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Massive landslide covers Highway 1 in southern Big Sur
22 May, 2017

Big Sur >> Caltrans said Monday its unclear how long Highway 1 in southern Big Sur will remain closed after a landslide covering between a quarter and a half mile brought millions of cubic yards of dirt and rock down the hillside at Mud Creek on Saturday.

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Giant 19.4m wave recorded in Southern Ocean
21 May, 2017

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Giant 19.4m wave recorded in Southern Ocean
21 May, 2017

A 19.4m wave has been detected south of New Zealand - and the company that recorded the behemoth believes monsters reaching over 20m were probably created by the same storm.

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Public consultation of Whangarei harbour dredging begins
28 March, 2017

The New Zealand Refinery Company has long-held plans to dredge the Whangarei Harbour to allow fully laden oil tankers to enter.  This week, it began public consultation taking the information to the people.

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OECD Environmental Performance Report – Pathways for improvement
21 March, 2017

The OECD international peer review of New Zealand’s environmental performance shows we are doing much less than we could to improve the environment, the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ said.

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OECD Environmental Performance Report – Pathways for improvement
21 March, 2017

The OECD international peer review of New Zealand’s environmental performance shows we are doing much less than we could to improve the environment, the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ said.

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Eastern bay collaboration plan
18 March, 2017

Kawerau, Whakatane and Opotiki District Councils and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council are collaborating on a plan for the region's future.

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Consent to dump spoil renewed
28 February, 2017

Port Otago has received resource consent from the Otago Regional Council to continue to use three marine sites adjacent to beaches to dump spoil from its routine channel dredging maintenance programme.

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Huge mudslides from Kaikoura Earthquake destroy seabed life in Kaikoura Canyon
27 February, 2017

Huge mudslides from November's earthquakes have wiped out all organisms living in the seabed of the Kaikoura Canyon, which used to be a hotbed of life.

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SVA BIG GIVE ON 4 MARCH
27 February, 2017

On Saturday 4 March 2017, during UC Orientation Week, the Student Volunteer Army is heading to South New Brighton, Christchurch, to carry out a large-scale volunteering event called the Read more...


Environment Southland Council approves Fiordland Marine Regional Pathway Management Plan
25 February, 2017

Environment Southland has approved a plan to protect the Fiordland marine environment, in what is believed to be a first for New Zealand.

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Effects of the Kaikoura quakes on coastal marine systems
24 February, 2017

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Top environmental issues: Water, agriculture, climate change
17 February, 2017

The latest Public Perceptions of New Zealand’s Environment survey, released today, shows that New Zealanders have an overly positive view of our environment, but that we are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of our primary industries on nature.

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Kaikoura harbour will not be fixed until mid-year
7 February, 2017

Restoration work of the quake-damaged Kaik?ura harbour will not be completed until the middle of the year, the government says.

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Coastal prodection one step closer
3 February, 2017

The next step in protecting Hawke's Bay's coast has been taken - with the launch of a new phase of the Clifton to Tangoio Coastal Hazards Strategy 2120.

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Council plans to fight rising sea levels threaten Kiwi seaside property dream
20 January, 2017

The Kiwi dream of living by the sea could be swept away as councils across the country consider pushing for property restrictions to combat forecast sea level rises.

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Ban on plastic microbeads proposed
17 January, 2017

The Government is proposing to ban personal care products containing plastic microbeads, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

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Summer Series #5 Life’s a beach
16 January, 2017

Six scientists reveal their favourite beaches but also observe how they’re changing.

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Rich history of Whanganui Inlet shows how much we've lost
14 January, 2017

OPINION: At the start of every summer for the last 20 years or so our family has headed out with the same group of friends to set up camp at Rakopi on the northern edge of Whanganui (Westhaven) Inlet.

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Nelson NIWA scientist dedicates life to researching the ocean
11 January, 2017

Ever since NIWA principal scientist Dr Stuart Hanchet was little he loved the ocean and wanted to be a scientist.

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Debris to be dumped in ocean to fast-track Kaikoura road repairs
30 November, 2016

Debris from landslides blocking the South Island's main highway is to be dumped into the ocean to fast-track Kaikoura road repairs.

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Deals prompt global warming optimism
18 November, 2016

A former University of Otago dean  is optimistic  international agreements on greenhouse gas emissions will help avert some of the worst fears about global sea level rises.

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NZCS Conference Keynote: South Dunedin is a 'litmus test for the nation' in regards to climate change
18 November, 2016

The impact of climate change on South Dunedin is a 'litmus test' for the country, an MP says - as part of her Keynote address at the NZ Coastal Society annual conference on Wednesday morning.

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Marine uplift from Kaikoura earthquake - Expert Reaction
16 November, 2016

We're gathering expert commentary on various aspects of yesterday's magnitude 7.5 Kaikoura earthquake and the resulting aftershocks and landslides.

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Mining in the deep – uncertainties in our oceans
16 November, 2016

OPINION PIECE - The Government report "Our Marine Environment 2016" raises concerns about environmental degradation of our oceans and the threat not only to our vulnerable species but also to lucrative marine activities such as fishing and aquaculture. A key theme is how much we don't know about our marine environment.  

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Monday's earthquake lifted seabed around Kaikoura 'by at least a metre', scientists confirm
15 November, 2016

Monday morning's quake has lifted the seabed around Kaikoura by at least a metre, scientists have confirmed.

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Green light for Westshore coastal protection
28 October, 2016

Although the green light has been given for a proposed seawall at Westshore, residents hope it will not suffer the same delays as the previously proposed breakwater.

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Our Big Blue Backyard Returns to TVNZ 1
26 October, 2016

The second series of NHNZ produced Our Big Blue Backyard premieres this week, promising even more awe-inspiring moments from New Zealand’s extraordinary marine environments.

