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Jacinda Ardern says she needs more time to consider oil exploration ban
  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has asked for a "bit more time" before announcing whether oil and gas exploration in New Zealand will end.In a surprise appearance, Ardern accepted a Greenpeace petition signed by more than 45,000 people...

'Ambitious' cleanup for Hawke's Bay freshwater: majority of rivers and lakes 'swimmable' by 2030
  By 2030 the majority of Hawke's Bay's rivers and lakes will be "swimmable", the Hawke's Bay Regional Council hopes. The council's corporate and strategic committee last week agreed on a recommendation to adopt draft targets making...

Nine entrants, five finalists in Ballance Farm Environment Awards, Tararua dairy farm wins
  A dairy farm milking 720 Friesian/Jersey cross cows once a day has been named the supreme winner in this year's Ballance Farm Environment Awards.It's Andrew Hardie and Helen Long's Te Maunga Farm, 428ha east of Dannevirke. The two...

Trubridge designers: Sustainability good for both the planet and business
  It would be disingenuous for those at David Trubridge Design to say the company's sustainable practices were solely about helping the planet - they make business sense too.David Trubridge Design general manager Josh Lynch said sustainability...

Glorious mud
  Meet the "mudlarkers" looking for archaeological artefacts along the banks of the Thames.

Footage of first polar bear cub born in UK in 25 years
  The "confident and curious" cub was born at Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig, Scotland.

DoC to close all tracks in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve following Waitakere Ranges rahui
  More bush tracks are set to close in support of an iwi-imposed rahui over Auckland's Waitakere Ranges.The Department of Conservation was set to temporarily close all tracks in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve from Sunday.The move followed...

Young Kiwis help make ocean discoveries
  A group of young Kiwis have helped make new discoveries about life in an ocean biodiversity hotspot high above New Zealand.The Royal New Zealand Navy's HMNZS Canterbury recently returned from the remote Kermadec Islands, or Rangitahua,...

Coromandel mangrove row hits Parliament
  Debate over a controversial bill that would allow two councils to bypass national law and rip out Coromandel mangroves has been heard at Parliament today.Local MP Scott Simpson's bill proposes a law change that would enable Thames-Coromandel...

Rotten ideas
  As the fight against plastic pollution gains momentum, firms are tackling the issue in different ways.

Adapt or die
  In the first of our Future of Work series, we look at how new tech could change our working lives.

Changing environment influenced human evolution
  New evidence from Kenya suggests that local climate change drove early human innovation.

Plastic particles found in 'brand after brand' of bottled water study
  Plastic is such a "pervasive" material that nearly every branded bottle of water tested in the largest investigation of its kind contained tiny particles of it.Scientists who carried out the examination of more than 250 bottles...

MPs warn of 'poisonous air' emergency costing £20bn a year
  Petrol and diesel cars must be phased out earlier than the 2040 target, Commons committees say.

Second round of tests for Ohakea groundwater after firefighting chemical contamination
  Ohakea residents whose drinking water is contaminated are getting water from other sources but now worry about their livelihoods and futures, Manawatu Mayor Helen Worboys says.The Defence Force has again tested the groundwater around...

Hawking's warnings: His predictions
  How Stephen Hawking used his recognition to highlight challenges and existential threats for humanity.

Owners fight Whanganui forest's Emissions Trading Scheme ineligibility
  A Whanganui pine forest once deemed eligible for inclusion in the Emissions Trading Scheme has been deemed 83 per cent ineligible.Majority shareholder Dr Tom Clarkson QSO says the owners have been "messed around with a lot" by the...

Study will tell rescuers which whales to save first
  A new study being led by a top marine ecologist could help people determine which whales to save first in future mass strandings.New Zealand was known around the world for its unusually high rate of mass whale strandings - at least...

Another Whanganui forest struggles for ETS status
  The owners of two Whanganui forests are frustrated by the difficulty of getting their trees registered in New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).Neil Walker wants to plant eucalypts on steep land in the Waitotara Valley. If...

