's most populous states over the last several days, officials said Sunday, with swaths of the country reeling from a sweltering heatwave. The deaths happened in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and eastern Bihar where authorities warned r...

Emily Tuhi-Ao Bailey, is an ecologist and community organiser from Taranaki. For a countering view on the debate over the future of farming, read Jacqueline Rowarths article, When regulations push farmers out of farming, we need a new approach . OPINION: Last week hundreds of far...

Forests have been munching on the countrys trickiest climate problem : planet-heating methane produced by livestock and landfill. Scion and University of Lincoln scientists are studying how microbes living in the forest floor suck in and eat methane, destroying the potent greenho...

The agricultural sector is facing risks from a changing climatea moderate drought may reduce the operating profit of a dairy system by almost 30%, and two years of drought could cut sheep and beef farm profits by almost 65%, according to the Westpac NZ Agribusiness Climate Change...

Tui Warmenhoven ( Ngati Porou ) wipes away a tear as she surveys the broken and mangled tarseal formerly known as the road to Tokomaru Bay. It has been four weeks since Cyclone Gabrielle , and the only way to access her marae is through the use of an all-terrain vehicle. We did n...

The Government has for the second time walked away empty-handed from a pollution auction , creating a revenue shortfall. Polluters purchase the rights to produce greenhouse gas at regular auctions. All bids are assessed collectively. Those making an offer below the Governments se...

Toyota executives fielded challenges and reaped praise from investors at an annual general meeting Wednesday where shareholders ultimately rejected demands that the automaker do better on fighting climate change. The investor proposal was initiated by AkademikerPension, a US$20 b...

Jane Goodall thinks we're at a critical crossroad where one path leads to the end of life on earth as we know it, and the other to a slow climb out of the mess that we've made. Imagine that humanity is at the mouth of a very long and very dark tunnel. Right at the end, a little s...

The Forever Project was launched in March 2020 as part of Stuffs commitment to robust coverage of the epoch-defining challenges of climate change and sustainability. This popular Stuff initiative includes daily online coverage and in our newspapers, plus The Forever Project magaz...

ANALYSIS: El Nino is officially here, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and with it comes a change from the La Nina weather patterns New Zealand has experienced for the past three years. In particular, a switch from prevailing northeasterlies to...

Anxiety about the future of farming and agribusiness has emerged as an over-arching feature of consultancy firm KPMGs latest deep dive into the thinking of primary sector leaders, its Agribusiness Agenda 23 report. The significant levels of anxiety in the sector were driven by va...

A Dunedin climate activist allegedly forged a letter to delegates claiming that a petroleum conference had been cancelled. A jury trial for environmental activist Rosemary Anne Penwarden began in the Dunedin District Court on Monday morning, before Judge Michael Turner. The 64-ye...

Kate Acland is Beef + Lamb New Zealand chair and a mid-Canterbury sheep, beef and dairy farmer OPINION: Beef + Lamb New Zealand has been out on the road listening to farmers in a series of woolshed meetings over the past few weeks. Clearly, many farmers are frustrated at the over...

Rebecca McLeod is a marine ecology research at the University of Otago and a chairperson of the Fiordland Marine Guardians. William Austin is a marine geologist at the University of St Andrews. OPINION: Cyclone Gabrielle has highlighted forestry slash as a problematic aspect of r...

Shortly after the tropical cyclone Gabrielle hit the South Kaipara region, food, diesel or petrol was in short supply for locals. People couldnt get to the top of the South Head, because the road known by locals as the golden staircase was damaged. In the days following the storm...

A series of Palmy Climate Change Conversations kicks off on Wednesday at the City Library in the hope of sparking ideas and actions to help create a more positive future for the planet. The local events will piggy-back on a series of webinars, E tu mana o Te Ao: Building a Climat...

As it cancelled holiday plans, near-constant summer rain meant the North Island hydropower stations received little respite. The grid had its greenest start to the year since 1996, according to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment data. After skyrocketing in 2021, coal...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says farmers need certainty when it comes to agricultural emissions pricing, but he hasnt provided any when asked whether the Governments He Waka Eke Noa scheme would be passed in Parliament in its current form before the election. Earlier this ...

Green Party candidates will contest the 2023 general election in the Nelson and the West-Coast Tasman electorates. The Green Party has selected Tasman local, Steve Richards , to represent the party in the West-Coast Tasman electorate covering Golden Bay, Motueka and West Coast wh...

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Climate Change Minister James Shaw have signed the first memorandum of understanding with their Australian counterparts on climate change and the Pacific. Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen were in Wellin...

There is an urgent need for more innovative grassroots initiatives to help Pacific communities mitigate and adapt to climate change, World Vision New Zealand says. Its World Environment Week , and World Visions international director, TJ Grant, said it was the right time to refle...

A senior climate scientist says New Zealand may be relatively insulated from the extremities of future weather changes , but is urging the government to look at its implications, including the possibility of huge immigration numbers. Victoria University's senior climate scientist...

Earl Bardsley is a research associate in the School of Science at the University of Waikato and originator of the idea of pumped storage at Lake Onslow . OPINION: More than 100 years ago, the American astronomer Percival Lowell started making telescope observations of Mars, convi...

Major polluting countries are now pouring money into solar panels that produce cheap, green energy. The world could build enough solar energy required for a key climate goa l: limiting global heating to 1.5C, according to the International Energy Agency. But one Kiwi expert warne...

James Renwick is a climate scientist at Victoria University of Wellington, and worked as an author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He has published a book, Under The Weather. OPINION: We live on a finite planet. One with a fixed number of square metres of land,...

The Fijian prime minister is visiting New Zealand for his first official trip here in over 25 years. Sitiveni Rabuka arrived in New Zealand on Monday. Over the next several days he will meet with Prime Minister Chris Hipkins and other elected officials, while also visiting the Na...

World Vision New Zealands International Partnerships Director, TJ Grant, shares the inspiring story of one communitys transformation from barren and degraded land to a thriving forest and the benefits that come with re-greening communities. OPINION : Sometimes, the most effective...

With the need for climate action becoming clearer, the reduction of carbon emissions and increased use of renewable electricity is a growing priority for the brands people shop with. And as one of New Zealand's largest businesses, Countdown is leading the way, tackling climate ch...

Nelson Hospitals coal boilers each puff out more carbon than will be saved by the Governments $327.4 million proposal to make public transport cheaper. Free public transport for under-13s and half-priced fares for under-25s and Total Mobility cardholders will prevent between 625 ...

Agricultural Minister Damien O'Connor refused to rule out a tax on fertilisers, sparking speculation of a Government U-turn on farming. Labour has planned to charge farms for their greenhouse gas emissions from 2025, with the money recycled to reward agribusinesses introducing ca...

A prominent New Zealand climate change expert Dr Jim Salinger is working to bring his son home from the Thai Immigration Detention Centre where hes being held in what are described as deplorable conditions. Ari Salinger, 45, plead guilty to being in possession of two ecstasy tabl...

A study has found that traditional and digital social networks are key to improving community water management and sanitation in the Pacific. The United Nations warned in March that a quarter of the worlds population lacked safe drinking water. The first of its kind Water Policy ...

In 50 years, there could be 3.3 million Aucklanders in the City of Sails but, given more floods are also predicted where will we put them all? Planners say building up, instead of out, is the key to making room for everyone. In their latest population projections , Auckland Counc...

Earth has pushed past seven out of eight scientifically established safety limits and into the danger zone, not just for an overheating planet that's losing its natural areas, but for the well-being of people living on it, according to a new study. The study looks not just at gua...

Pacific Islands Forum leaders are driving new global momentum for climate change, Covid-19 crisis and other collective priorities for the region in South Korea this week, off the back of meetings with New Zealand, Australia, India and the United States. The third India-Pacific Co...

Plasterboard including the trademarked product Gib are the large sheets used to line walls, typically with white gypsum plaster sandwiched between two layers of heavy-duty paper. Its what builders and home renovators were going crazy fo r during last years post-lockdown building ...

Using polluters money to fund an electric furnace, the country will make its biggest ever carbon cut, the Government says. Sounds too good to be true? Olivia Wannan explains. By helping the Glenbrook steel mill to buy an electric-powered furnace, Kiwis could cut nearly 800,000 to...

Cristiano Marantes is chief executive of Ara Ake, New Zealands National Future Energy Centre. OPINION: Future generations will thank us for the Governments decision to spend $140 million co-funding NZ Steels Glenbrook $300 million decarbonisation initiative . To borrow the Maori ...

A majority of the NZ Media Council has found a Stuff story titled Puberty blockers still considered safe and reversible, health ministry says was unbalanced. Two council members dissented. The story was prompted by changes to wording on the Ministry of Health website about the us...

Dr Sarb Johal was driving his daughters home in Wellington when floodwaters surged almost to door-handle height . It was Saturday morning, he says, and they were returning from a music lesson. Deceptively, the rain had eased off at the start of that lesson. Then, just as they lef...

A Kiwi carbon offset company claims in its marketing that it meets the standards of a new watchdog. But the monitoring body whose name is being used hasnt even started testing companies, so no one can claim to meet its standards. In June, Stuff revealed that CarbonCrop was using ...

From throwing buckets of paint on protesters to represent greenwashing to marching on Parliament, thousands of school students across Aotearoa took to the streets in the years second School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) . Dozens of events were organised around New Zealand by the group ...

As the most affected by a warming planet, youth are demanding change and a voice, say the students marching for climate change action. About 150 students and their supporters gathered in Nelsons 1903 square on Friday afternoon. After a performance by indie band Parallel Park and ...

By 2030, farmers should switch to regenerative farming and embrace diversity, say students striking to demand climate action. Growing numbers of Kiwi farmers have adopted the approach , which aims to restore and boost soil health and biodiversity. The farming method could become ...

About three quarters of the way through his set, an audience member decided to heckle Tim Batt regarding his treatment of Wayne Brown (of all things). The hecklers complaint was that Batts extended riff on the things that Brown is older than (microwaves, for example), was ageist....

Pacific island leaders have endorsed a United Nations resolution to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact in the region. And they said the global climate crisis, not China, remains the biggest threat to the Pacific despite the United States securing a key def...

The environment is a shared taonga for which every business and every person has a responsibility. When it comes to reducing emissions and improving energy use, every contribution matters. As a nation of small businesses, being energy smart and climate-wise won't just save the on...

Joanna Santa Barbara is co-chair of Nelson Tasman Climate Forum. Greetings and welcome to Climate Action Week. The big team at Nelson Tasman Climate Forum is eager to show you some of the myriad activities in our region from tomorrow which are directed towards acting on climate. ...

Sophie Handford is the founder of School Strike 4 Climate in Aotearoa NZ and one of the countrys youngest district councillors. Handford will be speaking at Festival for the Future . OPINION: Parliament is not currently the place to find action with the urgency and scale required...

As people across the region prepare for a week of climate action , companies get to grips with how they can reduce their carbon footprint. There is no shortage of advice for businesses about how to cut their carbon emissions and become sustainable, Tahuna Beach Holiday Park marke...

ANALYSIS: NZ Steel will receive up to $140 million from the Government to change the way it produces steel under the terms of a provisional agreement that was announced on Sunday. Is the agreement a big leap forward in the fight against climate-change or an unnecessary piece of c...

Seven people have been arrested after a group of climate change activists poured a black substance into the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. The protesters from "Ultima Generazione" ("Last Generation") jumped into the tourist attraction with banners which read: "We won't pay...

Ramona Salvador has such a good offer shell bring you free lightbulbs and tips to slash hundreds off your power bill people can suspect its a scam. Salvador provides home energy makeovers for Ecobulb, a company that receives council, government and community funding to help famil...

Urgent action is needed as the ocean slowly consumes Southlands beaches, roads and even a landfill, a researcher says. Cassie Newman has studied the erosion patterns of four coastal areas in Southland for her masters thesis at the Auckland University of Technology. She used histo...

Concern about climate change is growing, but so is reluctance to pay a premium for greener products, research shows. Reports from Consumer NZ and NZ Post both show an increase in the number of people worried about the environment and a drop in the number willing to pay more for e...

A major seminar on energy and innovation in Southland will be held in Invercargill this week, drawing a host of business, academic, scientific and political figures. The wananga is a collaboration between Murihiku Regeneration and the Invercargill City Council. It has drawn suppo...

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown is set to travel 18,000km to attend the World Climate Industry Expo in South Korea next week. Brown will travel with the chair of the planning, environment and parks committee, councillor Richard Hills, to Busan for four days. The duo will leave Aucklan...

When twin sisters Shonte and Trenneyce want to make improvements to their family home, chances are they can do the work themselves. Even better, theyve established themselves on a solid career path in the construction sector thanks to a supportive cadetship with the South Aucklan...

The two biggest climate policies announced in the Budget may only have a minor impact on emissions. Stuffs Olivia Wannan reports. Cheaper public transport and warmer, drier homes received more than $700 million of climate funds in the Budget. Although the policies could alleviate...

A climate change educator is wondering where the next generation of climate leaders will come from if sweeping Auckland Council budget cuts are passed. Auckland mayor Wayne Brown is seeking to plug a $375 million shortfall in Auckland Councils budget. His proposal includes a $20m...

There's a two-out-of-three chance that the world will temporarily hit a key warming limit within the next five years, the United Nations weather agency said Wednesday. But it likely would only be a fleeting and less worrisome flirtation with the internationally agreed upon temper...

Gareth Hughes is a former Green MP, and works for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Aotearoa. He is not a member of any political party. OPINION: Grant Robertson may have been watching the weather very closely last week as Auckland declared yet another state of emergency just before...

Rising costs related to government reforms and climate change mitigation efforts have seen Taranaki Regional Council push up residential rates 10% higher than it previously forecast. At Tuesdays meeting of the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC), it adopted its 2023/24 annual plan, w...

The Government may spend billions buying overseas carbon credits over the next seven years. But monitoring of the health of our biggest homegrown carbon store was halved to save $500,000 a year. Nobody plans to restore it. Eloise Gibson reports. Roughly every five years, intrepid...

Climate change will reduce the land available for coffee by 54% by 2100 even if global temperatures are contained to internationally agreed targets, according to a new report. Coffee growers from Honduras to Ethiopia said they are already suffering from climate destabilisation an...

With winter officially starting in June, the time has come to pull out the winter woollies. It's less than three weeks away and temperatures have already started to drop. But is winter actually the best season? Are you a fan of the hats and scarves, cuddles, and cosy evenings in?...

Aston Martin has detailed its push towards carbon-neutral manufacturing at its Gaydon and St Athan facilities, as part of its Racing. Green. sustainability strategy, which will happen by 2030. The company has made significant progress in reducing its environmental impact by imple...

ANALYSIS: As Aucklanders lugged their sandbags out in anticipation of yet another extreme weather event, days after evacuations in Tasman after heavy rain and while the cleanup continues in Hawke's Bay, the political game-playing revved up. The games are likely to ramp up even mo...

Katrina Shanks is the chief executive of Financial Advice New Zealand. OPINION: It was a close call for a coffee roastery north of Auckland recently when strong winds brought down a very old oak tree on to its building during the night. The owner said if anyone had been inside at...

Extreme weather events are challenging the Governments ability to roll out forward-looking climate policies, leaving those who lose their homes or lives not in a very good place, Climate Change Minister James Shaw says. Asked about Nationals recent announcement that it would not ...

Government agencies collectively cut their footprint nearly 20% in their first step towards carbon neutrality, though Climate Change Minister James Shaw isnt sure they can keep it up. Clamping down on flights made the biggest difference: the 39 departments more than halved their ...

ANALYSIS: Intense rain has once put more peoples lives at risk, flooded homes, caused traffic chaos and closed schools. After months of thunderstorms, cyclones and atmospheric rivers, some Northland and Auckland residents might be wondering if its time to pack up and leave for dr...

While this weeks intense burst of rain in Auckland might not have beaten the deluges of the January 27 storm is it a sign they are becoming more common? Auckland Council data shows that around 77mm of rain fell in 2 hours in Henderson on Tuesday morning, and nearly 70mm of rain f...

A vehicle can produce four seconds of noxious, planet-heating black smoke from its tailpipe and still pass a Warrant of Fitness (WOF). Auto assessors say thats a joke. The Motor Trade Association (MTA) wants cars and trucks over 10 years old to be subject to a tougher test, where...

A group of climate-concerned lawyers is suing the Government, alleging ministers acted in breach of their own climate laws. In December, the Government chose to keep a lid on the carbon price , contrary to advice from the Climate Change Commission. The commission recommended that...

A quip about the sinking nation of Tuvalu made during live coronation coverage in Britain has been labelled unacceptable by the Pacific nations foreign affairs minister. During Sky News UKs broadcast of King Charles coronation events, a panel was discussing whether more nations i...

A British-Australian author who made a quip about the sinking nation of Tuvalu during live coronation coverage in Britain has apologised, saying it was clumsy phrasing of a climate change warning. During Sky News UKs broadcast of King Charles coronation events, a panel was discus...

Consumers who drank zero carbon Garage Project beer or Otis Oat Milk might have thought their beverage was saving the planet, but theres evidence the exact benefits are questionable. The companies are two of many purchasing a type of carbon offset earned when a forest owner promi...

Some carbon offsets promise to reduce deforestation. Theres growing evidence these claims may not always stack up. When ticking an airline's carbon offset box, youre probably picturing your dollars creating green action: someone planting a seedling that will grow into a tree. But...

New Zealand needs to find solutions to reduce methane emissions associated with meat and milk protein production and barn systems like those used by European farmers could be something to consider, says the chair of He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission, Dr Rod Carr. Carr said...