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Coastal erosion catches up with buried Kaiaua landfill
25 October, 2016

Coastal erosion is eating away at refuse in the old buried tip at Kaiaua.A $200,000 solution to stop waste being washed into the sea from an old Waikato asbestos-contaminated landfill has been found.

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Runway extension report: concerns on noise, environment, surfing, fishing
8 October, 2016

The Regional Council last night released a 165-page staff report analysing Wellington Airport’s application for permission to extend its runway.

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NZCS Conference Earlybird Registration - Extended!
6 October, 2016

NZCS Dunedin Conference Earlybird Registration has been extended! Deadlines for earlybird registration will now be open until 17th October 2016.

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Waimapu neighbours rally for estuary
13 September, 2016

New and potential Waimapu Estuary Care Group recruits will be meeting next week to plan their next steps for restoring the estuary near Fraser Cove, Parkvale, Merivale and Greerton, in Tauranga Harbour.

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Real time tsunami data would mean we're no longer 'blind to what is happening offshore'
13 September, 2016

It's time to start talking about whether we need to install offshore earthquake and tsunami sensors in order to improve warning times, says a GNS geophysicist.

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'Disgusting' mess left at Mount Maunganui tourist spot
6 September, 2016

A Tauranga man is to hold a community clean-up after finding a shocking amount of rubbish dumped at one of the Bay's tourist hotspots.

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Marlborough Environment Plan receives more than 1000 public submissions
5 September, 2016

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Marlborough Environment Plan receives more than 1000 public submissions
5 September, 2016

The Marlborough Environment Plan has seen more than 1000 submissions lodged to council - though some groups maintain there was not enough time to properly critique the proposal.

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Latest Coastal News Out Now!
24 August, 2016

Issue 62 of the New Zealand Coastal Society quarterly publication is now ready for all to read!

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Cawthron and NIWA to develop water quality 'weather maps'
17 August, 2016

Nelson scientists are amongst those developing a system to predict coastal water quality, in a similar way to how weather is forecast.

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Ministry declares Caroline Bay a mataitai reserve
16 August, 2016

Two years after local iwi Arowhenua Runanga sought a protective reserve status for Caroline Bay, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has declared the marine area a mataitai reserve. 

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Successful Research Project Announced
15 August, 2016

Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge announces successful research projects.

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NZ Coastal Society Student Award - Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017
9 August, 2016


The New Zealand Coastal Society is pleased to announce a student award to attend the Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference, to be held 21-23 June 2017 in Cairns.

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Start Planning for Seaweek 2017
9 August, 2016

The New Zealand Association for Environment Education (NZAEE) is delighted to announce the dates and theme for its flagship event Seaweek for 2017.

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Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar
26 July, 2016

Tue 13 Sep, 9am – 4.30pm
Auditorium, $30 + booking fee

The Hauraki Gulf Forum's seventh annual seminar is back on 13 September 2016.? Navigate our Gulf with inspiring thinkers, doers, innovators and kaitiaki.

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University research proposals through to MBIE second round
12 July, 2016

Four University of Waikato research applications for MBIE Smart Ideas funding have made it through to the second round. Smart Ideas funding focuses on the connection between applied research and commercialisation.

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Marine scientists win new medal
8 July, 2016

University of Otago marine biologists Profs Steve Dawson and Liz Slooten have received a national award marking their "outstanding contributions'' to marine conservation and sustainability.

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Why is Antarctic sea ice increasing?
6 July, 2016

Scientists have shed more light on the puzzling contradiction of increasing Antarctic sea ice in a warming world.

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Uncertainty should not paralyse development says CRP
4 July, 2016

Regulators must decide on acceptable impacts to achieve New Zealand’s social, economic and environmental goals, Ray Wood, Chief Operating Officer of Chatham Rock Phosphate, told the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society today.

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Hawke's Bay coastal risks pose 'challenge'
4 July, 2016

Managing our coastal risks will be a challenge, Hawke's Bay Regional Council engineering manager Craig Goodier says.

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Airport makes formal application to extend runway by 363 metres
3 July, 2016

Wellington Airport has officially applied for resource consents to extend its runway by 363 metres.

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Manukau harbour delivers best cost benefits for a new $4b Auckland port, study group says
1 July, 2016

A cost-benefit analysis shows Manukau Harbour would be the preferred replacement site for a new Auckland port despite shipping and business interests preferring one on the east coast.

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Scientists meet to discuss marine future
1 July, 2016

Marine scientists are proving they know that it takes good bait to catch a big audience. With topics such as The Rise of the Mullets, Are you an Alien? and Sex and the Seagrass, next week’s marine science conference in Wellington looks set to pull in the crowds.

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Can we harness bacteria to help clean up future oil spills?
27 June, 2016

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Can we harness bacteria to help clean up future oil spills?
27 June, 2016

In 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. The spill caused widespread damage to marine species, fisheries and ecosystems stretching from tidal marshes to the deep ocean floor.

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Lyttelton Port plans to undertake New Zealand's biggest dredging project
23 June, 2016

Lyttelton Port will dump sediment across an area seven times the size of Christchurch's Hagley Park, in what it says will be New Zealand's largest dredging project.

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It's almost finished: Three years on, the Island Bay seawall is nearly rebuilt
17 June, 2016

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New professor to discuss why soft bottoms matter
14 June, 2016

If a butterfly flaps its wings in Mexico does it cause a hurricane in China? New professor to discuss why soft (marine sediment) bottoms matter.

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Marlborough District Council budgets $1.5 million towards mapping of Marlborough Sounds seabed
13 June, 2016

Most of the seabed of the Marlborough Sounds is to be mapped for the first time in 70 years.

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HBRC welcomes collaboration on coastal management
9 June, 2016

Over the past year, some of Hawke’s Bay’s key agencies have collaborated to improve understanding of the region’s coastal resources.

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Soil from Wellington Harbour dredge could be used for airport runway extension
8 June, 2016

CentrePort has confirmed the possibility of material from its proposed harbour dredge being used for the Wellington Airport runway extension.

