Gas and steam continue to vent from White Island

Whakaari/White Island remains in an elevated state of unrest. Very hot gas and steam continues to discharge from vents created by the eruption on December... Read More

Minor volcanic unrest at Mt Ruapehu

Minor volcanic unrest is continuing to be monitored by GNS scientists. Over the last 5-6 months, measurements of Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake (Te... Read More

Establishing koalas in NZ may not be a good idea

Amid gut-wrenching images of koalas suffering in the Australian bushfires, a petition has been started calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to allow... Read More

Koekoeā make long-awaited return to Rotorua forest

A large native bird with very particular nesting habits has begun returning to Dansey Scenic Reserve near Rotorua after a seven-year pest control effort. Rotorua... Read More

Disgust as rubbish dumped near training ground

Rotorua locals are "disgusted" after a pile of hard rubbish, including meth pipes, condoms, a broken trampoline and children's blackboard,... Read More

Whakaari/White Island no-go zone reduced

  Whakaari/White Island remains active, with hot gas and steam coming from vents opened by the December eruption.   Scientists at GNS Science... Read More

Australian bush fires prompting police calls in NZ

Another unprecedented plume of smoke from Australia crossed New Zealand overnight, this time Auckland and the upper half of the North Island, where about... Read More

2020 declared year of the seabird

Forest & Bird has declared 2020 the year of the seabird, saying this is the year New Zealanders have a chance to turn things around for more than 35... Read More

The pro, the father and the boy

Like any old bicycle morning, the cyclist or a rambler can cross the unexpected. Not too long ago, I walked to Ngongotaha from Rotorua (around 7kms)... Read More

Health warning issued for Lake Okaro

A health warning has been issued for Lake Okaro, near Rotorua. Routine monitoring results provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council have confirmed... Read More

Warning issued after White Island eruption

The National Emergency Management Ageny has issued a warning following an eruption at White Island. A moderate volcanic eruption is occurring at White... Read More

“Massive” smoke plume coming from White Island

UPDATED 2.49PM: White Island's alert level has been upgraded to 4 following a volcanic eruption this afternoon. Duty Volcanologist Geoff Kilgour... Read More

‘Ambassadors’ to patrol free camp sites

Rotorua i-Site staff members have been assigned as camping ambassadors at free camping sites around the district. But it seems the ambassadors will... Read More

Study shows chemicals could cause beehive losses

Agricultural chemicals may be responsible for wiping out beehives in the Bay of Plenty, East Coast and Waikato. Scientists have found traces of neonicotinoid... Read More

Govt to invest $3.5m to reduce repeated 1080 use

The Provincial Growth Fund has allocated $3.5 million to develop innovative predator control approaches which will reduce the need for repeated 1080... Read More