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Wednesday, 29 October 2014
4:16PM
Take a tent and go exploring this Conservation Week Pitching tents and exploring just over the fence are the key themes for this years’ Conservation Week from November 1-9. 369 views

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
1:41PM
Eastern Bay of Plenty gets Virtually On Track The Eastern Bay of Plenty’s stunning backyard playground is about to get thrust into a new spotlight with a project called Virtually On Track. 201 views

Thursday, 22 August 2013
3:52PM
Cyclists Hanlen and Walker spearhead kiwi effort Kiwi Olympian cyclists Karen Hanlen (MTB) and Sarah Walker (BMX) have been getting behind a bunch of young kiwis in an attempt to make a real difference for the future. 285 views

Monday, 19 August 2013
9:50AM
Rainforest Route limited time bonus attraction One of New Zealand’s most spectacular drives, Te Urewera Rainforest Route, has become even more spectacular with a temporary diversion. 184 views

Friday, 21 October 2011
2:19PM
Beached As but Free Willy now A massive community effort ended in group hugs and cheers on Ohope Beach east of Whakatane early this afternoon as a stranded pygmy sperm whale headed safely out to sea. 153 views

Monday, 7 March 2011
2:56PM
Back country teams bring skills to urban disaster As emergency response personnel go building by building to establish the safety of Christchurch infrastructure, a small team whose focus is usually anything but urban is collating the mass of hand-written USAR records into a database for Civil Defence. 225 views

Friday, 4 March 2011
6:06PM
'Lollipop man' keeping Hagley Park helicopter traffic safe. Handing out lollipops is not what you'd usually think of as "priority emergency response", but for the Department of Conservation's Shane Cross, it's all part of making helicopter movements safe and efficient in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake. 373 views

Wednesday, 4 August 2010
2:25PM
Rainforest Route looking for sealing fast-track Sealing of a substantial part of the Te Urewera Rainforest Route may be heading for the fast-track, according to Ngai Tuhoe tourism operator Joe Doherty. 175 views

Tuesday, 15 June 2010
10:45AM
Weed shuts boaties from bay What should have been an inspection to confirm the continued eradication of an invasive aquatic weed, has instead put Lake Waikaremoana's Rosie Bay off limits to the public. 228 views

Tuesday, 23 February 2010
4:11PM
Whirinaki kokako are one in 100 The first kokako chicks to hatch in the Whirinaki Forest in 100 years have just left the nest and are finding their feet in their new home. 512 views

Tuesday, 27 October 2009
8:22AM
The Return of the King - Saturday, maybe... "The King is back", could be the catch phrase for six-times champion Chris Morrissey when the Norske Skog Tasman Kawerau King of the Mountain race takes places this Saturday, October 31. 208 views

Thursday, 15 October 2009
8:48AM
Mountain proving simply good fun The economic recession may mean people making simple fun and, if recent training runs are any indication, there’ll be more fun than ever on Mt Putauaki during this month’s King of the Mountain Race. 267 views

Thursday, 8 October 2009
12:43PM
King Corporaal favoured to retain title With less than four weeks until the annual Norske Skog Tasman Kawerau King of the Mountain Race, predictions are starting to firm up in favour of Galatea farmer Sjors Corporaal retaining the title he won for the first time last year. 310 views

Wednesday, 19 August 2009
4:39PM
Revised saddle makes Moerangi a winner with riders It's not part of the great New Zealand cycleway, but a new opportunity in Whirinaki Forest Park opening on Saturday September 5 has certainly been greatly anticipated by the New Zealand cycling fraternity. 291 views

4:29PM
Revised saddle makes Moerangi a winner with riders It's not part of the great New Zealand cycleway, but a new opportunity in Whirinaki Forest Park opening on Saturday September 5 has certainly been greatly anticipated by the New Zealand cycling fraternity. 183 views

Wednesday, 12 August 2009
4:31PM
Jolly Green Giant making the Rainbow connection Once he was everywhere, featuring in some 400 television shows screened right around Planet Earth; these days Dr David Bellamy is a far less-spotted rarity. 338 views

Wednesday, 5 August 2009
4:00PM
Accommodating folk geared up for Whirinaki celebrations With excitement building about celebrations to mark 25 years since milling ceased at Whirinaki Forest Park, organizers of the September 4-6 event are urging would-be visitors to get their accommodation arrangements nailed in place. 243 views

Wednesday, 8 July 2009
3:16PM
Kokako treat in store for Whirinaki visitors The reintroduction of endangered native birds to the forest and the backing of a fair-trade, organically-based business will give Septembers Whirinaki25 event a distinctly kokako flavour. 514 views

Wednesday, 24 June 2009
4:15PM
Visionary or dreamer? - David Bellamy fronts up It’s easy to be smart in hindsight, but fronting up in public 25 years after the fact to justify your bold predictions is a tad harder. 274 views

Monday, 15 June 2009
3:55PM
Bellamy into Treetops for Conservation Cause Veteran conservation campaigner David Bellamy has a treetops stay lined up for his return to Whirinaki in September. 278 views

Friday, 1 May 2009
1:57PM
Burying axes in Whirinaki Forest You could spend an awful long time looking for an axe buried in Whirinaki Forest Park. 392 views

Wednesday, 22 April 2009
1:22PM
Tomorrow's dinner: Chips and Fish - hold the silt! There are more species of fish than there are plants, birds and animals combined. 311 views

Tuesday, 3 February 2009
11:02AM
David Bellamy returning to Dinosaur Forest Twenty-five years after he coined the phrase, Professor David Bellamy is returning to New Zealand's "Dinosaur Forest". 546 views

Thursday, 22 January 2009
4:03PM
Marine conservation threatened by skippers at tournament Flagrant disregard for the boundaries of the Eastern Bay of Plentys only marine reserve, Te Paepae o Aotea (Volkner Rocks), has tarred the Whakatane Tuna Tournament. 803 views

Wednesday, 19 November 2008
10:55AM
Give a gift your country will thank you for When the pohutukawa flower early we are in for a hot summer. 472 views

Wednesday, 25 June 2008
10:56AM
Crash diversion gives motorists opportunity to explore. Motorists diverted along the western side of the Kaimai ranges south of Paeroa due to a crash in the Waikino Gorge have the opportunity to inspect some of the more spectacular heritage restoration work being undertaken by the Department of Conservation. 251 views

Thursday, 19 June 2008
3:38PM
Tarawera Trail treks to the tourist future The Tarawera Trail – a proposed multi-day walking track around Lake Tarawera – can be a vital component in the Rotorua tourism industry and an important key to unlocking the aspirations of the hapu groups whose land the track will traverse say project partners Anaru Rangiheuea of Tuhourangi and Department of Conservation conservator Henry Weston. 458 views

Monday, 28 April 2008
11:56AM
Revolution afoot in Bay of Plenty There's a quiet revolution sweeping through the Bay of Plenty, winning the hearts and minds of its residents and changing the landscape as it passes. 749 views

Friday, 7 March 2008
11:13AM
Great conservation deal on table for Bay of Plenty A great deal is on the table for the Bay of Plenty community. 561 views



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