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Coastal erosion threat charted
3 June, 2016

Much of Dargaville could be engulfed in a wide Kaihu River delta and the Ngunguru River mouth could open wide and swallow much of the estuary.

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Sand sausages late but will be stronger
31 May, 2016

Work to begin repairing sand sausages at Ocean Beach has again been delayed, this time because of poor weather.

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Ocean rubbish study brings praise from expert
31 May, 2016

A student's attempt to pin point where Auckland's rubbish is ending up has brought praise from one of the countries leading oceanographers.

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Wave barrier aims to protect plants at Te Waihora
30 May, 2016

Wave barrier aims to protect plants at Te Waihora

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Overflowing manhole stops swimming, fishing in Raglan Harbour
30 May, 2016

Raglan is battling with another wastewater overflow, two months after the harbour was closed due to a burst sewage pipe.

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Editorial: New Zealand needs to be better prepared for worsening coastal erosion
28 May, 2016

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Editorial: New Zealand needs to be better prepared for worsening coastal erosion
28 May, 2016

Those same pounding waves that draw you fascinated to the beach are slowly munching away the edges of New Zealand. And there's not much that can be done about that.

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Designs Released for Proposed New Marina at Kennedy Point
26 May, 2016

First Designs Released for Proposed New Marina at Kennedy Point, Waiheke Island

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Punakaiki sandbags to stop erosion get washed away by storm
6 May, 2016

Sandbags put in place to stop erosion at one of New Zealand's top tourist areas are being washed away by stormy seas. 

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CentrePort reveals details of plans to dredge 7km channel in Wellington Harbour
6 May, 2016

Dredge it or lose it, is the message from CentrePort as public consultation launches on plans to scoop a 7-kilometre channel for heavy sea traffic into Wellington Harbour.

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NZ Refining needs to dredge Whangarei harbour
4 May, 2016

New Zealand Refining hopes to apply for resource consents by the end of this year for dredging Whangarei Harbour, expected to cost between $30 million and $45 million, to allow heavier loads on tankers bringing crude oil to the refinery.

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Erosion continues as first stage of Onaero coast protection project completed
4 May, 2016

Residents of a small North Taranaki town are now able to sleep easier at night. The first stage of work to protect Onaero's crumbling cliff-faces from further damage is now complete. 

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Sea-cleaning charity to set up in North
2 May, 2016

A charity whose business involves getting their hands dirty is to set up in Northland, having pulled millions of litres of rubbish from New Zealand seas.

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Assessing Gisborne's tsunami risk
2 May, 2016

THE tsunami risk for Gisborne is lower than estimated in previous reports but we are still up there as one of the most at-risk areas in New Zealand, experts say.

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Gaps to draw in more sand
29 April, 2016

A University of Otago master's student is trialling ways to save sand dunes below John Wilson Ocean Dr which he says are at risk of being wiped out by any sizeable storm.

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Sandbagging saves Punakaiki camp - for now
21 April, 2016

More than 100 people have used 3500 sandbags to save the Punakaiki village coastline from severe erosion - for now. 

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Concerns about increasing mud, poor water quality in Porirua Harbour
19 April, 2016

The Porirua Harbour Trust has completed the third comprehensive “State of the Harbour” scorecard which reports on progress toward arresting the decline in harbour condition and returning it to a healthy and resilient state.

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Sea level rise threat to NZ coasts
19 April, 2016

Climate change could swamp significant areas with even modest rises in sea levels, a report by the prestigious Royal Society of New Zealand says.

Places at risk include eastern Auckland along Tamaki Drive, where a 0.5 metre surge would inundate popular areas. The following map shows the damage from sea level rises of several gradients between 0.5 and two metres.

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Weir not feasible on Taruheru
19 April, 2016

The Future Tairawhiti Committee will debate a recommendation on Thursday to drop the idea of a weir to create a flatwater race course on the Taruheru River because it is not feasible.

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State of the Environment report reveals environmental health of Marlborough
17 April, 2016

A comprehensive health check of Marlborough's environment has been released.

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Port Marlborough's dredging plans to encourage larger cruise liners
13 April, 2016

Plans to dredge a wharf near Picton will allow megaliners to visit Marlborough before the end of the year.

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'Substantial improvement' in environmental health of Picton bays
29 March, 2016

A health check of Picton bays in the Marlborough Sounds has revealed a significant improvement in their environment.

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Our harbour - the heart of a city
28 March, 2016

Benign, beguiling, a provider, a place of ports, a place to play ... Otago Harbour is many things to many people. In the first of a three-part series, Shane Gilchrist examines currents of history, geology and ecology that run long and deep.

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Raglan harbour closed for swimming, fishing after sewage spill
26 March, 2016

The public are being warned not to go swimming or gather seafood from the Raglan harbour after a major sewage pipe burst. 

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Science Roadmap to target research
23 March, 2016

Science Roadmap to target research

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Enhancing planning and conservation outcomes
22 March, 2016

Enhancing planning and conservation outcomes for Pacific island biodiversity.

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Great Barrier Reef bleaching hits 'severe' level
21 March, 2016

The iconic Great Barrier Reef has reached a severe level of coral bleaching more widespread than previously thought, prompting Australian authorities to increase the threat level to its highest.

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Guided tours of New Plymouth marine environment to help increase conservation
4 March, 2016

Educators hope exposing young people to the wonders of New Plymouth's marine life will help boost conservation efforts.

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NZAEE Seaweek 2016 ‘Ocean Champion’ Winner Announced
4 March, 2016

NZAEE Seaweek is delighted to announce that the NZAEE Seaweek “Ocean Champion” for 2016 is Taranaki community group the Friends of Waitara River.