Kaikoura quake 'flushed' 100 million truck-loads of mud through canyon
  More than 100 million dumptruck loads of mud and sand gushed through a huge undersea canyon during the Kaikoura earthquake, wiping out life living in it.The monster 7.8 quake revealed to scientists how hundreds of tonnes of sediment...

Stephen Hawking's three great contributions to science
  The physicist will be remembered mainly for three things, says fellow scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Rising carbon dioxide levels impair coral growth
  A new study shows that the atmospheric carbon levels projected by 2060 will affect coral reefs.

Global tributes pour in
  Scientists, politicians and celebrities say the physicist's death leaves an "intellectual vacuum".

Stephen Hawking: Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' physicist
  Scientists, politicians and celebrities say the physicist's death leaves an "intellectual vacuum".

Stephen Hawking on God, artificial intelligence and mankind's future
  Listen to five thought-provoking perspectives from world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking: Visionary physicist dies aged 76
  The British scientist who explained the Universe to millions died peacefully at home aged 76.

The book that made him a star
  A short history of A Brief History of Time - Hawking's blockbuster.

Stephen Hawking: Pop culture hero
  Science aside, Stephen Hawking appeared in a number of hit television shows.

Science aside, Stephen Hawking appeared in a number of hit television shows.
  Stephen Hawking appeared as a popular cameo in several hit television shows and sketches.

Stephen Hawking dies: Scientist's most memorable quotes
  Remembering some of the key theories and quotes of the world renowned physicist, who has died.

Stephen Hawking: Colleagues reflect on scientist's brilliance
  Colleagues of the visionary physicist Stephen Hawking say he left a unique legacy.

Stephen Hawking: Five things you may not know
  From being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease at 21 to experiencing zero-gravity.

Stephen Hawking: A life in pictures
  The physicist, who battled motor neurone disease for most of his life, has died at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking: Scientist in the public eye
  From meeting presidents to popes, we look back at some of Professor Hawking's most notable public appearances.

The science that made him famous
  From black holes boiling themselves out of existence to equations describing the entire history of the Universe.

Obituary: Stephen Hawking
  Despite a crippling illness, Stephen Hawking became one of the most respected scientists of his age.

Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
  The world famous scientist and multi-million selling author died peacefully at home.

Science and tech community mourns Stephen Hawking
  Tributes highlight his breakthrough research as well as his personality and inspiration to millions.

Science mourns Stephen Hawking
  Tributes highlight his breakthrough research as well as his personality and inspiration to millions.

Professor Stephen Hawking's greatest wish
  The physicist, who has died aged 76, had motor neurone disease.

Young hoiho's 470km hike wows scientists
  Scientists tracking a group of young yellow-eyed penguins have been awed at one intrepid bird's 470km hike up the coast.Otago University researchers investigating the dramatically declining survival rates of the endangered species...

Professor Hawking 'transformed our view of the universe'
  Visionary physicist Stephen Hawking has died, aged 76.

Life of a world-renowned scientist
  Visionary physicist Stephen Hawking has died, aged 76.

People are using 'family cloth' as an alternative to toilet paper
  I care about the environment as much as the next person but I'm not sure how I feel about this new trend of using reusable cloth wipes instead of toilet paper. Actually, I do know how I feel but this is a family-friendly news site...

War on plastic may do more harm than good, warns think tank
  A think tank warns of the risk of unintended consequences from the current concern over plastics.

Archaeopteryx flew like a pheasant, say scientists
  The famous winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx, once thought of as the first bird, could fly, research shows.

Humans 'thrived' after historic Mount Toba eruption
  Early humans may have flourished after the largest volcanic eruption in history, according to new research.

Solar power fires up the day shift at Kamo Domino's pizza store
  Local Whangarei franchisee Jayesh Madhav has put his own spin on Domino's "people-powered pizza" mantra and is now operating the Domino's Kamo store almost entirely on solar power.Mr Madhav had solar power panels installed at his...

'Boaty McBoatface' sub survives ice mission
  The nation's favourite yellow submarine returns safely after a dangerous dive in the Antarctic.

Why sharks like it hot - but not too hot
  Scientists have calculated the water temperature at which tiger sharks are most active and abundant.

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