E mily Ridd is a 19-year-old former Feilding High School student who visited Malawi as a youth ambassador for World Vision. OPINION: Ive lived a pretty sheltered life here in New Zealand, so I dont think I could have ever fully comprehended what it would be like witnessing the de...

We often hear how damaging synthetic chemicals are to our health and the environment. But how can we change our eating habits and eat more organic food when the cost seems so high? Cost and availability were cited as the two biggest barriers to buying more organic food, according...

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins was presented with a plate full of sausage rolls by his UK counterpart, Rishi Sunak, when the pair met at Number 10 Downing Street ahead of the coronation. Hipkins himself came armed with Watties tomato sauce. The sausage rolls were from the popular G...

ANALYSIS : Welcome to the 2023 general election for Aotearoa, where the bread-and-butter issues are literally about bread and butter. Specifically: that we can no longer afford them . Read this story in te reo Maori and English here . / Panuitia tenei i te reo Maori me te reo Pak...

Gwynne Dyer is a UK-based Canadian journalist and historian who writes about international affairs. OPINION: There is a fever raging in the ocean. Last month it was worst off the eastern coast of North America, where the sea surface temperature was as much as 13.8 degrees Celsius...

The impacts of climate change are expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars and could see thousands of climate refugees arriving in South Canterbury, according to a report prepared for the Timaru District Council. The life-changing impacts were outlined in the report by Dr...

Restore Passenger Rail demonstrations have played havoc with traffic in the capital in recent weeks, blocking main roads into the city as commuters try to make their way into work. The groups protests include blocking the Terrace Tunnel , Transmission Gully , Adelaide Rd near the...

Two Restore Passenger Rail protesters have been arrested after occupying a gantry above State Highway 1 at Johnsonville, temporarily closing the motorway. Restore Passenger Rail demonstrations have played havoc with traffic in the capital, including protesters blocking the Terrac...

OPINION: No, thank YOU Tesla buyers for saving us. The EV subsidies going to brand-new Teslas alone total $80 million. Every dollar subsidising the worlds richest toddler, Bubba Musk, is a dollar that hasnt been spent on, say, hiring more bus drivers and paying them well. Or buyi...

While most of us sleep, there can be more going on out in the dark than we realise. House movers are busy working, for starters. On any regular weeknight around 15 houses are being moved around the country, says Jonathan Bhana-Thomson, chief executive of the New Zealand Heavy Hau...

Walk into many supermarkets in New Zealand, and youll find a soft plastic recycling bin in the corner. Or maybe not. Many of us are getting into the habit of dropping off our clean soft plastics for recycling. But its frustrating to arrive with our bag of plastics and the designa...

Dr Liz Craig is a Labour list MP based in Invercargill. Opinion: Last week, along with representatives from the Invercargill City Council, Environment Southland and the Waihopai Runaka, I had the pleasure of attending the whakawatea to officially mark the completion of the Stead ...

Police have removed protesters who blocked Wellington traffic on Wednesday morning on Glenmore St, at the city end of the Karori tunnel. Members of the public challenged the Restore Passenger Rail protesters who blocked transport, including buses. Liam Hannah, who confronted the ...

Lauvale Tiumalu Peter Faafiu is a former New Zealand diplomat and the global vice chair for the international board of Amnesty International. OPINION: New Zealands top diplomat, Chris Seed (the chief executive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) in recent weeks has remi...

A small rural Northland council is looking into establishing a waste to energy plant that would incinerate household rubbish produced between Auckland and the Far North. But the plan isn't without detractors, who say people need to produce less rubbish rather than looking to tech...

As more New Zealand businesses strive to reduce their carbon footprint, accurate measurement of emissions will help achieve more effective reduction strategies. One major source of emissions for many businesses is their electricity emissions, which is why Simply Energy is launchi...

The Government is changing the Clean Car programme to increase fees slapped on higher emitting vehicles, changing the rebates for zero emissions imports and lowering the threshold for eligible vehicles. The changes come as the scheme was successfully exceeding industry and govern...

Andrew Stewart is a fourth generation sheep and beef farmer in the Rangitikei region and a regular Stuff columnist. OPINION: One of the wonders of living in rural New Zealand is being surrounded by Mother Nature in all her glory. Sure, she can be a cow at times, as recently seen ...

With climate change a growing threat to Aotearoas town and cities, The Post is examining what Wellingtons future might look like and how prepared the region is for natural disaster. They live amongst us. They are artists, psychiatrists, civil engineers, and events managers. But w...

Like many families my kids have been lobbying for a pet. Read this story in te reo Maori and English here . / Panuitia tenei i te reo Maori me te reo Pakeha ki konei . Our family cant agree. One daughter is obsessed with cats and the other would die for a dog (or a sloth if that ...

As the capital reels from a number of severe weather events, experts are warning tens of thousands of Wellington homes will soon be uninsurable. Insurance retreat is such a touchy subject that Insurance Council chief executive Tim Grafton will neither talk about it nor issue a st...

Pacific leaders are watching closely the debate in the United States Congress over foreign aid, hoping the Republicans will approve President Joe Bidens economic assistance package to the island nations. In September last year, Biden hosted more than a dozen Pacific leaders and e...

A New Zealand man jailed for his role in a climate protest has been handed the longest prison sentence of its kind in British history. Morgan Trowland, a civil engineer from Ashburton, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment for a protest action that shut down a busy road ...

A staff member at New Zealands highest emitting company, Fonterra, was asked to help the Government design a major climate scheme, but officials wont immediately say who they were or what kind of input they gave. The employee was one of only a few external experts asked to help d...

The world's oceans have suddenly spiked much hotter and well above record levels in the last few weeks, with scientists trying to figure out what it means and whether it forecasts a surge in atmospheric warming. Some researchers think the jump in sea surface temperatures stems fr...

Whakatane and Opotiki townships face inundation and flooding, while Kawerau is looking at increased fire risk, according to a climate change risk assessment commissioned by Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The report looked at two projections based on extreme and moderate estimate...

Its a trick legal question: a tree from a neighbouring property falls onto your house during a storm who pays for the damage? If you ask insurance companies, and most lawyers, the answers easy and maybe not one youd like: you do (or your insurance company, if youre covered). The ...

A group of pre-eminent academics publicly opposed to plans for a new international airport in remote Central Otago has grown exponentially. In January, Informed Leaders published an open letter signed by 11 academics on the proposal , which they said was at odds with the climate ...

The Government has been given a firm shake-up from the Climate Commission, with new advice warning it must urgently rethink the emissions trading scheme and its over-reliance on planting exotic forests. The warning comes in the commission's draft advice for the Government's secon...

Newsable is brought to you by BNZ . Listen to todays episode in the player below. Newsable is Stuffs daily news podcast, wrapping up whats worth talking about in a short package every weekday morning. You can find new episodes and more detail on our stories here or in our newslet...

Cats can be cute and when it suits them also cuddly. Their quirky habits make us laugh. We can love them like family. But cats across Aotearoa lead many lives. While well-fed moggies snooze on the sofa, out in the back blocks, large feral cats devour native birds, bats, lizards, ...

We know about slow food. Its the pleasure of a sourdough loaf or the health benefits of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. It's the satisfaction of a home-cooked casserole at the end of a long day. Slow design is similar. It provides an approach to everyday objects that like th...

R Restore Passenger Rail protesters have had their plans to block traffic in Johnsonville foiled by police on Wednesday morning. Stuff understands the protest group had planned to block a major route in Johnsonville on Wednesday morning, but police intervened before they could bl...

Not all wasps are bad. Some are annoying. Others are terrifying. New Zealand has native wasps which have evolved here and dont sting. They contribute to plant pollination along with other insects. Australian paper wasps have been in New Zealand since the 1880s, Asian paper wasps ...

David Hall is the Climate Policy Director at Toha. OPINION: After Cyclone Gabrielle , forestry experts are calling for permanent native forest to be restored to the upper catchments of the East Coast. This would transform local biodiversity. But the reduction of climate-related r...

Traffic is now flowing again after four climate protesters were cleared from a central Wellington road that they had blocked on Monday morning. But Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is warning that delays are possible while queued traffic clears. Climate protesters had blocked the ...

Horizons Regional Council is continuing to improve the regions climate resilience and flood protection, with a new structure to be built along the Manawatu River in Palmerston North. Horizons senior project engineer Diandri van Zyl said contractors had begun work on the site wher...

Janine Starks is the author of www.moneytips.nz and a financial commentator with expertise in banking, personal finance and funds management. OPINION: Flash floods, cyclones and now tornados have torn around New Zealand. While some Kiwis face a terrible clean-up, the rest of us w...

One of Palmerston Norths newest subdivisions is providing a trial ground to test the capacity of rain gardens that limit stormwater problems when the rain pours down. Rangitane o Manawatu Investment Trust has had a frustrating three years bringing its 32-section subdivision in As...

A group concerned about land use practices in Tairawhiti have appeared before the United Nations asking it to investigate harm caused by the pine industry. Renee Raroa (Ngati Porou, Te Whanau-a-Takimoana) represented Mana Taiao Tairawhiti at the 22nd Session of the Permanent Foru...

A lot of things were different in during the Covid-19 lockdown years. Fights broke out over toilet paper. A lot of banana bread was baked. And a number of companies hit share prices that now seem like a fever dream. While share markets suffered when Covid-19 first started its spr...

Andrew Gunn is a Christchurch-based film and television scriptwriter, and columnist. OPINION/SATIRE: Welcome to National Party Headquarters! So youve decided to apply for selection as a candidate . Thats great! Before you proceed to your interview, please fill out this pre-interv...

Flooding, marine heatwaves, drought and landslides are among the key climate change risks for the Bay of Plenty, according to the regions first assessment report. The report, presented to the Bay of Plenty Mayoral Forum on Friday, highlights a number of significant and wide-rangi...

The Government wont extend the fuel tax subsidy beyond its June deadline, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. The Government temporarily cut 25 cents a litre from fuel taxes in March last year in response to a spike in fuel costs following Russias invasion of Ukraine. Having b...

The impact of Cyclone Gabrielle continues to be felt, with Napier Ports profits expected to be severely impacted. Forsyth Barr made significant cuts to its forecast for the port companys profit this year due to the severe impact of Cyclone Gabrielle on the Hawke's Bay export sect...

The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are now losing more than three times as much ice a year as they were 30 years ago, according to a new comprehensive international study. Using 50 different satellite estimates, researchers found that Greenlands melt has gone into hyperdrive ...

A mega solar farm development set for Waikato has turned another leaf with an agreement signed between the international developer and manawhenua. The fast tracked multi-million dollar solar farm will operate on two sites covering a total of 660 hectares in north Waikatos Rangiri...

Teressa Betty is the Kaiwhakahaere matua (chief executive) of Toitu Envirocare. She explains why Toitu has decided to ask customers of its certification programme to commit to tackling their supply chains, and their lobbying. OPINION: Work from Stuff s Forever Project published l...

A banana shaped main road and the growing popularity of campervans are being blamed for costly damage to shop verandas in Motueka's main street. Claire Hutt, the coordinator Our Town Motueka the local business association - said the camber of High St, likened to a banana shape, m...

Staff advised the Environment Minister to urgently step in to stop a major polluter getting ahead of a crucial law change. What he did next was "deeply disappointing" to some. Eloise Gibson reports. One of New Zealands biggest climate polluters can keep operating until 2046, afte...

Claire Charters is the Rongomau Taketake, Indigenous Rights Governance Partner, at Te Kahui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission. OPINION: In little more than a day, the Government announced and closed submissions on its amendment to the Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Bill . T...

The world is awash in floods, scorched by heat-waves and wildfires, battered with pummelling winds, yet youll still find people who deny that climate change is real. All of which presents ripe territory for multi award-winning comedian/writer/podcaster Tim Batt. Batt has performe...

A PART OF advertisement You can help the climate crisis Articles and investigations that put pressure on Governments, corporates and communities regarding their climate response create real change. The Government shaved 6 million tonnes off the first-ever carbon budgets after Stu...

Dr Jacqueline Rowarth, is an adjunct professor at Lincoln University, and is a director of Ravensdown, DairyNZ and Deer Industry NZ. OPINION: Cyclone Gabrielle knocked thousands of hectares of trees to the ground, and washed tonnes of soil out to sea. The carbon in the trees and ...

Dr Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist and associate professor at the University of Auckland OPINION: Last week saw the release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Synthesis Report . This is the short version of the panels sixth assessment report of the ...

This story is from the team at thespinoff.co.nz . The Greens say climate change will be integral to the big decision this year. Toby Manhire explores the data. Devastating, global-warming-exacerbated storms. A new IPCC report laying out the calamitous fireball hurtling our way. A...

Indigenous knowledge has an important role to play in preparing for a warmer future, according to a new climate change report . The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its sixth assessment report on Tuesday, drawing on almost a decade of climate change scien...

The ministry tasked with rolling out some of the biggest environmental shifts amid the climate crisis has a new captain at the helm , keen to translate legislation and policy to work on the ground. Last month, James Palmer stepped from CEO of Hawkes Bay Regional Council, to a rec...

A Niwa climate change expert joined Stuff for a live chat to answer questions from readers on Tuesday. The Q&A came after a report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was released. Niwa principal scientist of atmosphere and climate Dr Olaf Morgenstern said the report w...

Niwa principal atmosphere and climate scientist Olaf Morgenstern joins Stuff at 12:30 to answer your questions on the climate crisis....

Governments have produced a TL;DR version of a key report explaining the climate crisis. Stuffs Olivia Wannan, Eloise Gibson and Kate Newton chart your way through the evidence. Governments admit that, collectively, they are not doing enough to avoid the catastrophic effects of c...

OPINION: This decade is the critical moment for making deep, rapid cuts to emissions, and acting to protect people from dangerous climate impacts we can no longer avoid, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ). The synthesis report...

Agriculture Minister Damien OConnor is warning the rural sector to expect more disruption as a result of climate change. His comments, made during a political panel at the Central District Field Days at Manfeild Park in Feilding, come as the Government seeks to push farmers to ch...

Scientists have cautiously concluded climate change is partly responsible for Cyclone Gabrielles damage . The February disaster featured many of the effects of a heating atmosphere souped-up storms, extreme rain, flooding and intense winds. Dubbed the countrys most severe weather...

Kaiparas mayor has been criticised for an irresponsible climate change stance, after saying Cyclone Gabrielle was part of normal weather cycles and not made worse by climate change. Kaipara mayor Craig Jepson said he would like to see the science that shows the cyclone was made w...

It is the over-riding, sometimes overwhelming, crisis facing humanity. Depending on where you live, the effects of the Earths now clearly changing climate is causing more intense storms, hotter temperatures, or longer droughts. And its not only scientists have been warning us for...

Dr Catherine Knight is an award-winning writer and policy practitioner who has published several books on the environment, including Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand (2018). She is an honorary research associate at the School of People, Environm...

Schoolchildren desperate for Government action to prevent climate change want young peoples voices to be heard. A group of school students and other supporters gathered in Te Marae o Hine-The Square on Friday afternoon, part of the nationwide School Strike 4 Climate, where childr...

They gathered, they marched, and they made themselves heard. Thousands of protesters of all ages, led by youth organisations School Strike for Climate and Fridays for Future, took to the streets in 11 centres across the country on Friday, demanding action from leaders on climate ...

Thousands of school students will pour out of classrooms and take to the streets across Aotearoa on Friday, demanding more action from the Government on climate change . Read this story in te reo Maori and English here . / Panuitia tenei i te reo Maori me te reo Pakeha ki konei ....

Arena Williams (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngai Tahu, Ngai Tuhoe) is the Labour MP for the Auckland electorate of Manurewa. She is a lawyer and mother of two. Stuart Smith is the National MP for the South Island electorate of Kaikoura. He is a former grape grower, winemaker and inducte...

This reporting is part of Stuff s fact-checking project, The Whole Truth Te Tikanga Katoa. You can read the rest of our fact-checks here . Read this story in te reo Maori and English here . / Panuitia tenei i te reo Maori me te reo Pakeha ki konei . There is an ongoing debate abo...

Representing New Zealand as the first deputy PM of Pacific descent at the Pacific Island Forum Special Leaders Meeting, Carmel Sepuloni was off to a quick start, walking from the plane into 27 degree heat and official meetings with top leaders. Hours after her first bilateral mee...

Maori climate leaders have met with the US Secretary for the Interior Debra Haaland to discuss the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities. The meeting between Haaland, who is of Laguna Pueblo heritage, and members of the National Iwi Chairs Forum took place on Wednes...

On Tuesday morning, National MP Maureen Pugh was "waiting for evidence" that humans caused climate change. By Tuesday afternoon, Pugh accepted the scientific consensus that human-induced climate change is real. Pugh earlier on Tuesday said she had not seen the evidence around the...

National MP Maureen Pugh says she has yet to see the evidence that humans caused, or the human impact on, climate change . Her comments spurred Climate Change Minister James Shaw to ask if Pugh believes in reality and or gravity, while National deputy leader Nicola Willis said sh...

Amanda Clinton-Gohdes is a New Plymouth District councillor and chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. OPINION: Over the last few weeks, we have been very lucky in Taranaki. We have narrowly escaped two catastrophic weather events, and as I speak to people in our communi...

Andrea Vance is a senior writer at Stuff. OPINION: We need to make some decisions. There's no question that as a country we need to look at the resilience of our infrastructure, and we need to do that with a much greater sense of urgency, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said last we...

Climate change has arrived at our doorstep like a gatecrasher at a summer picnic . The trail of devastation wrecked by extreme weather events over the past weeks left many of us feeling stunned and powerless. There are things we can do to reduce future impacts and better adapt to...