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Online coastal inundation mapping tool launched
2 March, 2016

Waikato Regional Council has today officially launched a ground-breaking online tool to help people manage the potential impacts of projected sea level rise scenarios on Waikato’s coastal properties.

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Commissioners report: Rena application granted but conditions must be met
27 February, 2016

A commission of inquiry has found the Rena can be left on the Astrolabe Reef, subject to conditions.

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Crayfish, snapper numbers drop at Goat Island reserve
25 February, 2016

The government is proposing to turn the inner Hauraki Gulf into a recreational fishing park, but those plans do not include crayfish.

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Wetlands trial proves positive
19 February, 2016

Trials of a potential wetlands solution for Gisborne’s wastewater that will save millions are on course and there is optimism that the system will work.

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Harbour oil spill source unknown
10 February, 2016

Oil scum left on the water around the inner harbour marina after an oil spill on Sunday will disperse with weather and tide movements, says Gisborne District Council emergency manager Louise Bennett. 

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Don't shrink Australia's ocean sanctuaries, scientists urge ministers
5 February, 2016

Australia’s leading marine scientists are appealing to the federal government to reject a review expected to recommend a significant reduction in the size of ocean sanctuaries and an expansion of areas permitted for commercial fishing.

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Extra cash to study coastal problems
26 January, 2016

An extra $75,000 study has been added to investigations into the future of the wider Dunedin coastline, at the same time as $100,000 was committed to studying erosion at city beaches.

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New report on beach erosion proposed
21 January, 2016

Erosion at Dunedin's Ocean Beach has been an issue along the coastal stretch since the first seawalls were built and the dunes altered in the 19th century.

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Slow work on proposed mataitai reserve for Timaru, Caroline Bay
20 January, 2016

Caroline Bay's future, as a possible mataitai reserve, will be decided by mid-2016, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed on Wednesday.

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New initiative to measure dredging impact on Harbour
19 January, 2016

A new marine community monitoring initiative, led by the University of Otago’s Department of Marine Science and the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, is set to begin exploring the consequences of dredging on Otago Harbour’s rocky shore communities.

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Marine Protected Areas proposals need more work
12 January, 2016

EDS says Government’s Marine Protected Areas proposals need more work

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First-ever federal rules for offshore fish farming issued (USA)
12 January, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) " The first-ever federal regulations for large-scale fish farming in the ocean were issued Monday, opening a new frontier in the harvesting of popular seafood species such as red drum, tuna and red snapper.

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Mining proposal sparks fears for Bay's beaches
8 January, 2016

A proposal to mine the Bay of Plenty seabed between Waihi Beach and Bowentown has alarmed politicians concerned at the implications for the area's "pristine" beaches.

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Students celebrate science at Cawthron
28 November, 2015

Building crab pots, learning about ocean acidification and how to use drones to monitor river health were some of the activities keeping school kids busy as part of Cawthron's annual science festival.

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Basics of climate change: Q&A with Dr. Andrew Tait
27 November, 2015

Ahead of next week's UN climate change conference in Paris, the Herald's science reporter Jamie Morton is talking to a range of experts on climate-related issues.

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What the experts had to say about Wellington Airport's runway extension
25 November, 2015

Wellington Airport has published more than 20 independent reports that scrutinise its plans for a 354-metre runway extension. Here is a summary of what they say.

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Coastal inundation tool will warn of risks for seaside properties
24 November, 2015

A crystal ball revealing the projected sea level rise will be sobering viewing for many coastal homeowners.The online tool to help people see the impacts of projected sea level rise scenarios is being worked on by Waikato Regional Council.

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Divers in search of rubbish in harbour
22 November, 2015

Shopping trolleys, a microwave, a suitcase, road cones and plenty of plastic have previously been found in Otago Harbour, and more than 12 local divers are heading out again this weekend to collect rubbish from the water.

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Marine scientists honoured for Rena work
20 November, 2015

Two marine scientists who fronted up to hundreds of worried Tauranga residents during the darkest days of the Rena disaster have been honoured with a major award by the New Zealand Association of Scientists.

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Marine oil spill exercise next month
19 November, 2015

A very tricky exercise scenario will put the Waikato Regional Council's regional marine oil spill response team through its paces this December.

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Your say on coastal erosion
16 November, 2015

Western Bay of Plenty residents will get their chance to decide what gets top priority for erosion protection between private property, community infrastructure or cultural/historical sites.

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Trial groyne for Buffalo Beach and update on other coastal protection works.
11 November, 2015

A wooden groyne is to be trialled at Buffalo Beach, off the end of the already completed Stage Two rock seawall. Rock wall planned for Cooks Beach Reserve. Brophy's Beach sandbag wall completed. Landscaping last step.

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Cawthron Foundation launched
4 November, 2015

Cawthron Foundation launched to address environmental challenges

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Sea damage to breakwater brings repairs forward
3 November, 2015

Oamaru's historic harbour breakwater is being repaired.

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Antarctic sanctuaries verdict expected today
30 October, 2015

The decision on whether to create two enormous marine sanctuaries off the Antarctic coast is expected to be announced at the conclusion of international talks in Australia.

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Council rejects tidal barrier study for Avon-Heathcote Estuary
29 October, 2015

Large scale investigations into a tidal barrier on the Avon-Heathcote Estuary will not go ahead following a Christchurch City Council decision today.

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Government to spend up to $29 million on Opotiki River development
29 October, 2015

The Government is to spend up to $29 million on improvements to the Opotiki River in a bid to unlock aquaculture investment in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

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Onehunga Foreshore
27 October, 2015

Thought to be the world’s largest-ever, and most comprehensive, reclamation project for recreational purposes, the much-awaited reconnection of Onehunga to the Manukau Harbour is nearly complete.

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International award for Council
22 October, 2015

Council and Pivotal’s Sheryl Smail have been awarded Gold by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) for the Wainui Beach Erosion Management Strategy (WBMS). 

