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2 May 2018  

Waitākeres still accessible as forested areas close

Twenty-nine tracks remain open or partially open for visitors to use in the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park after its forested areas were closed to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease.


Nature attractions to open doors to locals
1 May 2018   /

Nature attractions to open doors to locals

Wellington nature attractions ZEALANDIA and Wellington Zoo are opening their doors to locals this weekend for a $2 donation per person. The proceeds from the donations will go towards ZEALANDIA’s MORE »


Watch: Hobbiton goes greener with new sustainability initiative
23 Apr 2018  

Watch: Hobbiton goes greener with new sustainability initiative

Matamata’s Hobbiton Movie set has launched a new sustainability initiative to coincide with yesterday’s Earth Day.


Watch: Christchurch’s “green spine” from city to sea
13 Apr 2018  

Watch: Christchurch’s “green spine” from city to sea

A green spine extending from the city to sea is poised to set Christchurch apart as a place that is prepared to explore new ways of living with nature – from adaptive housing to sustainable urban agriculture.


Decision day on Waitākere Ranges – could operators lose access?
10 Apr 2018   /

Decision day on Waitākere Ranges – could operators lose access?

Auckland Council will make its final decision today on whether to close the Waitākere Ranges to help stop the spread of kauri dieback disease.


Regional councils set regional targets for swimmable lakes and rivers
4 Apr 2018  

Regional councils set regional targets for swimmable lakes and rivers

Regional councils are this month announcing draft targets that are a step towards the goal of 90% of rivers and lakes being swimmable by 2040.


More measures to protect Hector’s dolphins
21 Mar 2018   /

More measures to protect Hector’s dolphins

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage are accelerating work to improve protection of the nationally endangered Hector’s dolphin, after five were accidentally killed in a fishing net off Banks Peninsula.


National Parks review put on hold
15 Mar 2018  

National Parks review put on hold

The New Zealand Conservation Authority has put its proposed review of the country’s National Parks on hold so it can support the government’s visitor and conservation priorities. 


The Brainerds behind Camp Glenorchy’s vision of sustainable tourism
14 Mar 2018  

The Brainerds behind Camp Glenorchy’s vision of sustainable tourism

The Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell went along to the opening of Camp Glenorchy yesterday and met the American couple behind the innovative eco-friendly accommodation.on. 


Submissions sought to protect renown springs
9 Mar 2018  

Submissions sought to protect renown springs

New Zealand’s image is on the line as one of our most Instagram-famous locations is nearing the deadline for submissions on its protection.


Stats NZ launches Environmental Economic Accounts
28 Feb 2018  

Stats NZ launches Environmental Economic Accounts

The first report of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts shows the impact of what we are doing to the natural environment and what is being done to protect it.


Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari secures $1.4m funding
27 Feb 2018  

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari secures $1.4m funding

New Zealand’s largest mainland sanctuary for native wildlife has been granted $1.4 million over four years by Waikato Regional Council.


Council blames ducks for high E.coli lake reading
21 Dec 2017  

Council blames ducks for high E.coli lake reading

The Otago Regional Council has cleared Queenstown’s Lake Hayes safe to swim in and blamed ducks for an unusually high E.coli reading.


Come clean to The Coromandel – be a kauri champion this summer
20 Dec 2017  

Come clean to The Coromandel – be a kauri champion this summer

The Coromandel Kauri Dieback Forum is calling on everyone visiting Peninsula forests this summer to help prevent kauri dieback disease spreading.


Swimmers warned away from Queenstown lake
19 Dec 2017   /

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
18 Dec 2017  

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
18 Dec 2017  

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
15 Dec 2017  

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
15 Dec 2017  

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
6 Dec 2017   /

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
4 Dec 2017   /

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
4 Dec 2017  

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
23 Nov 2017   /

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
22 Nov 2017  

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
15 Nov 2017  

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
13 Nov 2017  

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
9 Nov 2017   /

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
1 Nov 2017  

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
27 Oct 2017  

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
19 Oct 2017  

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
17 Oct 2017  

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
16 Oct 2017  

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
11 Oct 2017  

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
5 Oct 2017  

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
4 Oct 2017  

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
4 Oct 2017  

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
4 Oct 2017  

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
3 Oct 2017  

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!
29 Sep 2017  

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
25 Sep 2017  

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?
14 Sep 2017  

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
11 Sep 2017  

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
8 Sep 2017  

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
8 Sep 2017  

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
7 Sep 2017  

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?
4 Sep 2017  

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
30 Aug 2017  

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
25 Aug 2017  

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
24 Aug 2017  

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
23 Aug 2017  

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.


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