Teall Crossen is an environmental barrister with extensive experience in resource management and environmental law, and climate change advocacy. OPINION: In the wake of severe flooding in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, followed by the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle , everyone agrees...

The huge cyclone devastation across the country is potentially moving the dial on climate change action in Parliament. Climate Change Minister James Shaw wants to accelerate changes to adaptation rules , asking officials to look at what can be put in place sooner, rather than lat...

If the reality of the climate crisis hadnt sunk in for you until this summer, youre probably not alone. Humans simply arent wired to assess future threats - particularly ones they cant see, like a warming planet. But with yet another cyclone hitting the North Island - as fears of...

Lana Hart is a Christchurch-based writer, broadcaster and tutor. OPINION: Climate change -induced weather has exerted its mighty force upon Aotearoa this summer, taking lives, cutting off communities, destroying homes, businesses and clubs, and causing what could be over a billio...

Climate change is likely responsible for 10 to 20% of the rain that flooded Auckland and Northland, according to Niwa climate scientist Sam Dean. At Albert Park, 211mm of rain fell in under 6 hours. Global heating contributed 21 to 42mm of water at max, the depth of five iPhone 1...

Dr Carwyn Jones (Ngati Kahungunu) is the lead academic in Maori laws and philosophy at Te Wananga o Raukawa and an honorary adjunct professor in Maori studies at Victoria University of Wellington. OPINION: The extreme weather events that we have witnessed around the country with ...

Environment Southland is widening and raising the height of a Southland river stop bank, preparing for natural disasters due to climate change. Construction work to improve the Waihopai River stop bank on the eastern side between Stead St and the rail crossing at the north end of...

Neil Holdom is the mayor of the New Plymouth District. OPINION: Nelson, Marlborough, Gisborne, Waitaki, Coromandel and now Auckland. The common thread. Extremely heavy rain causing widespread damage to our roading networks. Those who deny our climate is changing are struggling to...

Aucklands flooding was "probably the most severe climate-related event of its time" in New Zealand, Climate Change Minister James Shaw says, as he attempts to pull together cross-party support for a new bill on adapting to climate change. Shaw wants to introduce the third compone...

You dont need a dwindling glacier to see the effects of climate change just head down for a frolic in the long grass. Achoo. Wellington was not alone in recording its wettest winter on record in 2022 and, even before summer had started, November was confirmed as the hottest on re...

In an alternate world where humans never burned fossil fuels, ex-Cyclone Hale would be less wet and wild. The remnants of the tropical cyclone are forecast to bring heavy rain and strong wind this week. Civil Defence warned the storm is likely to be a significant event with wides...

As you pack up your sodden tent or cancel the weekend barbecue, you may curse the changing climate for the intensive downpours. But is global heating responsible for the weather woes? More than a months worth of rain has fallen on Northland and Coromandel with more to come . Clim...

As climate change alters the ebbs and flows of ocean currents, hundreds of kilograms of carbon dioxide stored in Fiordlands waterways could be released. This hypothesis is being investigated by a University of Otago team, led by Associate Professor Christopher Moy and Professor G...

Climate change, a new bus service and funding for the Capital Connection rail service were raised at Horizons Regional Councils final meeting of year on Wednesday. Climate change was front and centre, with the Joint Climate Action Plan top of the agenda. The draft report, stemmin...

Bluff resident Noel Peterson is urging the Invercargill City Council to ramp up its approach to climate change mitigation saying some serious money needs to be invested. Peterson stood for Invercargill mayor at Octobers election, with climate change mitigation his top priority, b...

The word might be falling out of currency, but when I was growing up people with unjustifiably optimistic attitudes were called Pollyannas and it wasn't a compliment. Hope is an optimistic state of mind, based in the belief of the potential for good to happen. Now more than ever ...

My virtual kids are moping around the house, looking down the hill and missing the seafront property where they used to live. Only now its underwater. It was a $2 million home, right on the beach and I had $500k in the bank to do what I liked with. I felt like life had dealt a wi...

Climate-concerned lawyers failed to convince a judge that the Climate Change Commissions carbon-cutting maths was wrong. High Court justice Jillian Mallon dismissed all the grounds of review argued by Lawyers for Climate Action. She found the commission correctly interpreted the ...

Adapting to a changing environment will become increasingly important as the realities of climate change will be felt on farms, an AgResearch scientist says. Speaking at the New Zealand Grassland Association Conference in Invercargill, senior scientist and animal geneticist, Tric...

Climate change is a manifestation of colonisation due to dominant capitalism values, the International Indigenous Research Conference has heard. Dr Rhys Jones, a public health practitioner and associate professor for the University of Aucklands Te Kupenga Hauora Maori, led the 10...

A growing number of Pacific Islanders are facing the increasing impacts of climate change , including severe cyclones , storm surges and flooding . Thats according to a new report, The human rights experiences of Pacific migrant workers , by the United Nations Human Rights Office...

Commerce Minister David Clark is dangling the threat of a market study over the insurance sector as Treasury monitors its charges, but the peak body representing insurers warns an urgent focus on climate change is needed to stop premiums becoming unaffordable. Clark is considerin...

More Samoans are taking up seasonal work in New Zealand to provide for their families, as the effects of climate change continue to ravage the Pacific region , a new study has revealed. Research by Dr Christina Tausa from the University of Canterbury revealed seasonal work in New...

Tom Powell is a spokesperson for Climate Karanga Marlborough and Tim Jones is from Coal Action Network OPINION: Every one of us will love someone who is still alive in 2100. This simple, yet prophetic statement by young New York climate activist Ayisha Siddiqa struck a chill down...

Farming women are more concerned about the climate resilience of their farms than their male counterparts, new research found. A Victoria University of Wellington study looked at Kiwi farmers perceptions of future droughts and climate change, and how that influenced the way they ...

Mount Ruapehus skifields may be the countrys first big business casualty of climate change , after a bad snow season followed a couple of tough trading years during Covid-19. Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, which operates the Whakapapa and Turoa skifields in the central North Island was th...

The Governments new farmgate emissions pricing scheme , He Waka Eke Noa, was the subject of disagreement around the Cabinet table, with Climate Change Minister James Shaws favoured proposal for a cap and trade scheme for methane rejected by Labour ministers. Instead, Cabinet agre...

Planes allowed Kapiti midwife Sahra Kress to make New Zealand her home, and to assist healthcare providers in Papau New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. But after seeing Pacific villages threatened by climate change, shes shunning the carbon-intensive form of travel. I ca...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw is encouraging students at Fridays School Strike 4 Climate rally at Parliament to continue fighting for the cause. Thousands of students around New Zealand called on politicians to do more to combat climate change in the first of several demonst...

Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr says the bank will be increasing the number of conversations it has about climate change over the coming year. The impacts of climate change were already here, and those impacts are increasing, he told a conference in Auckland on Monday. The last ...

Could local government be ahead of the game when it comes to accepting the wero (challenge) thrown up by climate change ? Mayoral hopefuls throughout New Zealand overwhelmingly do want tangible action taken, and now, a survey has found. Respondents to the 2022 Local Democracy Rep...

Canterbury residents are more concerned about climate change than the rest of New Zealand, a new Stuff survey has revealed. The NowNext survey asked more than 5500 New Zealanders about their major concerns over two weeks in August. The results were weighted to reflect national ag...

Southland fishers are seeing larger and more exotic fish than ever before as the oceans temperature gauge ticks upwards, even in the deep south. For Southern Sport Fishing Club president Ian Carrick, its made trips out on the boat all the more exciting. Where blue cod was once th...

A comprehensive study into the mental health challenges Pacific countries have faced with the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis is under way. The Pacific Mental Health Survey, co-led by Pacific health expert Sir Collin Tukuitonga , will focus on Tuvalu, Samoa and Tonga. Pl...

Concern about climate change is increasing among all generations but data show younger people have always led the way. Born into uncertainty and filled with youthful conviction, young people have formed the vanguard in climate change protests and other forms of direct action. But...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says the recent spate of slips in Wellington follows a global pattern of more extreme weather a symptom of a changing climate. A third of Pakistan is underwater , heat waves are devastating China , fires in Australia and California , droughts an...

Ben Kepes is a Canterbury-based entrepreneur and professional board member. OPINION: I was an impressionable teenager when, in 1985, then-prime minister David Lange took part in the Oxford Union debate . The subject of the debate was that 'nuclear weapons are morally indefensible...

We face a future of rising prices and empty shelves even after the Covid pandemic is over because of the worsening effects of climate change , a researcher says. Rising heat , and other extreme weather such as flooding , will increasingly disrupt the way businesses operate, said ...

A Canterbury man has invented a better steam engine and believes it can help to relieve climate change. Will Harvie reports. Sam Mackwell wants to get diesel out of food production. Some New Zealand farmers are burning 200,000 to 300,000 litres of the dirty fuel a year, he says, ...

A councillors voice choked with emotion and there was a standing ovation from activists as Hamilton City Council signed off on a new climate change action strategy. Reference was also made to the extreme weather events hitting the South Island . Lets make the next three years the...

Auckland councillors have voted clearly in favour of a plan that will significantly change how they move around the city over the next eight years in a bid to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets. Three councillors voted against adopting the Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway...

Aucklanders will find out today how much they will need to change how they get around for the city to meet its commitment to halve climate warming emissions by 2030. Auckland Councils Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway (TERP) will outline how much less driving will be needed ,...

Todd Niall is the senior Auckland affairs reporter for Stuff. OPINION: Aucklands target of halving carbon emissions by 2030 is huge, but the critical early steps towards getting there are relatively small . Yet, there are already some warning signs about how that is going. The bi...

When the Mataura River rose again late last month, Doreen Lee packed a bag, just in case she had to evacuate her home. In the 2020 floods about two feet of water (about 60cm) surrounded her Bangor St house in Mataura. We were probably very lucky it didnt get inside, but it was ve...

The Governments first plan for coping with climate hazards signals sweeping changes to how the country assesses risk. Home buyers will get more climate information on LIM reports and councils will have to stress-test city plans against a hotter future. Therell be public portals w...

A Tuvaluan couple have had their appeals against deportation denied, despite arguments they face an uncertain future due to climate change affecting their island home . Puatua Teaitala and Miliama Paitela, aged 77 and 68 respectively, came to New Zealand in 2019 on visitor visas ...

Climate concerns were centre stage at a joint committee meeting between the Tasman District and Nelson City Councils. The joint committee met on Wednesday and accepted the policy decisions of the draft Future Development Strategy (FDS) the two councils are developing. However, Ne...

Climate change is real and happening right now, but many homeowners in at-risk areas are still not thinking realistically about what it means for their properties, experts say. In recent months, there has been a succession of significant floods around the country, and that follow...

Climate change and severe weather events are being blamed for a drop of nearly 200 whio breeding pairs in the past year. A Department of Conservation blue duck count found 694 pairs in monitored areas this year. In 2021, there were 862. Whio are only found in New Zealands fast-fl...

The Government considered climate change before granting permits to look for oil and gas, but thought it of insufficient weight to decline them, a Crown lawyer said. In a High Court hearing this week, Energy Minister Megan Woods has been defending her decision to grant two fossil...

In 1998, as nations around the world agreed to cut carbon emissions through the Kyoto Protocol , America's fossil fuel companies plotted their response, including an aggressive strategy to inject doubt into the public debate. Victory, according to the American Petroleum Institute...

Alison Mau is a senior journalist at Stuff , and editor of the #MeTooNZ project. OPINION: First, an apology. People who bang on incessantly about the weather are bores, and this will be my second column about the elements in as many weeks. Its the week for it, though. Climate sci...

Kevin Trenberth is a Distinguished Scholar, NCAR, Affiliated Faculty at University of Auckland. ANALYSIS: When politicians talk about reaching net-zero emissions, theyre often counting on trees or technology that can pull carbon dioxide out of the air. What they dont mention is j...

When it comes to climate change the lifestyle choices we make really do matter. Using less energy and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels is critical to New Zealand meeting our commitments under the Paris Agreement . We all have to pull our weight, together, for this to work. G...

Jamie Cunninghams lung collapsed after he was stabbed by a stingray at Oreti Beach, and a medical paper on his injury suggests Kiwis should expect to see more ray injuries due to climate change . The left side of Cunninghams chest and his right foot were stabbed when he was at th...

New Zealand will commit $10 million towards the conservation of Pacific crop seeds impacted by climate change, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced in Fiji. Both Ardern and Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta are attending the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in Suva. Arde...

ANALYSIS: Leadership battles and internal spats are behind a number of Pacific Island nations dropping out of the formal meetings at the regions premier diplomatic body this year. It is not a unified look for a grouping of nations at the centre of a geopolitical tussle between Ch...

Climate change, not China, poses the biggest security threat to the Pacific, a regional defence summit has been told. There was a shift in tone at the Shangri-La Dialogue meeting in Singapore this week which has been dominated by the war in Ukraine and disputes between China and ...

Catherine Cheung is an ecologist and researcher for Climate Justice Taranaki. OPINION: As climate breakdown and the need to get off fossil fuels intensify, so too is the push for renewable energies. A recent story on how Taranakis wind could solve the countrys energy crisis paint...

When Semisi Paulo hears the words, veisau ni draki climate change, the first thing that comes to mind is his village (koro) in Fiji going under water. Paulo, his parents and three siblings are from Vunidogoloa Village in Fijis northern coast the countrys first climate change vill...

Peter Griffin is a freelance science and technology writer. He was the founding director of the Science Media Centre and founding editor of Sciblogs.co.nz OPINION: As the window we have to limit global warming to 1.5C starts to close, many scientists and politicians are turning t...

Rising sea levels, forest fires and drought may be a grim thought as the world grapples with climate change, but Nelsonians are being encouraged to let their imaginations run wild for a climate fiction short story competition. The Eleventh Hour Cli-Fi Short Story Competition is p...

Ben Thomas is a public relations consultant and political commentator. He is a former National government press secretary, and is part of the Gone By Lunchtime podcast. OPINION: A deadly heatwave gripping India is grim enough news, but it would have been even more chilling for re...

Matthew Caro is a civil engineering student at the University of Canterbury and has a strong interest in climate change and the energy transition. OPINION: I like steak. Medium-rare with chips and garlic butter. Flyings good too. It gets me to uni faster and cheaper than any alte...

The Government cannot leave anyone behind as it combats climate change, Iwi Chairs Forum climate spokesperson Mike Smith says. Smith compared the climate crisis to the Covid-19 pandemic, saying nothing short of an all-of-country effort would prevent disaster. He also noted that i...

ANALYSIS: The nations first Emissions Reduction Plan will be released into the wild today, in what could herald the biggest changes in society since Rogernomics. It will detail the ways in which the Government will reorient the economy towards one that actively tries to drive dow...

The Governments sprawling $2.9b plan to bring down emissions includes several carrots but few sticks. Here are the main points: Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Finance Minister Grant Robertson unveiled the Emissions Reduction Plan in Wellington on Monday, ahead of the Budg...

National have endorsed the Governments three proposed carbon budgets through till 2035, meaning almost any likely Government over that period will be bound to enact them. Climate Change Minister James Shaw released the first three carbon budgets on Monday morning, which look to b...

Max Rashbrooke is a senior associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington-Te Herenga Waka. He is a regular opinion contributor for Stuff. OPINION: If the price of petrol continues to soar, will you be able to seamlessly shift to ta...

The countrys biggest bank, ANZ, says it would eventually cut off business customers who do not take a serious approach to the risks of climate change as a last resort. In October, New Zealand became the first country to pass a law making financial organisations disclose, and act,...

Climate change and trade will be the focus when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern embarks on her next major diplomatic mission to the US later this month. Ardern and Trade Minister Damien OConnor focused on New Zealands values whether they be kaitiakitanga or human rights during spee...

Much of the Bay of Plenty will have more time to prepare Sea level rise happens Slower Faster -0.5 0 0.5 m than average by 2100 under high emissions (SSP3-7.0) Parts of Christchurch are sinking while others are rising, but the city is overall more vulnerable to sea level rise Sta...

Aucklands 10-year transport plan is legal despite its investments forecast to boost carbon emissions being in conflict with other policies and goals, the council and its transport agency have told the High Court. Auckland Transport (AT), the council and the Regional Transport Com...

Andrew Tait is a chief climate, atmosphere and hazards scientist at Niwa. OPINION: Some impacts of climate change are already baked in and will affect us for decades to come, even as we do all we can to reduce our carbon emissions. Our seas will continue to warm and rise, drought...

Column: The signs are that a new National government would do much less than the current government has pledged to do on climate and, as a result, may undermine the pursuit of our climate commitments. With the polls showing that the National Party has a chance to lead the governm...

There was a sense of urgency, opportunity and optimism at the Our Oceans Conference in Palau this week. And New Zealands voice at the forum, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, called on governments, civil society and businesses to act with urgency to realise opportu...

Dr Jacqueline Rowarth is an adjunct professor at Lincoln University, and a farmer-elected director of DairyNZ and Ravensdown. OPINION: The latest IPCC report released last week was yet another last warning for humanity. Yet again, the headlines have been designed to create immedi...

Janet Wilson is a freelance journalist until recently working in PR, including a stint with the National Party. She contributes a column weekly. OPINION: Waiting for this weeks Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report to drop was like being the lazy, recalcitrant k...

A highly anticipated scientific report on the world's efforts to curb climate change has been released . The latest global climate report went right down to the wire, with negotiators working overtime to reach an agreement, delaying the release from 10pm yesterday to 3am New Zeal...

OPINION: Imagine devoting your life to researching an important scientific issue, issuing advice to decision-makers based on it, then watching on as most or all of it is ignored. Thats the position a lot of our best scientists find themselves in when it comes to climate change. F...