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Surfers voice dredging concerns
16 October, 2015

Some of the region's surfers are growing increasingly concerned about the ongoing dumping of dredged material from the Port of Tauranga channel deepening project.

And one national environmental organisation fears the scheme will destroy surf breaks in the area as waves reconfigure to changes on the bottom of the sea.

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Battle for beach: shoring up against nature
4 October, 2015

They've just always been there, a backdrop for photographs or a totem of human resilience, standing up to the South Pacific's fury. But the St Clair piles weren't built to be an art installation, or a symbol. They were built more than 100 years ago to stop an all too familiar issue - erosion. In the first of a two-part series, and as what could be their final summer approaches, Otago Daily Times reporter Craig Borley delves into the archives to look at the life and times and fina...

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Lyttelton and Port Otago renew dredging efforts for ship visits
2 October, 2015

Rivals Lyttelton Port of Christchurch and Port Otago are ramping up multimillion dollar dredging efforts in readiness for super-sized ships.

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PM announces Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary
29 September, 2015

Prime Minister John Key has announced the creation of a 620,000 km2 Ocean Sanctuary in the Kermadec region, one of the most pristine and unique environments on Earth.

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We all have a responsibility for our water quality
26 September, 2015

A number of Southlanders attending our drop-in sessions in recent weeks have been telling us they want to know more about the region's water quality. They also want to know what the water quality issues are where they live so they can give the council more informed feedback about practical steps they could take to make a positive difference.

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Harbour dredging to begin in Tauranga Harbour
25 September, 2015

The dredging of the Tauranga Harbour shipping channels is about to begin.

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Buller residents 'never advised' they'd have to shift
16 September, 2015

Some Northern Buller residents say they were never advised of a report released nine years ago, advising them to consider relocating within a decade.

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Blenheim estuary showing signs of stress
7 September, 2015

Ecological research into the site of New Zealand's first human settlement reveals the ground is showing signs of stress.

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NIWA looks at climate change effect on marine life
6 September, 2015

The Government is giving NIWA $4.9 million to find out what climate change will do to New Zealand's marine life.

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Rena debris wash up on to Bay beaches
3 September, 2015

Concerns have been raised after plastic beads and timber were found washed ashore along the Bay of Plenty coastline.

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New coastal plan for Bay of Plenty
1 September, 2015

The voice of the people has helped reshaped a new coastal plan for the Bay of Plenty.

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Alarm over marine pest invasion
27 August, 2015

Whangaroa Harbour users are calling on authorities to act urgently to halt the spread of an invasive marine pest they say will wipe out jobs and native species.

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No-take marine reserves best hope for world’s oceans
27 August, 2015

Global efforts to protect the world’s oceans from over-fishing and biodiversity loss are not enough and it is time for a re-think on marine conservation, scientists say.

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Cook Islands seabed mining – Expert reaction
22 August, 2015

The Cook Islands seabed authority has opened up 120,000 square kilometres of seabed for exploratory surveying of minerals.

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Mussel farmers sound fanworm warning
17 August, 2015

Mussel farmers in the Coromandel Peninsula have welcomed council funding to slow the spread of an invasive pest but they say it won't get rid of it altogether.

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Management plan to protect beaches
14 August, 2015

In order to protect Tairua, Pauanui and Whangamata beaches a Coastal Management Plan has been drafted up this week.

Presented to the Tairua-Pauanui Community and Whangamata Community Boards, it serve as a guide on how to manage beaches and estuary shorelines that are susceptible to coastal erosion.

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Bluegreen programme of improved environmental management outlined
13 August, 2015

A programme of stronger national direction and guidance on key environmental issues was announced today by Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith at the Environmental Defence Society’s conference in Auckland.

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Q&A: Dr Marie Brown on Auckland's environmental issues
13 August, 2015

Auckland consistently ranks highly in lists of the world's best cities but is never number one. So what would it take to turn Auckland into a first-class city? This week the Herald begins a 10-day series examining some of the biggest hurdles Auckland faces, from housing and transport to entertainment and education. We look at what we are doing, what we need to do, and why Auckland's success matters to the rest of the country. In the second part of the series we look at the environmen...

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Work begins on backstop wall
11 August, 2015

The Thames-Coromandel District Council says a total of 660 geotextile sandbags will be used to construct the backstop wall at Brophy's Beach in Mercury Bay.

Council expects construction of the geosynthetic container (sandbag) backstop wall, which will measure 530m long and is costing $862,000 to...

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Harbour project progressing: TCDC
10 August, 2015

A move to secure title for reclaimed land at Sugarloaf Wharf (Te Kouma) has been supported by The Thames-Coromandel District Council.

During last week's full meeting of council, the TCDC also gave its support towards work which formally seeks potential funding partners for the Inner Harbour Develo...

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Sand cliffs created by winter storms
5 August, 2015

Erosion of sand dunes along Papamoa East in the Bay of Plenty has created a sheer drop of more than two metres along the beach- but locals are not concerned about it creeping closer to their properties.

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Rena Recovery Plan helps restore mauri
5 August, 2015

The $2.4m government funded Rena Recovery Plan has now been completed. Through the Plan, iwi representatives worked alongside government agencies and research providers to deliver on a set of environmental and cultural restoration and research projects, over a 3.5 year period.

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Marine researchers eye new base
5 August, 2015

The University of Waikato is considering a proposal that could see its Coastal Marine Research Station in Sulphur Point relocate to the nearby Marine Precinct being developed by the Tauranga City Council on Cross Rd. If the proposal comes together, the new research facility could also include a major aquarium.

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Kiwi scientists imagine NZ's future
31 July, 2015

Want to know what the weather's going to be doing in Christmas next year?

A 2050 where weather forecasts are available 18 months in advance - along with a fleet of ocean gliders undertaking scientific measurements and an aquaculture industry powered by marine energy operating far offshore - are part of a mix science fact and fiction that two marine physicists have advanced in a new paper out today.

