Canterbury has been hit by two strong quakes within hours. The 5.2 earthquake caused strong shaking near Cheviot just after 8am.

A sewage leak, which Watercare says was caused by someone flushing wet wipes down the toilet, has left the water in an east Auckland creek black and filled with dead fish and eels.

New Zealand agriculture faces a "moment of truth" this year as concerns mount about rising trade barriers and changes to local environmental regulations, rural lending specialist Rabobank said.

Kids and teens in a Kiwi study on the health risks associated with obesity in young people were less physically active and spent more time watching screens than nationally recommended guidelines.

Ironically it drizzled ever so slightly yesterday just as Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy declared that Northland is officially in the grip of its fifth drought in the past eight years.

Thousands of litres of hazardous waste spilled at a Fonterra plant in Southland early this morning.

As if Brazil wasn't already plagued with enough problems, the country has just been hit with a dangerous new blow ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Forest & Bird has released two dramatic videos showing how Northland's forests, which are undergoing a masting event this year, are collapsing due to chronic underfunding of the Department of C

New research published in the journal Nature reaffirms that key regions of the globe that have been a source of major climate worry to researchers - such as the Amazon rainforest and the forests of

Above-average temperatures are set to linger for the upper half of the North Island and many other regions over the next three months, as a strong El Nino keeps its grip on the country's climate.