For many, the existential nature of the climate crisis inspires anxiety. But the toll of dislocation from land and culture can affect wellbeing differently. Laura Walters asks what we can learn from indigenous populations when responding to the mental health impacts of climate ch...

Changemaker profile: Jo Hendy is the chief executive of He Pou a Rangi, the Climate Change Commission, which is responsible for providing independent, evidence-based advice to Government on climate issues. JO HENDY: My inspiration for going into this kind of work came very early ...

This Saturday night Nelsonians are encouraged to be in the dark over climate change, but just for a little while. People are being urged to switch off their lights for an hour on Saturday night in a show of unity about raising awareness of and tackling climate change. The lights ...

Ruth Renner and her partner farm on 100 hectares in the Far North, breeding just 30 cows a year, so she has only up to 80 cattle on the farm at any one time. Renners property is bigger than what might usually be considered a lifestyle block there is no official definition, but on...

Auckland Council is struggling to get its funded climate action plan up and running, with only $900,000 of a $10.5 million budget spent halfway through the first year. Only five of 12 work streams due funding this year are on track as the council finds itself up against delays, s...

Events such as floods, droughts, and storms cause a lot of damage to societies and economies, but can we quantify the role of climate change in the impact of these events? "The climate crisis is changing the frequency of these events, and they are becoming more intense and more d...

Dr Richard Meade is a Senior Research Fellow, Auckland University of Technology. This article was originally published on The Conversation . Read the original article . OPINION: Many might choke at the suggestion Big Oil could play a key role in saving the climate. But, culpabili...

Pacific researchers are calling for the planets leaders to join forces with them to fight climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its sixth assessment into the impacts of rising temperatures with a focus on communities, ecosystems and biodiversity o...

Climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and planetary health, says the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report , and it will expose people to increased risks of climate-sensitive illnesses and injuries. But despite climate change being likely to cause...

The Climate Change Commission has defended its right to forge its own carbon-cutting trajectory and use blunt, even controversial assessments of its proposals since its an independent expert advisory body. A group of more than 300 climate-concerned legal professionals, Lawyers fo...

EDITORIAL : John Lennon said life is what happens when youre busy making other plans. We cannot let climate catastrophe be what happens to us while were busy trying to cope with other emergencies. The most recent IPCC report is a compelling call, justified by science and by incre...

Due to a combination of maths errors, the Climate Change Commission failed to propose sufficiently ambitious carbon-cutting budgets, a group of climate-concerned lawyers argued in the High Court today. Last year, the independent commission proposed cuts to net emissions of 7 per ...

ANALYSIS: After a week in the High Court, climate-concerned lawyers could force the Government to make more ambitious cuts to greenhouse gas. Last year, the independent Climate Change Commission proposed cuts to net emissions of 7 per cent by 2025, 20 per cent by 2030 and 35 per ...

OPINION: How much climate change action do you get for $1 billion? It's a question which matters because public consultation is about to begin on Auckland Councils proposed, ground-breaking targeted rate , intended to accelerate the reduction of climate-harming emissions. The Cli...

A coastal mayor is holding out on signing a local government climate leaders declaration despite a majority of councillors endorsing it, with a local action group chair describing her as autocratic. The matter will be tested this Thursday at an audit and risk committee meeting wh...

Rupert Sutherland is a professor of tectonics and geophysics, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. Laia Alegret is a professor in Paleontology, Universidad de Zaragoza. ANALYSIS: People think of trees and soil as carbon sinks , but the worlds oceans hold far larger ...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has distanced himself from proposals made by an official working group on agricultural emissions. The group a partnership between government officials and industry has put forward two options that largely rely on spending money to reduce emissio...

Declassified documents from 1994 show the government believed it was on top of carbon emissions, predicting they would drop by half, by the year 2000. According to figures from Stats NZ, in 1990 New Zealands net carbon dioxide emissions were minus 3.16 million tonnes, factoring i...

Its encouraging to have some better acceptance of the need to address climate change. What is frustrating is the lack of meaningful engagement and the absence of applied science to find solutions. It has largely been slogans and talk fests combined with finger pointing as to who ...

Rising temperatures from climate change could mean mosquitoes arriving from tropical climes are more likely to survive on New Zealands shores, researchers say. A survey of the countrys mosquitoes has begun to reveal some interesting trends including more natives than expected but...

Standing in their backyards, workplaces and schools, Wellingtonians will see the future rising seas inundate their city, within a digital twin of the capital. The project, led by Wellington City Council, has picked up a US$1 million (NZ$1.5m) prize in the Global Mayors Challenge....

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) believes the major natural disaster centred around Tonga will not contribute to Earths temperature cooling significantly. Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai, a volcano about 30 kilometres south-east of Fonuafo'ou island in To...

The number of dogs killed after eating toxic algae from the banks of our rivers and lakes used to be tracked by Nelsons Cawthron Institute. But as that figure crept into the hundreds, researchers lost count. Now, its not just dogs getting sick. In the past decade, nearly 40 peopl...

OPINION: Thirty years ago, I ventured into the working world armed with a BA honours degree, a journalism diploma and barely any debt. Tertiary education was virtually free until 1990 and student loans were introduced a year after I graduated, so I never had one. In my journalism...

Vivid images of a warming and dying world have taken out the top prizes in a climate change art expo. The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum expo received 40 entries from young people ranging from visual art and sculpture to photography and poetry. Titled How Dare You!, the expo ran ove...

OPINION: Decades of scientific evidence demonstrate unequivocally that human activities jeopardise life on Earth. Dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system compounds many other drivers of global change. Governments concur: the science is settled. But government...

For Zane Crofts , the environment wasnt always at the forefront of his mind. Growing up in a lower-income area of Christchurch, his dream was to create a bogan paradise. Multiple vehicles compacted the soil below the tyres on his garden when he first bought his home five years ag...

Southland is poised to be a front-runner in the transition to a carbon-neutral agricultural sector, according to regional development agency Great South. In Southland, agriculture makes up about 16 per cent of the regions GDP but contributes about 69 per cent of the regions total...

Climate change and global warming could mean more New Zealand gardeners can grow the tropical fruits flourishing in Hugh Roses Northland gardens. The chairman of the Tropical Fruit Growers of New Zealand boasts the largest collection of banana varieties in the country, happily fr...

A marathon Olympic swimming event in seas described as hot as soup sparked the interest of a Nelson 12-year-old and led to a winning climate change project. Sebastian Hegarty won the top prize at Cawthrons SciTech Expo this year with a project titled Warming Seas and Oxygen for F...

OPINION: Every action counts and no action is too small. But we need to remember the interconnectedness of our people and environment were in one big system in Aotearoa and our approach to climate change needs to reflect that. Determining what climate action looks like for Aotear...

A New Zealand native believed to be the worlds most threatened gull may lose its unfortunate title and vulnerable kiwi are bouncing back with a little human help. But with climate change creating challenges for birds across the country, experts say we cant take our eye off the ba...

If you think your hayfever is getting worse and lasting longer, you might be right. Warmer, windier weather, and more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to climate change is not good news for hayfever sufferers. Local and international studies showed that plants which produced ...

EDITORIAL: Its easy and even appealing to think of any organised national response to a threat or a problem as a war. It focuses our attention and reminds us of its seriousness. We might be at war against Covid, or poverty, or terror, or anything else we want to see removed from ...

More $300 million in Southland roading revenue has been spent in other regions, and some proposed government emission reduction rules may entrench the inequity further, southern councils say. Environment Southland, Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council have pre...

The calendar said December, but the warm moist air screamed of springtime. Add an eastbound storm front guided by a La Nina weather pattern into that mismatch, and it spawned tornadoes that killed dozens over five US states. Tornadoes in December are unusual in the US, but not un...

The Detail is a daily news podcast produced for RNZ by Newsroom and is published on Stuff with permission. Click on this link to subscribe to the podcast. It's been another big year for the c-word. No, not Covid climate change . There have been huge reports internationally, from ...

Climate change is an aggravating factor for instability, conflict and terrorism, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. The UN chief on Thursday (local time) said the regions that are most vulnerable to climate change also suffer from insecurity, poverty, weak governance...

Climate change made the rainfall that led to Canterburys flooding in May more severe, researchers have found. Researchers studying the effects of climate change on severe weather events in New Zealand have found that the extreme rainfall that brought flooding to Canterbury in May...

New research shows young Kiwis are aware of the urgency of climate change, but the older generation is less convinced. According to a new report by Horizon Research, 78 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds considered climate change to be an immediate problem, compared with 66 per cent...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says he is disappointed with the interim options presented by a working group on agricultural emissions. The options from the He Waka Eke Noa scheme a partnership between the Government and peak agricultural bodies all deliver less than a one pe...

The Detail is a daily news podcast produced for RNZ by Newsroom and is published on Stuff with permission. Click on this link to subscribe to the podcast. Beneath the disappointment around watered down commitments at COP26 , has been a glimmer of hope for our oceans. The recent 2...

This past November was the warmest on record, with temperatures well above average more than 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than normal. Warm, humid northeasterly winds from the subtropics combined with well above average sea surface temperatures surrounding the country, warming the ...

OPINION: The ocean is the heart of the climate system. And much like our arteries and veins which transport blood around the human body to help regulate our temperature, ocean currents transport heat around the ocean to regulate global temperature. These currents, such as the Eas...

A bluntly worded report has spelled out the scale and the urgency of turning around Aucklands rising carbon emissions to deliver the cuts promised by councillors. The report, by council officials, said only 100 months remain until the 2030 threshold by which Auckland has pledged ...

Aucklanders face an additional council rate to accelerate action to curb the effects of climate change, under a budget proposed by mayor Phil Goff. The rate, of about $1.10 a week for an average-value home, would raise about $57 million a year to accelerate the introduction of el...

OPINION: Are we coming close to the end of the world as we know it? From the Mayan prophecy to Nostradamus and right up until today, prophets, scientists, writers and conspiracy theorists have predicted the end of the world. The apocalypse scenario speaks of the degeneration of t...

Christchurch City Council is calling for greater powers to reduce local emissions as it criticises the Governments plan to address climate change. The council wants the ability to investigate and introduce new measures to combat climate change , including congestion charging, but...

Environmental groups are in uproar over a draft plan to price and reduce agricultural emissions as hammered out by the sector and Government. None of the pricing options identified in the document would reduce emissions by more than 1 per cent on 2017 levels, meaning the Governme...

OPINION: The world has agreed to ramp up climate action after the two-week UN climate summit in Glasgow ended in a joint compromise from nearly 200 countries. What were the most significant measures agreed in your view and is New Zealand doing enough? An MP from each side of the ...

OPINION: With COP26 in Glasgow wrapped up , debate will turn to whether the conference advanced the fight against climate change or was just another talkfest that failed to deliver necessary progress . Critics will highlight that countries current emissions reduction pledges rema...

When Nelson Intermediate student Izakiel Pochon saw a poster for the How Dare You! Arts Expo+ , he knew he had to enter. I entered because I thought it would be a great learning experience. I know the world right now is going through this climate crisis, so its very current, and ...

Shes a Killer by Kirsten McDougal This novel from New Zealand writer Kirsten McDougal leads the reader into a dystopian world damaged by climate change and a near future Aotearoa overrun by rich immigrants, Wealthugees. Alice battles for existence contending with crippling prices...

OPINION: The Glasgow Climate Pact that emerged from the conference on climate change lacks the measures that will solve the problem. Precious little is binding, the necessary political will was absent, and dangerous warming remains inevitable as matters stand. The younger generat...

Taking action on the issue of the century will take both political and public will, and it seems many voters want the government on all levels to make it a priority. Stuffs recent NowNext survey found over two thirds of respondents said climate change was a factor in their genera...

The words climate change seem to be bandied around for just about any subject up for discussion these days and I make no apology for adding to the conversation. I feel like a bit of a dinosaur when I think of discussing these changes more than 30 years ago after 20 years at the h...

New Zealand is playing catch up in regard to action on climate change, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told an Apec summit. Ardern made the comments in a panel discussion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on day two of the Apec CEO Summit being hosted by New Zealand from Auc...

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is on life support as UN climate talks enter their final days, but he added that until the last moment, hope should be maintained. In an exclusive interview Thursday ...

The worlds top two carbon polluters, China and the United States, jointly pledged Thursday to increase their cooperation on climate action despite their strong disagreements on other matters. In back-to-back news conferences at UN climate talks in Glasgow , Chinese climate envoy ...

Aucklands move towards a clean green bus fleet has taken its biggest step forward with an agreement to bring 152 electric buses onto routes serving the inner city . The deal is described as the biggest in Australasia, and has been struck between Auckland Transport, (AT) and opera...

Stark images of the rising sea levels, tropical cyclones and frequent floods in the South Pacific are on display in a new exhibition at the National Library. Trouble in Paradise presents the 60 winners of a competition run by the British government to document the effects of the ...

OPINION: Climate change, according to Jacinda Ardern in a 2017 election debate, was her generations nuclear-free moment . In 2021, faced with hard choices, her Government has buckled. On the eve of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference the Government announced it was seeking to c...

New Zealands diplomats will prioritise Pacific Island nations resilience due to threats such as climate change and potentially catastrophic levels of Chinese debt. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta told the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs on Wednesday the Government w...

Think of it as renewing our vows. Almost three years ago, Stuff announced it was prioritising climate change with insistent coverage aimed at disturbing our collective complacency. What was then called Quick! Save the Planet has morphed into The Forever Project , a dedicated team...

OPINION: Tom comes into the kitchen where Marg is at the table sorting the post. Tom: Did my Austin Healey arrive today? Marg: A car? Youve bought a car? Tom: No, its a miniature replica. It should have arrived by now. I ordered it more than a month ago. READ MORE: * Tom and Marg...

World leaders have gathered to negotiate the final details of a global bid to keep the planet under 1.5-2C. Olivia Wannan reports from Glasgow. Receiving a special invitation from the hosts of the UN climate summit in Glasgow to speak, it was India Logan-Rileys job to give them a...

Queen Elizabeth II has welcomed world leaders to the Glasgow climate summit in a video message, saying "the time for words has now moved to the time for action. The 95-year-old monarch had been expected to attend the Glasgow summit, but she had to cancel the trip after doctors sa...

Leaders of the worlds biggest economies agreed Sunday (local time) to stop funding coal-fired power plants in poor countries and made a vague commitment to seek carbon neutrality by or around mid-century as they wrapped up a Rome summit before the much larger United Nations clima...

Aotearoa aims to tackle climate change by halving its net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced the new goal in a statement on Sunday a day before the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) ...

OPINION: On the face of it, New Zealands new climate pledge is so ambitious as to seem impossible . After 15 years of basically sitting still on emissions, how on Earth could the country aim to halve its emissions by 2030, just nine years away? How could it do that while not chan...

OPINION/SATIRE: A leaked speech has revealed that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will tell next weeks Glasgow COP26 summit that Australia will be the worlds most carbon-negative nation by 2100. In the speech Prime Minister Morrison outlines a timeline to 2100, by which ...

OPINION: The Kiwi startup scene is in the middle of a boom like none its ever experienced. In the past year alone, weve seen over $2 billion worth of acquisitions of some of our best tech companies, Vend, Seequent and Timely among them. The next generation of startups has raised ...

The 12th edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report paints a predictable picture: winning slowly is the same as losing. OPINION: Grim and bleak. Thats the takeaway of the latest UNEP GAP report, the yearly digest on the gap between where the w...

The Reserve Bank is ramping up its climate stress-testing, warning that a combination of worsening droughts, floods, export tariffs and changing appetites for food could see farmers and property owners defaulting on their loans. Along coasts and rivers, insurance companies could ...

Prince Charles issued a warning to the world days before leaders gather in the U.K. for crucial United Nations climate talks, saying there is a dangerously narrow window to tackle global warning. The heir to the British throne said Saturday that the summit, which starts Oct. 31 i...

Tiny fragments of plastic floating in the air could have a direct impact on climate change, a new study had found although just what damage they could do remains to be seen. The New Zealand research, the first of its kind, and published in international science journal Nature on ...

South Taranakis mayor has welcomed the inclusion of Waitotara in a study on adapting to climate change. The two-year research project, headed by Professor Bruce Glavovic from Massey University, will focus on Waitotara and the Waitotara Valley, and Waitara in north Taranaki. Resea...

OPINION: Were lucky in New Zealand, our land of plenty. We grow what we need and import what we like (or can afford) hundreds of tonnes of bananas to pop in school lunch boxes and into $8 smoothies, berries for your morning porridge, mangos for fruit salads and fancy dinner party...

The Governments decision to quadruple its international climate aid programme has been criticised by National. But Oxfam have endorsed the move as long overdue. The Government announced on Monday morning it would look to spend $1.3 billion in climate-related aid funding over the ...

The Government has announced it will be quadrupling the amount of money it spends over the next four years to help poorer countries deal with climate change. In a significant boost to New Zealands global efforts to battle climate change, Stuff on Monday revealed over the next fou...

Parts of New Zealand may in future experience weather conditions similar to those that led to devastating wildfires in Australia, with the entire country facing longer, more dangerous fire seasons, a new study shows. The study from forestry research group Scion - called Adapting ...

OPINION: Large listed New Zealand companies have more work to do when it comes to climate change action. But a report this week from global consulting firm Accenture confirms that New Zealand companies are not alone, its a worldwide challenge. Climate change is a multi-decade pro...

Opinion: Before the pandemic, our young people were out in the streets in their thousands demanding urgent action on climate change. The haka in front of the Nelson Cathedral by the boys of Nelson College was seen on screens around the world. The striking students listed climate ...