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New Maori aquaculture agreements signed
23 July, 2015

New regional agreements for Maori commercial aquaculture have been signed by Government Ministers today, including Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

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Mangroves 'unlikely heroes' against rising sea levels
22 July, 2015

Mangroves might just be the unlikely heroes in the battle against coastal erosion, researchers say.

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Coastal hazard zone worry for residents
21 July, 2015

Residents from seaside suburbs in Christchurch are worried their property values will drop and they will struggle to obtain insurance after a report has identified thousands of homes as being in coastal erosion and flooding zones.

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Government and port company partner in Port Nelson clean-up
18 July, 2015

The Government and Port Nelson Ltd are jointly putting up $400,000 to design a clean-up of the badly contaminated seabed around the Calwell Slipway at Port Nelson, a hangover from less-regulated days of ship repair and maintenance work.

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Residents flee from waters edge as coastal erosion sets in at Cooks Beach
17 July, 2015

It's not unusual for waves to lap at the windows of Chris Ellett's Coromandel seafront home.  Even after the Cooks Beach woman pulled up her two-storey home and took it seven metres back from the sea, storms still spew onto her back lawn. 

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Urgent work on breakwater planned
17 July, 2015

Major damage to the Oamaru Harbour breakwater, particularly from recent heavy seas, has prompted the Waitaki District Council to carry out urgent work.

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Aquaculture - Priority growth areas to boost the Bay region
16 July, 2015

Five workshops held throughout the region last month to help implement the Bay of Plenty's Regional Growth Study have produced a list of nine potential priority areas for an action plan to be announced by the Government in October.

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Aquaculture - Priority growth areas to boost the Bay region
16 July, 2015

Five workshops held throughout the region last month to help implement the Bay of Plenty's Regional Growth Study have produced a list of nine potential priority areas for an action plan to be announced by the Government in October.

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Coastal erosion eats away at Mokau
14 July, 2015

At one pristine coastal spot in the Waikato, less than $100,000 can buy you a tidy, three-bedroom bach. The catch is, the sea may steal the land underneath it at some point in the future.

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Hauraki Gulf marine protection plans to move forward
14 July, 2015

The Waiheke Local Board will be moving forward in its bid to create greater marine protection in the Hauraki Gulf but there will be no rash decisions over the location of marine reserves.

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NZ and Japanese scientists study Pacific submarine research
13 July, 2015

Six NIWA scientists led by marine biologist Dr Ashley Rowden are working with scientific colleagues from Japan in the four-day workshop supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and NIWA.

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SPREP and New Zealand collaborate
11 July, 2015

A partnership to undertake a 1.8 million NZD project on Ocean Acidification has been signed between the Government of New Zealand and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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Calls for more deep sea mining protections
11 July, 2015

The Center for Ocean Solutions' new policy report “Managing mining of the deep seabed”, published on 10 July 2015 in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s official journal, Science (1), calls on the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to address the ocean floor's currently lax environmental protections, in the face of growing industrial interests.

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NIWA’s Rob Murdoch wins Marine Sciences Award
9 July, 2015

Dr Rob Murdoch, General Manager of Research at NIWA has won the prestigious New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Award.

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Revised Harbour Strategy Released - Porirua
7 July, 2015

The Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan 2015 has been reviewed and amended after its first three-yearly review. The document reaffirms the original objectives and targets, while clarifying indicators and better identifying priority actions and work progress.

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$6.5m boost for Tauranga Harbour
3 July, 2015

Bay of Plenty Regional Council will invest $6.5 million on work to care for land, water, wildlife and boating safety in the Te Awanui Tauranga Harbour and its catchment this year.

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Sounds Guardians challenge change in barge design
2 July, 2015

New Zealand King Salmon's plans to place a recycled floating building at a new farm in Tory Channel rather than a barge resembling a boat raised objector's hackles at a hearing in Blenheim on Thursday.

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Life in the World's Oceans
2 July, 2015

Every day, Wellington marine biologist Daniel Leduc comes past a small, popular swimming beach on his way to work. One morning, he decided to grab a handful of sand from the intertidal zone to see what lives in it – and discovered a species of nematode nobody had described before.

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Chatham Rock Phosphate seeks more capital to rebuild
29 June, 2015

Chatham Rock Phosphate is embarking on a new round of capital-raising for the shortfall of its earlier share issue. CRP is seeking to raise $766,000. The shares are being marketed among wholesale investors, particularly within the farming community.“This is an opportunity to invest in a green local phosphate source,” according to CRP managing director Chris Castle.

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Antarctic life – highly diverse, unusually structured
25 June, 2015

The variety of plant and animal life in the Antarctic is much greater than previously thought, reveals an assessment of Antarctic biodiversity published by a team of scientists in the journal Nature this week.

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Mapping Underwater Landscapes
25 June, 2015

Marine geoscientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) are mapping the submarine landscapes around Kapiti Island, north of W...

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China's massive seawalls decimate godwit populations
24 June, 2015

New Zealand's bar-tailed godwit population is predicted to halve in the next 10 years with research pointing to China's massive habitat destruction along its coastline as a cause.

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LINZ Hydrographic Group: Creating a Strategic Vision for the Future
23 June, 2015

LINZ is reviewing its future direction for its hydrographic group considering what it should be doing beyond its remit of charting, particularly what the benefits might be of helping to create a National

Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (marine SDI) and they want your views.

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Aquaculture Jobs To Boost The Eastern Bay’s Prosperity
22 June, 2015

Creating permanent jobs in the Eastern Bay of Plenty for local residents is no easy task.

Agriculture, horticulture and forestry are the dominant industries but technology and innovation is helping these sectors become more productive while requiring less physical labour.

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Research centre from Rena fund
22 June, 2015

A Maketu-based marine research centre is to be established as part of the restoration and mitigation offer from the Rena owners and insurers.

