National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates

Press Release – Green Party

National has refused a briefing from a group of Mauis dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today. Read more »

EPA Questions For Chatham Rise Phospate Mining Raise Alarm

Press Release – Deepwater Group

Alarm bells should be ringing in light of the hard questions asked by Environmental Protection Authoritys (EPA) of Chatham Rock Phosphates miningapplication. Read more »

Ngati Ruanui joins ironsand mining appeal

Press Release – Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust

Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust has applied to the High Court to join Trans Tasman Resources appeal against the decision to reject its application to mine iron sands off the south Taranaki coast. Read more »

Submissions on CRP marine consent application available

Press Release – Environmental Protection Authority

The submissions received on the application by Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd for a marine consent to mine phosphate nodules from the Chatham Rise are now available for viewing on the EPA website. Read more »

Stay out of water and don’t gather shellfish

Press Release – Whangarei District Council

The public are asked to stay out of the upper Whangarei Harbour for the next five days and to avoid gathering shellfish in the harbour for the next 28 days because of a sewage spill from a broken sewer pipe on Rewarewa Road. Read more »

Australian Consumers Assured NZ Seafood is Sustainable

Press Release – Seafood New Zealand

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) list of imported fish that its telling consumers to stay away from, sounds like an underarm delivery to the New Zealand industry. Read more »

Deepwater Confident of Meeting Ling Fisheries Conditions

Press Release – Deepwater Group

The main New Zealand ling fisheries have been assessed as meeting the high sustainability standards set by the international Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Ten ling fisheries have been assessed and these are part of the 29 New Zealand fisheries that are either … Read more »

Rare fish and new seafloor habitats found during NIWA survey

Press Release – NIWA

NIWA scientists surveying shallow water coastal habitats off the east coast of Northland have found a rich diversity of macroalgal meadows, shellfish beds, sponges, and rare fish species, including a frogfish and possibly a new species of seahorse. Read more »

Seafood industry and conservation groups to protect seabirds

Press Release – Seafood New Zealand

The New Zealand seafood industry congratulated Southern Seabird Solution Trusts on its short film Sharing Worlds, Seabirds and Fishing which was launched today by the Hon Nick Smith, the Minister of Conservation at the Royal Albatross Centre … Read more »

Taranaki’s first Oil/Gas marine consent – a death knell

Press Release – Climate Justice Taranaki

Austrian oil giant OMVs application to drill up to seven new wells from its Maari platform is the first oil/gas marine consent being processed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) under the EEZ and Continental Shelf Act. Read more »

Maui’s March to Key’s office one of the electorate’s biggest

Press Release – Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Education Action

About 300 marchers walked to John Keys electorate office yesterday (Sunday 13 July) calling for better protection of Mauis dolphins, in one of the biggest marches in the history of his electorate. Read more »

Marchers Keep Maui’s to the fore

Press Release – Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Education Action

After successful marches around the country, Mauis dolphin campaigners continue their pressure on the Government with a march to John Keys electorate office in Kumeu on Sunday 13 July at 10am, leaving from the Kumeu Arts Centre at 10.30, 300 … Read more »

Tangaroa’s makeover hampered by weather

Press Release – NIWA

The strong wind and rain battering Auckland this week has presented some special challenges for workers trying to paint NIWAs flagship research vessel Tangaroa while she has been in dry dock. Read more »

Avoid flood waters, stream, river and harbour water

Press Release – Whangarei District Council

Northland District Health Boards Medical Officer of Health Clair Mills has issued a general region-wide advisory warning people to stay out of waterways, flood waters and harbours to avoid contact with contaminated water. Read more »

Kapiti’s bright and clean energy future could be fouled fore

Press Release – Frack Free Kapiti

The company responsible for spilling oil on Kapiti beaches in 2010 has applied to drill a further seven wells in the same area. The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for public submissions on OMVs application and Frack free Kapiti has … Read more »

Fishing concerns

Press Release – Fishing and Outdoors

Many fishers have seen the recreational catch limits reduced and size increased while the commercial sector has not been affected, yet with declining shellfish and finfish numbers of many species like gurnard, hapuka, pink mau mau, john dory, paua and crayfish, … Read more »

Whaling must be top of agenda for Japan PM visit

Press Release – Green Party

New Zealand must make protecting whales a priority during next weeks visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today. Read more »

Northland Whales and Dolphins at Risk From Statoil

Press Release – Liz Slooten

Today marine mammal expert Dr Liz Slooten of Otago University expressed concerns over dangers to whales and dolphins from sonar and seismic exploration for deep sea oil in Statoils permit zone off Northland. Read more »

Whitebait hui to consider issues and options

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

Members of the Port Waikato whitebaiting community, and the wider public, are being invited to a series of meetings this month to discuss the way forward for the whitebait fishery and related environmental and safety issues. The three community hui come … Read more »

NZ commodity prices fall 0.9% in June

Article – BusinessDesk

July 2 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand commodity prices fell for a fourth straight month in June, led by apples, logs, whole and skim milk powder. Read more »

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