Rivers on the West Coast will likely give early and clear signals that climate change is upon New Zealand, a new study has found. This will probably start happening after 2050. Rivers on the east side of the South Island will also give early signals, especially those that rise in...

Creepy crawlies we love to hate are marching south as climate change warms temperatures and lengthens breeding seasons. Cockroaches, Argentine ants, and oversized ladybirds were among bugs getting a foothold in regions where they were previously rare. Spring is the time of year w...

Christchurch leaders are considering joining a United Nations-linked climate change initiative that could lead to parts of the city becoming zero emission zones, meaning no petrol-guzzling cars , by 2025. Christchurch City Council staff have recommended signing up to the Race to ...

OPINION: The consequences of climate change can be seen in crises around the world. From fires in Australia and California to floods in New York City and Auckland, there seems to be a daily crisis linked to climate change. As a result of these crises, governments are under pressu...

With its already dry summers, Wairarapa is predicted to be the worst hit Wellington area as climate change ramps up. NIWA has just published its most recent climate change report for Wairarapa, which paints a picture of drier summers, heavier downpours and warmer average temperat...

This story, first published by The Straits Times , Singapore, has been shared as part of World News Day 2021 , a global campaign to highlight the critical role of fact-based journalism in providing trustworthy news and information in service of humanity. #JournalismMatters. The v...

In 2018, Greenpeace imagined a country in which half million homes had solar panels on the roof, and batteries on the walls. The environmental lobby group called for the solarisation of the suburbs, hoping to see its vision become reality in just 10 years. By supporting 500,000 N...

OPINION: Tropical Storm Ida recently left a path of devastation across the US, capping a northern summer beset by wildfires, heatwaves and floods which broke records around the world. The inevitable question after each of these extreme weather events is the same: to what extent d...

The Detail is a daily news podcast produced for RNZ by Newsroom and is published on Stuff with permission. Click on this link to subscribe to the podcast. New Zealands now seen three decades of rising emissions. But 30 years ago, we were almost carbon neutral for carbon dioxide. ...

New conservation reports have shone a light on just how diverse New Zealands creepy crawlies really are, but their tendency to stay local means many are in grave danger. The Department of Conservation (DOC) has released three Threat Classification System reviews, two covering nat...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz . Q: How are fossil fue...

If thousands of young climate marchers across the globe can teach us anything, its that the face of environmental leadership is changing. The new leaders want young people, who will have to deal with the fallout of the climate catastrophe , to have a say on what we do to prevent ...

This winter has entered the record books at the warmest, with temperatures across the country 1.3 degrees Celsius warmer than average. Its the second time the record has fallen in two years, according to Niwa measurements. Last year was 1.1C above normal. The spell is likely to c...

Climate change cannot be solved by scientists alone. Thats the revelation University of Waikato Dean of Science professor Margaret Barbour had many years ago after finishing several research projects on the impact of climate change on plants without seeing much change. While feel...

Hamilton City Council is giving almost all of its fleet of 71 utes the boot as part of the organisations efforts to cut down on carbon emissions. Investigations are also under way into the costs and time it would take to get almost all the councils corporate fleet running on elec...

The coronavirus epidemic has upended scientific research, with much fieldwork postponed or called off. But not on Pitcairn Island, where plucky residents decided that Covid-19 wouldnt halt vital climate change and marine conservation work . Instead, Pitkerners are doing it themse...

Years before Bong Joon-Ho made his most widely-acclaimed masterpiece Parasite , he made his English-language debut with this dystopian action-thriller based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige . The 2013 film is an extraordinary work of climate-change fiction, with bol...

The world is on fire. The International Panel on Climate Changes new report indicating inevitable and irreversible changes of our climate, deemed a code red for humanity by UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, makes for frightening and sobering reading, if the news of fires in ...

OPINION: Auckland Council has finally seized the carbon emissions-reduction-tiger by the tail , at the same time that there is doubt over whether mayor Phil Goff will seek a third term in the 2022 elections . Goff sees the two as separate decisions and does not intend to reveal h...

My generation worried about Y2K when we were teens was the global economy going to collapse as every computer system in the world failed and plunged us into anarchy? For mum, it was the threat of nuclear war that the baby boomers worried was going to end life as we know it. This ...

Being a greenie on the West Coast and coming up against a vocal pro-mining, pro-development status quo can be tough. Keith Morfett has lived on 22 hectares of previously mined land near Hokitika for 30 years and has campaigned against hydro-schemes and new coal mines on the West ...

ANALYSIS: On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first instalment of their sixth assessment report. As expected, the report makes for bleak reading. It found all regions of the world are already experiencing the impacts of climate change , an...

The Detail is a daily news podcast produced for RNZ by Newsroom and is published on Stuff with permission. Click on this link to subscribe to the podcast. Another year, another report from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change warning breathlessly of the catastrophic imp...

ANALYSIS: Of all the troubling news in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report out on Monday, one warning will surely generate the most headlines: Under all scenarios examined, Earth is likely to reach the crucial 1.5 degrees Celsius warming limit in the early...

ANALYSIS: The future is now. Thats the upshot of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report into the state of global emissions. Climate change has always been a thing in the future an abstract concept of something that might happen at the later date. But accord...

The world authority on climate change has delivered its strongest statement yet: unprecedented human-made heat is already here, along with floods and other extremes. The window to stay inside 1.5 degrees Celsius hotter than pre-industrial times, as most countries are aiming to do...

OPINION: The worlds most important scientific report will be released this evening. But the latest climate science update from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is likely to paint a grim picture for the planet. A draft version of the report leaked last month suggests ...

A draft road map for Nelsons plan to deal with climate change has been put to councillors, but there was some disagreement over the directions to get there. The first draft of the Nelson City Councils Climate Change Action Plan was presented to councillors for feedback on Tuesday...

A never-before-identified DNA structure has been discovered that encourages soil bugs to eat methane, a potent greenhouse gas. These structures which have been named Borgs, after the aliens from the TV show Star Trek could be playing an unrecognised role in controlling greenhouse...

Climate Change Commission (CCC) chairman Dr Rod Carr admits he was a latecomer to the zero emissions debate. The former University of Canterbury vice chancellor knew very little about climate science policy before he took on the role, he said during a visit to Taranaki on Friday....

OPINION: Devastating floods left parts of the country sodden and reeling, and climate scientists are warning were going to see more of it. They are critical of some local councils who they say are consenting more housing developments in at-risk areas, creating future problems. Is...

For climate scientists and anyone concerned about the planet August 9 is the date theyve been waiting for the last eight years. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) will release a mammoth, detailed report combining the best and latest climate science from around t...

Outspoken restaurateur Leo Molloy would end Aucklands light rail project , park efforts to address climate change , and make people who travel in cars the priority if elected as Aucklands mayor next year. The first declared newcomer to the October 2022 contest, Molloy describes h...

More than 100 developing countries have put out a call for increased ambition on climate change from rich nations, including New Zealand, Marc Daalder reports. New Zealand is named as one of the nations which needs to pledge to steeper emissions cuts, in a new five-point plan for...

Some of the attendees of Friday's Groundswell protests appear to believe that climate change is neither a threat to them nor their responsibility to address. They're wrong, Marc Daalder writes ANALYSIS: Last Friday saw widespread protests from farmers against freshwater regulatio...

China is responsible for nearly 30 per cent of the worlds carbon emissions. What it does to curb those will be crucial in the battle to stop global heating. Last week the economic powerhouse moved ahead with a national carbon trading scheme as part of efforts to see emissions pea...

The European Union unveiled sweeping new legislation Wednesday (local time) to help meet its pledge to cut emissions of the gases that cause global warming by 55 per cent over this decade, including a controversial plan to tax foreign companies for the pollution they cause. The l...

OPINION: Last week, a mild-mannered group of climate-focused lawyers under the banner Lawyers for Climate Action NZ (LCANZ) filed legal action against the Climate Change Commission for its recent advice to Climate Change Minister James Shaw. Their legal action is necessary, influ...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says the Governments moves to address climate change must not hurt any group in society so much that it sparks yellow-vest-style public protests. Shaw said the experience of France was important: the country had high enthusiasm for addressing cl...

While more young Kiwis believe in man-made climate change overall, older generations are increasingly becoming convinced it is an issue, new research has revealed. The study, by University of Waikato and University of Auckland researchers, was published in international science j...

A group of 300 climate-concerned lawyers is suing the Governments independent climate advisers, alleging their carbon-cutting plan is inconsistent with the goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Climate Change Commission issued its final advice in June . In the ...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz . Q: When we say theres...

A teaching resource on climate change produced by meat and dairy interests is being criticised as targetting schools with a one-sided view on farm emissions. The information focuses on the important role of New Zealand dairy and red meat in feeding a growing global population. Co...

The Detail is a daily news podcast produced for RNZ by Newsroom and is published on Stuff with permission. Click on this link to subscribe to the podcast. Franz Josef is flood prone, it sits on an earthquake fault line and the main tourist attraction, the glacier is shrinking. Bu...

Actors, musicians, politicians and thousands of school students have all stood up for the climate, but where are those in sport who are champions both on the field, and off it? Zoe George hunts out four sporting stars doing their bit for the environment. Stepping out onto a mount...

If you are at all worried about where this planet is heading, then you might be best advised to watch The Commons from behind the sofa. This new eight-part drama on TVNZ OnDemand does not paint a particularly cheerful picture of the future. It centres on Eadie Boulay (Joanne Frog...

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. In New Zealand, youth climate change movement School Strike 4 Climate Auckland has declared itself as racist, and disbanded , but young activists say going silent is not the answer. The group had...

Two out three people are more concerned about climate change than they were a few years ago, according to a just-released survey by insurance company IAG. The survey of 1000 people found 69 per cent reported they were either more or a lot more concerned about the issue. Just over...

The Climate Change Commission has released its final advice to the Government, laying out a carbon-cutting roadmap that could change the way we live. From 2022 onwards, the commission wants us to meet a shrinking carbon budget, which is essentially the amount of greenhouse gas th...

Within a few weeks, scientists will have estimated how much climate change contributed to last weeks Canterbury storm and floods. Its called attribution science and New Zealand researchers have been working on it since 2009, Niwas principal climate scientist, Dr Sam Dean, says. T...

Climate change modelling suggests we will see more frequent and more severe weather events. As Canterbury recovers from another flood , reporter JOANNE NAISH asks whether climate change is to blame. Many Cantabrians forced to flee their homes amid a deluge of rain all said the sa...

A debate over transport included an emotional speech from Dunedins non-driving mayor Aaron Hawkins as he spoke about the impact of the Canterbury floods on people's lives. On the second day of deliberations into the Dunedin City Council's 10-year-plan, the often heated issues of ...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz . Q: What is Arctic amp...

OPINION: Despite coal and oil being essential for our modern world to function, events of the last week mark a turning point. Courts and shareholders dealt old world energy investments a series of breath-taking blows. Royal Dutch Shell had set a pathway for greenhouse gas reducti...

Raging wildfires, scorching droughts, intense storms, and homes battered by floodwaters cataclysmic climate change predictions for Canterbury are driving a new campaign to avert a scary future for the region. The 'It's time, Canterbury' campaign launched on Friday. Along with the...

From Bruce Springsteen to Billy Bragg, The Cranberries to Pussy Riot theres a rich history of protest music. Now a group of Christchurch singers and poets will come together to lend their voices to the fight against climate change. Nga Reo o te Ao Marama: Voices of the Earth will...

Exxon Mobil is facing a major challenge from a group of investors in one of the biggest fights a corporate boardroom has endured over its stance on climate change, an issue of rising urgency for many shareholders. The investor group is pushing to replace four of the oil giants bo...

Sheep and beef farmers profits could fall by more than half by the end of the century if climate change goes unchecked, new research suggests. The study, by the Deep South Challenge and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, drew on 70,000 tax returns and temperature and soil moisture...

OPINION: Carbon. It gets talked about a lot, but many people dont understand why it is important in the context of our food. Im going to cut straight to a very simple concept for all to remember: Too much carbon above the ground in the atmosphere is not good (look up greenhouse g...

Timaru's Dashing Rocks area offers a spectacular storybook into the recent past climate history and should be treasured according to a paleo climate expert. Dr Peter Almond, a soil and physical sciences associate professor at Lincoln University, told Stuff that former Timaru Hera...

A leading academic has described Christchurch City Councils plans for addressing climate change as a quick throw-together of bullet points. Professor Bronwyn Hayward , a Canterbury University political scientist and climate change researcher, described climate action within the 1...

Marlboroughs sauvignon blanc could one day lose its famed zing if temperatures both above and below ground keep getting warmer. However, winemakers are a clever bunch so dont expect to taste too much of a difference anytime soon. Bragato Research Institute viticultural extension ...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz . Q: Ive heard the grav...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw wants to see a dramatic lift in the quality of new builds, so they require minimal energy to stay warm and dry in winter and cool in summer. Based on Kainga Oras experience building higher-quality social housing, the construction costs can be ve...

The first serious challenge has been lodged against Aucklands 10-year transport plan , with Lawyers for Climate Action calling it unlawful and vulnerable if a judicial review was sought. The lawyers submission to the proposed joint council-government Regional Land Transport Plan ...

In just 30 years, a coastal Waikato town is predicted to find its main street knee-deep in water. By the end of the century, its schools will also be gone. Cleaning up the aftermath of a storm is something the Thames community has dealt with many times, but a recent Niwa study pr...

OPINION: Governments dont often have a clear mandate for funding basic science. But in a crisis they can, because necessity is the mother, and funder, of invention. And history shows that government-funded innovations in science can be the foundation for spectacular innovation by...

Porirua is planning for a future impacted by climate change at long last, as the city council promises to seek mitigation strategies in its long-term plan for the first time. But years of inaction have put them on the back foot, with the council only now beginning to gather infor...

Rivers and their floodplains have the potential to act as shock absorbers to climate change, and are powerful agents for keeping wildlife and communities healthy and resilient. The most effective climate action plans will account for this and incorporate rivers into their plans f...

The National Party says it cant support the Climate Change Commissions draft plan to cut New Zealands greenhouse gas emissions unless changes are made. If National maintains this position when the Government puts its response to the commissions final advice to a vote in Parliamen...

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. Some Maori and Pacific people say they have been shut out of climate change activism. They warn if their voices are not included it risks perpetuating the massive inequalities in this country. Ke...

Farmers are questioning why they have to make big changes on the farm to mitigate climate change yet parents are driving their children to school alongside half-empty school buses. Opposition politicians say school bus rules put some children at risk in rural areas, put unaccepta...

ANALYSIS: One of the most controversial things in the Climate Change Commissions carbon-cutting blueprint is a figure: less than 1 per cent of GDP. Thats the total cost of the commissions proposal. That figure shut down one of the last politically acceptable reasons to oppose cli...

ANALYSIS: Imagine, for a moment, a different kind of Australia. One where bushfires on the catastrophic scale of Black Summer happen almost every year. One where 50 degrees Celsius days in Sydney and Melbourne are common. Where storms and flooding have violently reshaped our coas...

Lower Hutt residents can from next week have their say on the city's future including proposals to double spending on infrastructure and increase rates but some locals have already raised concerns about the action its taking against climate change. On Wednesday, Hutt City council...

Mayors from across the North Island are expecting councils to have the bulk of work to combat and adjust to the impacts of climate change. But they and iwi are hoping they can make a difference sooner rather than later by working together. Horizons Regional Council had its first ...

OPINION : Funds management has always been an interesting business a combination of innovation and borrowing the best ideas from other industries. Sometimes this goes spectacularly wrong (hello Global Financial Crisis ). This may explain why funds management is also a very conser...

Auckland councillor Chris Darby says a legal challenge against the $1.4 billion Mill Rd project by climate change advocates All Aboard Aotearoa is a sign of whats to come. The group applied for a judicial review of the Waka Kotahi NZTA led project in the Wellington High Court on ...

A public health expert should be appointed to the Climate Change Commission , a number of health organisations say. It comes as OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council says the commission is preparing essential advice for the Government on how the country can reduce emissions wit...

A proposed transport plan for the next decade in Auckland has acknowledged that it will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, despite the city committing to halving its carbon footprint . A key component of the draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) said even government...

As farming confronts its climate impact, Charlie OMannin speaks to the next generation about how they feel. In short: its complicated. If youre waking up every morning feeling awful about the job youre in, feeling like youre the reason climate change is happening, like you need t...

A climate action group consisting of lawyers says the Climate Change Commission has made a fundamental error and set the proposed cap for Aotearoas carbon emissions this decade too high . Lawyers for Climate Action (LCANZI) said the error meant the commissions draft advice to the...

More ambitious targets and a bolder direction for New Zealand's climate change response. This is what the Christchurch City Council believes the Climate Change Commission is missing in its draft recommendations to the Government. The commission, an independent group of seven expe...

A major climate change strategy which proposes fundamental changes for Christchurch in the next 25 years lacks detail on costs and could have gone further, according to experts who helped develop it. Several councillors have already raised concerns about the lack of costings for ...

More and more Kiwi athletes are becoming aware of their impact on climate change, and want to be part of the solution, Angela Walker reports. Sport was initially one of Covid-19s most visible casualties. The 2020 Olympics were postponed amid cancellation of countless other events...

OPINION: If the amount of talk in Auckland about the need for climate change action is getting a bit repetitive, that is because it is. When Mayor Phil Goff and Transport Minister Michael Wood prepared to unveil the latest agreed list of transport projects for the next decade it ...

OPINION: Of all the many things the Climate Change Commission has been asked to advise on, the emission budgets are the most important. These describe the total amount of all greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Issued in five-year chunks, they keep us on the road to ou...

