The Planet

I lost my home in the cyclone, now I panic when it rains

“When it rains heavily I’m always alert."

I tried to survive two days in the bush with no gear

Scientists say we are overdue for a major earthquake across the Alpine Fault.

Touring a destroyed Gisborne home

The surrounding area is completely submerged under mud and silt.

Message from Piha: Do not come here

“If you want to do anything for a place that you love, don't come.”

On the ground in West Auckland after the floods

Over two months’ worth of rain fell on Auckland in just 24 hours.

The Christchurch neighbourhood that smells like ass crack

The smell is so bad some residents are leaving for good.

Climate activist Txai Suruí on indigenous solutions to saving our planet

“It is not enough just to protect the forest, we have to give back to her what we took from her."

Your fear of sharks is irrational but not your fault

More New Zealanders are injured every year by alpacas and rabbits than by sharks, according to ACC. 

We challenged fast fashion addicts to find an op shop fit in 10 mins

“Looking like a million bucks for a dollar."

How I deal with climate anxiety

“We can't be crippled with anxiety because our people need us to be taking action.”

‘It is desperate’: Community and iwi set up rāhui to save Northern Hauraki scallops

On February 6, Ngāti Manuhiri placed a two-year rāhui on collecting scallops in the Hauraki Gulf. They’re now asking the government to legally enforce the rāhui,…

We go swimming with NZ’s weird and wonderful sea slugs

We go swimming around Tāmaki Makaurau to look at shell-less sea slugs, aka Nudibranchs.

NZ doubled our dairy cows in 30 years, but it took 600% more fertiliser | Milk and Money | Episode 3

“We don’t exactly know how many cows we could sustain, but it’s a hell of a lot less than we have."

The impact of dairy on our freshwater | Milk and Money | Episode 2

In Episode 2: Water, we explore the state of freshwater in New Zealand.

Why our dairy cows produce more emissions than our cars | Milk and Money | Episode 4

“The right thing to do is for all us dairy farmers to try to pull our weight."

Our soil quality has been declining for decades. Dairy is making it worse | Milk and Money…

“In a teaspoon of soil, there are as many microbes than there are mammals on the planet."

How Aotearoa built its dairy empire on billions of dollars of debt | Milk and Money | Episode 1

Milk and Money, our series investigating the dairy industry is here.

Why we may not need cows to make milk | Milk and Money | Episode 6

Half of calves in New Zealand are killed within days or weeks of being born.

How rāhui work | Let Me Explain

A rāhui has been placed on the Tāne Mahuta boardwalk track in Waipoua Forest, Northland, after the discovery of a tūpāpaku (deceased person) in the area…

The sex helmet that tried to save kākāpō

Sirocco the kākāpō wouldn’t stop shagging people’s heads. So one clever DOC worker came up with a potential solution...

After being raised by humans, Sirocco the kākāpō…

Welcome the cyborg turtle: NZ researcher designs prosthetic fin for turtles

A New Zealand researcher has designed a prosthetic fin for sea turtles to help the endangered species recover after their fins are damaged.

All seven species of…

New Zealanders tell us how they honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Six Kiwis share the various ways we can honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Why kea are being killed by lead poisoning on the West Coast

Kea are curious and clever native parrots who are known to steal tramping boots and peck at your car tyres. Unfortunately, they’ve recently been declared to…

This 17-year-old has hundreds of thousands of bees

Ethan Manera (@ethansbees) is a 17-year-old beekeeper from Christchurch... who also happens to be afraid of bees. He tells us why bees are so important, and…

Can a thriving dairy industry and healthy waters coexist?

The quality of half of our waterways is diminishing, according to a recent study by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa. Contributing to this has been the growth…

What is a fire tornado?

The bushfires in Australia are giving us incomprehensible statistics, such as 7 million hectares burned and 1 billion animals killed. They are also delivering the rare…

How are the Australian bushfires affecting our air quality?

Australia has been batting bushfires since late July 2019. With the monumental scale of the fires, what impact is it having on our air quality?