South Island applicants have cleaned up in the Government's first round community irrigation fund handouts to support promoters of community irrigation and water storage schemes.
Canterbury environmental officials are investigating a spill that has turned the Heathcote River blue.
Sustainability was a strong feature in this year's Southern Architecture Awards, with judges impressed by how many buildings featured sustainable principles.
Plastic milk containers make up about 15-20% of the items recycled through Dunedin City Council "blue bins".
The New Zealand Government is doing nothing as an Antarctic ice shelf threatens to collapse, Greenpeace says.
Climate change is the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, officials say on the heels of a report that also found some of Australia's other unique flora and fauna are being negatively affected by the changing environment.
The Government is still negotiating with the Maori Party over legislation setting up an emissions trading scheme and hopes to strike a deal by early next week.
Seed drilling within the Upper Manorburn-Lake Onslow landscape management area has been allowed under the Central Otago District Council's plan, through a ruling of the Environment Court.
A toxic algae is being blamed for the death of two dogs in Mosgiel and has prompted warnings to parents and caregivers.
The McRae family of Glendhu Station are considering if they can provide more public access and undertake more native vegetation regeneration, in return for the right to develop part of their farm into a multimillion-dollar golfing resort.
Instead of blundering about in the dark at home, supporters of Earth Hour in Dunedin will be able to enjoy an hour of family entertainment in the Octagon next Saturday evening.
More opponents of Dunedin funeral directors Hope and Sons took aim at the company's proposed new cremator in South Dunedin on the second and last day of a resource consent hearing yesterday, but the company, through counsel Phil Page, had the last word.
People have to change the way they live with their coasts and understand them a lot better, applied coastal scientist Jim Dahm says.
The idea of capturing carbon as coal is burnt is fairy talk, and a dangerous distraction from the urgent task of building a strong, future-proofed economy, writes Simon Boxer.
How wood burners are used is a major contributor to winter air pollution in urban areas, new research is finding.
Dunedin author Neville Peat believes the head of Lake Wakatipu is the most powerful and scenic mountainscape in New Zealand. That's why he has written a book about the place and its people. Shane Gilchrist reports.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, says the Government's costs in its fraught clean up of contaminated soil at Mapua, near Nelson, are double the original estimates.
Opting for nuclear power would massively damage New Zealand's export and tourism prospects, University of Otago historian Prof Tom Brooking warned yesterday.
Who lives there: Writer Murray Grimwood (53) and teacher Jennie Upton (45), their cat and dog, and on and off, their two teenaged sons.