OPINION: The recently formed Climate Commission has just released it first report, Draft Advice for Consultation and is now asking for public comment. The report describes how the country can meet the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required by New Zealands Zero Carbon Act to...

ANALYSIS: Despite living in dynamic environments and facing an uncertain future due to climate change, New Zealanders generally expect their land and property rights will endure indefinitely. But little stays the same. As last weeks offshore earthquakes and tsunami alerts reminde...

The Climate Change Commission has released its first report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Aotearoa in line with limiting global heating to 1.5 degree Celsius, and is inviting public feedback until March 28. What does this mean for you? The report has implications for al...

Aucklanders are being urged to the thump on the table if they think a proposed Auckland Council compromise plan on climate action falls short of what is needed. The councils draft 10-year budget proposes a $150 million bundle of climate action over a decade, but councillors faile...

From solar power farms to nurseries and tribal water storage facilities, the Waikatos main iwi are taking a multi-faceted, proactive approach to surviving impending changes to the Earths climate. Waikato-Tainui strategy and relationships manager Manaaki Nepia revealed numerous as...

The man tasked with spearheading Nelson City Councils climate emergency response has resigned, just over a year after taking up the role . Chris Cameron said personal circumstances spurred his decision. Cameron started as the councils Climate Change Champion in December 2019, a j...

Opinion : Yes there is a climate emergency. Yes, human activities have caused global warming. Yes, actions are urgently needed. Last year, Sir David Attenborough completed A Life on Our Planet both as a book and an accompanying film . You may have seen the film but the book is mu...

New Zealand's Climate Change Commission has been misidentified as an Australian news site and has been barred from having any of its content shared on Facebook. The Commission, which does not have a Facebook page itself, first found out about the situation on Sunday, after users ...

New Zealand academics have figured out a way to sequester massive amounts of carbon dioxide using a common rock. Sequestering is a method of capturing a material, in this case the climate change gas carbon dioxide, with another material from which it cannot escape. So far, theyve...

Flood walls, detention dams, a tidal gate and raising land were among options presented to the Nelson City Councillors to tackle flooding in the central city due to climate change. Engineers from the company Tonkin & Taylor told the council's infrastructure committee that about 3...

Auckland councillors have unanimously backed remaining in a global climate change group , which has set tougher standards for action. The move to stay in the prestigious C40 group of 97 cities precedes some critical decisions councillors face in coming months that could determine...

Auckland Council must decide whether to up its climate action game , or leave a prestigious global group of cities pledged to making ambitious cuts to their carbon emissions. The council joined the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in 2015, adopting its goal of halving carbon e...

OPINION: Centrally planned government programmes that direct an economy to deliver political objectives have nasty unintended consequences. Last week, the Climate Commission outlined its ambitious programme to direct the economy to deliver the political objective of reducing carb...

The Climate Change Commission recommends major changes to how Kiwis travel, heat their homes and do business. But questions remain over whether it will help solve Canterbury's big environmental issues. Amber Allott investigates what the changes could mean for the region. The Gove...

Climate change lobbyists are warning Auckland Council it could face legal action if its decisions on reducing greenhouse gas emissions fall short of promises made . The message came from Lawyers for Climate Action during a presentation to the councils planning committee on Thursd...

This time last year, Milford Sound received 566mm of rain in a single day, stranding 380 people as rivers rose. It was more rainfall than the normal amount for the entire month of February, which is 455mm. The rain led to a State of Emergency being declared, first in Fiordland th...

Small businesses like restaurants and cafes could be impacted after the Climate Change Commission released its first report, with a raft of targets proposed to cut New Zealand's emissions . The commission has found the government needs to do more to meet its obligations under the...

EDITORIAL: Those trenchant holdouts still in denial about climate change nowadays find themselves in conflict not only with the present and the future, but with the past. Its now a year since the floods of 2020 when two states of emergency were declared in the south within the sp...

OPINION: Climate change is going to cost us. About 1 per cent of gross domestic product per year, according to the Climate Change Commission. For anyone working in climate change policy, that will come as no surprise, and the numbers maybe even look a little low. Judith Collins f...

OPINION: Were lucky to have reached the stage in our climate conversation where, for the most part, whats in question is how we deal with climate change as opposed to whether it is happening or not, or whether it is the consequence of our own actions. As the national debate on cl...

Climate change has riven New Zealand politics for two decades or more, but the morning after the Climate Change Commission debuted the most significant set of emissions reductions policies to grace mainstream politics, there was little sign of serious political discord. Prominent...

In what would be the most ambitious US effort ever to stave off the worst effects of climate change, US President Joe Biden is aiming to cut oil, gas and coal emissions and double energy production from offshore wind turbines through executive orders Wednesday (Thursday, NZT). Th...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says the United States will need to "rebuild its credibility" on climate change with serious domestic action. His comment came following a long phone-call with former US Secretary of State and Democratic nominee John Kerry on Wednesday morning, ...

Just as a seed can become a towering tree, Colin Davis hopes his tiny forest will grow a movement. On a 100 square metre triangle of sloping land on his property in the Enner Glynn hills, Davis is planting a microforest. Each weekend, he and friend AJ Clarken, whose engineering k...

Children and teenagers from Auckland to Invercargill gathered at Parliament in Wellington on Tuesday, demanding politicians take climate change seriously. Around 150 protestors, ranging from school kids to teachers and other members of the public, came together for the School Str...

OPINION: Population growth plays a role in environmental damage and climate change. But addressing climate change through either reducing or reversing growth in population raises difficult moral questions that most people would prefer to avoid having to answer. The English politi...

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. The Earth is heating up, and so are hopes for climate action in 2021. Climate change strikers say they'll be back this year, starting with a rally at Parliament on January 26. Last year, t he cli...

New Zealand is using more than six times its fair share of the global carbon budget required to avert the worst effects of climate change. An analysis commissioned by the Government on New Zealands outsized environmental footprint comes as it faces its biggest test on climate act...

An expert is concerned home buyers are disregarding the threat of rising sea levels as demand for properties on the coast surges. A survey by Quotable Value (QV) of property consultants and valuers found nearly all of them named coastal areas in their region as the places most li...

A variety of New Zealand apple bred to be resistant to climate change is proving a success in European countries like Italy, Spain and France, fruit and vegetable producer T&G Global says. The variety, called HOT841A, can be grown in a range of geographies and was the first varie...

Climate change is not a far-off problem, it is happening now, says Emma Barnes-Wetere, the Nayland College student who organised a climate crisis protest in Nelson demanding urgent action. Barnes-Wetere told the crowd on Saturday that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

As it declares a climate change emergency, the Government has promised to clean up its own house with all Government buildings going green and new cars going electric by 2025. This promise is not backed by any new funding however, and huge swathes of Government buildings such as ...

Plans to replace Aucklands entire diesel bus fleet with zero-emission vehicles could be slashed, with councillors favouring a more modest budget plan due to the impacts of Covid-19. Mayor Phil Goff on Monday proposed an additional $15 million a year towards climate action, but it...

The Government has revealed plans to pass a climate change emergency motion in Parliament next week. An attempt was made to pass one last term but NZ First opposed it. The motion itself would have no practical effect on laws or the running of the country, but would instead symbol...

Covid-19 will look like minor blip on the global economy compared the nightmare that is climate change. That is the view of British sustainability writer Sir Jonathon Porritt, who chairs Air New Zealands sustainability advisory panel. His words are bound to send a shiver down the...

Restoring estuaries and waterways across New Zealand could be a useful tool in fighting climate change, a Kiwi scientist says. Marine environmental scientist Dr Shari Gallops interest in waterways has been rewarded with a $25,000 global fellowship to continue her groundbreaking r...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw wants to see a new petrol and diesel car ban, to kick in at the same time as the United Kingdoms ban. During an interview with Stuff on his second-term priorities, Shaw said he would recommend the policy to new Transport Minister Michael Wood as...

The apocalyptic predictions of runaway global warming from 2150 in an international climate study must be taken with a grain of salt, Kiwi researchers warn. The new research, published in the journal Scientific Reports , predicts that decades after humans bid adieu to fossil fuel...

No single event is an indicator of the arrival of climate change, experts say, but the flooding in Napier is a taste of what's to come. This week Napier experienced its second wettest day in 150 years, and residents are dealing with devastating flooding. The drenching was more co...

Nelsons Natureland Zoo is looking to the future with a bold master plan which could see what it says would be the first zoo in the world to adapt for climate change. These adaptations include the possibility of constructing raised buildings, and even floating animal enclosures to...

The United States on Wednesday formally left the Paris Agreement, a global pact forged five years ago to avert the threat of catastrophic climate change. The move, long threatened by US President Donald Trump and triggered by his administration a year ago, further isolates the Un...

Climate change in Hawke's Bay and Gisborne will lead to fewer fruit and vegetables, more pests and probably more tourists, according to a soon-to-be-released report. The Climate change projections and impacts for Tairawhiti and Hawkes Bay by the National Institute of Water and At...

Climate change is a key risk to the financial stability of the New Zealand economy, Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr says. Orr spoke at the Pacific Ocean Pacific Climate Conference on Wednesday. He said there was a need for transformational change and a collective and urgent resp...

Most Hawkes Bay residents would be happy to pay more rates or taxes towards tackling climate change, and believed tree planting was the way to do it. These are a couple of the findings uncovered in a survey report released by Hawkes Bay Regional Council on Tuesday. The council em...

After Labour's decisive electoral win on Saturday, James Shaw's days as climate change minister may be numbered. Shaw was appointed to the role in 2017 as part of the Greens agreement with the coalition Government, though he was not a Cabinet member. Although the Greens are expec...

OPINION: The effects of global warming are apparent now, which are escalating in frequency and intensity. Record wildfires are raging in the West Coast of the USA, while the record hurricane season is hammering the south and east. We have had our Pigeon Valley Fire and experience...

An educational display about glaciers on the West Coast features outdated and misleading claims about climate change, glaciologists says. The West Coast Wildlife Centre in Franz Josef, which is a public/private partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC), includes space...

I Am Greta (E, 97mins) Directed by Nathan Grossman ***12 Shes the Swedish teen who inspired thousands of others around the world to skip school to protest against government inaction on climate change. The self-confessed nerd who claimed the worlds current political leaders have ...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Q: Will the delay of th...

A plan to tackle the future management of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park could become more focussed on climate change, with the location of various huts under the microscope. The Department of Conservations draft Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park management plan, which has been paused s...

A Kiwi favourite could disappear from dinner tables as climate change puts the heat on kumara crops, scientists say. Peruvian researchers tested 1973 kumara (sweet potato) strains , including six from New Zealand, and found just 132 were heat-tolerant. None of the New Zealand kum...

OPINION: It seems like the ultimate answer to our desperate need to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions to turn abundantly available water into clean, emissions-free energy. Technically, thats already possible through the process of energetic electrolysis. When you run an ele...

Climate change may be a factor in changing part of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail in Southland. Southland District deputy mayor Ebel Kremer said it needed to consider the effects of climate change and the trail being so close to waterways, after a string of damage done by f...

Sweeping gold sand beaches, mighty snow-capped peaks and valleys carpeted in lush native forest: New Zealands national parks contain some of the countrys most spectacular landscapes, memorable outdoor pursuits, and vulnerable native species. But all 13 parks, covering nearly 2.9 ...

Covid-19 might be dominating the 2020 general election campaign, but a debate dedicated to climate change tested political hopefuls views on the issue and what they would do to tackle it. The online event, organised by Climate Change and Consciousness Taranaki and Climate Justice...

Roads drowning under high tides, gardens swamped by the sea, walking tracks closed because of fire risks this is climate change in the Marlborough Sounds. Its a summer playground of 1500km of coasts, where boaties, hikers, and fishing enthusiasts explore a web of small inlets, co...

If put in power, seven out of 15 political parties will either make climate change worse or do nothing, analysis by a health and climate advocacy group has found. This includes ACT and NZ First, plus five others with no current MPs, including the New Conservatives. OraTaiao, the ...

Analysis: A regulatory change to financial disclosure rules this week didnt get much attention outside the inner circles of banking and economics. The rule change, requiring large businesses to calculate and disclose their climate change-related risks, may not sound like much, bu...

Jennie Crums parents used to skate on ponds frozen by Marlboroughs winter. Now, the organic orchard owner watches her stone fruit buds soak up fewer frosts each year. She wants action, and last Thursday hosted Aotearoa Climate Emergency (ACE) at her Renwick farm, Windsong Orchard...

A Taranaki climate change activist group is urging the Government to stop the sale of the Maari oil field to a Malaysian company in part to avoid the risk of taxpayers lumping the clean-up bill if the company walks away. In a letter to the Minister of Energy and Resources Megan W...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz . How much climate vari...

New Plymouths electoral candidates will take part in a climate change debate, and while theyll still be head to head, they will be addressing each other via video conference. The debate will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, September 29 and is co-sponsored by Climate Change and Cons...

Shaun Hendy has known about climate change since he was 12, but it took Donald Trump to make him act on it. The physicist who was part of an influential team that warned the Government how many deaths could result if Covid-19 spread unimpeded spent most of his science career leav...

America's worsening climate change problem is as polarised as its politics. Some parts of the country have been burning this month while others were underwater in devastating extreme weather disasters. The already parched West is getting drier and suffering deadly wildfires becau...

OPINION: September 16, World Ozone Day, marks 33 years since the signing of the most successful international environmental agreement ever: the Montreal Protocol on Protection of the Ozone Layer. Kiwi scientists played a big part in contributing to the global scientific community...

Roughly 200 of New Zealands biggest companies and financial organisations will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. The policy will force large financial organisations in New Zealand to disclose how exposed their business and...

OPINION: Do you think climate change is real? You dont need to answer yes or no because as an investor climate change is already impacting you. Central banks are looking at ways to stress-test climate change scenarios. Governments are changing regulations to prepare for a warmer ...

The West Coast Conservation Board has put its proposed climate change policy on the backburner, following the latest iwi boycott of the board . Ngai Tahu representatives have withdrawn their participation for the second time this year, citing concerns over the number of environme...

OPINION: The pandemic is ravaging people around the world and looks set to do so for years to come. Recovery plans are being prepared and implemented to improve public health prospects and rebuild shattered livelihoods and communities. Even though Aotearoa New Zealand has taken e...

Niwa figures show this winter was one of the warmest on record , with some sites recording half their normal snow depths. Nikki Macdonald investigates whether New Zealand's skifields can weather a warming world. On the fourth day, Treble Cone base operations manager Ross Whitelaw...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Are we headed for a per...

Jenny Easton moved out of her childhood seaside home near Nelson, because she didnt feel safe there any more. The environmental scientist was increasingly worried, as she approached retirement, that it was only a matter of time before the property she grew up in Mapua was flooded...

Z Energy chief executive Mike Bennetts the first guest on Stuff s One Hot Minute video and podcast series sets a challenge for the next Government. OPINION: Back in 2008 I was working for a multinational energy company and was excited about the prospects of transitioning to lower...

From the Arctic Circle, to boardrooms, Parliament and the streets of Auckland, Kiwi women are leading the fight against climate change . Judy Lawrence has spent about 30 years researching what could happen as a result of climate change. Now, shes seeing what is happening because ...

OPINION: If climate change were a rugby match, we might conclude that it is a game of two halves. Reviewed at half-time, we see that important successes have been achieved but very difficult and urgent changes are still required. The positives and negatives are in a fragile balan...

To the untrained eye they are just fluffy, white shapes in the sky, but a team of New Zealand scientists say clouds could hold the key to more accurate climate change predictions. A team from University of Canterbury (UC) assessed cloud formations in the Southern Ocean, near to A...

OPINION: For as long as I have been on this planet, politicians and the media have got away with leaving climate change at the bottom of the national agenda. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tells us the window of opportunity for action will be gone within a decade ....

Six weeks into free trade talks between New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Stuff sat down with British High Commissioner Laura Clarke to talk about food exports and climate change. [Weve edited the interview for length]. How might climate change come into a trade deal? Theres a ...

Rats could thrive and seals could leave the mainland as New Zealand and its oceans warm, according to the Department of Conservations (DOC) new adaptation plan. When dry spells leave the ground hard, kiwi struggle to probe for food and thatll become an increasing reality for the ...

Does it even make sense to build a beach house just 20m from the high-tide mark? Thats the question architect Richard Naish and colleagues at RTA Studio asked when they set out to design an experimental house project on New Zealands vulnerable coastline in a climate-uncertain wor...

New Zealands first climate change risk assessment shows the current, gradual pace of preparations is too slow something Climate Change Minister James Shaw acknowledged when he released the report. For the first time, the Government has released an exhaustive list of every major c...

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. A Christchurch father of three who has been on a hunger strike for 21 days will today hand the baton over to another protester. David Goldsmith has been doing the strike outside Parliament callin...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Is humanity doomed? If ...

North Canterburys winegrowers are in a good position to weather the storm of climate change as theyre already accustomed to delaing with adversity, research suggests. Bragato Research Institute viticulture extension and research manager Len Ibbotson said there would be an increas...

New Zealanders are more satisfied with the Governments efforts to combat climate change than they were a year ago. But fewer than half rate the effort as good, according to the latest Ipsos poll for insurer IAG. 46 per cent think the Governments actions in response to climate cha...

OPINION: The juggling act between taking genuine action towards Aucklands climate change goals and nursing the councils coronavirus-hit Emergency Budget should become clearer in the coming months. The annual process of setting the regions public transport fares will be a real tes...

A new tropical cyclone forecasting model has the potential to save lives here and in the Pacific. More time for communities to prepare is key, and the new outlook model will generate predictions for the number of tropical cyclones at an individual country level, up to four months...

