Among developed nations we are arguably the most dependent on our natural environment for earning our living. This reliance goes well beyond the primary sector on land and at sea to attracting tourists, students, immigrants and investors. Above all, our natural assets help define us as a nation.
New Zealand Premium Whitebait, the country's only commercial whitebait farm, has been sold by receivers to its creditor and shareholder, the commercial investment arm of the Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa tribe, for $1.095 million.
As an island nation, water looms large for New Zealand on the security front. Climate change, drug trafficking and countries competing for influence were among the concerns raised at a conference to discuss threats in our maritime environment, Sam Sachdeva reports.
Over-fishing is a growing problem in the Pacific, as nations try to stop their stocks from being depleted beyond repair. Sam Sachdeva visited Suva to learn about Fiji’s efforts to stop illegal fishing in its tracks and how New Zealand is lending a helping hand.
Agriculture, Food Safety and Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor has decided to keep the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) intact as one ministry, but it will reorganise it into four branches.
Officials have warned the Government that meeting its greenhouse gas commitments under the Paris Agreement could cost up to $36 billion by 2030 and it should do as much to adapt to climate change as it does on preventing it, Eloise Gibson reports from the Briefing for the Incoming Minister for Climate Change.
With John Key away in New York to chair the UN Security Council this week, Bill English is in charge at home and having to deal with the questions over last week's near-death experience for its governing agreement with the Maori Party over the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary.
The Maori Party yesterday came as close as it ever has to walking away from its confidence and supply agreement that has kept National in power for eight years.
Steven Joyce unveiled the 'New Zealand Story' package of online resources for exporters to promote New Zealand, Metiria Turei lodged a Privileges Committee complaint against John Banks over his SkyCity conflicts, Winston Peters called the Aratere a lemon, Pita Sharples announced reforms to refocus a "thinly-spread" Te Puni Kokiri, Paula Bennett trumpeted the return to work of 7,000 beneficiaries and the Commerce Commission told Allan Hawkins' finance companies to stop repossessing stuff.