Water quality still dropping and tourists aware

A freshwater scientist says New Zealand is losing the battle when it comes to water quality. Land, Air, Water Aotearoa - or LAWA - collates water data from the councils around the country and runs a swimming spot check project across 700 sites. Based...... Read More

Recycling centres struggling with increased demand

It's the hottest, busiest, smelliest time of year for recycling centres - and, one year after China stopped taking our plastics, some are still struggling to move thousands of tonnes of waste. On a recent morning, trucks could be seen rolling into...... Read More

Train sparks scrub fires at Mt Maunganui

Scrub fires sparked by trains is causing a headache for Mt Maunganui firefighters. They attended four separate scrub fires yesterday. At its peak there were four fire trucks and 16 fire fighters battling the blaze along Maunganui Road. “We’ve...... Read More

Spike in searches for treating stings and bites

People are swarming to websites providing health advice for treating jellyfish stings, insect stings, and spider bites. In the two weeks from December 16, more than 3700 people accessed Ministry of Health information about spider bites, and hits on...... Read More

Black gold burns brightly

Glen Afton. Where’s Glen Afton? It’s a coal mine where 11 men were asphyxiated by carbon monoxide in 1939? “That’s exactly what I mean! History is disappearing.” The woman with coal dust in her DNA and the spirit of a...... Read More

Poll shows cannabis referendum would pass

An independent survey of nearly 1,000 New Zealanders reveals the Government's 2020 referendum on recreational cannabis use would gain 60 per cent support. New Zealand's largest licensed medicinal cannabis company, Helius Therapeutics, has released...... Read More

Steel box monitoring harbour tidal water levels

The steel box mounted on two pieces of wood and locked with a padlock near the Hairini Bridge is garnering a lot of questions from members of the public. The box was noticed by Rosalie Liddle Crawford on Tuesday morning when she was videoing SunLive...... Read More

Mount Mauler - little bug or little jellyfish?

The thought of it may leave your skin crawling, but one thing is for certain, it’s the topic on everyone’s mind when summer comes around. The notorious creature nicknamed the ‘Mount mauler’ has been spoiling beach days in the...... Read More

Debates over Coromandel holiday rubbish pile

“It’s not the campers’ fault,” says one holiday-goer in Coromandel. She is referring to the pile of rubbish left beside portable rubbish compactors across the region. The Thames Coromandel District Council were forced to remove...... Read More

Higher fines for litterbugs coming

As local councils grapple with the litter left behind by holidaymakers, a Members Bill from National could soon introduce stiffer penalties for people caught illegally dumping rubbish. "It really annoys me seeing our beautiful natural environment...... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you think the rise in tax will deter people from smoking?

Yes, it will be too expensive.
No, if people want to smoke, they will find a way to pay for it.
Depends on the person's available income.