Oakwood Motor Group says its decision to purchase the Isuzu Truck sales division of Smallbone Mid and South Canterbury is an endorsement of the local economy. The purchase, which will be finalised next month, was another stage in their history, Oakwood Motor Group managing direct...

A Taranaki couple stranded in India since March have been told by Immigration New Zealand that their essential skills work visas do not meet the high bar set for re-entry to the country. Supermarket manager Harpreet Kaur and her husband Sukhjinder Singh, a dairy farm manager, wen...

The roof was on, the windows were in and the paint was about to go on the newly built commercial building in Hamilton after it was completely destroyed by a ferocious blaze 18 months ago. But early Monday morning an intruder broke into the premises on King St in Frankton and set ...

Air New Zealand customers redeemed $70,000 worth of credits in under two hours after a self-service tool was launched for passengers holding credit directly with the airline. Air New Zealands online credit redemption tool went live at 10am on Monday, for more than 300,000 custome...

A large group of people stood in the front yard of a Taihape home, staring at its ruins. A man had just finished filling in a hole the homes dog had died in the fire and was being buried. Flames had ripped through the roof, burning into the home below. Its windows were blown out ...

A seasonal worker has breached bail in Marlborough after being accused of raping a woman in Motueka. The Tongan man was one of two men jointly accused of raping a woman in the early hours of New Year's Day. The men were orchard workers in Motueka under the Recognised Employer Sch...

Multi award-winning Auckland architect Ken Crosson has listed the family home he has owned for the past 37 years. The 1906 Herne Bay-Ponsonby heritage villa, where he brought up his children, is in the sought-after avenues off Jervois Road. But while it presents a traditional fro...

A motorbike-riding police officer has been injured in a crash in the Wellington suburb of Newtown. The crash, involving a car and a police officer, happened at the roundabout on the corner of Mansfield St and Russell Tce shortly after 3pm on Sunday, police said. The officer was m...

Judith Collins is keen to see Kiwis returning home to New Zealand charged $3000 for their managed self-isolation or quarantine. Labour have welcomed the policy as it too supports some kind of part-payment scheme. Cabinet is set to consider the issue before the end of the month. T...

Aucklands mayor has criticised the council-owned water company for a late budget surprise that it needs $224 million for projects to boost water supply in the drought-hit city. The need for funding came after the council began public consultation on its Emergency Budget , re-shap...

The call-outs may be fewer but Temukas newest cop has taken on more responsibility since moving from Auckland. The cool thing I found about coming down to a rural station is, Im expected to do everything, Constable Graham Maley said. The 29-year-old worked as a frontline officer ...

For the third straight year, Te Papa celebrated Matariki with a huge projected light display. The projection, designed by actor and creator Toa Waaka, told the story of Chief Toa-Rangatira, from whom Waaka is descended. Toa-Rangatira stayed behind to plant a kumara garden while t...

Dean Havard, owner of Dunedins Dead Souls Bookshop, does his best to try to detail his place of work. Describe the space: Dead Souls Bookshop is located in an old Edwardian four-storey building on Princes St, Dunedin. It shares the street level with a barber and has flats above a...

OPINION: The following election programme is recommended for voters aged 18 years and older. Contents may offend some viewers and voter discretion is advised. Previously on Natfix ... National Party leader Soyman Brudges is rolled by Toad Mullet and Nucky Koye, after Soyman fails...

Chiefs flanker Lachlan Boshier has re-signed withTaranaki for the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup campaign. The 25-year-old has 38 appearances for the Yarrows Taranaki Bulls since making his Mitre 10 Cup debut in 2014. The 1.9m tall 104kg loose forward has become an integral part of the squad ...

As much as he feels for his old teammates, that didn't stop Shaun Johnson from putting them to the sword on Sunday. And the Sharks playmaker admitted he had extra motivation for his stellar display in the 46-10 thumping of the Warriors on the Central Coast . Johnson scored a try,...

Michael Schumachers former boss has fuelled hopes the world could again see the Formula One great. German racer Schumacher hasnt been seen in public since he suffered major head injuries during a skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013, and there has been little information of...

The Government is actively considering a scheme that would charge returning Kiwis $3000 for the cost of their two-week managed isolation or quarantine the exact same fee proposed by the National Party. Stuff understands a Government Cabinet paper, circulating prior to the Nationa...

On 17 July, 1998, I killed the mother of my children in the Palmerston North courthouse. It is not the conversation starter most people would expect. But the case of John La Roche is strange for a multitude of reasons. He was 53 when he stabbed Margaret Bennellick to death in a f...

A coalition of states in the USA is following Californias lead in setting goals to jump-start a transition to electric-powered trucks, vans and buses in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality for communities choked by diesel fumes. The 15 states, plus Wa...

A drink-driver allegedly travelling at 100kmh on the wrong side of the road with no headlights was found asleep in their car by police. Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen praised the good Samaritan who reported seeing the car on State highway 1, between East Taieri and Mosgiel, abou...

The taxpayer is expected to shoulder some extra costs for two major central Christchurch anchor projects that have been affected by Covid-19 . But the magnitude of that bill remains unknown as the Government's Christchurch rebuild company negotiates with the company building both...

NZ First leader Winston Peters has taken aim at his governing partners Labour and the Greens in his opening campaign speech, saying his party was sick of woke pixie dust. He also promised to limit immigration to 15,000 per year and obtain the immigration portfolio for NZ First if...

OPINION: Im a Kiwi living with my Taiwanese-Kiwi husband in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The coronavirus response here has been incredibly impressive. This is an island nation of 23.8 million people just a few hundred kilometres from China, and a million Taiwanese were working ...

New Plymouth swimmer Jackson Rowlands stamped his mark on the Taranaki Swimming Winter Championships, breaking three individual age group records during the two-day meeting at Stratford. Rowlands, swimming for the New Plymouth Aquabladz Club, broke the boys 9 years and under 100m...

The syndicate that eventually takes on Team New Zealand for the Americas Cup will be well prepared, after the race conditions for an exhausting challenger series were confirmed. The Prada Cup challenger series will consist of four round robins of three races each, starting on Jan...

Norwegian authorities say they have arrested a 51-year-old British man suspected of issuing a bomb threat midair during a Ryanair flight from London to Oslo. The incident triggered a massive security operation at the Norwegian capital's Gardermoen airport and the plane was escort...

Mary Berrington has officially died, four years after she woke, grabbed her handbag, and walked out into an Upper Hutt winters night. The black-and-white pronouncement means little to her daughter, Susan Geerars, other than the fact she can now close her mothers bank account. A c...

NZ First leader Winston Peters has confirmed that the UK political operatives who worked on the Brexit campaign are helping his party this election. Peters also says his partys controversial New Zealand First Foundation, currently being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office, h...

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. A kuia who was attacked while working at a BP station in Christchurch still finds it hard to leave the safety of her house, two months after the violent incident. Maia Tirikatene, 67, was working...

A large international conference can produce the emissions of an entire city in a week, according to new research. A University of Otago researcher is calling for a dramatic overhaul of academic events, in light of the climate crisis. The worlds largest earth and space conference...

A half-marathon through the picturesque Fairlie basin has raised close to $21,000 for charity in its first year. The inaugural Mackenzie Half-Marathon attracted 355 runners and walkers to the Village Green in the heart of Fairlie on Saturday morning, a turnout which co-organiser ...

Interim coach Todd Payten's hopes of winning the full-time job have taken another heavy blow after the Warriors were put to the sword by Cronulla. The Warriors made a nightmare start to trail 18-0 in the opening 15 minutes and never recovered, with the Sharks rolling to a 46-10 v...

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A North Canterbury artist says the Covid-19 lockdown was a blessing in disguise as it gave him more time to work a special piece for a Christchurch church. The stained-glass window designed by North Loburns Graham Stewart was dedicated at the Aldersgate Centre (part of the Durham...

The battle over the future of Courtenay Place is heating up, with two new groups emerging to fight proposed changes to the central Wellington street. Former lawyer Barry Wilson is leading a group of business owners who plan to fight the proposed Golden Mile changes, which are par...

Roaming dogs have left some residents of a South Taranaki town too scared to walk their own streets, prompting a crackdown from the district council. Since the start of May, animal control staff have been called out to Patea 45 times, South Taranaki District Council (STDC) enviro...

Its been an eyesore for years, but there is work ticking along behind the scenes to clear the Barrett St hospital site in central New Plymouth. The 7.6-hectare site, still cluttered with decrepit, contaminated buildings, has a land value of $5.3 million and Te Atiawa gets first r...

One of multiple people jailed over the death of a Waikato man whose body was found dumped at McLarens Falls in Tauranga has had his sentence reduced on appeal. Christopher Ramia Smith was found guilty of the kidnapping and manslaughter of Mitchell Paterson at a jury trial in 2019...

The next stage of shutting down the Tui oil field 50km off the Taranaki coast is set to start with an underwater inspection of the area. The field has been idle since operators Tamarind Taranaki were placed in receivership and liquidation in 2019 owing $320m to creditors after an...

Dozens of election hoardings have been vandalised overnight and no party is safe, with Labour, National, and New Conservative candidates reporting damage to their billboards. Its proven costly for some candidates who have already replaced several billboards. Labours Northcote can...

Christchurch's Lyttelton Port has launched an independent review of its workplace culture following allegations of bullying, discrimination, harassment, and nepotism. The company is asking past and present port staff to come forward if they have allegations or other evidence of i...

Police in the UK say they were unable to shut down an illegal rave because the risks to public safety of closing an event attended by more than 3000 people in dark and wet conditions were too great. The event was held at the former Charmy Down air force base near the city of Bath...

A rare rark up from coach Aaron Mauger proved the catalyst to the Highlanders stunning big comeback win over the Chiefs. Blown away 24-0 in the opening quarter, and seemingly out of it at 31-7 early in the second half in Sundays match in Hamilton, the visitors stormed to an unbel...

The Warehouse is holding meetings at its stores on Monday morning after consultation about proposed job losses and store closures . More than 1080 jobs are expected to go as part of major restructure across the Warehouse Group that could result in at least six store closures. The...

The kea enclosure at Natureland might seem an odd location to film a promo video for the upcoming Nelson Fringe Festival. However, under the context of this years event it is a perfect way to promote the Fringe faithful being let out of their cage. From August 14 to the 22, the N...

Two young offenders who allegedly robbed a Hamilton shopping centre wielding weapons earlier this week have been arrested. The arrests come after a group of six hooded thieves stormed the Thirsty Liquor and Cambridge Rd Dairy around 6.50pm on Tuesday, fleeing the scene with thous...

Phar Lap Raceways first meeting in seven months attracted its biggest crowd in years with the number of races boosted from seven to nine to cope with demand. South Canterbury Racing Club president Noel Walker said the club set out to prove itself to the heads of the racing indust...

The bag of tricks to get shoppers to spend at the supermarket is well-used, but we keep falling for them. Beyond the psychology, though, is a lack of competition that needs to be scrutinised, says Consumer New Zealand. The Commerce Commission conducted a market study into the ret...

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BASKETBALL: The Manawatu Jets are second on the NBL table with one round remaining after a 118-103 win over the Taranaki Mountain Airs. The result in Auckland on Sunday night has the Jets equal on wins along with the Otago Nuggets and the Airs, but separated by for and against. O...

OPINION: Businesspeople reading this column will be crucially aware that under-25s are one of the most vital and lucrative demographics of virtually any market. High school and university students are also often at the heart of movements and protests to bring about change. In Hon...

OPINION: The lack of a national database or any requirement to report trust numbers means we cannot know exactly how many family trusts there are in New Zealand. My guess is there are around 350,000, and possibly up to half a million. If youre reading this, chances are you have o...

Hundreds of families and workplaces are lining up for an hour or two of stimulated danger and escapism as escape rooms go mainstream in Christchurch. Escape rooms are themed adventure games where teams work together to hunt for clues and solve puzzles to escape a simulated danger...

When Sarah Lowe watches her young charges practising she feels she is seeing equality in action in Christchurch. Lowe is the musical director at The Cathedral Grammar School, the oldest, traditional prep school in New Zealand. Her young charges are the 12 girls who make up the sc...

OPINION: Whatever option councillors choose to restore our beloved central library, the citys living room as some call it, there is one thing they should not do: privatise the building. This isnt a question of ideology. Its simply the wrong way to harness the citys commercial ene...

One person is seriously injured after a logging truck and ute crashed near Benneydale in the Waikato. A section of State Highway 30 is closed between Mangakino and Te Kuiti, in the Waitomo District following the crash at 8.10am on Monday. One person has been seriously injured and...

The Highlanders have produced an unbelievable come-from-behind win over the Chiefs after the siren in their Super Rugby Aotearoa match in Hamilton on Sunday. Down 24-0 a quarter of the way into the contest at FMG Stadium Waikato, the Highlanders somehow came away 33-31 victors, a...

South Taranaki's Hollard Gardens became a treasure trove of garden junk on Sunday. Recycling through repurposing was the theme of the open day at the Taranaki Regional Council-owned gardens as staff and volunteers gave helpful advice to onlookers on how to turn one persons junk i...

ANALYSIS: The starting gates in New Zealands September 19 election race are finally full. Labours Jacinda Ardern is the bookies favourite and the opposition took a long time to settle . All the same, punters may still want to hedge their bets. While the National Partys internal d...

Fiji rugby is at the centre of another scandal with calls to suspend it from rugby following a revelation that a convicted rapist has been training in public while serving an eight-year sentence. Sevens star Amenoni Nasilasila participated in rugby training with the Prison Warden...

What started as a sabbatical from her fashion label of 15 years has grown to be a new passion and full-time job for Deborah Sweeney. The Wellington-based ceramicist first tried her hand at potting at a workshop three years ago but during the past year has been able to commit more...

Years of battling to find the cause of her debilitating pain and getting it treated have taken a toll on Sam Wastney. She has had to give up her job, still vomits from the agonising pain, and still faces an uphill battle through the health system due to a common but poorly recogn...

The Invercargill candidate for the New Conservatives Party is keen to be involved in discussion around the future of the New Zealand Aluminum Smelter at Tiwai Point. Invercargill electorate candidate Josh Honiss joined party leader Leighton Baker at the partys public meetings in ...

Icelandair says it will sack all cabin crew and replace them with offduty pilots after negotiations on a collective-bargaining agreement broke down. It followed months of talks between the airline and the Icelandic Cabin Crew Association (Flugfreyjufelag Islands/FFI). In a statem...

There are three new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation, two in Waikato and one in Christchurch Two of the three new cases are men in their 30s. Both arrived in New Zealand on July 14 from Afghanistan, via Doha. Both tested positive after day three tests. Both men, and the fam...

A former policeman charged with assaulting a mentally unwell teenage girl at the Nelson Police Station has appealed his conviction and suppression ruling. The 44-year-old man, who cannot be named, was convicted of three charges of assault in the Nelson District Court on June 10. ...

The winter months can cause condensation issues especially in the cooler parts of our country. When air is warmed inside a property, it will hold water vapour. The more heating we use, the more water vapour that will be held. When that air comes in contact with a cold surface, co...

Timaru Boys High School remain winless in the UC Championship after five games following an indifferent performance against St Thomas College. Timaru Boys went down 22-7 in Christchurch as they failed to make tackles at crucial times. While championship leaders St Andrews College...

Thigh-high stockings are out and paper cups are in as Canterburys cash-strapped health authority attempts to claw back costs. A range of savings are outlined in the chief executives update prepared for a Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) board meeting on Thursday. They incl...

A Somalian man who violated a sleeping woman in an effort to be deported to his homeland has breached his release conditions four times since leaving jail in January. Mohammed Abdiwali was jailed for another three months on Friday after admitting two charges of breaching his cond...

NZ First leader Winston Peters says that ACT leader David Seymour wouldnt last 10 seconds if the pair exchanged blows, after Seymour said Peters would soon need help to get dressed. The pair traded insults on Monday morning, after Peters announced a campaign to limit immigration ...

Hundreds gathered on the edge of the residential red zone in Christchurch on Sunday night to celebrate the Matariki festival with music, wood carving and tree planting. The annual festival marks the start of te Matahi o te tau, the new year, which coincides with the rising of Mat...

Chiefs coach Warren Gatland has refused to blame the officials for this one, as his team wrote themselves into the history books for all the wrong reasons. After gripes with various refereeing calls in the majority of his teams losses in Super Rugby Aotearoa, this time there look...

Forestry Minister Shane Jones says he has encountered an allergic reaction from some landowners who are opposed to planting more trees under the One Billion Trees Programme. The Government has developed the programme to increase tree planting across New Zealand. The goal is to do...

The cost of replacing ageing infrastructure and meeting higher environmental standards is having an effect on the Southland districts relatively small and geographically dispersed population to pay for rates, a report to council says. Southland District Council finance developmen...

OPINION: If by right to die with dignity we mean the right to reject deathbed torture then yes, I believe we should have that right. The Health select committee examining the views of Kiwis on assisted dying in 2017 and the Justice select committee that received submissions as pa...

Trustworthy, accurate and reliable news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsrooms by making a contribution . The Central Pulse survived their toughest test of the season to preserve their unbeaten record in this years ANZ Premiership. They pipped the Mainlan...

The legendary Peter Brocks V8 Supercars record will have to wait for Kiwi champion Scott McLaughlin after a Sunday to forget in Sydney. Two-time defending champion McLaughlin endured a horror end to the weekend at the Sydney Supersprint, slumping to 14th in the final race. The Fo...

