Doc Meeting to Discuss Predator Control

Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry will be joined by a top Department of Conservation scientist in Queenstown today to announce the 2016 Battle for our Birds pest control programme. Graeme Elliott will also be present at a meeting in Glenorchy to talk about a planned 1080 aerial drop in the region, including the Dart, Routeburn […]

Snug Bugs Won’t Buzz Off

Unusually warm weather has allowed far more wasps, flies and mosquitoes to survive the colder months. Flies, mosquitoes and other irritating insects are still buzzing around in winter as record temperatures trigger an explosion in the bug population. Unusually warm weather has allowed far more wasps, flies and mosquitoes to survive the colder months. Viv […]

What You Need to Know About The Zika Virus

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne disease transmitted by daytime-active mosquitoes known as Aedes mosquitoes. The name “Zika” was borrowed from the location where the virus was first isolated, that is Zika Forest, Uganda in the year 1947. The virus is related to West Nile, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, and yellow fever viruses – all of which […]

‘Plague of rats’ could descend on NZ next year

A plague of rats could descend on New Zealand next year, an environmental group warns. Forest and Bird says a “pest plague” is on the cards next winter and spring. The group has issued its warning based on the level of beech flowering happening now. “An abundance of beech spring flowering will translate into an […]