Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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Environment & Conservation

Swimmers warned away from Queenstown lake

Swimmers have been warned away from Queenstown's popular Lake Hayes after it recorded more than three-and-a-half times the level of E.coli considered safe to swim in.

Report: Tourism livelihoods at risk from climate change

New Zealand's ski industry could benefit from climate change in the short term but would suffer from its long term effects as would attractions such as the country's glaciers, according to a new report.

Support for Cape Foulwind conservation

A project to protect native species and enhance the landscape of Cape Foulwind in Buller will be boosted by support from the DOC Community Fund.

Wildlife benefit from SH1 reopening

A group of international seabird scientists will be among the first using the reopened highway to Kaikoura today.

Southern Discoveries recommits to help threatened species

A movement to protect some of New Zealand’s most precious native species has been given another vital boost with Southern Discoveries renewing its sponsorship of the Sinbad Sanctuary Project.

Operators welcome, wary of Waitākere track closures

Tourism operators who use the Waitākere Ranges have welcomed the closure of some walking tracks in the park to help stop the spread of kauri dieback disease but are wary of further access restrictions.

Operators scoop sustainable business awards

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, Wellington's ZEALANDIA and Christchurch Airport have each won awards at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

DOC: Scorching southern summer a serious fire risk

Campers and outdoor enthusiasts are urged to be fire wise this summer as warm, dry weather persists in the south.

Kelly Tarlton’s: NZ’s first interactive turtle rehabilitation plan launches

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland, has announced that from 11 December, New Zealanders can experience the country’s first interactive turtle rehabilitation experience, Turtle Rescue.

Air NZ, government scope new tree planting fund

Air New Zealand says it is working with the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries to explore the establishment of a new tree planting fund.

Operators urged to build sustainable businesses

Tourism operators are being urged to adopt sustainability commitments to help build a better NZ industry. 

Air New Zealand first airline to join global EV movement

Reinforcing its leadership position in the shift to electric vehicles, Air New Zealand has been announced as the first airline to join The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative.

Minister: Tourism wins over mining on DOC land

Conservation land should be protected for tourism and not be made available for mining, says the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

Europcar NZ tests 100% electric vehicle fleet

From October, Europcar NZ’s 100% electric vehicle fleet is available for rent to the public in Auckland and Christchurch.

Potentially toxic algae confirmed in Cardrona River

The presence of the potentially toxic algae Phormidium has been confirmed in the Cardrona River, prompting a warning from the Otago Regional Council for people (and dogs) to avoid contact with waters in the river.

Businesses recognised for conservation successes

The Department of Conservation has praised Canterbury businesses for getting involved in conservation and helping to make a difference for our native wildlife and habitats.

Celebrate Conservation Week at Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is celebrating Conservation Week 2017 this Labour weekend with a range of fun conservation-themed activities based on this year’s Conservation Week theme of ‘Love my Backyard.’

Predator Free starts in your own backyard this Conservation Week

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry is encouraging New Zealanders to get out and enjoy their own backyards and make a difference locally during Conservation Week, which started on Saturday.

Nature Watch Day at Orokonui Ecosanctuary

As part of Conservation Week 2017, Orokonui is hosting ‘Nature Watch’ this Sunday the 15th October.

Air NZ plugs in, brews fair trade and recycles cups, snacks

Air New Zealand has signalled its commitment to sustainability with a number of initiatives to reduce waste and emissions. 

Sustainable tourism operator seeks NZ’s conservation heroes

Leading sustainable tourism operator Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari is on the hunt to find the country's top 30 community conservation heroes.

Zoo contributes $390K towards conservation

The Zoo is proud to have contributed staff time and commitment and nearly $390K towards local and global field conservation efforts.

Kiwis for kiwis at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari has been selected as a prominent site to make a significant contribution long-term to the population of New Zealand’s national bird.

Global experts join Air NZ’s sustainability panel

Air New Zealand has appointed British ecological economist Professor Tim Jackson and leading carbon emissions policy specialist Dr Suzi Kerr to its Sustainability Advisory Panel.

The Royalcam star has fledged!

Tūmanako, the northern royal albatross/toroa and star of 'Royal Cam', has left Pukekura/Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, to start a new life at sea.

Pukaha Mount Bruce appoints new GM

Tararua's Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre has appointed Emily Court its new general manager.

Are tourists destroying the planet or saving it?

Victoria University's Development Society has teamed up with GOOD Travel to discuss the impact of tourism on World Tourism Day.

NZ not “clean and green” for more than a quarter of Kiwis

New Zealand does not live up to its "100% Pure" image, according to a quarter of Kiwis surveyed in a new report.

TNZ, DOC select first Great Day and Great Short walks

The first nineteen walks set to become part of a New Zealand-wide network of Great Day and Great Short walks have been selected.

Hawke’s Bay fights WCO on Ngaruroro & Clive Rivers

Hawke’s Bay’s fight to stop a controversial water conservation order (WCO) on two of its largest rivers is gaining momentum.