He cannoned one first half attempt into the upright, but Jordie Barrett wasnt unduly burdened when he lined up the potential matchwinner with the 20,018-strong Wellington crowd chanting his name on Saturday night. Sure enough, the Hurricanes superboot sent it from a few metres in...

Q: We will be renovating our 1940s brick house soon and have started taking out the wall linings in the bedroom. We found that the wall linings have fibres and are very heavy.We were told this is fibrous plaster. What we want to know is if this kind of wall lining contains asbest...

A Kiwi living in Melbourne is urging quarantined Kiwis to stick to the rules or risk second lockdown. Victoria has reported a surge in Covid-19 cases over recent weeks with hundreds testing positive each day. On Saturday they recorded 217 new cases and three deaths. That followed...

Kiwi striker Chris Wood scored his 13th goal of the English Premier League season with a spectacular overhead kick in Burnleys 2-0 win over nine-man Norwich City. Wood set a record as Burnleys highest scorer in a Premier League season when he acrobatically struck a shot past Norw...

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) to take pole position for the seventh time at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It was Hamilton's second straight pole this season and record-extending 90th of his Formula One career -...

Six people were injured after two cars crashed on State Highway 1 in the Waikato. Emergency services were called to the crash on the highway near Hickey Rd, near Cambridge at 4.05pm on Saturday. Initial indications were that one car lost control and crossed the centreline, collid...

This story is part of The Resilience Project , a Stuff and Sunday Star-Times investigation into how people have survived life shocks. When the doctor first gave Annabelle Collins her prognosis, she refused to believe it. "I thought 'no, thats not happening'. It was definitely [a]...

OPINION: Ill admit straight up to having a glass half-full attitude when it comes to the prospects for our economy and our housing market. Too often people choose to focus on the negatives and forget that often the groups affected by new factors are small, and their actions are n...

Manawatu bus riders will finally be able to use a ticketing system that has been in the pipeline for years. Councils across New Zealand have been working towards having a joint ticketing system, named the Bee Card. The card is a tag-on, tag-off system, like Snapper in Wellington ...

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The Maori Party wants all offshore oil and gas extraction in New Zealand decommissioned by the end of the decade as part of its plan to battle climate change. Co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer announced the party's climate policy on Saturday in Taranaki, saying Aotearoa needed to t...

Hamiltons theatres have secured a scene-stealing central role in the considerations of the citys politicians, as they weigh up this years budgets. But whether the Founders, Riverlea and Clarence St theatres can earn rave reviews or a hail of rotten tomatoes remains to be seen. Th...

Gabrielle Bundy-Cooke has been chosen as president of Palmerston Norths Milson Rotary for the next year, with the commitment of continuing Rotarys strong involvement in the local community. Rotary is one of the longest, established service organisations in the world and plays a s...

Kiwi driver Scott Dixons hot form shows no sign of hitting the brakes. Dixon finished second in Saturdays (NZ time) opening night race of IndyCar's doubleheader at Iowa Speedway. Starting from 17th on the grid, Dixon worked his way through traffic to finish runner-up behind Simon...

Judith Collins has started to put up election billboards in her home electorate Papakura, just four days after becoming the National Party leader. NZ First also has a big weekend in Auckland, launching its election campaign at its 27th convention. But Collins appeared to rule out...

We have now reached the point where the game of rugby must admit that the laws are as mushily entangled as a bowl of overcooked spaghetti. The crowds seethe with all sorts of real and imagined justices, the players are confused and sometimes even the referees do not know what is ...

The Australian Olympic Committee has confirmed the death of former world junior pairs figure skating champion Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya in Moscow. The cause of the 20-year-old Alexandrovskaya's death on Friday has not yet been disclosed. She was born in Russia, but in 2016 obtain...

Im sure you all have highly specific cauliflower cheese garnish requirements, so go with whatever you like. I might add hazelnuts, sage, rosemary or thyme, breadcrumbs, a bit of chopped bacon or prosciutto; maybe a bit of paprika or nutmeg. I dont know about you lot, but Im heavi...

The Tokoroa SPCA has been dealt yet another blow after being forced to permanently close its op-shop. It comes amid financial and staffing troubles and follows a longline of issues plaguing its rescue centre. That includes the 2016 drugging of a manager by a volunteer who became ...

The National Party faithful have been severely tested by dysfunction, disunity and a rolling maul of leaders in recent years. Can Judith Collins woo them back? The home of the New Zealand SAS lies on one edge of the sprawling south Auckland electorate that new National Party lead...

Luckless Canterbury star Kieran Foran will be sweating on scan results for a toe injury that could have ramifications for his future in the NRL. Foran suffered the problem midway through the first half of the Bulldogs' heartbreaking 28-22 loss to St George Illawarra on Saturday e...

The unbeaten Central Pulse appear to be certain winners of the 2020 ANZ Premiership, after a dominant 44-38 win over the Northern Mystics. A dismal first quarter showing from the Mystics in the top of the table clash on Saturday in Auckland made it impossible for the side to reco...

Rain is expected to fall heavily in the west of the lower South Island on Monday and early on Tuesday, the MetService has warned. The rain is forecast to arrive in an active front from the Tasman Sea on Monday morning. The front will be followed by a cold southwest change. Parts ...

Wendy Petrie will lose her role as anchor of TVNZs flagship news bulletin, Stuff understands. The long-time presenter of 1 News at 6 was told earlier in the week that TVNZ did not intend to keep her on in the anchor role. A source told Stuff that Petrie may not be the only on-scr...

OPINION: Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay did a nice job of refusing to solely blame the officials for his sides unfortunate loss to Sydney FC on Friday night. Lets hope hes also cognisant of the need for some self-examination, because he may find that an error of his own was ...

The Otago Nuggets made a clear statement to the Sals NBL Showdown with a brilliantly paced victory over a gallant Franklin Bulls at The Trusts Arena. The southerners defeated the Bulls 89-83 to move to 7 and 4 on the league ladder while the Bulls drop to 6 and 5. Brent Matehaeres...

A worrying neck injury to Otere Black which required a hospital visit for scans left a further sour taste for the Blues as they departed Wellingtons Sky Stadium. Coach Leon MacDonald described the injury as pretty bad on Saturday night, after his starting first five-eighth left t...

There is one new case of coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Health. Saturdays case is a man in his 50s who arrived in New Zealand on July 12 from Central Africa via Tanzania, Doha and Brisbane. He is now in a quarantine facility in Auckland after being transferred on Frida...

Deflation has returned to motivation at the South Waikato Menzshed. Weeks after thieves stole close to $4000 worth of brand-new tools from the Tokoroa branch of the charity before it could even officially open, the shed has received a $5000 donation from New Zealand agriculture a...

OPINION: Whenever you ask Judith Collins about Jacinda Ardern, she says one thing: Dont underestimate her like the Labour Party used to. Its typical Collins to barb a compliment for Ardern with an insult to the Labour party. But its also a message for her own party. Collins has b...

A lawyer defending a man charged with rape has been thrown off the case after being accused of sending the complainant personal messages on social media. Paul Francis Chambers denies the allegations and says he has been caught up in a web of fabricated documents designed to have ...

Seven months after leaving Pep Guardiola's side, Mikel Arteta outwitted his mentor to ensure his first season as Arsenal manager will end with an FA Cup final. In only his 25th match as a manager, Arteta masterminded a 2-0 victory - secured by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double -...

This idea is from my friend Annabel Graham. I think its damn clever and whenever I do cauliflower cheese, I deliberately do far too much, so I get to make this with the leftovers. Never be afraid of a souffle, otherwise it will know and take advantage of you. Three simple things ...

A 90-year-old man who died in hospital after a collision between a car and campervan in Waihi has been named. He was Keith Silvester, 90, of Waihi. Police were alerted to the crash between a car and a campervan on the intersection of State Highway 2 and Wrigley St at Parry Palm A...

OPINION: Some stories are so unbelievable that, when you hear them, you think that surely someone has made this up. But, on further examination, some details are so specific that they have to be true. New podcast Deep Cover is one of these stories. Its the tale of an FBI agent wh...

Tasman police have arrested a man and woman after meth, LSD and cannabis were found during a search warrant at a property in the Hira area. Detective sergeant Chris Roberts of the Tasman Organised Crime Unit said a 50-year-old man had been charged with a number of drug offences i...

A womans liver was accidentally cut and had to be cauterised because the operating theatre bed she was on collapsed a bit mid-surgery. Southern Cross Hospitals has launched an investigation into the incident in Christchurch on Tuesday, and is testing all beds in the facility. Con...

Even before coronavirus, global political power was in the middle of seismic shifts. So how will things look after we emerge from the pandemic? JOHN McCRONE reports. Whats happening out there? Once the massive dislocations of coronavirus have worked their way through the worlds p...

A man who beat his partner to death after isolating her from her family and writing her improvement lists is nearing an early release from prison. Jesse Ferris-Bromley says he now knows what led him to killing Virginia Ford. Ferris-Bromley is serving a seven year and 10 month pri...

New Zealands Paris Agreement target is inconsistent with the Governments goal of keeping the average temperature increase to within 1.5 degrees Celsius, officials have told ministers. The advice from the Ministry for the Environment was given to Climate Change Minister James Shaw...

Two people are injured following a firearms incident in central Auckland. Do you know more? Email caroline.williams@stuff.co.nz Police responded to the incident on Arthur St in Ellerslie about 8.55pm on Friday, a spokeswoman said. Two people received moderate injuries, she said. ...

Nationals pledge to sink $31 billion into New Zealand transport projects could propel the Waikato to become the powerhouse economy of the country. The multi-billion dollar transport package was announced by Nationals new leader Judith Collins in a pre-election promise which inclu...

New speed limits will come into effect in Wellingtons CBD from Sunday, but police wont ticket drivers immediately. Lowering the central city speed limit from 50km/h to 30km/h was a core part of the Lets Get Wellington Moving programme and was approved by Wellington City Council i...

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When was the movie Psycho released? If you love our quiz, you can receive daily notifications of Stuff trivia tests on our app. Details here Got a good quiz question? Send your questions to quiz@stuff.co.nz . READ MORE: * Quiz: Afternoon trivia challenge June 29 2020 * Quiz: Morn...

Ken Simpson isnt after a high-powered job. Hes just asking for the chance to shuttle food and drink around a local cafe the ability to make some cash during his unintentionally lengthy stint in Dunedin. Willing to do literally anything to make a few bob after Covid-19 saw the Can...

A liquor store in Rotorua has been robbed for cash. The robbery happened about 9pm on Friday on Ngongotaha Rd, a police spokeswoman said. A person armed with a weapon threatened the shop keeper before taking cash. It is not known what the weapon was. Police are still working to l...

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Heavy transport vehicles could be the first to convert to hydrogen energy as efforts to decarbonise New Zealand start to take shape. But the convenience of plugging into a portable hydrogen-powered generator next to the wool shed or around Kiwi farms, to replace diesel or petrol ...

A multimillion-dollar plan to resolve Akaroas wastewater woes is dividing a Banks Peninsula community as a third set of proposals are publicly released. After more than five years, two rounds of consultation, and delays caused by faulty data , the Christchurch City Council has co...

The coronavirus has cancelled business plans all over the world but Europe's push into electric cars isn't one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up better than the overall market amid a deeply painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of governments...

A new political party has emerged from the rural heartland to rail against our most recent environmental regulations and New Zealand's ban on oil and gas exploration. Mark Balls a farmer's farmer, a man well known in Auckland's rural south. The ex-cop and Franklins former mayor i...

Burger King is staging an intervention with its cows in the US. The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by adding lemon grass in a bid to limit bovine contributions to climate change. By tweaking their diet, Burger King said Tuesday that it believes it can reduce a ...

A handful of bars in New Zealand have become zero carbon, but a pub in Nelson is the first in the country to become climate positive. The Free House on Collingwood Street earned the certification from not-for-profit enterprise Ekos during lockdown, after opting to offset 120 per ...

The University of Canterbury will reduce its carbon emissions by 9000 tonnes annually after replacing two of its coal boilers with an eco-friendly option. It is one of six projects getting a share of $12.7 million from the Crowns clean powered public service fund. Other recipient...

OPINION: You might be surprised to learn the petroleum industry agrees with the Government and climate scientists that we must cut our greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low carbon economy. The only argument is over how fast we should transition and how much (if at all)...

ANALYSIS: As Judith Collins takes the helm of the National Party, Stuff revisits some of her recent comments on climate science and policy. While former leader Todd Muller negotiated on National's behalf to pass the Zero Carbon Act , Collins was reportedly set to cross the floor ...

An international effort to get a handle on methane emissions has revealed the potent gas is rising in the atmosphere faster than it has for 20 years. Long-running measurements of the air at Wellingtons windy Baring Head contributed to the French-led study , which involves researc...

Do you know how much carbon will be emitted by your home or office over its lifespan? The Government's green building overhaul, announced this month , aims to tell you that and set a slowly sinking limit on emissions. As houses, factories and offices contribute an estimated 20 pe...

Carbon-neutral milk where the product's greenhouse gases are offset by carbon credits is coming to a supermarket fridge near you. The just-launched New World, PaknSave and Four Square brand, Simply Milk, costs a little extra. A 2-litre bottle from New World will set you back $4.0...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I would like to know ho...

A retired doctor and a stay-at-home dad are among activists on a hunger strike on Parliaments lawn. Robin Treadwell, a retired doctor from Waiheke Island, said the protest was born out of frustration and anger. I always had an interest in preventative medicine and the climate eme...

He became a household name in New Zealand less than two months ago. Todd Muller had aspirations of being the next Prime Minister when he usurped Simon Bridges in a coup to become the new leader of the National Party. On Tuesday, he stunned the country by resigning from that role ...

New Zealands largest high country station has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent in the past two decades, a new report shows. Over that time, the 180,000-hectare Molesworth Station has reduced its stocking rate by 40 per cent, halved phosphorus applications, and reduced ...

If societies rapidly cut emissions today, we might not see the positive effects on global temperatures for decades, new research suggests. The world needs to mentally prepare itself for a long fight against climate change, the scientists warn. Although there has been a steady tre...

A strident environmentalist has cut ties with the Green Party because she believes it has become part of the status quo. Dr Stuart Bramhall contested the New Plymouth electorate under the Green Party banner in the 2017 general election, winning 2070 votes a result dwarfed by incu...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz What was the climate an...

Climate change could compromise the effectiveness of 1080 poisoning, according to an Environment Canterbury councillor. Such an outcome could pose issues for both the regional council and landowners as they try to combat a growing wallaby problem in South Canterbury. ECan council...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Do you think the Covid-...

A legal loophole that allowed consents for large climate polluting projects to be granted without consideration of environmental impacts has been closed. Changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) passed their final reading on Thursday, meaning consents for large projects can b...

Climate change is taking its own seat at a Hamilton council chamber. Councillors at the Waikato Regional Council agreed on Thursday that an assessment of climate change implications would be included for consideration in all future reports. Each report will need to include a summ...

Comedian Tom Sainsbury introduces Carol, a newly passionate climate change advocate. So there I was, sitting on my Flaxmere Hardwood outdoor lounger, appreciating the sea views from our front yard, when suddenly there was an earthquake! I got straight onto the phone to my husband...

This story was originally published on Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. The true toll of climate change in New Zealand is just beginning to come to light. New research from a team of Kiwi climate scientists led by Victoria University of Wellington's Dave Frame h...

Summer temperatures in parts of the Mackenzie Country are predicted to climb over the next 70 years, according to a new climate change report for Environment Canterbury. Prepared by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, the 156-page report seeks to analyse pro...

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission. Casten Nemra is Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands and Christopher Loeak is Environment Minister. OPINION: While Covid-19 has now been confirmed in over 200 countries, here in the Republic ...

Forget Covid-19, climate change brings trillions of dollars worth of risk to the global economy, and New Zealand is not immune, international experts are saying. And those Kiwi companies need to start disclosing that risk and its possible impacts. Addressing a New Zealand audienc...

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has turned podcaster, interviewing economist Joseph Stiglitz, Doughnut Economics author Kate Raworth, author Naomi Klein and Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres, who led the 2015 climate talks, about how to have a green recovery following t...

More than half the country is satisfied with our government's response to climate change but there's room to do more, according to a new survey. The nationally representative Climate Catalyst survey assessed how Americans, Australians, Brits, Canadians and New Zealanders felt abo...

The traffic stopped, birds sang, and people stayed home - was the coronavirus lockdown a climate-fighting miracle? For five weeks life was put on hold, and air pollution around the country dropped to levels seen only on Christmas and New Year's Day. Many say we should not return ...

Kiribati faces perhaps the world's most imminent climate change threat , and New Zealand is sending help. A new role being advertised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) is designed to support the Kiribati Government's effort to reclaim land from the rising sea. A...

OPINION: At first, I thought the intriguing new online calculator of how future transport projects will reduce Auckland's carbon emissions was broken. I clicked on all six major public transport projects, but did not notice any shift in the bar graph that measured how much closer...

Even in the biggest government spend-up in history, there is little funding for directly tackling climate change, activists say. Of the Budget 2020 announcements, the rail network, waterway restoration and home insulation all received a boost. But Greenpeace described these inves...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Earth had several perio...

OPINION: Warm, dry, healthy homes are better for the people they shelter. Theres fresh air and its easy to keep warm in winter (or cool, in summer), without using lots of greenhouse-gas emitting energy. Those homes are better for the environment too, because they can be built wit...

Baby boomers are six times more likely to dismiss climate change than members of Gen Z, and twice as likely to vote, an in-depth survey has found. An online survey of more than 2000 people found those who actively reject climate change are a small minority - 6 per cent - and more...

By dragging our feet on climate action, we increasingly condem