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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.

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. 

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?

Last of the Mountain Gorillas

We ventured deep into the jungles of Uganda to catch a rare glimpse at one of the most endangered animals of the planet: the Mountain Gorillas.…

Rediscovering Aotearoa: Taiao | Nature

The last bullet of the Land Wars was shot in 1916 at Maungapōhatu in Te Urewera, and the forest was later taken into government control. Atamira…

Climate activist interviews her grandparents about fears for planet

Sophie Handford sat down with her grandparents Sue and Brian to talk about climate change and the pressure young people around the world are feeling to…

Behind the scenes of an aquarium

We delve behind the scenes of an aquarium in Auckland, and visit some jellyfish, eels and a sleepy turtle during feeding time.

Rare sighting of huge Pygmy Blue Whales

This winter is the second winter in a row that Pygmy Blue Whales have been spotted in Tīkapa Moana o Hauraki (Auckland's Hauraki Gulf). We head…

Dining in the Deep

"After hours" events have begun popping up at museums and galleries, where people get to explore these public spaces when they would normally be closed. Not…

The return of glass milk bottles?

In the mid-1990s, glass milk bottles were replaced with plastic. This milk delivery service is on a mission to bring glass back. Starting with Raglan, perhaps…

Farming for the next generation: Sustainable berry farming in Northland

This hydroponic berry farm west of Whangārei is leading the way for sustainable farming practices in New Zealand. And not only are these practices better for…

How a town saved its harbour

The Whaīngaroa Harbour in Raglan used to be disgusting. In 1995, a group of locals gathered in the Town Hall and decided to change that, and…