Former Bay of Plenty Regional councillor and Maketu resident Raewyn Bennett says it's a package deal that covers a range of things in return for the ...

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West Coast seabed mining proposal avoids tricky consent
16 June, 2015

A proposal to explore the West Coast for seabed mining opportunities will avoid the consent process that has already tripped up two similar projects.

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Wellington south coast roads threatened by waves
15 June, 2015

Part of the road around Wellington's south coast, which has been closed for the past 24 hours, has finally reopened.

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Council to use drone for coast damage study
13 June, 2015

The Waitaki District Council plans to use a drone to photograph the Kakanui coast to document coastal erosion at sites of concern.

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Council to use drone for coast damage study
13 June, 2015

The Waitaki District Council plans to use a drone to photograph the Kakanui coast to document coastal erosion at sites of concern.

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Bore research shows water table on the rise
13 June, 2015

The Dunedin City Council is planning for a challenging future in South Dunedin.

A council-commissioned report by Beca, made public last year, had already spelled out the need for a $75 million network of pumps and wells to protect against rising seas and groundwater over the coming decades.

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Port Otago leads way to next generation
20 May, 2015

Port Otago will become the first port in New Zealand to deepen its shipping channel for the next generation of container shipping as part of a $30 million upgrade over the next two years.

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Rena wreck: Underwater footage shows marine life
11 May, 2015

A team of expert divers undertook a survey of the wreck of the MV Rena on Astrolabe Reef off the Bay of Plenty coast in February to check its safety for diving.

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Sea wall being considered - Orewa Beach
9 April, 2015

Damage to Orewa Beach during storms and high tides is likely to come to an end as the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board nears agreement on an erosion solution.

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New Publication - Climate Change and the Coast
8 April, 2015

Telling the stories of real-world communities in diverse coastal settings, this book draws upon the latest research findings from a wide range of disciplines. Case stidies are drawn from all around the world and from countries with varying levels of development including America's Guld of Mexico coast, Australia, Braz...

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Port spending $150m to prepare for mega ships
27 March, 2015

Port of Tauranga is planning to spend $150 million over the next three years to position the port for the new generation of mega container ships.

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Port Otago to test dredging vessel
4 March, 2015

Port Otago will start a month-long trial of harbour dredging soon to assess the suitability of its suction dredge vessel New Era to undertake the ''Next Generation'' dredging programme.

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Coastal protection work starting soon - Whitianga
17 February, 2015

Work on the extension of a rock wall at Buffalo Beach and a geotextile seawall at Brophy’s Beach is planned for late April/May.

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Wellington's CentrePort seeks to join big-league ports
3 February, 2015

CentrePort plans to seek resource consents to dredge the shipping channel in Wellington harbour to make room for container vessels almost twice the size of those accommodated now, staking a claim to be among a handful of hub ports in a future of fewer, larger foreign ship visits.

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Sediment success – our expanding mangrove forests
28 January, 2015

With World Wetland Day next Monday, celebrate the most successful of New Zealand wetland types – the mangrove. While we’ve lost 90 percent of our swamps and bogs, the area covered by our only salt water tree has been expanding, driving many bach owners and other recreational beach users crazy. The Universi...

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Havelock: An estuary under siege
28 January, 2015

As the tide recedes in the Havelock estuary a creeping problem is revealed - mud, tonnes and tonnes of it. It may seem innocuous - after all mud is a normal feature of any estuary - but the huge volume here poses a major threat to the health of the estuarine system, choking plants and reducing the area's ability...

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New Zealand – Pressure on channel dredging
16 December, 2014

The pressure is on the BOP regional council to dredge the Opureora Channel before the resource consent expires at the end of July 2015. The channel is 1.8km long and the main access channel to Matakana Island for the Omokoroa vehicle ferry - and it's silting up.

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Council warned of 80cm sea rise
16 December, 2014

The Marlborough District Council must start thinking about rising sea levels before granting resource consents for new homes, a council hearing has been told. In the first case of its kind before the council, commissioners dealing with a request to subdivide a 6.9-hectare plot near the flood-prone Opawa River must consider if it is within the coastal-margin zone.

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Sea change needed in marine protection
9 December, 2014

AndrewPenniket asks: is Otago the next province in line for marine reserves? Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the Marine Reserves Act 1975. There are now 38 marine reserves in New Zealand, from cold Campbell Island to the subtropical Kermadec Islands.

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New Zealand – Lyttelton Port reclamation reaches over 7.5 hectares
9 December, 2014

Lyttelton Port reclamation reaches over 7.5 hectares Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) has now reclaimed over 7.5 hectares of harbour at Te Awaparahi Bay, east of its container operations. In May 2011, LPC was granted consent to reclaim ten hectares of the harbour bed to utilise and dispose of ‘clean’ rubble from Christchurch city’s earthquake damaged buildings.

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New Zealand – 30cm sea level rise ‘inevitable’, Commissioner warns
2 December, 2014

A sea level rise of 30cm by 2050 in New Zealand is "inevitable" and the country needs to prepare for it, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says. In the first of two reports on the impact of climate change, Dr Jan Wright issues a grim warning about the rising sea levels. While 30cm may not sound much, Dr Wright says it will be "very costly" for landowners.

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Sea wall plan 'not about savings'
25 November, 2014

A squeeze on Dunedin City Council finances is not behind a push to defer multimillion-dollar options to protect the St Clair sea wall, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull insists. A council staff report recommends any plans for major capital works - such as a groyne to protect the sea wall and properties behind it - be put on hold.

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East Coast Tsunami Risks Revaluated
28 October, 2014

Discerning the tsunami risk along the east coast from Kaikoura north has been a bit of a challenge not least as the historical record can only be inferred from this scarred coastline with difficulty, and there has been divergent views especially for events predating the 19 Century.