Land corridor connects Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks

Abel Tasman and Kahurangi national parks are now connected by a 169-hectare block of land purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund.

Where should the next Great Walks be?

The government has started its process of finding out from New Zealanders where they want the Department of Conservation's next Great Walks to be.

Greens plan for largest-ever marine mammal sanctuary

The marine mammal sanctuary will protect the environment and potentially create sustainable local jobs through new eco-tourism ventures, such as whale watching.

Tourism backs Water Conservation Order for Hawke’s Bay rivers

Granting a Water Conservation Order for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers would benefit the tourism industry as well as protect the rivers, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

Eco-sanctuary to be created on Farewell Spit

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has announced an eco-sanctuary will be created on Farewell Spit in a partnership between DOC and natural health and wellness retailer HealthPost.

Wednesday Letter: The urgency of now

The Ticker's Bridget O'Connell hears concerns over the environment and social license at the Tourism Export Council's conference in Te Anau and asks if they will be heeded by industry and government.

Tourism welcomes farming’s swimmable river pledge

The tourism industry is welcoming the pledge by farming leaders to make all New Zealand rivers swimmable.

Rare breeding takahē pair coming to ZEALANDIA

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary has announced that a breeding pair of takahē are planned to be released into the sanctuary next Monday.

Pukaha Mount Bruce’s breeding season starts early

Pukaha Mount Bruce is celebrating the beginning of this year’s breeding season with the hatching of 6 pāteke (brown teal) ducklings.

Tourism industry supports call for better biodiversity management

Protection of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity is imperative to our social and economic future, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.

EDS: Free ride for tourism is over

The tourism industry has been urged to step up and speak out for the environment by Environmental Defence Society chairman, Gary Taylor.

Electrifying Eastland’s Pacific Coast Highway

Tairāwhiti is driving towards a cleaner, greener future with the government’s announcement that it will co-fund a fast charging electric vehicle network across the region.

15 EV projects receive funding and next funding round opens

Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins has announced funding for 15 projects to increase charging facilities for electric vehicles and switch more trucks, buses and vans to electric power.

TIA: Working on our water

NZ has an abundance of water, most of the time, so it is only right that we are now as a nation having a proper debate about it and how we best manage it.

Waitākere Ranges Regional Park could close to save kauri

The Waitākere Ranges Regional Park is now the most heavily kauri dieback-infected area currently recorded in New Zealand.

Labour launches fresh water policy: Clean rivers for future generations

Labour will lead a nationwide effort to restore our rivers and lakes to a clean, swimmable state.

TIA: Govt’s fresh water clean-up a good start

The allocation of Government funding of $44 million to clean up 100 New Zealand rivers and lakes is a good start to improving fresh water quality but a lot more needs to be done

100-plus rivers and lakes to be improved

Freshwater improvement projects covering over 100 rivers and lakes across New Zealand are to receive grants of $44 million from the Government.

Waikoropupū Springs tribunal appointed

The special tribunal to consider the Waikoropupū Springs application for a Water Conservation Order (WCO) has been announced by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith.

Plants at risk as climate warms and tourism grows

Scientists are warning that alpine plants are at risk of extinction as climate change, skiing and mountain tourism spread weeds to higher altitudes.

Govt: Lions “had significant impact on economy”

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges, Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry have applauded the successful DHL New Zealand Lions Series after the final test Saturday night at Eden Park.

Tūmanako/hope for feisty albatross chick

The votes are in and the albatross star of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) ‘royal cam’ has been named Tūmanako meaning hope, wish, desire.  

Pukaha Mount Bruce GM steps down

After four years of successfully guiding the fortunes of leading Wairarapa tourism attraction Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, general manager Helen Tickner is stepping down.

Tourism “very vulnerable” to climate change

New Zealand's tourism industry is particularly vulnerable to climate change and operators must start preparing for it, says an academic.

Fed Farmers: What about the damage wreaked by tourists?

Waikato Federated Farmers president Andrew McGiven hits back at criticism his industry is not doing enough to protect the environment and he takes particular aim at the Tourism Export Council.

FMC: Time for Remarkables National Park

Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) has launched its Remarkable Outdoors campaign headlined by a proposed new national park - ‘The Remarkables National Park’ in the Otago Southland high-country near Queenstown.

Kelly Tarlton’s launches Blue Project

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s, with generous support from the Department of Conservation’s Community Fund, has launched The Blue Project, a marine outreach programme aimed at educating kiwi kids about the importance of marine conservation and sustainability.

Reintroducing kākāriki to Northland a tourism winner

A Northland restoration group has reintroduced kākāriki – New Zealand’s native parakeet – to the Bay of Islands after an absence of 30 years with the new residents set to become the region’s latest tourist attraction.

Capital attraction wins Green Ribbon

Wellington conservation project and attraction Zealandia has won the Leadership in Communication and Education Green Ribbon environmental award. 
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