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Rising seas: Wellington's watery future
21 October, 2014

Wellywood looks destined to become Waterworld, and the capital needs to face some tough decisions. The choices include abandoning the CBD and low-lying suburbs such as Lyall Bay and Island Bay to rising seas, or risking a Hurricane Katrina-like flooding disaster behind sea walls.

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The threat of global sea level rise
7 October, 2014

Changes taking place in the oceans around Antarctica could result in an abrupt rise in global sea level, according to a Victoria University of Wellington led study.

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Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized
7 October, 2014

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Pollution and falling fish stocks damage Gulf
30 September, 2014

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Holiday park sentenced for clearing native sand dunes
23 September, 2014

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Yachties force Redcliffs sea wall rethink
16 September, 2014

Yachties have won their battle to get authorities to rethink the design of a multimillion-dollar replacement sea wall at Redcliffs. The existing 500m sea wall failed in the February 2011 earthquake, leaving land and homes along Beachville Rd potentially exposed to coastal erosion and flooding.

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Jakarta to Start With Ambitious $34b Giant Sea Wall Project
15 September, 2014

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University of Canterbury Researcher Seeking to Mitigate Flooding Damage to Tokyo
7 September, 2014

University of Canterbury geography researcher Dr Christopher Gomez is investigating river flooding problems and potential solutions for Tokyo city, which is more than eight times the population of New Zealand.

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Will Aucklanders walk on water?
21 August, 2014

Imagine an Auckland waterfront dotted with plant covered artificial islands and towers, living artificial reefs of mussels and oysters to take the energy out of storm surges. Coastal wetlands that people can use for recreation, roof gardens and lawns to help soak up heavier downpours.

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Storm damage at Saint Clair
15 August, 2014

This erosion is ocurring because one million tonnes of sand that used to exit the Clutha and wash along the shore to Dunedin each year is now trapped behind the Clutha dams. This sand flow acted like a skin that healed the shoreline after each storm. When a storm washed sand away more sand would flow in from the south restoring the beach profile. Sand stopped flowing into the Otago coastal environment in 1950's with the construction of the Roxburgh Dam.

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Sand dune protection design brief begun
2 August, 2014

The Dunedin City Council plans to have detailed designs ready soon for a buried backstop wall to protect sand dunes at St Clair beach.

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Big plans to grow Eastland port
27 July, 2014

Comprehensive multimillion-dollars plans will be developed in the next year to further develop shipping infrastructure in the district, both in and outside the gates of the Gisborne harbour.

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Wetland could save millions
25 July, 2014

A switch to a wetlands system for disposal of Gisborne city’s wastewater would lead to savings of millions of dollars for the District Council and spell the eventual end of the outfall pipe into Poverty Bay.

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Phosphate dredging reaction
23 July, 2014

Submissions for Chatham Rock Phosphate's proposal to suction-dredge phosphate from the Chatham Rise sea floor appear to have generated less opposition than the separate proposal to dredge iron sands off Taranaki's sea floor.

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The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up
21 July, 2014

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All eyes on next EPA mining decision
21 June, 2014

The focus on proposed seabed mining now shifts from Taranaki to the Chatham Rise, as the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) considers its second ocean mining application.

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Erosion protection funding vital, says marine club
11 June, 2014

The safety of boaties and visitors to Cape Kidnappers will be put at risk if Hastings District Council does not fund further erosion protection at Clifton, a local marine club says.

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Sea level rise subject of study
25 May, 2014

From Otago Daily Times: Engineering study to look at options for  South Dunedin.

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Is It Time for San Francisco to Declare Defeat in Its Battle With the Pacific?
21 May, 2014

Enviros say the city's ambitious and eminently sensible plan to stop fighting the ocean must be implemented.

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NZCS Annual Conference: Dates and Location
14 May, 2014

The New Zealand Coastal Society is pleased to announce that the dates and location for the 2014 Annual Conference have been set! November 18  21, 2014 in beautiful Raglan!

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Methane Gas Flares Found in New Zealand Sea Floor
13 May, 2014

From International Business Times: A major network of methane gas and frozen methane was discovered by New Zealand and German scientists. The methane network, located in New Zealand's sea floor off the East Coast, has been causing underwater landslides and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Rising sea levels threaten capital's tap water
22 April, 2014

The future of Wellington's drinking water supply could be under threat from rising sea levels, new research warns.

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Coastal erosion review nears completion
0 April, 0

A year-long, $180,000 review designed to ensure better long-term local authority planning for up to 2000 properties in erosion-prone Northland coastal areas is nearing completion. The review began last year and is designed to update the Northland Regional Councils existing coastal hazard zones, most of which were developed at least 10 years ago.

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NIWA looks at climate change effect on marine life
0 April, 0

The Government is giving NIWA $4.9 million to find out what climate change will do to New Zealand's marine life.

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Trial groyne for Buffalo Beach and update on other coastal protection works.
0 April, 0

A wooden groyne is to be trialled at Buffalo Beach, off the end of the already completed Stage Two rock seawall. Rock wall planned for Cooks Beach Reserve. Brophy's Beach sandbag wall completed. Landscaping last step.

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Divers in search of rubbish in harbour
0 April, 0

Shopping trolleys, a microwave, a suitcase, road cones and plenty of plastic have previously been found in Otago Harbour, and more than 12 local divers are heading out again this weekend to collect rubbish from the water.

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Port Marlborough's dredging plans to encourage larger cruise liners
0 April, 0

Plans to dredge a wharf near Picton will allow megaliners to visit Marlborough before the end of the year.

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Marlborough District Council budgets $1.5 million towards mapping of Marlborough Sounds seabed
0 April, 0

Most of the seabed of the Marlborough Sounds is to be mapped for the first time in 70 years.

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Coastal erosion catches up with buried Kaiaua landfill
0 April, 0

A $200,000 solution to stop waste being washed into the sea from an old Waikato asbestos-contaminated landfill has been found.

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